Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla: Battle For Eternity
So, I decided to try and do my own version of the edit, titled “Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla: Battle for Eternity” (I liked the Eternity subtitle from the original fan edit, and adding “Battle for…” felt a bit classic Toho title).
Now in this edit, instead of there being a year gap between movies, it is one continuous story. While the lead character of the first movie does not remain for the second, they thankfully gave a reason in Godzilla Tokyo SOS for her departure.
I also took elements from SOS and moved them to earlier locations in the first film so we get introduced to Mothra and the characters that will carry out the remainder of the film. For the special effects I had the idea to go in and try to “enhance” them a bit. But when I tried to add things like explosions over the original footage, it just did not mesh well. I did add a bit more atmospheric elements to the shots, just to try and add a little more depth or scale. It is subtle and hopefully goes unnoticed.
The final edit, with credits, runs about 2 hours and 10 minutes. The goal was to make a Godzilla movie with an epic feel, and try to keep it more on the serious side. Well, as serious as a giant fighting Godzilla robot can be. I personally enjoyed these two films (and thus combining them into this edit) because they at least seemed to try and keep a serious tone about them… and not go into the campy direction of some.
If anyone knows anything about the original Godzilla and the Cradle of Eternity edit, please let me know. Would love to let the editor know how I appreciate his/her work, and spur me to take on my own version.
Thoroughly enjoyable. The sub-plots from 'Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla' are not missed and leave no holes whatsoever without them. I was expecting a sort of 'Greatest Hits' from both films welded together, but this edit is better than that. Parts of 'Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.' are skillfully woven into 'GAM', creating a logical chronology. I'd say the crossover from one lead to another works better than in the original film - another pleasant surprise as I was expecting that to be jarring. Not a bit of it. The end battle with Mecha G from 'GAM' - now roughly halfway into this edit - does feel more like the climax that it actually is, but it still works - many Godzilla films are equally inconsistent when it comes to major battles. I noticed a couple of good doses of Toho cheesiness that have gone (catching the fly, Mecha G's "goodbye", possibly others I wasn't quick enough to spot), which I missed, but it's not enough to ruin your viewing. No one except Godzilla aficionados would probably even guess that this was an edit. Excellent job
Big Dave Kerin does it again, combining both of the 2003 Mecha-Godzilla duology to form one terrific headline event between machine and monsters. It was a joy revisiting these movies, as they were the most consistent and unique out of the out-of-continuity Godzilla movies of the time, in that they actually maintained a functioning continuity. The absence of certain elements such as a daughter and romance subplot goes completely unnoticed, here the focus is on the clash of giants. Man truly does learn from the mistakes of the past. A big hand to Kerin for his hard work in putting this edit together, I sincerely hope he finds more info on the Godzilla edit that inspired this turn of excellence.