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Gamera: The Giant Monster

Eiji Funakoshi , Harumi Kiritachi , Noriaki Yuasa  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, JunichirÂÂ' Yamashiko, Yoshiro Uchida
  • Directors: Noriaki Yuasa
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035CVB30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Gamera, The Giant Monster is a lot of fun and its 16:9 widescreen transfer provides American viewers the first real opportunity to see the film on big, widescreen TVs in all its city-smashing glory. --DVD Talk

Product Description

During the height of the Cold War, East-West tensions lead to a nuclear disaster when a Soviet bomber is shot down over U.S. airspace in the Arctic! Massive radiation from the atomic explosion awakens an ancient, gargantuan creature, a long-forgotten legend of the lost continent of Atlantis: Gamera! Unleashed from its glacial tomb and proving impervious to all man-made weapons, the colossal chelonian smashes a cataclysmic swath across the globe! Can the scientists of the world, led by Dr. Hidaka (Eiji Funakoshi), find a way to stop this invincible supermonster . . . or is mankind doomed?

Directed by Noriaki Yuasa (who would oversee all eight of the original Gamera entries of the 1960s and 1970s) and created by the same studio that brought Zatoichi to the screen, Daieis titanic terrapin became the only true rival to Tohos King Of The Monsters. Gamera was able to hold its own at the box office and secured a place in the hearts of kaiju eiga (Japanese Monster Movie) fans around the world.

Now, for the first time on DVD, Shout! Factory presents the original Japanese version of Gamera with new English subtitles and anamorphic widescreen from an all-new HD master created from vault elements!

Bonus Features

* A Retrospective Look at the Gamera Franchise

* Audio Commentary

* Publicity Gallery

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GAMERA!!! THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. KNOW YOUR GAMERA. August 17, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase

#1 The first version is the japanese original GIANT MONSTER GAMERA.

#2 This version (the second ) is the first version released in America in the 60's.

The dubbing (By SPEED RACER's Peter Fernandez) is excellent and new

scenes with American actors Albert Dekker (DR. CYCLOPS) Brian Donlevy

(CURSE OF THE FLY) and Allen Oppenheimer (The voice of Skeletor) were added. Very entertaining and well produced.

#3 The third version was the SANDY FRANK version released on video in 1987.

it is a straight dub of the japanese version, but the voice acting is inferior to the

#2 version. This is the version that aired on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and

should be avoided. Buy the above version instead.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Here is a brief history of Gamera before we get on to the DVD release...
In 1965 Gamera was created by Daiei to compete with Toho's Godzilla. The first film was a more serious effort. The plot is very simple. Gamera arises from the Arctic to destroy Japan, & he does . Is there nothing to stop the giant turtle from destroying Japan and the entire universe ?
The special effects in this are good for the most part, save for some obvious toys used but the miniatures used and the Gamera suit were well done. I feel this movie is a little underrated and gets a bad rap at times but overall it is entertaining and a lot better than later releases..
Before getting to the 2010 DVD releases here are some notes about previous releases to home video of Gamera
Sinister Cinema carried a USA version of Gamera called Gammera the Invincible - this version had extra scenes with Albert Dekker (Dr. Cyclops) and Brian Donlevy (he was Professor Quatermass & was in some excellent film noir movies such as Impact, the Glass Key,etc). This version also contained the Gammera song. A few years ago this same version appeared was released by Alpha DVD and other low budget DVD companies..
Another USA version of Gamera came out, simply called Gamera minus the USA Gammera footage, minus the original credits , replaced by what I call the "water credits scenes" where this movie and 4 others all had credits on water. These are called the Sandy Frank versions and were released on VHS from Celebrity Video (and a laserdisc distributed by Image entertainment) These also contain a different English dubbing.
These versions were used for Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes for Season 3 as well as the KTMA Season - the earliest MST3K season.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time Gamera got his due credit......... September 22, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Giant Monster Gamera (LBX , SUBS).
For many years these films have been produced on cheapy SLP tapes , and never subtitled..Now , it is. The movie is one that any true Kaiju fan should buy if not , only rent it then. The film has been completely remastered and its uncut.
In the film , Gamera is awakened by a plane that crashes into the artic. From there on Gamera goes on a killing spree , but not because he's violent , instead the creature is hungry.(Don't beleive me? check out the cover's reverse side) After destroying much of Japan the beast is rocketted into outer space.... Other movies are.. Gamera Vs. Barugon , Gamera Vs. Gaos (Gayos , Gyaos) , Gamera Vs. Viras , Gamera Vs. Guiron , Gamera Vs. Jiger , Gamera Vs. Zigra , SuperMonster - Gamera (yuck) , Gamera : Guardian of the Universe , G2 : Advent of Legion and G3 : Awakening of Irys (Iris)...All are okay but maybe not to all....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Gammera The Invincible May 24, 2010
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This is Gamera: The Giant Monster. Sorry folks this only has the Japanese version with English subtitles in what looks like 2:35.1 widescreen. (that's the really long one). The commentary track though informative sounds very low, at least on my player it does. There's a documentary with interviews of the original creators of Gamera, and a photo gallery. Now for the gripe. I WISH AMAZON WOULD HAVE THE COURTESY TO SEPARATE THEIR REVIEWS! Gamera: The Giant Monster and Gammera the Invincible are two different movies on two different DVDS distributed by two different dvd studios. Shout Factory for this. Alpha Video for the other. It's absolutely unfair that a person clicks on this product then sees the bad reviews that are meant for the other one and a sale is lost, or at least an unfair bad impression is made. I know some people take the time to discern, but others do not. So how 'bout it Amazon. How 'bout separating the reviews, after all I'm NOT reviewing Gammera The Invincible. I'm reviewing Gamera: The Giant Monster.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Flying Turtle Gets Respect! August 28, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
After many years and cheap, SLP-mode speed video re-releases of various titles from the "Gamera" movie series, someone gives the giant, flying turtle the respect he deserves. This video is the original Japanese film, letterboxed with English subtitles. The print of the film is superb and the story tells a slightly different story than the American cut. While not the terrible monster that Godzilla started out to be, Gamera was a fast favorite of Japanese children. This movie, with its surprising ending, will be a great film for kids and for parents to relive their memories of the flying turtle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars American version.
There are actually three versions of this movie; the original Japanese version, a dubbed version and then a version with American actors spliced into the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tardis
4.0 out of 5 stars love this film, hate that the AIP dub isn't included
If you love giant monsters and aren't too stuck up, then Gamera is for you. If you prefer artsy-fartsy stuff then you probably aren't reading this, except by accident. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hose Nose
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gamera Quality Available in the United States
Don't even think about buying any other releases that those that come from Shout Factory. Even the Japanese releases on Blu-ray will not give you the multiple English soundtracks... Read more
Published 4 months ago by NvadR
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla fans must!
Godzilla fans will love this movie! no complaints, price delivery and condition were all great! My BF is a Godzilla buff among other collector genre's and he loved this to add to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adrianna MacAllister
4.0 out of 5 stars the horror!
I'm a fan of the cheesy Japanese horror filmsI'm a fan of the cheesy Japanese horror films!
A must have for the true fan.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Tony. Moffett
1.0 out of 5 stars Turtle Soup for the Kaiju Crowd
Low-budget kaiju nonsense with murky cinematography, special defects and bad acting. "Gamera" (1965) remains unwatchable in any language - a definite nadir of the genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamera Gamera Gamera
If you love the giant monster movies like Godzilla, you should like Gamera The Giant Monster. Gamera is a giant turtle that flies by fire shooting out of his shell. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best English dubbed copy you are going to find on dvd
Supposedly two english dubbed versions were created for this film one with english actors added with extra scenes and one without all of that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars It isn't Godzilla, but it's still interesting.
Anyone interested in film history should see this movie. Once.
The DVD is really good. The film is actually quite beautiful at times and the quality of the DVD helps.
Published 10 months ago by Jared R Towler
4.0 out of 5 stars Its in Japanese
I bought this for my 7 year old son. He liked the Godzilla movies and I thought I'd show him another monster I watched as a kid. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Larry F
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