Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón Cinematography:Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC Cameras & Lenses: Arriflex 35 IIC, Zeiss Super Speed Lenses, Moviecam Compact, Zeiss Super Speed Lenses Format:35 mm (Kodak) Mode:spherical Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Criterion release. New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by director Alfonso Cuarón, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Invasion of the Astro-Monsters (International version) - Red Menace reconstruction
This fan reconstruction uses footage from Toho’s HD transfer as well as material from various DVD and VHS sources to recreate the International English dubbed version of Invasion of the Astro-Monsters in HD as accurately as possible. The International version’s editing was matched as closely as possible, and the English visuals were carefully recreated wherever possible.
The Toho transfer had its contrast and saturation boosted to alleviate its flat appearance.
This version was synchronized to the UK VHS release of the International version (which was slowed down from PAL speed), and also uses that release’s audio track, which was adjusted slightly for better synchronization.
The opening credits were carefully digitally recreated.
The expository text at the beginning and the end title card are presented using a combination of the Simitar DVD (to retain the entire image) and the Classic Media DVD (to reduce artifacting around the text itself).
The English Toho logo comes from the Godzilla vs. Gigan Blu-ray by Kraken Releasing.
The textless riot montage was recreated using a complicated patching/masking process for one shot and reverting to the UK VHS source for the others; the VHS source presents the film in roughly 1.85:1 and so does not fill the entire 2.35:1 frame, but is placed appropriately within it.
The Toho transfer is typically missing a handful of frames at the beginning and end of each reel. Where the missing frames couldn’t be compensated for in a satisfactory fashion, the sound/sync reference was trimmed to match what was there.
So you can all blame this on @lesbabeths and @percyyoulittleshit. They were talking about Percy’s body type, so me being me and having 0.00 chill, I decided to share my HCs about ALL the demigods’ body types. All of them are depicted as they appeared at the end of the Heroes of Olympus series, and they are also wearing the underwear I HC them wearing. From the top:
Percy Jackson: 6′ (1.83m); Percy is based on a mix of Michael Phelps and classical Greek sculpture. He is described as muscular, but the recently mortal Apollo can fit into Percy’s shirt, so Percy cannot be too brawny, otherwise the shirt would be super baggy. Still, Percy’s sword training, swimming, and horse riding necessitate a strong core and legs, and the sword-play especially requires strong forearms to dexterously wield the blade. He wears boxer briefs, since they provide support and fit with Percy’s more lackadaisical attitude.
Annabeth Chase: 5′9″ (1.75 m); Annabeth is based on track and field athletes. We do not get much description of her body in the books, except that Leo calls her “tall scary blonde,” so I chose her height early on and went from there. Annabeth is a capable warrior but only ever uses a dagger until she picks up the drakon-bone sword in Tartarus, so she does not need much upper body strength. Her strength comes from a strong core and legs that she uses to outmaneuver opponents before striking. Annabeth seems like a pretty practical girl, so I think her underwear is only practical as well: sports bras and some generic ones as well for daily use.
Rachel Elizabeth Dare: 5′4″ (1.63 m) So the books say that Rachel is “slim,” but I decided to go with a plus-size model body type for her. The fact that she is curvaceous in a way that Annabeth is not probably fueled Annabeth’s jealousy in PJO, and besides I like to encourage body positivity. Call me crazy, but for some reason I think Rachel has the BIGGEST collection of the laciest underwear ever. I have no logic for this HC, but it feels right.
Hazel Levesque: 4′11″ (1.50 m) Hazel is described as being short, so I decided to exaggerate it a bit here. Since Hazel prefers a long cavalry sword she has pretty good shoulders and upper body strength, and since she rides often she has core and leg strength to keep herself in the saddle while striking. That is why she has such thick legs, much like Merida from Pixar’s Brave. Underwear from the 1940s and 1950s was mostly comprised of high waisted underwear and pointed bras that were not practical for intense exercise, so I chose a sports bra and modern high-waisted underwear instead.
Frank Zhang: 6′9″ (2.05 m) Mars was a noble war god, but Ares was all about the fear and terror of battle, and what could be more terrifying in battle than a giant running towards you on the battlefield? I have spoken before on my HCs on how Frank’s blessing should have been handled, so think of this as a continuation of that line of thought: even though Frank now has the “ideal” warrior’s physique, it is freakishly so, and causes a new host of problems that Frank did not have before.The emphasis on his shoulders and pectorals are mentioned in the books, since those are the muscles that are the showiest and most intimidating. I considered giving him a more veiny, bodybuilder-ish look, but Mars is still a war god, and having so little fat is not practical. Frank probably alternates between compression shorts during training and boxer briefs at other times.
Leo Valdez: 5′6″ (1.68 m) Leo is the ONLY demigod with a confirmed height, and while I expected him to look shorter in the lineup, I realized that Leo was supposed to be more of an everyman than the other demigods, so it fits. Even though Leo is the child of the smithing god, and smiths are often very bulky, Leo is not a smith; he is a tinkerer, and having no visible muscle tone furthers Leo’s feeling of not belonging. Still Leo keeps a cheerful façade, so I thought printed boxers suit him nicely.
Jason Grace: 6′1″ (1.85 m) Jason is described as one inch taller than Percy and also thicker, so I based his body on Roman statuary. While the Greeks emphasized a more sculpted look, the Romans emphasized a more smooth look, so while Jason may not have abs like Percy he is just as strong. Jason also sports the Roman “aquiline” nose. I chose to go with briefs for Jason not just to differentiate him from the other boys, but because they are the most practical of men’s underwear, supportive and with the lowest fabric requirement, i.e perfect for Jason.
Piper McLean: 5′4″ (1.63 m) Piper’s body type is straight up copied from the Venus di Milo, which is a Roman copy of a Greek original, something that seems to relate to Piper. Piper is not a warrior, though she can fight, but is not a defining trait of her character, so I chose to go with a softer look; no particularly defined muscles, but with a slight tummy. In keepinh with Classical ideals, Piper is not very busty, perhaps that is why she never thought of herself as beautiful in a world where the bust is so emphasized. Like Rachel, Piper also probably likes some more traditional underwear, and while I like to imagine that she sheds the “not like other girls” mentality, for now she does not go too extravagant with the undies and keeps it simple.
Reyna Avila Ramirez Arellano: 6′2″ (1.88 m) Romans pride strength in battle above all else, so Reyna needed to be well built. I chose to make her tall as well to give her a natural charisma and presence among the troops. Strong arms allow her to wield a sword, combined with a stacked core and strong legs for her Pegasus-riding. Reyna also keeps it simple with her underwear, using sports bras and compression shorts to keep from chafing when riding.
Nico di Angelo: 5′2″ (1.57 m) They say that short people are so angry because they are closer to Hell. I’m not sure how true this is, but Nico seems determined to prove it. Malnourished as a child, Nico has probably stunted his growth somewhat, but the still keeps up enough strength to kill monsters and fight alongside a legion of dead Romans, so he must have some muscle tone. As noted before, the ‘40s were keen on high waisted gear, but I could not find any modern underwear that fits the bill, so Nico probably uses boxer briefs as well.
Will Solace: 5′9″ (1.75 m) Will is described as having a “surfer’s body” so I started from there. He has tone but it is not too much and there is a layer of fat over everything.He works out a couple of times a week, as per his own doctor’s orders, but Will is not a warrior. Also, boxers seem to fit his laid-back attitude and lifestyle nicely. Credit where credit is due, his face and hair are based on @cherryandsisters‘ design, since to me, hers is the definitive Will Solace.
ADDENDUM I: @pepemclean asked about body hair. I really did think about it, but it is SO HARD TO DRAW so I forwent it on this round. I might go back and add it, but for now just know that Nico, Jason, and Reyna have lots of body hair.
During the premiere this particular 16 second long shot and Weaver’s delivery got a round of cheers and applause. It was at this moment that any doubt as to whether this film was going to be a success evaporated.