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Postby kpa » Sun May 31, 2009 9:35 pm

SciFi Japan has an extensive interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi, the director of the notorious colorized Italian version of GODZILLA known as “COZZILLAâ€
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Postby Tyler E. Martin » Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:15 pm

It looks like nobody else is biting, but that was quite a nice interview. I never heard much about "Cozzilla" before, but now I'm definitely interested. But from the looks of things, I doubt we'll ever see a legitimate release, at least not anytime soon.
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Postby SeaHawk » Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:57 pm

Interesting article, but I would like to make one correction: Germany didn't receive the Raymond Burr version, they actually got an edited, dubbed version of the Japanese cut.
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Postby kpa » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:25 am

Tyler E. Martin wrote:It looks like nobody else is biting, but that was quite a nice interview. I never heard much about "Cozzilla" before, but now I'm definitely interested. But from the looks of things, I doubt we'll ever see a legitimate release, at least not anytime soon.


I think a US DVD is unlikely, but Luigi Cozzi feels there's a good chance for an Italian release since a company there but the home video rights. So anyone who would like to see COZZILLA on DVD should contact Yamato Video and let them know. Their contact info is listed at the end of the article on SciFi Japan.


SeaHawk wrote:Interesting article, but I would like to make one correction: Germany didn't receive the Raymond Burr version, they actually got an edited, dubbed version of the Japanese cut.


Thanks for the correction!
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Re: Italian Colorized GODZILLA Director Luigi Cozzi Intervie

Postby godziwolf » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:24 pm

[quote="kpa"]SciFi Japan has an extensive interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi, the director of the notorious colorized Italian version of GODZILLA known as “COZZILLAâ€
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Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:23 pm

Its wierd...but from some of the stills...I think that Cozzilla actually manages to capture alot of the atmosphere of the black and white film...the colors arent real and it creates an otherworldly, nightmareish tone
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:48 pm

What King Ghidorah said about the otherworldly-ness of the film is what makes me want to watch it so badly. I'd love to see it in motion.
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Postby KaijuZoo » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:59 am

MekaGojira3k wrote:What King Ghidorah said about the otherworldly-ness of the film is what makes me want to watch it so badly. I'd love to see it in motion.

Just making sure everyone noticed the link to the film on Google video. Keep in mind that this is a herky-jerky multi-generation VHS copy so that's one reason to contact Yamato Video at info@yamatovideo.com to ask for a better quality DVD release.
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Postby Zack Metoyer » Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:02 pm

Maybe Classic Media will release the US, Italian, and German versions of Godzilla together on Blu-ray.

Because that'd be the only way in hell I'd forgive them for releasing Gojira by itself.
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Postby SeaHawk » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:24 pm

I think all major versions of the film are so different, that they would need separate releases.
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Postby we77964 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:37 pm

The moive was on youtube.
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Postby ryuuseipro » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:38 am

we77964 wrote:The moive was on youtube.


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Postby G2KMaster » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:14 am

Here is my review of Cozzilla:

As many of you may know, I am a die hard kaiju fan. Though some people have told me that I need to be more than just a kaiju fan for the people who make the films think of super adicted fanboys to be odd but also it is "unhealthy". While I have made it my duty to not be akward like the stereotypical nerd (Revenge of the Nerds anyone?), I still manage to be a mega nerd when it comes to brains. And all who have them know about the colorized version of Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Now, most casual fans would not watch this version and since most casual fans I have known/seen, I would not prefer it unless stuff I mention in this review becomes rather to your liking. But to the rest of you, you have not had the full Gojira/GKOTM till you have scene this obscure yet obscene version out of the heart of Italy.

Now, this is what I take as the begining of when black and white movies were to be colorized. But, thoes who complained about the colorization look of the original King Kong are going to faint when they see what has happened to their beloved Godzilla. Edvidently, gels were put onto the film, therefore giving almost every shot in the film just one color (usualy yellow or blue). Kind of reminds me of a Kitamura picture, since Kitamura likes to color code his sets. The colorization I felt was more symbolic than anything. Not really done for the sake of there needing to be a colorized version since the original two versions were in black and white but just because. Really sloppy at first glance, but you get used to it by the time the cast get to Odo Island.

The Italian dubbing is much like American dubs done in Hong Kong. They are lifeless except for the Italian dubbing Raymond Burr. That was good. The storyline is though not changed at all from the original versions but rather use synonyms in the translation.

The SFX of the film is where the real changes come into play. The film is usualy started with Goji's breath attacking the boat or the scene where Steve Martin for a couple of seconds wakes in the debris of Tokyo. This film does something which is IMO a big plus for the film: shows footage of the atomic bomb, before and after. This is perfect to go along with an edited version of the original Godzilla, no sarcasm intended. I really did like it. The only thing is the music, which makes me think of something between a phycological thriller and some kind of bad metal show.

The Godzilla footage is rather done alot of harm. While little kaiju footage has been taken out, we still got one thing comming: replaying of the same footage over and over again. With the train station sequence extended by 3 minutes and the main attack on Tokyo extended by 5 minutes, you get alot of repetition and alot of disaster footage (from WW2 and from other events) comming your way. What realy makes it good though is that while the film is thematic enough if you see past the strong, ugly colors, but there is a scene that you would think that Godzilla is done attcking Tokyo and he is about to go into the ocean where the JSDF planes will scare him off. NO! This is not the same in this colorized version. Godzilla actualy attacks the JSDF, causes a gigantic wave to wash all over Tokyo, and all around the coast line - bombs the sixth of the size of the A-Bomb explode. And while all of this is happening, we got all sounds seemingly surpressed with the only soud you are supposed to be hearing is the prayer being sung. Really, it is the only scene in which this version can triumph over the Japanese and American versions of the film. Really feels like the end of G2K and feels like a Coppola directed scene. Such beauty.

Another really altered scene is where Ogata and Serizawa plant the Oxygen Destroyer. More suspence is added, only with there being added footage of a shark attacking an octopus before Godzilla's presence. Once the Oxygen Destroyer detonates the chemicals into the watry composition, Godzilla rises up for his final roar and all of this stock footage of a whole armada of Navy battle ships attack Godzilla. While this is not what happened in the US or JP versions of the film, it does make sence as to why this added scene actualy leaves no plot holes that at that exact moment Godzilla was vulnerable to weapons since the Oxygen Destroyer would have most probrably already weakened his hide. While I do not think this should have been added to the film, I do think it is a very interesting addition that makes the film more action packed so if you watch GFW and want more action, watch this film. The rest of the film is realy just like the US print, with part of Shinkichi's parent's deaths come, it is the JP version audio till US footage comes then the film goes on.

Overall, the film is nothing that people should really hate (says the guy who has a D-WAR obsession). But the film pales in comparison to both JP and US versions. While excelling in some areas, the coloring is just bad and some of the stock footage from Italy's film archives should have really been picked out better.

I give this film: 7/10
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Postby TXKaiju » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:57 pm

I have to say I was very impressed by what I just read. I have always been against the idea of colorizing Godzilla but now I think it might be a good idea. At least have both a colorized version and the original B&W version.
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Postby The Dark Uniter » Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:14 pm

I just read the article. I didn't even know that a colorized cut of Godzilla even exist until now. Sadly I went on the site and I can't speak of a word of Italian, but hopefully in the future they'll release it.
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Postby TXKaiju » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:34 am

I went back and read the article and noticed that Fangoria used the same image on issue 1 thats on the Italian 1956 Godzilla movie poster. But a colorized version of Godzilla that I would not mind seen.
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Postby kpa » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:23 am

TXKaiju wrote:I went back and read the article and noticed that Fangoria used the same image on issue 1 thats on the Italian 1956 Godzilla movie poster. But a colorized version of Godzilla that I would not mind seen.


Just to correct/clarify that, David, Fangoria #1 used the poster art Luigi Cozzi commissioned in 1977 from artist Enzo Nistri for his colorized and recut version of GODZILLA. When the Americanized version was first shown in Italy as GODZILLA IL RE DEI MOSTRI back in 1957, a completely different movie poster was used...

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Postby TXKaiju » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:31 am

Hi KPA I think there were at least 2 diffrent Italian Godzilla movie posters back in 1957. But one of the posters artwork was indeed used for the Luigi Cozzi poster. As a collector of kaiju movie posters I wish I had a copy of an unused Godzilla cozzi poster. But the artwork on Fango issue 1 was one of the Italian posters image.You can double check at the Tokusatsu movie poster site which is what I did because I was curious about it.
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Postby kpa » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:53 pm

There were two different posters designs used for the 1957 Italian release; both are shown side by side on Toho Tokusatsu Movie Poster site and neither one used the same "mushroom cloud" artwork from the COZZILLA poster. In the interview on SciFi Japan, Cozzi himself explained that he commissioned the artwork from Enzo Nistri in 1977 and he owns the original painting... there's even a photo of Cozzi with the artwork towards the end of the interview.

I think you got confused because the Toho Tokusatsu Movie Poster site does indeed show two posters with the COZZILLA artwork listed along with a 1956 release date. But if you look at the "mushroom cloud" posters depicted on that site you can see both have the logo for Cozzi's "Spectorama 70" colorization process, plus the top line on the posters reads "Luigi Cozzi presenta"... that without a doubt proves the posters are not from 1956 since Cozzi would have been 9 years old that time.
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Postby TXKaiju » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:23 am

Well KPA what ever the case may be I still would not mind having the Cozzi Godzilla poster. I could probley get a regular Italian Godzilla movie poster but the Cozzi version would be an awesome collictiable!
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Postby The Dark Uniter » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:46 pm

So did anyone have luck emailing Yamato to release Codzilla on DVD? I just email them last week, I menton in the email how Godzilla fans would love to collect and own this treasure of Godzilla history since its a colorized version of the movie and how bootleg copies of the film is in extremely bad shape.
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Postby Psycho Soldier » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:13 pm

This is a very old thread, but I figured I'd resurrect it to post this new video from Ed Glaser. There isn't much in the way of new info for us, but it does contain footage from the actual movie, so I think some of you will find it worthwhile for that: http://neonharbor.com/the-psychedelic-v ... ever-seen/
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Postby lhb412 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:51 am

I just discovered the original music theme to 'Cozzilla' on youtube. It's a glorious electronic version of the 'Prayer for Peace' song from the original film... but, like, if it was in a John Carpenter film.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:34 pm

lhb412 wrote:I just discovered the original music theme to 'Cozzilla' on youtube. It's a glorious electronic version of the 'Prayer for Peace' song from the original film... but, like, if it was in a John Carpenter film.
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