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Gamera Vs. Barugon

Kojiro Hongo , Ky√'ko Enami , Shigeo Tanaka  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kojiro Hongo, Ky√'ko Enami, Yuzo Hayakawa
  • Directors: Shigeo Tanaka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CNQPMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,202 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gamera Vs. Barugon" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Freed from the Z Plan capsule, Gamera attacks a dam upon his return to Earth. Meanwhile, a private expedition to retrieve a rare opal in New Guinea unwittingly unleashes the malevolent Barugon. Virtually unstoppable and able to freeze anything in its path, the monstrous lizard turns modern cities into glaciers until Gamera arrives to challenge the marauder! But even the fire-spitting terrapin becomes trapped in the creatures frozen grip. Can one of the explorers, Keisuke Hirata (Kojiro Hongo, Satans Sword), and a New Guinea native, Karen (Kyoko Enami, The Woman Gambler), help to defeat Barugon before it plunges Japan into a new Ice Age?


Gamera Vs. Barugon, the second entry in Daiei Studios monster series, was directed by veteran Shigeo Tanaka (The Great Wall) and is more lavish than the original in terms of scale and scope it was shot in spectacular color! Noriaki Yuasa (Gamera, The Giant Monster) was charged with helming the visual effects for this outing, and the results are fantastic. For the first time, Shout! Factory presents Gamera Vs. Barugon in an all-new HD anamorphic widescreen transfer, both in Japanese with English subtitles and English audio.

Bonus Features:

* Audio Commentary With August Ragone And Jason Varney

* Publicity Galleries

* Original Movie Program

NOTE:Please turn off the commentary in the bonus features, to access the subtitles option on the DVD player & select the preferred language subtitle.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barugon: A Rare Gem 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamera vs barugon 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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4.0 out of 5 stars the 2nd Gamera movie finally gets a great release 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good.
Published 13 days ago by Charles Roscher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality
Best American release quality ever! This is one of the few that has only the Japanese soundtrack not sure if there ever was a english track the others seem to have the english... Read more
Published 7 months ago by NvadR
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE QUAILTY BUT WISH IT HAD INCLUDED THE ENGLISH DUB TOO!
I've been a fan of horror films since I was a wee lad and some of my fondest memories come from watching late night TV Horror Host Dr. Shock. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Gameraat his best.
The shout company who has reproduced the old Gamera Movies, has produced the best looking version of these flims I have ever seen. My son remarked that they look like HD Quality. Read more
Published 17 months ago by W. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank-you SHOUT! Factory for bringing us the best Gamera movie in its...
Gamera Vs. Barugon, the second in Daiei's Gamera series, is well-paced, serious-minded and adult (for a giant monster movie), a blast of wild, inventive Japanese giant monster... Read more
Published 17 months ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars gamera
this is a fantastic movie a little dark for a kids film but the only problem is that it doesn't have dual audio
Published 18 months ago by Anonimus
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Gamera films of the Showa era and Gamera itself is...
First and foremost, Shout! Factory has done an excellent job with the release of these DVDs and this film has never looked\sounded better! Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Lethal G3cko
4.0 out of 5 stars English please!!!
Don't get me wrong, I dig foreign films but when I want to get my Godzilla/Gamera on, having to read the subtitles and listening to that tinny, yackety Japanese soundtrack while... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Shopaholic1969
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamera vs Barugon
Following being shot into space at the end of GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER, the colossal chelonian returns to Earth, and he is not happy. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Gman
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Gamera !!
This is awesome! As a monster movie fan, Godzilla was the one I used to root for, now I have switched sides and must say that Gamera is the number one movie monster for me. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Robert Benjamin
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