Natural and Industrial Resources of the Communist Bloc Dimitri J. Tosevic, The World Crisis in Maps (New York: Wilfred Funk, 1954)
(Note that the Baltic countries are shown as satellites like Poland, not part of “Soviet Russia”. Ukraine and “White Russia” are labeled, but shaded with the rest of the USSR – none of the other republics are labelled. For a map that does something similar, see here.)
Big ups to @redmenaceofficial for working their butt off and providing us with what is currently, beyond doubt, the definitive version of Godzilla 1985. Given the rights issues surrounding Godzilla ’85, the Red Menace Reconstruction is likely to remain the definitive edition for some time to come.
This fan reconstruction uses footage from Toho’s HD transfer as well as material from various DVD sources to recreate the dubbed US version of Monster Zero in HD as accurately as possible. The US version’s editing was matched as closely as possible, and the visuals unique to the US version 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 Simitar widescreen DVD to ensure accuracy, but uses the Classic Media audio (synchronized to the Simitar audio) to avoid some volume and balance inconsistencies in the Simitar audio.
The opening Henry G. Saperstein/UPA logos, most of the opening credits, and the Lake Myojin/Washigasawa location titles were carefully digitally recreated.
The expository text at the beginning, the English newspaper headlines, the English insert of Namikawa’s letter to Glenn 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 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.
This fan reconstruction uses footage from the Monsters HD TV broadcast recording of Godzilla 1985 and Toho’s transfer of The Return of Godzilla to recreate Godzilla 1985 in HD as accurately as possible. The US version’s editing was matched as closely as possible, numerous on-screen captions from the Japanese version had to be covered up, and the original subtitles for the Russian dialogue were carefully recreated.
The Japanese footage was sourced from the Kraken Releasing Blu-ray as opposed to the TV broadcast recording used for previous versions, so the TV station icon is no longer there.
The Toho transfer has had its contrast adjusted to help alleviate the issues with the black levels and also been slightly color corrected.
The opening credits have been stabilized somewhat.
The English subtitles for the Russian dialogue have been carefully digitally recreated based on an Australian VHS rip that featured the original optical subtitles.
Grain has been applied to the entire project to help the standard-definition US footage blend a bit better with the HD Japanese footage.
While most of the film is accurate frame-for-frame, some minor differences in the timing of cuts and reel changes between the Toho and MHD transfers means that some shots will be about a frame out of sync - this isn’t noticeable while watching, though.