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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!
* A Retrospective Look at the Gamera Franchise
* Audio Commentary
* Publicity Gallery
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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It was very sad when the boy had to give up his turtle. Gamera is a mighty turtle beast.
The DVD arrived as pictured, it worked in our standard DVD player no problem. Read more
You either like Gamera or not. I love these movies. Great fun all the way!Published 8 months ago by R. Fletcher
While I generally dislike this movie, the DVD release by Shout! Factory is awesome on its own. First off, the actual Japanese audio with English subtitles are on here, so I don't... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Moss
I did the voice of Gamera's little friend - a little boy.
...where some hoedads are going ape over the boss surf sounds of this real gas combo! *Heavy Beatboxing* toss out DVD, keep linear notesPublished 20 months ago by Sharon Block