‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Blu-ray Review: A Monstrous Amount of Trivia & Easter Eggs

     August 27, 2019

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Experience the epic monstrous action as legendary Titans collide in Godzilla: King of the Monsters now available on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. Directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Trick ‘r Treat), the film stars Kyle Chandler (Argo, Friday Night Lights), Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring, Bates Motel) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in her feature film debut.

In honor of the chonky boy and a monstrous menagerie arriving on home video, we’ve combed through the release’s extensive special features and commentary to bring you a treasure trove of trivia. The credits alone offer a ton of info on where the monster movie-verse is headed from here, namely: Skull Island. Kong and his cohort are going to have their hands full when Godzilla vs Kong arrives next year. Until then, enjoy this absolutely stacked and feature-packed Blu-ray review.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Godzilla: King of the Monsters:

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS 

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

Commentary by Director Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.:

  • Even the opening logos–including the three footfalls followed by the roar–are a nod to the original 1954 movie, which opened the same way.
  • There’s also a nod to the Halo jumpers in the 2014 film early on.
  • Jackson Jr.’s heroes are: Kobe Bryant, The Rock, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Godzilla
  • There are some Easter eggs in the protest signs
  • The kitchen scene with Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga was part of the reshoots; the original scene was a little too dark and stilted, according to Dougherty.
  • Stranger Things star Randy Havens appears early on here in the Monarch facility as Dr. Tim Mancini.
  • Dougherty calls out Starship Troopers as a source of inspiration for “scary giant bugs.”
  • The reveal of the ORCA is partially a nod to Jaws (as was the name of the Brody family in the 2014 film), and partially a nod to its communication with whales and dolphins.
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    Mothra’s bioluminescence color reveals her mood, ie blue for calm, red for angry.

  • For the wolf scene, there were actual wolf pups eating real meat placed on a fake elk corpse.
  • When the Osprey helicopter arrives to pick up Mark, Sally Hawkins‘ Dr. Vivienne Graham was added into the scene in reshoots. The conversation aboard the Osprey between Vivienne and Mark was also done in reshoots; her character originally showed up once they were on the base.
  • Keep an eye on the tablet revealing the Titan names and bases all over the world. All of the locations have some real-world “quasi-mystical” reason for being paired up in the movie’s Monsterverse.
  • Bradley Whitford‘s Dr. Rick Stanton originally spiked people’s coffee with his flask but it didn’t the cut. His character bio also says that he’s been divorced three times. Another character beat that didn’t make the cut was Stanton’s flirtatious nature with the men and women of Monarch.
  • Outpost 32 is a nod to Outpost 31 in Antarctica in The Thing.
  • The snowflakes used on the Antarctic soundstage were actually made of soap so they’d melt on contact. They had to add digital breath, too.
  • Jackson Jr. and Dougherty differ over whether they think Farmiga’s character is the “bad guy” or not; “She’s a complicated character,” says Dougherty.
  • One of the family flashbacks included an ultrasound of Emma (Farmiga) revealing that she was pregnant.
  • Another Easter egg shows up on the Monarch’s monitors: The “Maser turrets” were special guns that rolled out in Tokyo whenever Godzilla approached the city; here, they’re used to defend Castle Bravo.
  • Dougherty played a metronome as a “heartbeat” for the cast during the scene in which Godzilla swims up to the underwater lab, but it was actually Kong’s heartbeat from the original King Kong.
  • Godzilla’s intimidation display when he buzzes the facility was inspired by zoo animals responding to visitors to their enclosure that they didn’t like.
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    Zhang Ziyi‘s Dr. Ilene Chen is a mythology expert hired by Monarch, as is her “twin” Dr. Ling.

  • Jackson Jr. and his “G Team” trained with their military advisor Hans Bush, who plays Col. Bush in the movie.
  • Jackson Jr. learned on set during this sequence that he was having a baby daughter.
  • The crumbling ice wall in this movie was done by the same VFX company who did the ice wall in Game of Thrones.
  • Jackson Jr. gets the one “F bomb” in the PG-13 movie.
  • Dougherty says that this version of the film would be his director’s cut, as it stands right now.
  • The idea that the Titans can help to regenerate new life through their radiation was a nod to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and its Genesis Device.
  • Rodan died in a volcano in the 1956 film, so Dougherty wanted him to be rebirthed from one in this movie.
  • Fighter pilots include Dougherty and Shields.
  • The moment where Mark asks if anybody is going to come help him and Thomas Middleditch‘s character Sam Coleman responds, prompting Mark to ask, “Anybody else?” was unscripted.
  • The Titans bursting forth from their places of hibernation were added after the fact during the post-production sequences. It added to the feeling of Ghidorah rallying the Titans under his banner.
  • Dr. Brooks, originally played by Corey Hawkins in Kong: Skull Island, returns here, as played by Joe Morton.
  • Another reshoot occurred between Emma and Madison, but only to slightly change up the tone of the conversation a bit; the deleted scene with the sparring session is also referenced here.
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    The cave painting of Godzilla vs Ghidorah is originally seen in Kong: Skull Island.

  • The other Titans, now awake, include the spider-like/crab-like Scylla in Phoenix, the mammoth-like Behemoth in Rio de Janeiro, and the plant-like/rock-like animal Methuselah in Munich. The plant-like Biolante design was apparently a fan creation and submission.
  • The map of survival bunkers behind Madison in the radio room was a late-added visual effect.
  • The scene between Mark and Sam in the rain was a reshoot; the same conversation took place in the plane originally and slowed the pace of the film down.
  • Mothra’s arrival was angelic, but also included old-school cloud tank effects work.
  • Boston was chosen as the scene of destruction for the third act since it hadn’t really been done before. However, even the stadium and field were shot in a parking lot in Atlanta and on set, with digital extensions.
  • This movie also marks the first time Godzilla has a connection with a human being.
  • Apparently there’s a skeleton of another Titan on the outside of Godzilla’s lair; it’s hard to see who/what it resembles, and Dougherty isn’t telling. Or is he?
  • The mountain around Godzilla’s lair is inspired by Mount Sinai while the sea that surrounds it is inspired by supposed ancient designs of Atlantis.
  • Godzilla’s classic theme doesn’t arrive until Godzilla is rejuvenated and rises from the ocean’s depths; it’s also a nod to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon’s arrival of Godzilla.
  • Madison’s rooftop surveillance and the approaching storm was a pre-viz scene they mocked up to help pitch the movie and show what they were aiming for.
  • Just before Ghidorah lands, there’s a moment of silence and a subtle sound cue Easter egg; keep an ear out for it.
  • Poltergeist inspired the scene in which Madison hides from the newly arrived Ghidorah.
  • Jackson Jr.s’ first day of work was the crazy climactic battle when they had a ton of rain and wind-machines on set.
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    Elizabeth Faith Ludlow‘s character First Lieutenant Griffin was supposed to die when the helicopter exploded during Godzilla and Ghidorah’s fight, but they liked her character so much they kept her alive. It also gave the G Team something to do, keeping their comrade alive.

  • Despite the fact that Mothra died, Dougherty believed that she has a consciousness that carries on and is remembered in each rebirth of Mothra.
  • Ghidorah wrapping itself around Godzilla is inspired in part by an old movie poster and also the manner in which constrictors kill their prey.
  • The final shot of Godzilla squaring up against the other Titans, establishing himself as the King of the Monsters, was inspired by Conan.
  • The first cut of the film was 2 hours and 45 minutes, though there are only a couple of deleted scenes on this particular Blu-ray.
  • There’s also some fun gags in the credits like Mothra = As herself, Rodan = As himself, etc.
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    The epilogue that plays during the credits reveals that there’s some co-existence between humans and Titans, who are returning to their natural environments and helping to regenerate the Earth. Be sure to read the headlines, bylines, and redacted texts in each of them. Here’s what it said (via reddit with my own additions); anywhere there’s a [?] means that the filmmakers and crew names were worked into the “redacted text” as little in-jokes:

Footage from U.S.S. Scorpion Submarine revealed the Hollow Earth ruins predate all known human civilizations.  Show ancient humans worshipped titans, forming symbiotic relationships with some.

Others scavenged fallen titans for food, building structures from bones and hides.

Massive horns were created to replicate their calls.

Called some of the creatures gods, the old ones, or dragons. Every culture including [?] worshipped their own titan. Tribes built homes near ‘benevolent’ titan nests to protect against more hostile creatures.

Evidence shows [?] may have even developed telepathic communication with the creatures.

[?] attempted to control them, to use them for warfare. Some titans rebelled against [?] and their human masters. The massive cataclysm destroyed this advanced civilization. Triggered a war between man and monster.

And other survivors scattered across the globe, forming colonies.

As time passed, even oral tradition and [?] were unable to preserve much knowledge of these ancient cultures.

[?] found evidence of these colonies in Egypt, North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

Titans were not invulnerable to [?] and the geological catastrophes that followed.

This cataclysm triggered the ice age, sending the titans into hibernation with [?]

[?] and the surviving pockets of humanity soon forgot their connection to the creatures.

Stories were passed down orally by [?], their history becoming a blur of gods and monsters, myths and legends, fictionalized by time.

[?] inspired Monarch to excavate the ruins of these civilizations and extract truths from their stories.

Their mythology became a centuries-old tapestry for [?] to unravel.

[?[ believed the titans are essential to our survival… That the creatures and [?] are vital to the planet’s ecosystem…

Leading [?] to theorize that if ancient humans lived in balance with the creatures, than so can we.

Monarch scientists embarked on missions with [?] to find dormant titans all around the world.

While [?] found sleeping beasts deep beneath many major cities.

[?] explored ruins in Peru, Vietnam and Easter Island. Some are alarmed by their presence but others are with [?] who believes that many titans are intelligent, even sentient. And [?] considers some to be mystical deities.

Top Monarch operatives [?] captured several specimens. The studies completed by [?] unearthed certain evidence… … that only [?] can restore the natural order.

Not even [?] could bring balance to the world.

With ancient rivalries lurking [?] evidence at 37.218705, 38.855563.

But how long will it take for the fires to awaken and send our own civilization into collapse?

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Bylines:

  • Joshua Smith, Michael Sanders, Ernesto Lobo, Nathaniel Cartwright, Russ Wolf, Sylvia Granger, Alexander Morris, Shawn Parks and Russell Monk, Charles Green, Eric Rogers, Steven Martin, Bruce Clay
  • Mike D. Hegarty (which sounds a like like Mike Dougherty; article is dated October 28, 2019; on that date, maybe keep an eye on this site www.wpkw26.com, which is owned by Warner Bros. but currently not available…)

Headlines:

  • Titans Returning to Natural Environments
  • Monarch Releases Titan Studies to Public
  • Rodan Nesting in Volcano North of Fiji: Thousands Journey to Island to Watch
  • Mysterious Rainforest Blooms in Sahara Desert: Strange New Life Appears after Titan Activity
  • Monarch: Decades of Secrecy Revealed: Format secret coalition now operates with full transparency
  • New Head of Monarch Has Big Plans for Titans
  • Godzilla’s Path Through Pacific Bringing Life Back to Reefs, Restoring Fish Populations
  • Monarch Confirms Ancient Greek Origin of Squid-Like Titan Known as ‘Scylla’
  • Godzilla Keeps Titans in Check: King of the Monsters defends cities from attacks, keeps ‘natural order.’ (This headline is from KPJT News, a fictional news organization in the Arrowverse.)
  • ‘Behemoth’ Titan Restores Deforested Regions of Amazon: Creature’s radiation has rapid-growth effects on local fauna.
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    Scylla Slows Ice Melt in Antarctica, Stabilizing Sea Levels

  • As Ecosystems Heal, 14 Species Taken Off Endangered List (article dated Oct. 21, 2019 at 3:56pm ET; knbs.com is a dead link … for now, but it’s not currently a WB-owned site
  • Ancient Rivalries Between Titans Suspected: Will humans be caught between prehistoric grudge matches? (Another wpkw26.com “article” but no date or byline)
  • BREAKING NEWS: Travelers on the carnival Breeze received a surprise visit from #GODZILLA on Tuesday as they traveled from Miami to Cuba (from the currently not active @wpkw26 Twitter account)
  • Titan Waste Could Be Viable Energy Source; What Environmental Scientists Have to Say About Skull Island
  • Are Prehistoric Plants New Superfood? Massive ancient plants and fruits resurface with Titans, could solve world hunger crisis.
  • Seismic Disturbances Reported on Skull Island: Island’s ability to foster enormous wildlife, including Kong, has researchers baffled.
  • New Titans Drawn to Skull Island?: Home of Kong seems to be epicenter of titan sightings
  • Monarch Boosts Forces Around Skull Island: Mysterious island becoming unstable? (There’s mention here of someone named De La Rosa claiming that Monarch has tried to create organic Titans as a tool for war, and is also developing a “mechanized giant” on Skull Island…)
  • Monarch Finds Massive Egg: Could giant insect egg be a second Mothra … or something else?
  • Ancient ‘Hollow Earth’ Humans Coexisted with Titans: Monarch files reveal ancient civilizations lived ith Titans – So can we?
  • Monarch to Explore Hollow Earth: Monster hunters seek origins of Titans beneath Skull Island
  • What Is a King to a God?: Cave Paintings of Titans Resembling Kong and Godzilla Discovered
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Monarch outposts:

  • Devil’s Tower, Wyoming (Outpost 77)
  • Sedona, Arizona (Outpost 55)
  • Stone Mountain, Georgia (Outpost 53)
  • Castle Bravo, Bermuda (Outpost 54)
  • Isla de Mara, Mexico (Outpost 56)
  • Machu Picchu, Peri (Outpost ?)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Outpost 58)
  • Loch Ness, Scotland (Outpost 49)
  • Munich, Germany (Outpost 67)
  • Volubilis, Morocco (Outpost 68)
  • Cairo, Egypt (Outpost 65)
  • Jebel Barkal, Sudan (Outpost 75)
  • Manpupuner Rock Formations, Russia (Outpost 66)
  • Yunnan Rainforest, China (Outpost 61)
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia (Outpost 92)
  • Ayers Rock, Australia (Outpost ?)
  • Skull Island (Pacific) (Outpost 33)
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Monsters 101 (Each about 2 minutes): These quick clips and catch-ups are meant more for general audiences wondering what each of the monster’s names were, along with their power sets, and basic descriptions. Dougherty’s insights are useful, but having cast members just say, “[This monster] is cool,” is kinda worthless. The more extensive creature-focused features follow afterwards.

  • Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian
  • Mothra: Queen of the Monsters
  • King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine
  • Rodan: Airborne God of Fire

Evolution of the Titans: Godzilla 2.0 (~10 minutes):

  • I love that Dougherty used to draw Godzilla storming various cities in his grade school Bible.
  • The creative team talks about the contemporary takes on the iconic movie monster and how Dougherty updated him for this new version. New upgrades include bigger back spikes and bigger claws, including a chonky upgrade to his general size and bulk.
  • The 2.0 redesign was inspired by predators in the animal world like crocodiles and lizards, but also, surprisingly human gunslingers to give Godzilla an intelligent, relatable style.
  • Godzilla and other monster’s movement were actually created through a combination of motion-captured human performers and VFX augmentations. So yes, the three-headed King Ghidorah was mo-capped by three actors standing together against one approaching Godzilla stand-in.
  • Dougherty stressed the importance of showing scenes that revealed Godzilla’s intelligence and ability to comprehend in order to paint him as a curious and long-lived individual.
  • “Atomic Meltdown Godzilla” took its inspiration from the original films but also give “modern audiences something new they haven’t seen before.”
  • In the resulting explosion, there’s a trace or memory of Mothra’s wing patterns in the energy blast that goes out since Mothra’s death allowed Godzilla to recharge and take down King Ghidora.

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Evolution of the Titans: Making Mothra (~5 minutes):

  • Dougherty admits that Mothra almost stole the movie from Godzilla multiple times, with writer/executive producer Zach Shields guessing that she’d become audience’s favorite monster.
  • Production Designer Scott Chambliss talks about finding the balance of femininity and power in the design of Mothra, along with Visual Development Supervisor Matt Allsop who weighs in on this particular challenge.
  • Doughtery walks viewers through the various stages of Mothra’s growth and evolution. And since she’s been traditionally worshipped as a god, their take on Mothra had angelic traits, like bioluminescence, aspects of praying mantises (which Dougherty hatches and grows every year), and a deadly stinger.
  • Mothra’s soundscape is a mix of different insects, like crickets’ chirps slowed down to the point that “it almost sounds like an angelic chorus”, though her vocalization changes over the course of the film as she morphs. Whatever sounds she makes, they’re all musical and oddly soothing.
  • Pay attention to the audio and visual cues that happen whenever Mothra enters the frame; the movie overall tends to get brighter and more colorful.

Evolution of the Titans: Creating Ghidorah (~5 minutes):

  • King Ghidorah’s golden scales, three heads, and “distinct cackle” are kept consistent, but the monster itself takes inspiration from the Greek mythical Hydra as well as a visual inspiration from Eastern dragons.
  • It’s very entertaining to see the three performance-capture actors standing in for Ghidorah in order to capture three distinct looks, one for each head. Dougherty calls it “the modern way of doing ‘a man in a rubber suit.'”
  • The center head is the “serious alpha who always calls the shots”; the head on the right is more tenacious and wants to fight first; the head on the left is more curious and quizzical. Dougherty really likes this particular head’s playfulness.
  • Ghidora’s sounds include redos of the original sound effects as well as updated sounds, including recordings of hissing snakes and a rattlesnake’s rattle.

godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-rodan-postersEvolution of the Titans: Reimagining Rodan (~5 minutes):

  • The “King of the Skies” is powerful enough to destroy a city simply by flying over it.
  • Part of the reason Rodan was brought into the mix was for a way to introduce dynamic aerial battles, whether it was against the Air Force, Mothra, or King Ghidorah.
  • They had to be careful not to recreate the flying MUTO from the 2014 film, so they went back to basics, from the bird-like appearance and red-to-burgundy color palette.
  • Vultures, eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey were used as influences. But since it hibernated inside of a volcano, its outer skin is actually a shell comprised of molten volcanic rock.
  • The sounds used include owls, penguins, a vulture (named “Steve” who was pretty aggressive), and a group of cranes that regularly visit Dougherty’s mother.
  • Rodan’s loyalty among the monsters, however, is up for grabs and can go either way.

Monarch in Action: The Yunnan Temple (~10 minutes):

  • This setting reveals the birth of Mothra, the first Titan unveiled in the movie. They wanted to evoke a sense of awe and wonder instead of terror and fear, though a mix of both was key.
  • Since Mothra originally came from Infant Island, they wanted to recreate the sort of jungle feel complete with ruins of a primitive and ancient culture. The Yunnan rainforest is used as a stand-in setting here.
  • Lots of behind-the-scenes footage, animatics, and VFX reels show off the step-by-step process of Mothra’s birth and the Titan’s first interactions with humans, both those brandishing weapons and those attempting to communicate.
  • Millie Bobby Brown also gets candid about being there for the birth (and death) of Mothra and what that meant.
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Monarch in Action: Castle Bravo (~6 minutes):

  • Dougherty relished the challenge of reintroducing Monarch, the “dream job” organization that hunted down monsters. And an underwater base would be the ideal “dream home” for Monarch.
  • VFX Supervisor Guillame Rocherone walks viewers through the extensive layout of the flagship base, including research labs, weapons caches, bunkers, artillery posts, and more.
  • The theme of Castle Bravo, “a big, brutalist bulwark built into the side of the mountain” isn’t just man vs monster but man alongside monsters. The facility reflects that.
  • Castle Bravo also sets up the conflict between Dr. Mark Russell and Godzilla, commented on by Kyle Chandler himself. It’s the first step in the eventual understanding between Godzilla and Monarch, specifically Mark who spent his life studying and understanding animals.

Monarch in Action: The Antarctic Base (~6 minutes):

  • Ghidorah’s awakening was supposed to relate to his own nature, “somewhere desolate and cold and dead”, making Antarctica “a no-brainer”, according to Dougherty. It also contrasts with the warmth and life of Mothra’s birth chamber.
  • The mystery of what lies beneath the ice sheet was also a compelling way to tease the mythology of the story and the vast history of Ghidorah.
  • The location is also unique to Godzilla films, giving Dougherty and his team a new battleground for the first confrontation between Godzilla and Ghidorah.
  • However, the entire icy sequence was done on Atlanta soundstages in August. And for the snow? Epsom salt, untold pounds of it. Bradley Whitford and Anthony Ramos have great anecdotes from their time filming the scene.

Monarch in Action: The Isla de Mara Volcano (~12 minutes):

  • Dougherty admits to some wish fulfillment with having Rodan be birthed from a volcano in this movie. The “fire demon” persona was lovingly crafted but also escalated the threat of the Titans in the movie.
  • Rodan is another good example of blending real-world myth and legend with their movie-verse, hence Rodan being a sort of rebirthed phoenix.
  • Tommy Harper headed up the second unit team as director and stunt coordinator with Shield, all coordinating thousands of extras in Mexico to run from the devastation and destruction caused by Rodan.
  • Executive Producer Barry Waldman comments on how bringing the real location into the movie adds a nice shift in the visual scope.
  • Above the volcano location, Rodan takes on the Monarch jets, but also attempts to battle King Ghidorah … and is grossly outmatched. Rodan “bends the knee” to the reigning king of the monsters here.
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Monarch in Action: The Undersea Lair (~7 minutes):

  • This movie is a first in that it shows where Godzilla goes when he dives under the ocean’s surface. The creative team jumped at the chance to design Godzilla’s lair because it hadn’t been done before.
  • The deep underwater lair, full of sunken aircraft, Norse boats, and statues, eventually reveals ruins of a fully fledged city. The culture’s mythology captured all of the monsters of the world as the “first gods”, uniting all of the symbols found across many contemporary cultures around the globe. The underwater lair is essentially a temple to Godzilla built by ancients, and it allows him to rejuvenate at his “day spa.”
  • The team treated Serizawa’s last walk into Godzilla’s sanctuary as if he were transitioning or passing into an otherworldly kingdom, an after-world. Shields pays special attention to Bear McCreary‘s emotional score here for Serizawa’s sacrifice.
  • The only thing practically built for this sequence was the staircase; the rest was all Ken Watanabe (and VFX, of course). Watanabe’s farewell to Godzilla was originally scripted in English but Watanabe changed it to Japanese during the table read.

Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature (~5 minutes):

  • If Millie Bobby Brown ever wants to play a Russian, she clearly has the accent for it already, as seen early on in this actor featurette.
  • Millie Bobby Brown was the first person Dougherty and the team thought of for the role of Madison, to the extent that they used her as a model in the pre-viz animatiion sequences. She commented on seeing the pre-viz as well and wished her 15-year-old self well on seeing the movie, since she was only 13 at the time.
  • Cast members O‘Shea Jackson Jr. and Vera Farmiga also comment on working with her. They sang children’s songs together and goofed around on set, and the “little rascal” as Farmiga calls her, is known for pranking people on set, as you do.
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Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight (~10 minutes):

  • Monsterverse Developer Barnaby Legg and producer Alex Garcia are joined by Thomas Middleditch, Chambliss, Shields, and Dougherty to talk about the extensive amount of weapons, vehicles, and tech used by Monarch to combat the MUTOs and Titans.
  • Special attention is called to the massive ship the Argo, which gave the filmmakers a traveling set of sorts that allowed the actors to get into the middle of the action. Its design is a nod toward flying wings and stealth bombers more so than armored flying aircraft carriers.
  • Farmiga comments on her character’s co-creation of the ORCA to be able to communicate with whales and dolphins, but used to then communicate and control the Titans.
  • The design of the ORCA was an interesting challenge since it had to be a prototype but also durable and mobile. It also came about as a joint effort between prop teams and graphic teams since it had to have an interface that at least appeared functional.
  • Dougherty comments on the “Oxygen Destroyer”, which was used in the 1954 film as a method of ultimately killing Godzilla. Its intended to show just how stupid humanity can be.
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Monsters Are Real (~30 minutes):

  • University of London’s Liz Gloyn, zoological director/cryptozoologist Richard Freeman, author Stephen T. Asma, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, Legg, and Dougherty walk viewers through the real-world history of monsters and how cultures respond to them across space and time.
  • From primitive ancestors to fears in today’s modern world, the prevalence of monsters throughout is explored here. The experts also talk about monster movies and stories as ways to satisfy that limbic
  • The “global monster template” is Freeman’s term for all cultures on Earth having a monster motif, namely the dragon as the most ancient. However, dragons in different cultures represent different things, from either benevolence and powerful deities, to sea monsters, to malicious demons destined to be slayed.
  • Eventually, the conversation moves from cryptids, to bizarre discoveries of animals long thought to be myths, to modern realities of natural disasters and climate change.

Welcome to the Monsterverse (~ 4minutes):

  • This featurette goes back over the short history of the modern Monsterverse, teasing the new monsters brought into the fold with this film, though Godzilla fans will know and love them already.
  • Cleverly, they’re also setting up 2020 Godzilla vs King Kong by asking, “Who really deserves to be at the top of the food chain?”
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Deleted Scenes:

  • Scene 56: “Mark’s Flashback” (Extended Version) – As Mark is being air-lifted and revived, he remembers him and his wife singing Happy Birthday to their son Andrew before he died, followed by a frantic search for him in the wreckage of Godzilla’s battle in San Francisco.
  • Scenes 100-102: “Boxing Practice”, “Argument” and “Radio Room” – Madison takes her boxing training seriously (and aggressively), followed by an extended version of the fight between Madison and her mother, and an extended scene of Madison attempting to contact anyone on the outside from the radio room.

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