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Gamera Vs. Barugon [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kôjirô Hongô, Kyoko Enami, Yûzô Hayakawa, Takuya Fujioka, Kôji Fujiyama
  • Directors: Shigeo Tanaka
  • Writers: Niisan Takahashi
  • Producers: Masaichi Nagata, Sandy Frank
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Celebrity Home Enter
  • VHS Release Date: June 1, 1989
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302069262
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sequel to Gamera

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rainey on July 24, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Shout! Factory releases of the Gamera series are easily among the best--if not the best--of any daikaiju films in the United States. They're reasonably priced, present beautiful, widescreen prints of the original Japanese versions of the movies, and offer several extras--including booklets in the package with additional info on the films, in this case a retrospective of his involvement with Gamera vs. Barugon by star Kojiro Hongo. Furthermore, the upcoming Gamera releases are double features--Gamera vs. Gyaos/Gamera vs. Viras and Gamera vs. Guiron/Gamera vs. Jiger. This release of Gamera vs. Barugon also offers an insightful commentary by August Ragone and Jason Varney.

Originally presented as a TV release, titled War of the Monsters, by AIP-TV in 1967, Gamera vs. Barugon is arguably the best of the Showa-era (1965-1970) Gamera films. With a far more mature plot than the rest of the series, superior special effects, and a fine musical score by Chuji Kinoshita, the movie offers a lot more for daikaiju fans than fodder for MST3K, which certainly can't be said of most of the Gamera series.

The film opens with a flashback to the original Gamera and his voyage into space via Plan Z. But as the story proper begins, the rocket crashes into a meteor, and Gamera returns to Earth, initially attacking Kurobe Dam in Japan to satiate his craving for energy. Next, we meet a rather shady group of adventurers, who are plotting an expedition to New Guinea, to recover a giant opal that their leader, Ichiro Hirata (Akira Natsuki), found during World War II and hid in a cave.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Kullman on October 23, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is the second instalment of the first Gamera series. It's the follow-up to Daei hit Gamera the invincible (Aka Giant monster Gamera). The first Gamera film was shot as a back up plan after a crashed film project, and with a shoe string budget. In this film the filmmakers had had a much bigger budget to play with, it's also in colour. Gamera is here, as in the first film, bad to the bones, and a friend of no one...
Story; In the end of the first film Gamera was jettisoned into space in a pod, in transit to mars. The pod is however smashed by a huge interstellar rock; Gamera is released! He/she returns immediately to earth! The first thing Gamera does is to smash up a power plant, in search for food/energy, with a disastrous result when a dam collapses.
3 men goes to New guinea, to recover a huge opal another man have hidden in a cave 20 years earlier. They get warned in a local village, that evil spirits live there. They find the opal, however greed grabs one of them, only he returns; One is dead, and the other left in the collapsing cave. However it's no opal...
Exposed to infrared light, it hatches - Barugon is born! Barugon seems to be invincible; The freezing vapour from the tip of his tongue, is a horrific weapon - Even Gamera is defenceless!
However a girl from the village in New guinea, with a fistsize diamond, says she knows a way...
It's a good film, made with a big budget - I liked it very much!
The negative as, in all of the early Gamera films, the monster suits are a bit crude.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Steigman on April 15, 2010
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Gamera vs. Barugon was the sequel to Gamera. This entry, plus Gamera, & Gamera vs. Gaos are considered to be the big 3 of the series. In this film, Gamera escapes from his imprisonment in Outer Space & flies back to Japan, destroys a dam and goes into seclusion. Meanwhile a group of 3 men go to an island to find a missing opal in a get rich quick scheme. To make the long story short, the "opal" turns out to be the egg of which Barugon is born. He grows into monstrous proportions & begins to level Japan. Barugon is a pretty unique creature (as were most in the Gamera Showa series) - a quadruped with a long tongue which freezes things, a rainbow ray from his back and a bad case of overbite. Barugon & Gamera battle each other to the death more than once in this monsterfest. What happens next - watch it and see!
What makes this movie superior to later releases is that this movie has pretty good character development, betrayal & lessons in morality. Obviously get rich quick schemes do not work :)
At this point in the Gamera series, Gamera wasn't really a good guy sort to speak. The fighting with Barugon to me is more of a fight for dominance, just who is the Alpha monster. Gamera wouldn't become 'good' or the friend of children until later in the series.
This movie like most of the Gamera series had 2 distinct English language versions. One is the AIP dubbing, & while the other is what I call the Sandy Frank dubbing which was released on VHS from Celebrity Kids Video. This dubbing contained the water credits & wound up on MST3K TWICE.
The episodes are KTMA Episode K04 + Episode # 304.
As for this DVD release, I am led to believe that this will contain only the Japanese language version which is great to see & hear it how it was intended.
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