More utterly fantastic Blu-ray covers and disc art for my Ghidrah reconstruction, courtesy of Video Collector from OriginalTrilogy.com. The yellow version is based on the US poster art used by the Walter Reade Organization/Continental Distributing, while the white version uses Toho’s original Japanese poster art. The full-resolution copies will be included with the MKV version of the reconstruction!
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - 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 dubbed US version of Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster in HD as accurately as possible. The US version’s editing was matched as closely as possible, and the title, credits and Walter Reade Organization logo were carefully recreated.
The Toho transfer had its contrast and saturation boosted slightly in order to alleviate its rather flat appearance.
While a “first draft” of the project was prepared using the Classic Media DVD recreation of the US version as a reference, it was revised using a VHS rip, meaning that the numerous errors in the CM version are corrected here.
A sound synchronization error, present in all available versions of the dub, that affected much of the scene of Naoko and Shindo at home and extended into the What Are They Doing Now?/”Call Happiness” scene, has been corrected.
The audio for the US version was largely sourced from a PAL DVD released by an Australian company called Siren. This DVD featured an original scan of a 16mm TV print, meaning it had higher sound quality than any other available source, all other releases being made from an old videotape master. However, the Siren version is full of splices and gaps in the audio as well as some audio distortion, so many small portions of the soundtrack had to be carefully patched using the audio from the Classic Media DVD.
The Walter Reade Organization logo was reinstated before the title card. The version used here was in effect a collaborative effort: The icon and text were recreated by Video Collector from OriginalTrilogy.com, and placed/scaled using an actual image of the logo. The recreation made by goji1986 from Toho Kingdom for his Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster reconstruction was used as a reference for the starfield; I made the background.
The original “The End” title card was recreated using the Siren DVD as a reference; its “stretched” appearance (similar to the opening credits) is apparently how it really would have appeared in a scope print.
The Godzilla fandom isn’t exactly well-known for being highly socially conscious, and as such, issues like race and sexuality are very rarely given breathing space in discussion with the wider fandom (outside Tumblr). But with all the talk last night on the sexuality of Naoko Shindo from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, my mind ended up drifting to another - and perhaps, the most important - LGBTQIA hero of the Godzilla series:
Raymond Burr, star of Godzilla, King of the Monsters! and Godzilla 1985 (the “Americanised” versions of Godzilla and The Return of Godzilla, respectively), was gay, though hid it during his lifetime in order to protect his professional career in a much less accepting time. Burr entered into a relationship with Robert Benevides, a Korean war veteran and fellow actor, circa 1960. The couple stayed together until Burr’s death in 1993, after which Benevides was bequeathed Burr’s entire estate, including “all my jewellery, clothing, books, works of art… and other items of a personal nature”.
Earlier in life, Burr married the actress Isabella Ward, but this ended after mere months (culminating in divorce in 1952). The marriage is generally considered to have been a professional move on Burr’s part.
Benevides and Burr owned and operated an orchid and vineyard together, which Benevides renamed Raymond Burr Vineyards after Burr’s death. This isn’t something I see discussed often at all, as the wider Godzilla fanbase at large has little-to-no interest in the LGBT+ issues of the series, and this seems like something people would be happy to ignore or outright deny.
Like I said, I don’t see this talked about often, and it definitely seems like something people would like to know about.