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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

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A plan to dump radioactive waste at sea is disrupted when a mysterious atoll appears at the dumping location. That atoll proves to be something altogether different when hideous flying reptiles, the Gyaos, attack a nearby island-and the atoll rises from the sea. It is Gamera! The super turtle combats both a misguided military and the man-eating Gyaos, with help from a courageous naval officer, an intrepid ornithologist and a beautiful young psychic. Don't miss the most incredible slam-bang, knock-down monster slug-fest ever as Gamera turtle-waxes the evil Gyaos through downtown Tokyo in GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE!

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  • Actors: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yukijirô Hotaru
  • Directors: Shûsuke Kaneko
  • Writers: Matt Greenfield, James Shanks, Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Hiroyuki Kato, Matt Greenfield, Seiji Urushido, Shigeru Ohno
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844JH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe" on IMDb

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Serafini on January 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
First, you must be a fan of this Genre'. With that understood, this new take on the old "Gamera vs. Gaos" movie is truely a 5-star effort.
The special effects were suprisingly good. Still using rubber suits and beutifully detailed models, this movie keeps the old charm. And now, the tasteful use of Digital effects for Gamera's Fire Ball Breath and Jets, brings this movie into the nineties.
It is enjoyable and fun for kids young and old. I recommend it highly to all fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Kullman on September 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This 1995 film is as I see it a totally new approach, to the Japanese giant rubber monster genre. This film has a tight script, a heavy soundtrack and is cut in a faster pace than the Godzilla films of the 90s (And Godzilla 2000 for that matter). I've watched this film over and over, and I still enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it!
The origin of Gamera has been rewritten in this first film in the new series (G2 1997, G3 1999); Gamera is not an ancient race of giant turtles, that has accidently been awaken by nuclear testing - He's/She is some leftover biotech weapon from the anchient civilazation of Atlantis! He's left as an guardian against the people of Atlantis biggest biotech blunder; The Gyaos!
The story; A population of Gyaos have hatched on a island. The islanders and a professor and his team gets eaten. A huge floating atoll is found in the pacific - Is there a connection?
The Gyaos move in towards the Japan mainland, and attempt is made to capture the creatures. The Atoll inreases speed towards this location, Gamera arises in the harbour - The battle can begin!
A very enjoyable movie! Contains not so much digital effects as the later Gamera films - The gyaos for instance look very rubbery. But Gamera new "flame trower" is impressive. It's also fun to see him do the real Kaju thing; Wreck the tokyo tower...
The most remembered line in this film; "I would like to take you out, in a monster free Tokyo..."
This dubbed version has a more pumped up sound track then the subtitled version.
Looking for Gamera 2 and 3?
In Japan a Dvd box has been released, containing G1/G2/G3 that carry English subtitles. Japanese Dvd:s does however have a region 2 coding. Try to find Cd Japan, Japanese site, in English - That's all info I can give here
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on April 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Gamera began his cinematic life in the 1960s, in a series of kid-oriented Japanese monster movies. A giant, jet-powered, flying, saber-toothed, fire-breathing turtle, Gamera may sound like a ridiculous concept to some, but to others (like me!) he's a beloved film icon.
Well, Gamera is back in a big way in "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe," a 1990s update of the classic character. Remakes and updates are always tricky undertakings, but screenwriter Kazunori Ito and director Shusuke Kaneko have done an excellent job. The secret of their success is simple: they remain true to the original concept and characterization of Gamera, while bringing a high-tech 90s sensibility to the execution.
In this film, ancient monster Gamera is reawakened to the contemporary world. He forms a telepathic bond with a young woman, and engages in fantastic battles with a species of predatory flying reptile known as Gyaos.
This new "Gamera" is an exciting, superbly made film. A coherent script, good performances by an engaging human cast, effective special effects, and a thrilling musical score all contribute to the film's overall success. The filmmakers have expertly blended the excitement of an action film with the timeless feel of myth. And most importantly, this new Gamera retains the quirky charm that made his earlier incarnations so memorable. Fans of Japanese giant monster films will be in heaven when they see "Gamera."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on March 9, 2004
Format: DVD
When director Shusuke Kaneko and screenwriter Kazumori Ito revived the kiddie kaiju hero Gamera, they also revived the kaiju genre itself. The pair reached back beyond the day glow colored kiddie slug fests of the late 60s and 70s, stretching all the way back to the genres golden era, the 50s and early 60s. Rather than treat the flying turtle as a joke, they drafted an intelligent and mature monster story that builds to the city crumbling battles every fan of the genre knows and loves. This is the movie to show friends and family who think watching man in suit monster movies is strictly for kids. Highest recommendation.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mojo Jojo on June 17, 2005
Format: DVD
I've always liked Gamera. His early films were a little silly, but they had a certain charm. It's inevitable that Gamera gets compared to Godzilla, and I think that's a real shame. Both are great monsters with very different styles. Godzilla is the Terminator of the kaiju scene. He's an unstoppable force with very little finesse. But Gamera is the kung fu master of giant monsters. Like watching a Jackie Chan film, you never know what quite to expect.

This first film of the new series is damn impressive. The story is clever. And Gamera's new origin makes him a good guy, so we're rooting for him in a way we rarely get to with Godzilla. But what makes or breaks a kaiju film for me is the fights.

This has some great ones, full of twists and turns. More than once did I wait in sheer suspense as I wondered how Gamera would defeat his foe, and I was blown away with his eventual triumph. (Hope that doesn't ruin the movie, but I assumed everyone already knows he's gonna win in the end.)

The next two films in this series are every bit as worthwhile. So I say it's a big universe. Big enough for Godzilla and Gamera to coexist peacefully. Of course they are giant monsters, and monsters tend to fight.

Gamera vs Godzilla? Never gonna happen. But wouldn't it be cool?
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