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Gamera: The Giant Monster

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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


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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, JunichirÂÂ' Yamashiko, Yoshiro Uchida
  • Directors: Noriaki Yuasa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035CVB30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Steigman on March 1, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JACK LOBO on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Clark on October 4, 2010
Format: DVD
Shout! Factory's first Gamera DVD release (overlooking their Elvira's Movie Macabre edition of Gamera, Super Monster) finally gives the monster the respect he deserves. The video and audio quality are fantastic. Extras include a booklet, original Japanese trailer (with subtitles), a Gamera series retrospective featurette (with not 100% accurate subtitles, but subbed nonetheless), publicity image gallery, and an informative audio commentary by kaiju authority August Ragone. The DVD lacks the original US version Gammera the Invincible, or the Sandy Frank-released dub from the 80s. Despite these shortcomings, this DVD should belong in every kaiju fan's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mills on August 4, 2010
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In the mid-60s, Daei Motion Picture Company produced their first kaiju eiga (monster movie) in direct competition with rival Toho Studios' popular Godzilla franchise. Helmed by neophyte director Noriaki Yuasa, the ambitious production was shot in B&W (to help camouflage the special effects team's inexperience) and released in 1965 as DAIKAIJU GAMERA, or GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER.

An unidentified, though clearly hostile (the U.S. version explicitly calls it Soviet) bomber plane is shot down by the U.S. Air Force in the arctic, and its nuclear payload detonates, releasing a gigantic, prehistoric turtle from the ice. This monster, Gamera, which can breath fire and actually fly by means of jets which cause it to spin like a flying saucer, heads South toward Japan (of course), and begins to wreak havoc as it searches for nourishment in the form of thermal energy (i.e. fire). As Japan's Self Defense Force and an international group of scientists attempt to find a way to halt the titanic tortoise's rampage, a young boy becomes convinced that Gamera is his pet turtle and keeps interfering with the authorities' efforts.

Released in America in heavily-altered form 1966 as GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE, this new DVD release from Shout! represents the first time that the film has been available in this country in its original form. In this film, Gamera is definitely a threat, creating considerable havoc, and laying waste to much of Tokyo in its search for sustenance. Even here, though, the monster shows signs of becoming the "friend to all children" that he would later become, when he (inadvertently?) saves the life of a small boy (much to the viewer's annoyance).

DAIKAIJU GAMERA is a very entertaining sci-fi movie with a decidedly goofy, but endearing creature.
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