Godzilla Vs The World

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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
All hail the king!
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2014/2019
Original Running Time:
132
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
141
Time Cut:
14
Time Added:
23
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Brief Synopsis:
The aim of this project was to give the viewer a single intense Godzilla experience by combining the best elements from Godzilla (2014) with a streamlined Godzilla (2019) .
Intention:
While I enjoy both of the recent Godzilla films I found both to be flawed. The first simply lacks enough Godzilla while the second is bloated by too much human interest. My aim was to produce the a single satisfying movie using the best elements from both films.
Other Sources:
Godzilla (2014) Blu ray
Godzilla: King of the monsters (2019) Blu ray
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Special Thanks:
Thanks to Trez75 and orchidal for volunteering to preview the workprint of this. Their feedback was most helpful. Thank you also to anyone who followed along with the project and commented on the samples I produced.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All edits were done with Lightworks 14.5
I also used Handbrake and MakeMKV
For the artwork I used the mobile app Polish
Cuts and Additions:
New, previously unseen introduction
Final act of Godzilla (2014) used as opening act
Removed flashback to 2014 from KOTM intro
Removed entire burn breakfast scene between Madison and Dr Russel
Reordered and slightly truncated Monach hearing and Terrorist attack
Truncated intro to Mark Russel (removing the wolves)
Removed one minute of arguing in Castle Bravo about opening the blast doors
Removed 6 minute long video call from Dr Russel
Removed unnecessary arguing between Mark and Dr Russel in car
Rescored Credits with Monster by the Automatic

User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.5(4)
Visual Editing
 
8.8(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.5(4)
Narrative
 
7.5(4)
Enjoyment
 
8.5(4)
Overall rating
 
6.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
6.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
6.0
Enjoyment
 
7.0
For someone who never liked Godzilla '14, I wanted to give it another try through the edit. It still didn't work for me, but even then I'll rate enjoyment as a neutral 7.0 so as not to judge the edit by the sources.

As for narrative, I thought ~20min last act from the first movie as opening only dragged what could have been just (and satisfyingly so) an edit of the second one. For projects like this I like to pretend I'm a newcomer to the franchise, but to see those familiar faces given close-ups and screen time with no narrative resonance took me completely out of it. As it is, being dropped straight into a nonsense military op reminiscent of a Nolan movie that has something to do with giant monsters fighting each other, why should we care about celebrity cameo (supposed to be anonymous) marine and his family reuniting at a shelter? I think the whole opening would be more suited as an introduction to that universe if it wasn't preceded by that news footage exposition about invading monsters. Actually, I think it would be better to either be very objective with the opening and cut out Kickass guy, or completely get rid of the sequence and only keep the news footage as sufficient explanation for the state of affairs in KOTM. I've never watched the second movie before, so I cannot tell whether any narrative improvements to it were accomplished or not. Also, whats the point of the place and date titles for the opening? As far as I remember that's not revisited afterwards in the edit with "present day" or something like that - and the text doesn't match any other from the second movie.

The render AV quality isn't ideal. These are very dim movies (the first one, at least) and some scenes here suffer with compression artifacts. I don't have the proper equipment nor the expertise to rate the audio accordingly, but didn't come around any obvious setbacks in that department.

As others have said, however, it still is an improvement over the originals. I didn't want to come off as contemptuous, so I hope this is helpful feedback. Thank you Malthus for making this alternative possible and for the opportunity to see it.

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Overall rating
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
This is a great way to watch the best parts of both Godzilla movies. Far more focus on the action and monsters. Removes any unnecessary human elements.

Unlike what others have said, I would have like to see even less of the human side (not sure how that would affect narrative though). For me, that's because in KOTM, the humans are aggressively stupid with their decision making. So I'd rather have less idiotic decisions shown, even if that means a slight break in the narrative (what little is there).
[Note to Malthus: this is not a slight against your edits, only the original movie, just to be clear]

The edits/cuts Malthus had made make sense and I found myself wishing the original movies moved at the pace Malthus' edit does.

Overall, this is a huge improvement from the 2 individual movies. Fantastic work Malthus!

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Yes
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Overall rating
 
8.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
Surprisingly, a good edit. I honestly want to like both films, but they have too many bad qualities to formally recommend watching them separate. I thought the inclusion of the intro scene being the only scene from Godzilla (2014) was genius, and was actually the best part of this edit. There were a few little choppy moments of the video in this scene, but probably just from the render though.

After this scene comes KOTM. This part of the edit tries to help fix the boring human story of KOTM, but I just don't think anybody can accomplish that. If I had any criticism for the edit's version of KOTM it would be a few things.
1st, some of the characters were kind of just introduced without any knowledge of to who they were, mainly involving everybody in the whole main family.
2nd, and idk if this was the just the render or not, but somehow the cgi looked worse than I remembered. It was so bad that it distracted from the narrative. I don't blame the edit for this, because the cgi in the original movies were already bad enough.
3rd, some of the inserted fonts used seems a little cheap, and did not seem like it worked for a Godzilla movie.
Lastly, and this is just a suggestion, I would honestly remove more of the human stuff from the KOTM section, as it's just plain boring no matter how many times anybody tries to watch it. Trimming it down AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE to let the kaiju fights happen should be imperative.

Overall, this is definitely an improvement from the 2 individual movies, and I would recommend it. A tighter edit on the human story would definitely help though to make this a vastly greater experience for this franchise.

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(Updated: November 18, 2020)
Overall rating
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
An outstanding edit and a great improvement on the originals. I thought the film(s) looked and sounded as good as they ever have and all of the editing work went by without notice. Much of the family drama padding has been removed, which gives it better pacing and none of the human drama is actually lessened or made less intelligible as a result of it.

It starts with a strong melding of the two films, and where it begins from 2014 is an excellent choice, and transitioning to KOTM is smooth and seamless, as are all of the edits. I found myself wondering where exactly little bits I recalled had been. I've seen the originals numerous times and I was mostly having to strain to recall what even had been removed, which seems a great sign of editorial discretion and the fact that the originals have an unfortunate amount of table dressing.

There are still a few weak moments remaining from the originals that continue to take me out of the moment, but that is certainly no fault of the editor, who made the most of how the original filmmakers had constructed the films. Those few nagging bits (and I mean few, like 2-3 couple second exchanges) were the only real detractions for me, keeping me from giving it a 10 in narrative and enjoyment.

Overall, very well done and I'm pleased to have been able to give it a screening!

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