4K Restoration/1962/Kingu Kongu tai Gojira

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1962 aka

King Kong vs. Godzilla

キングコング対ゴジラ

2008 Hi-Vision Transfer

  • 2008 transfer was "created at Tokyo Laboratory, using a Cintel C-Reality telecine recording directly to HDCAM tapes" [1]
  • missing scenes were taken from SD transfer

2014 Toho Blu-ray

  • Toho's 2014 Blu-ray release has a newer transfer with some but not all restored footage
    • "I finally found "3 rolls of Kingoji's cuts"
    • but "I didn't have the roll 1 part... But I had to get this out, so I was told that I would just blow up the DVD image and release it... . "[2]
  • available on Amazon
  • patchwork from four types of materials:
    1. "A high-vision version of the "cut negative" other than "Roll 1" discovered in 2014.
    2. A high-vision version of the "shortened film" that is the basis for supporting this software.
    3. The one using "American version King Kong vs. Godzilla High Vision" owned by US Universal.
    4. A blow-up of a conventional master (used for DVD etc.) to HD."
      1. "the image is blurry in the scene where "TV commentator Kenzo Tatake" appeared"[3]
  • This master is what Toho supplied for the Japanese cut on Disc 8 of Criterion's 2019 GODZILLA: THE SHOWA ERA (1954-1975) Box Set [4]
    • Note from Criterion's Jon Mulvaney: "The Japanese-release version of KING KONG VS. GODZILLA is being presented as a supplemental feature as received from a pre-existing Toho HD digital master. We are working closely with Toho on this release and the 4K remaster you're referencing was not something that was provided to us for this." [5]

2016 4K Restoration / Digital Remaster (4Kデジタルリマスター)

  • "the negative film of "Roll 1", which had been missing for a long time, was discovered, and a project to completely reproduce the full-length version"
    • "made a "lost frame" by referring to the previous and next frames with digital technology, and worked to connect the movements"
    • "The stereo 4ch cine tape miraculously remained, and I was able to reproduce the stereo sound."[6]
  • "24 minutes were cut when the shortened version was created, and the film that had been lost for a long time was discovered this time, making full use of the latest digital technology to restore it. It revived on the screen for the first time in 54 years as a remastered version."[7]
  • "pure domestic film was completed and completed without using any film owned by US Universal" [8]
  • "The total number of negatives is 10 volumes. The film, which had a total length of about 8800 feet, was manually repaired, and 4K digital scan was performed for each frame by ARRISCAN. Scanning at 4K is about 2 frames/second, and the data per frame is about 50 MB. Grading is performed with Quantel Rio 4K, and in addition to screening of 4K projectors, playback is performed with a professional master monitor and home 4K TV to check the color adjustment. Restoration to restore film scratches, dirt, dust, splices, fading marks, etc., one frame at a time is completed using 4K compatible film restoration software such as MTI's Nova, Digital Vision's Phoenix, and HS-ART's DIAMANT. I am making it. For audio, the stored 4-channel stereo cine tape data is restored and adjusted for use."[9]
  • "when I scan a negative, it's in a state called "LOG." This LOG is like capturing all the information contained in the film. So, if you make the dark part brighter, you can see the details...I also shoot the bright part with the details visible when I sunk it a little, so the range of color adjustment is tremendous. It's wide, so even if it's a video, you'll be able to see where you couldn't see it by scanning the LOG and adjusting the colors from there.”[2]
  • The Tokyo Development Laboratory restore team created 12 missing frames
    • Yoshinori Kato, Chief of Restoration Group (加藤良則氏)
    • Jun Yamashita, Colorist (カラリストの山下純氏) [10]
    • Hayato Komori, Archive Coordinator, Video Production Section (小森勇人さん) [11]
    • Toshifumi Shimizu (Archive Manager) (清水俊文氏)
  • "so the biggest feature of this restoration is "a sense of unity" anyway. It can be said that "King Kong vs. Godzilla" has finally become "a movie" [12]
  • "About 10 people took about 3 months to finish"
    • "He was able to reproduce even the parts that were not visible on the film, such as the sweat of the characters."
    • "I could see the piano wire (which moves Godzilla). On top of that, while removing scratches and dirt this time, the "technique" of the time, such as the piano wire, was left intact."[13]

2019 4K edit fix

  • cut back to Godzilla after Kong looks to see if his hands are burnt is restored (1:27:58)
    • " In the rebroadcast this time (2019), it seems that the editing was done again, and it was completely restored to the original state at the time of the first release! "[14]

More links

2016 Broadcast on Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel (Japanese Movie Specialty Channel)

2016 Tokyo International Film Festival Screening

DCP Screening in Japan

Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Release

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References