Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Dramatic Cut

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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
132 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
128 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
This edit began with a need to cut all the jokes that ruined the tension of the action, and the pacing of the dialogue. Underneath all those bad jokes was a strong and intense film, so those jokes and attempts at humor were cut. And added deleted scenes were put in to ehance the dramatic feel.
Intention:
This edit's four goals at its inception:
I: Cut the bad jokes. Why? They ruined the tension. This is called The Dramatic Cut for a reason.​

II: Cut certain shots and lines that help the audience sympathize with the character of Emma. Why? She is a bad person responsible for untold catastrophes around the world who should naturally be less likable. By cutting some of her content and adding in subtle music clips in some shots, a slightly altered version of Emma is presented by the end of this Fanedit. Scenes of her being regretful were left in this edit because she is a dynamic character with feelings.​

III: Cut shots and lines of specific exposition. Why? Because it was over-explanation that detracted from the rest of the already clearly understandable plot line. Examples of this: shots and lines of dialogue were removed from the Monarch Senate Hearings scene. Certain shots and dialogue of Emma over-explaining the worldwide kaiju threat were cut. Certain lines of dialogue from Mark over-explaining the Orca were cut. Many more similar edits were made throughout the film.​

IV: Besides goals I-III, stay as true to the original cut as possible. Why? Because the original cut has many great kaiju action scenes, and decent overall pacing to begin with.​
Additional Notes:
As I got deeper into the editing of this film I realized a scene would work with a music track. I worked hard to blend it back and forth with that of the film's at this point. In a scene towards the end with Emma, I use parts of this same music track to try and emphasize the hopelessness of the moment. After that, I used a remixed version of the song over part of the end titles. It fleshes out the use of the track I hope. This music track is not overused. I intended for it to be understated after it’s initial use. I also wove parts of the deleted scenes into the edit. These include a flashback of Mark with his son during a birthday party and that of Madison using a radio.
Other Sources:
Halo Jump from Godzilla (2014)
"Hacking/Cutting" by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
"Third Street" by Ryan Taubert
"Why So Serious" by Hanz Zimmer
"Why So Serious" remixed by The Crystal Method
"The Woods" by Lorn
(Additional audio and video credits at the end of the fanedit itself)
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Timestamps below are from theatrical cut.
-I cut all the jokes except for a select couple.
-Kitchen scene: major scene cuts that made new audio foley necessary.
-Cut shots of Mark acting weird listening to wolves (13:45sec)
-Cut jokes at Monarch hearing (13:05sec)
-Cut Mark reactions shots (14:54sec)
-Deleted joke at (15:03sec)
-Cut out smoke shot (18:00sec)
-Cut Emma talking to Madison (22:12sec)
-Cut elevator joke (23:04)
-Cut dialogue (27:18sec)
-Cut joke (27:35sec)
-Cut joke (29:33sec)
-Scene change with overlapping audio (31:08sec)
-Cut line about running (35:49sec)
-Cut shot of Emma looking sad (35:54sec)
-Cut partial dialogue of Madison talking about Mark (37:07sec)
-Add deleted scene - Mark dreams of son's birthday (45:20sec)
-Cut Emma shot (48:01sec)
-Cut to word "but" in Emma's speech to truncate it (48:07sec)
-Cut Emma's speech from ".. Earth's natural defense system.." part to " ..unless we restore
balance.." (49:20sec)
- Cut all the rhetorical exposition (50:07sec) and cut to reaction shot (50:10sec)
-Cut joke (55:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:00:52sec)
-Added Godzilla sound effect (1:03:11sec)
-Cut shot (1:03:37sec)
-Added deleted scene - Madison using radio to contact survivors (1:10:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:04sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:21sec)
-Cut exposition and overlap audio for transition (1:14:40sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:14sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:46sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:42sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:47sec)
-Cut joke (1:21:01sec)
-Cut joke (1:23:30sec)
-Cut joke (1:26:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:27:28sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:25sec)
-Cut joke (1:43:53sec)
-Cut joke (1:44:13sec)
-Cut "funny" arguing (1:47:26sec)
-Cut look of Madison being happy (1:53:24sec)
-Cut partial look of Madison being happy again (1:53:44sec)
-Cut Emma kissing Madison (1:54:12sec)
-Cut Emma smile and one-liner (1:57:02sec)
-Cut joke (1:59:21sec)
-Cut smile (2:00:20sec)
Cuts from August 2021:
-Completely rework introduction credits scene with Godzilla (2014) blended with shots from
the opening of Godzilla: KOTM (2019)
-(52:25) around this fix the double used shot over shoulder
-(37:00) around this fix clipping on helicopter
-Cut Emma crying madi at (1:26:51)
-Cut emma saying "i have to fix this"(1:36:00)
-Cut "we both want to save the planet.."(50:24)
-Cut Alan saying "told them your whole plan" (49:49)
-Cut Madi's smile to see Godzilla in Boston
Completed Changes and Fixes from September 2021:
-cut line: "I record everything..." (around 1hr.16min.)
-Cut/Re-align shots when Alan exclaims "We don't have time for this"
-Cut line: "I have to fix this." by Emma when leaving to find Madison
Cuts from December 2021:
-23:43 - remove line "deep breaths eyes straight..."
-1:05:00 - remove Madi line "you're a monster"
-1:23:25 - cut line "all the legends, the stories, they're true!"
-1:26:35 -cut short action scene - cut to fenway park shot (1:27:09)
-1:35:04 -"Are you ok?" cut line
-1:45:33 -"he's gonna reach critical mass, in 6 minutes" - cut "6 minutes" out
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
132 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
128 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
image
Synopsis:
This edit began with a need to cut all the jokes that ruined the tension of the action, and the pacing of the dialogue. Underneath all those bad jokes was a strong and intense film, so those jokes and attempts at humor were cut. And added deleted scenes were put in to ehance the dramatic feel.
Intention:
This edit's four goals at its inception:
I: Cut the bad jokes. Why? They ruined the tension. This is called The Dramatic Cut for a reason.​

II: Cut certain shots and lines that help the audience sympathize with the character of Emma. Why? She is a bad person responsible for untold catastrophes around the world who should naturally be less likable. By cutting some of her content and adding in subtle music clips in some shots, a slightly altered version of Emma is presented by the end of this Fanedit. Scenes of her being regretful were left in this edit because she is a dynamic character with feelings.​

III: Cut shots and lines of specific exposition. Why? Because it was over-explanation that detracted from the rest of the already clearly understandable plot line. Examples of this: shots and lines of dialogue were removed from the Monarch Senate Hearings scene. Certain shots and dialogue of Emma over-explaining the worldwide kaiju threat were cut. Certain lines of dialogue from Mark over-explaining the Orca were cut. Many more similar edits were made throughout the film.​

IV: Besides goals I-III, stay as true to the original cut as possible. Why? Because the original cut has many great kaiju action scenes, and decent overall pacing to begin with.​
Additional Notes:
As I got deeper into the editing of this film I realized a scene would work with a music track. I worked hard to blend it back and forth with that of the film's at this point. In a scene towards the end with Emma, I use parts of this same music track to try and emphasize the hopelessness of the moment. After that, I used a remixed version of the song over part of the end titles. It fleshes out the use of the track I hope. This music track is not overused. I intended for it to be understated after it’s initial use. I also wove parts of the deleted scenes into the edit. These include a flashback of Mark with his son during a birthday party and that of Madison using a radio.
Other Sources:
Halo Jump from Godzilla (2014)
"Hacking/Cutting" by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
"Third Street" by Ryan Taubert
"Why So Serious" by Hanz Zimmer
"Why So Serious" remixed by The Crystal Method
"The Woods" by Lorn
(Additional audio and video credits at the end of the fanedit itself)
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Timestamps below are from theatrical cut.
-I cut all the jokes except for a select couple.
-Kitchen scene: major scene cuts that made new audio foley necessary.
-Cut shots of Mark acting weird listening to wolves (13:45sec)
-Cut jokes at Monarch hearing (13:05sec)
-Cut Mark reactions shots (14:54sec)
-Deleted joke at (15:03sec)
-Cut out smoke shot (18:00sec)
-Cut Emma talking to Madison (22:12sec)
-Cut elevator joke (23:04)
-Cut dialogue (27:18sec)
-Cut joke (27:35sec)
-Cut joke (29:33sec)
-Scene change with overlapping audio (31:08sec)
-Cut line about running (35:49sec)
-Cut shot of Emma looking sad (35:54sec)
-Cut partial dialogue of Madison talking about Mark (37:07sec)
-Add deleted scene - Mark dreams of son's birthday (45:20sec)
-Cut Emma shot (48:01sec)
-Cut to word "but" in Emma's speech to truncate it (48:07sec)
-Cut Emma's speech from ".. Earth's natural defense system.." part to " ..unless we restore
balance.." (49:20sec)
- Cut all the rhetorical exposition (50:07sec) and cut to reaction shot (50:10sec)
-Cut joke (55:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:00:52sec)
-Added Godzilla sound effect (1:03:11sec)
-Cut shot (1:03:37sec)
-Added deleted scene - Madison using radio to contact survivors (1:10:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:04sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:21sec)
-Cut exposition and overlap audio for transition (1:14:40sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:14sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:46sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:42sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:47sec)
-Cut joke (1:21:01sec)
-Cut joke (1:23:30sec)
-Cut joke (1:26:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:27:28sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:25sec)
-Cut joke (1:43:53sec)
-Cut joke (1:44:13sec)
-Cut "funny" arguing (1:47:26sec)
-Cut look of Madison being happy (1:53:24sec)
-Cut partial look of Madison being happy again (1:53:44sec)
-Cut Emma kissing Madison (1:54:12sec)
-Cut Emma smile and one-liner (1:57:02sec)
-Cut joke (1:59:21sec)
-Cut smile (2:00:20sec)
Cuts from August 2021:
-Completely rework introduction credits scene with Godzilla (2014) blended with shots from
the opening of Godzilla: KOTM (2019)
-(52:25) around this fix the double used shot over shoulder
-(37:00) around this fix clipping on helicopter
-Cut Emma crying madi at (1:26:51)
-Cut emma saying "i have to fix this"(1:36:00)
-Cut "we both want to save the planet.."(50:24)
-Cut Alan saying "told them your whole plan" (49:49)
-Cut Madi's smile to see Godzilla in Boston
Completed Changes and Fixes from September 2021:
-cut line: "I record everything..." (around 1hr.16min.)
-Cut/Re-align shots when Alan exclaims "We don't have time for this"
-Cut line: "I have to fix this." by Emma when leaving to find Madison
Cuts from December 2021:
-23:43 - remove line "deep breaths eyes straight..."
-1:05:00 - remove Madi line "you're a monster"
-1:23:25 - cut line "all the legends, the stories, they're true!"
-1:26:35 -cut short action scene - cut to fenway park shot (1:27:09)
-1:35:04 -"Are you ok?" cut line
-1:45:33 -"he's gonna reach critical mass, in 6 minutes" - cut "6 minutes" out
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8.6
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Excellent video quality, audio occasionally a little muffled and appears to lag slightly but this may be an issue with my playback rather than the edit itself.

Despite having seen the original film from 2014 I never bothered watching the sequel, perhaps a consequence of getting bored out of my mind by Kong: Skull Island. Seeing this edit’s listing prompted me to visit it at last and try it before the theatrical cut so I would have no prior knowledge or expectation, thus while I cannot comment on how much of an improvement this cut is the stated aim of achieving tonal consistency has certainly been achieved.

While some moments of the drama do feel a bit overwrought, the sense of dread is unbroken throughout by the described “lighter” moments present in the original: an exception would be presence of the news pages during the end credits, after the somber ending I found it a bit jarring to see the comparatively upbeat proclamations of how the monsters are the solution to the world’s ecological issues!

While not a film I am personally interested in revisiting, it is a decent piece of work and an amazing achievement for a first time editor!

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A much, much more palatable experience than the original cut, with dumb jokes reduced and a sense of menace maintained throughout. It still feels like a story written by 10 years olds and populated with adults with the intelligence of 5 year-olds, but that's par for the course in most monster movies. The beasts/titans/kaiju are the stars and are afforded all of the emotional maturity, leaving the human actors high-and-dry. In all, a shelf-replacer for sure for the original movie, although I have to admit having to turn the volume up and down between the dialogue and the special effect (edit: this may have just been my basic-ass audio set-up, so "grain-of-salt"). Still, a taut entry in the Titanverse (or whatever we're calling it) series and I look forward to seeing what this editor does next.

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Let me preface by saying that Michael Dougherty's Godzilla King of the Monsters was the most fun I had at the movies in 2019 and is easily my favourite kaiju flick in the new Monsterverse. My only quibble with the original cut is it has too much humour at inappropriate moments that undermined tension or a character beat.

So when Inightmares announced his DRAMATIC CUT, I was delightfully curious, as his cut/goal list sounded very boldly ambitious. And now, having watched his final version (1080 stereo), I can safely say this First Time Fan Editor has achieved something special.

The new opening credits -- which have a very Kubrick/Nolan style/feel -- are BRILLIANT. It immediately sets a very intensely different tone from the original that completely mesmerized me. But I do have a nitpick with it. The editor artistically chose to have the credit play out backwards (starting with the Director credit first) which works great, and is very common in many movies now. However, the credits do not roll out in proper traditional order... from Director to production staff, writers, composers cinematographer and finally with the cast from bottom to top tier... instead, the credits start the director and some production names, then lists all the actors starting with the lead and then goes back to listing production names. I know this is a small thing, and a creative choice, but it did pull me out of the moment.

Pretty much all the ill timed humour (sorry, Whitford & Middleditch) is seamlessly and expertly cut. Strangely, for me, while this maintains, even ups the dramatic tension, some of the "fun popcorn" quality of the original is now gone. So depending where you are on the Monsterverse spectrum (Edwards to Wingard), your mileage may vary.

The character of Emma has been extensively reworked, and while I think it meets the editor's set out goal, I personally felt she was over edited. For me, Emma was one of the best characters out of all the Monsterverse movies -- a very complex, traumatized human being. While the facade of these elements remain, the character now plays a bit less three dimensional, and more standard villain fare. Which brings me to the infamous Evil Plan Power Point Presentation and the hard choices of fan editing. Inightmares has chosen to essentially truncate/cut off Emma's transmission. It is a hard, bold decision. As the perfectly timed, pre-recorded imagery exposition dump does push the bounds of acceptable reality, even in giant monster movie. However, at the same time, it is a vital scene that goes along way to explaining Emma's motivation and state of mind. So while even I cringe at this original scene, I think the narrative is stronger with it than without it.

The video quality is overall strong, with minor dips where the deleted scenes and 2014 footage were masterfully used. The editor does use slow motion a few times in the edit, which really jumps out and looks artificial. I understand why it was done, but it does stand out when watching, especially compared to the actual slo-mo that already exists in the movie.

The scenes with the new music, which again invoke a very Nolan vibe, is blended in very well. Though I did still notice a slight muffle at times, particularly where there was additional foley work. I think my main issue with the new Nolan sound is it is not carried through the whole movie. It is basically only in the first act, so it creates a slight narrative audio discontinuity to my ear.

This a Fantastic Edit! And while the new narrative is not quite for me, I can confidently say Inightmares has stayed true to his creative vision and made something I think all Kaiju Fans will appreciate.

Thumbs Up!!! :)

Owner's reply February 20, 2022

Thank you for your honest review. I appreciate the good and critical aspects of your response. I want to also let you know the slow motion elements are fixed in the 5.1 surround edition of this edit!

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I love the original version of this film. Might be my favourite of the bunch (this or GvK). This edit is awesome, hard to believe it was INightmares first effort. Very well done, and cuts the bad humour to leave a very lean, awesome movie! Super fun ride, and easily replaces the theatrical cut for me. Ghidorrah is a badass villain, and this cut just emphasizes what a threat he is. Keep it up, and thanks for the great edit.

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If you're like me, and you adore Godzilla and already enjoyed this film for what it was, I think you'll have a blast with this edit. If you like Godzilla but the jokes in this movie were unbearable, I think this edit will still work much better for you. But if you already weren't a fan and disliked the character's stories and the overall plot, then there's really nothing here for you. Highlights were definitely the new opening which set a captivating tone that unfortunately, a lot of the movie just doesn't completely support, which is no fault of the editor. But the work he does in the opening is really something. I also was surprised how much I liked the inclusion of the Dark Knight music, it really heightened the tension. If you know the Dark Knight soundtrack well, it might take you out of the movie, but even I was impressed.

My only editing issues were the opening breakfast scene which I think just doesn't work in the truncated way here, it's so obvious we're missing a beat. There was also a noticeable audio cut during the scene where Emma is about to blow the ice wall, I think there were too many new audio sources going on at once that all cut out at the same time.

Honestly, my biggest issue with the film has always been the way the score has been mixed. Bear McCreary's music is probably the best Godzilla score, and in my opinion, one of the best scores of the last decade. But the original mix loses so much of it under heavy sfx and poor leveling. My dream KOTM edit would be someone fixing the audio levels and prioritizing the wonderful music buried underneath it.

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Very enjoyable, seamless edit, incredible overall.

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Godzilla II is often considered the black sheep of the Monsterverse; this re-edited version demonstrates that there's a good movie beneath the surface, stripping away the useless jokes and bringing the whole picture closer in tone and feels to its predecessor.
A very solid effort, it is my definitive version from now on.

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Not a huge fan of the 'Monster-verse' films, but always liked the fun and occasionally the pathos of Godzilla (in the original and more recently in Minus One), so I had to pick this one up. I was disappointed with the film after viewing but I saw an edit released for it and had to give it a shot. Much, much better. If you want a fun Godzilla movie that also doesn't grate your nerves with juvenile humor in addition to the asinine plot, this edit is the way to go. The typical Godzilla film ridiculousness is here, but it's much, much more tolerable with all of the cringe humor edited out. It even occasionally rises above its genre and got me to take it seriously, so I'd say the edit accomplished its goals. Very tasteful editing and leaves the giant creature awesomeness intact...this is definitely the best way to watch the film!

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Owner's reply January 28, 2024

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful review mate!

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