Old Region 3 DVD of GMK from Hong Kong?

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Old Region 3 DVD of GMK from Hong Kong?

Postby Shokara » Wed May 16, 2018 6:08 pm

I'm trying to gather some information about this DVD, because I've heard that the English subtitles on this are much more accurate to the Japanese dialogue. If anyone knows anything about this, just how accurate are these subtitles? Like, could anyone quote some of them if it's not too much trouble? I'd really like to know if I should indeed track this disc down. I believe it's this one? http://www.digitalmonsterisland.com/gmk.html If anyone has knowledge of this I'd really appreciate it.
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Re: Old Region 3 DVD of GMK from Hong Kong?

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed May 16, 2018 10:33 pm

I'm glad Digital Monster Island is still around. That's a great website.

According to Jim Ballard's review of Universe Laser's region-3 GMK DVD on the old Tokyo Monsters website, the "main selling point for the disc is the accurate subtitles, but other than that you're far better off picking up Sony's Region-1 release."

The downloadable English subtitle script that was available on Tokyo Monsters was actually transcribed from the Universe Laser DVD's subtitles. I've got that subtitle file saved. Here's a downloadable link via Google Drive. It's an 89 KB .ssa text file which you can open in any text editing program and read at your leisure. It syncs up with Sony's region-1 DVD so you can use that DVD and this script to burn yourself a DVD-R copy of GMK with these subtitles.
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Re: Old Region 3 DVD of GMK from Hong Kong?

Postby Shokara » Wed May 16, 2018 10:36 pm

Benjamin Haines, you sir, are a godsend. Thank you. May the kaiju gods bless you by deciding to not stomp on your home the next time they attack your hometown.
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Re: Old Region 3 DVD of GMK from Hong Kong?

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri May 18, 2018 2:48 pm

Credit goes to Jim Ballard for transcribing Universe Laser's subtitles and making them available on Tokyo Monsters back in the day. Here's a link to the archived guide to making DVD-R copies of your DVDs with accurate subtitles.

I think I'm obligated to note that anyone making DVD-R copies should do so only for their own personal use and that distributing bootleg copies of Godzilla movies to anybody will lead you straight to Hell.
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Re: Old Region 3 DVD of GMK from Hong Kong?

Postby Dr Kain » Sat May 26, 2018 11:02 am

I used to own the Region 3 DVD and I can definitely say the subtitles are far more accurate than Sony's. However, the video quality was lackluster even by 2002 standards.
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