Toho's Godzilla 4K Restoration Project

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Goji wrote: Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:10 am However, I have heard that Arrow are "intimidated" in working with Toho, given how difficult they can be to work with, but I can't remember the source of that information.
I believe it's in this Kaijucast interview with James Flower and Matt Frank? I could be mistaken.

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this sounds really good! I can't wait for rips to surface online!
I'm going to keep my eyes and ears out there
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4k images plus some comparisons for Invasion of Astro-Monster, supplied by Andre

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Here is some comparison images
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Those look great, much better color.
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Damn, I really hope western fans get a chance to get these someday, I love astro monster, and those look phenominal
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Geez. Those are beautiful. I haven’t splurged on KKvsG yet (!), but if they put any of the ‘64/‘65 trifecta of films on 4K disc I will absolutely be blowing the cash on them. Even without subs or dubs
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Seems very consistent with the Matsuri transfer from a few years back. I can't check that right now but I think very few of the screenshots above come from the full length version, for which a multi-gen element was used. The title card is one, and I think that shot of Glen and Fooj might be another, but I believe all the others are in the Matsuri version. As with Mothra vs. Godzilla, how the dupe element shots look compared to the rest of the movie is what I'm most interested in.

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canofhumdingers wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:34 am if they put any of the ‘64/‘65 trifecta of films on 4K disc I will absolutely be blowing the cash on them. Even without subs or dubs
No question, those would be day one purchases for me, and I'd advise any hardcore Godzilla fans who also happen to be videophiles to do the same. IMO it's a no-brainer.
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I will gladly buy fresh Blu Rays using these transfers or 4K discs if I AT LEAST get English Subs. I'm not about to watch the films in pure Japanese with no dialogue translations.

Beyond that, the restoration work looks great....maybe in a few decades technology will finally allow these films to look better than the perfection of the HiVision masters, long may they reign.
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So is Astro Monster restoration work completed or just general some images while work is done? I have to say these appear to be getting done quicker than I anticipated AND so far have been looking great.

Definitely sad there's a good chance these won't make it to US market 4K disc.
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Tohosaurus wrote: Sun Jul 04, 2021 7:58 am So is Astro Monster restoration work completed or just general some images while work is done?
It's already been broadcast.
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Terasawa wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:01 am Seems very consistent with the Matsuri transfer from a few years back. I can't check that right now but I think very few of the screenshots above come from the full length version, for which a multi-gen element was used. The title card is one, and I think that shot of Glen and Fooj might be another, but I believe all the others are in the Matsuri version. As with Mothra vs. Godzilla, how the dupe element shots look compared to the rest of the movie is what I'm most interested in.

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canofhumdingers wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:34 am if they put any of the ‘64/‘65 trifecta of films on 4K disc I will absolutely be blowing the cash on them. Even without subs or dubs
No question, those would be day one purchases for me, and I'd advise any hardcore Godzilla fans who also happen to be videophiles to do the same. IMO it's a no-brainer.
Compared to the Matsuri scan the 4K is for sure a lot sharper but the 2019 version has a more lush array of colours

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^Do you have any comparisons that illustrate the difference between the matsuri and 4K versions? I’d be curious to see how they compare.
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canofhumdingers wrote: Sun Jul 04, 2021 6:51 pm ^Do you have any comparisons that illustrate the difference between the matsuri and 4K versions? I’d be curious to see how they compare.
I'm a beginner so I'm not allowed to post photos at the moment
However I would recommend looking up a comparison video from spacehunter m comparing a clip of the Matsuri version to the hi vision and then coming back to see what it looks like next to the 4k

Personally I like the matsuri version has that Sony look for me

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“The perfection of the Hi-Vision masters” would sound like bait coming from literally anyone else.
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I actually have a copy of the Matsuri scan and I have to say comparing it to the hi vision wow just wow I took a few screenshots and compared them to one another the screenshot I took for the high vision was off a YouTube video and it looked god-awful (I know YouTube has some really dreadful video compression but still)

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I'm just amazed Toho is producing video with some actual natural colour timing, I was getting tired of all their films looking brown. I'm curious how they are going to tackle the Heisei series.

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Malchik wrote: Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:36 pm I'm just amazed Toho is producing video with some actual natural colour timing, I was getting tired of all their films looking brown. I'm curious how they are going to tackle the Heisei series.
The brown tints on the blu-rays were just unnatural

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A little off topic but it's worth mentioning that news has recently come out that criterion is joining the 4K market.
Could we possibly see king Kong vs Godzilla in 4K from them??

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Goji wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:42 pm “The perfection of the Hi-Vision masters” would sound like bait coming from literally anyone else.
The hi vision masters range from decent at best to hot garbage at worst

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MONSTER MANIC wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:05 am A little off topic but it's worth mentioning that news has recently come out that criterion is joining the 4K market.
Could we possibly see king Kong vs Godzilla in 4K from them??
You have a higher likelihood of a new Gamera movie being made in the next 10 years before Toho allows their 4k releases to make it to the North American market. KKvsG may be owned by Universal stateside - and yes, a 4K version of the John Beck would be more likely to happen - but they're still at Toho's mercy for whatever materials come their way for the Japanese version.
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