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Gamera: Ultimate Collection V1 (4 Pack) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I099JWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First Time On Blu-ray!

See How It All Started!

Restored to their Original Japanese Cuts!

The first 4 films of Daiei Studios monster series Gamera are unleashed and available on Blu-ray for the first time! Your favorite giant turtle returns to Earth leaving no fire-spitting scene behind. Beautifully captured to their lavish original cuts, viewers can experience four-times the thrills of this legend sci-fi classic like they have never seen before!

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles!

Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965)

The first entry of this Sci-Fi epic takes place midst the peak of the Cold War, as conflict between the East and West transforms into a nuclear disaster! This atomic explosion releases more than massive radiation, it awakens an ancient and long-forgotten legend of Gamera!

Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)

Once the fear of Tokyo, Gamera returns to Earth to save it from the malevolent monster Barugon who is able to freeze anything its path. This unholy battle between fire and ice challenges the survival of mankind while bringing them an incredible slam-bang, knock-down monster slug-fest!

Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967)

The third entry of this classic monster series continues when a volcanic eruption awakens Gyaos, a gigantic vampire-like bat who has a ravenous hunger for blood. Gyaos is Gamera s most popular foe, returning in four more films (not counting the stock footage in SUPER MONSTER). Can the fire-spitting terrapin Garmera defeat this nocturnal beast?

Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

The reign of terror continues when aliens take two boy scouts hostage to blackmail Gamera into aiding their invasion of Earth. When that plan fails the giant alien leader Viras battles the flying turtle in a duel to the death.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Now if your familiar with the kaiju genre you should know who Gamera is. A giant turtle who released upon mankind thanks to a nuke waking him up. What followed are a series of films where he fights completely crazy looking monsters that Earth (or some kids). This is no Godfather or Citizen Kane in terms of quality but it gets the job done and can give you some good laughs. For the price of 15 bucks I recommend this to any fellow kaiju film lover, these films looking amazing in this bluray. Now if your new to Gamera I suggest the Trilogy which a far more serious take on the monster. ALSO I must warn you this is a bargain pack, each fil come in Japanese with English SUBS and no English DUB. Also this bluray contains no extras.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showa Gamera 1965 to 1968 June 5, 2014
By Kevin
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These are the first four Gamera films in their original Japanese releases, subtitled, no dubs and uncut. I am a fan of the Heisei trilogy of the late 1990's. Now I watched those movies first so I was already a Gamera fan before buying this set. I was well aware of their campiness, well more than campy, these films are absolute bonkers. The idea of Gamera is absurd. Think about it, giant turtle with tusks, breathes fire, and in the old films, he can fly through space. Not just fly, but fly IN SPACE! Not everyone can wrap their heads around that and it is one of the reasons why Gamera has enjoyed nothing more than cult status in the West compared to his more familiar rival from Toho. Supposedly Gamera is right up there in popularity in Japan second only to Godzilla. I will write a brief review for each of the four films

Gamera: Comparisons to the Godzilla films are inevitable in the first two Gamera films. The first film itself is not the best quality. The acting seemed phoned in. The black and white made Gamera look scarier, but he will look goofy soon enough and honestly, there isn't anything wrong with that. He is so much more lovable that way. The sets are amazing. Amazing. Like whatever money they did not spend on the suits and quality actors, they spent on the sets. Besides the FX scenes, the film would have been forgettable if not for it being the first Gamera film.

Gamera vs. Barugon: The main monster of this film is not to be confused with Baragon who first appeared in Toho's Frankenstien vs. Baragon, then Destroy All Monsters and finally Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant All-Out Monsters Attack. Basically they took the concept of Baragon, gave him a longer horn, shorter ears and changed the "o" to a "u" and they have another monster.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Thanks to Mill Creek for releasing these films on Bluray, but seriously guys, who did the transfer and encoding?
As mentioned by John Field and others in their reviews, the first film "Gammera The Giant Monster", has a series of light, yet noticeable lines throughout the film and add to that a few sound dropouts in the first few minutes. I found you could deminish the "lines" on the screen by watching in "cinema" mode, but that's really not the point. They shouldn't be there. And to top it off at 0:04-22 when an unknown bomber explodes there's a frame that's completely pixelated. It's a very poor job. I checked it on two bluray players and the computer and got the same pixelated frame each time. So I went to slow-mo and there it was. Ok, it's only one frame, but it should not have happened. The other 3 films are in colour and "OK" for the most part although "Gamera vs. Barugon" has an odd "jump" at 0:09-07. I was so looking forward to this release, and honestly I've been left feeling a little disappointed by it. 3 stars, it's "JUST OK".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gamera is GREAT!! July 24, 2014
By Brian
I finally purchased this after seeing the new Godzilla movie. And these are CLASSIC Japanese giant monster movies!!! They really cleared up the pictures of these films. And I really enjoy how these are!
So wheather you are new to the genre or a die hard fan, this is a great product to have!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd Picture Prioblem on first Film April 30, 2014
I just viewed the first film which is in black and white. The image has a distinct problem that cannot be ignored. Spread throughout the image is a series of light, yet noticeable lines. These lines run horizontal and appear as what looks like some kind of video noise. These do not go away. The other three movies which are in color, are fine. Anyone else notice these? If this was caused in the mastering process, it needs to be corrected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first half of a great collection. June 2, 2014
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It's always been hard, finding good copies of Kaiju movies...Tokusatsu in general really, but these days it's getting easier and this is proof, yes Gamera isn't a shining example of the best Kaiju. But if you want that, look to Godzilla or the DaiMajin trilogy. But getting 4 in 1 for the price it is, it's certainly worth just having the original audio track and no special features. Just having this alone is a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gamera: The Beginning July 4, 2014
The original movies are fun and show the spirit of early Kaiju movies extremely well.

This 4-in-1 vol. 1 pack is the ideal introduction to Gamera for new fans or to the people who only watched the great new trilogy also on Blu-Ray, though I would recommend a newcomer to start by the three newest movies and them watch the originals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gamera Is Back, Give Him a Rosetta Stone! July 16, 2014
By Spi3000
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I'm going to speak for both Volume 1 and 2 for this review. Well, I may be a major Godzilla fan, but I'm not one to ignore the competitors either. I got into Gamera late teens with the first of the Trilogy, even now I enjoy those films which got me curious on Gamera's older films. Well here was a chance to get them all for under $20 (Amazon Discounts) and in some ways I'm glad but disappointed. Well yeah, it's great to see all the old Gamera films in 2 Blu-Ray cases, but I think this will only suit the more hardcore Kaiju fan, one above my level. Why do I say that? Well, all the movies are only the original Japanese films, meaning no dubs. Which in some cases is fine, I don't mind subs but personally I prefer dubs so I don't have to read, even if the dubbing is bad. But that's not why I'm nitpicking this and I hope people can at the very least hear me out on this argument. Say you have kids who like you are into giant monsters, you show him or her the ropes of Godzilla, now you want to spread their wings on to the competition of the old days. You put in this movie and play the first film on the disc and the kids find out that they have to read to understand the people talking. Oh sure in these movies no one should ever care for story, but let's face facts people, this generation cares for story a lot more than we used to, but you get my point here. Gamera films were childish and still are, and I would even allow some kids to watch it as long they reach a personal age group. But I highly doubt a kid would want to read through most of a movie. As much I like Gamera as it is, this is only recommended to those who are strong fans of Kaiju films who can bare reading subtitles, I would not recommend this at all to those who are early into Kaiju films or giving it to a kid's birthday. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding price
Published 12 days ago by James Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pack 1 of original Gamera films. Only in Japanese w/English subs. Other than that it's a collectors dream.
Published 20 days ago by I-Zombie
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much & you wont be disappointed..
Don't expect too much & you wont be quite soft ( 4 films on 1 disc at 1080i...not 1080p ) with no major artifacts to speak of. Audio via DD stereo...... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Paul Friis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the kiddies
Gamera rocks! Great for the kiddies!
Published 1 month ago by Keith Joel Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent clean up job on some old films.
Some good transfers of the earlier films, the colors were bright and really clear.As for the movies themselves, the first one is in black and white and is your standard Monster... Read more
Published 1 month ago by scikaiju
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value here, and the best it will probably ever look.
OK, so these films haven't been fully restored, ( Hence, given its cheap price for 4 movies), but I tell you, I was quite pleased in watching these movies, Just don't expect... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jake clean
3.0 out of 5 stars Ceap in any way
The 1st B/W movie goes not look very good on this Blu-ray. The other movies are OK. You can tell that they had to reduce the codec to fit all 4 movies on one disc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hedorah
1.0 out of 5 stars rots!!!
big disapointment is written in english but is in japanese.
Published 2 months ago by Tina L. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love It
Published 2 months ago by pm
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought. May be a good learning tool for a student of...
Surprisingly great picture restoration. These are the full length restored Japanese versions of the films. If your into these types of B movies, I believe you will enjoy them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim
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