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Gamera vs. Monster X / Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (1970)

Tamio Kawaji , Yko Yamamoto , Haruyasu Noguchi , Noriaki Yuasa  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tamio Kawaji, Yko Yamamoto, Yuji Okada, Kji Wada, Tatsuya Fuji
  • Directors: Haruyasu Noguchi, Noriaki Yuasa
  • Writers: Gan Yamazaki, Nisan Takahashi, Ryz Nakanishi
  • Producers: Hidemasa Nagata, Hideo Koi, Masaichi Nagata
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEDUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gamera vs. Monster X / Monster from a Prehistoric Planet" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Relive the Golden Age of Japanese monster films with this pair of titanic adventures! First, Daiei's fire-breathing, flying turtle Gamera returns to battle a horned beast, Monster X, released from a stone statue moved from Wester Island. Facing off in Osaka, they create a demolition derby of destruction you won"t soon forget! Then Nikkatsu Studios takes its turn in the monster sweepstakes with Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, made as Dai Kyoju Gappa and also shown as Gappa: The Triphibian Monster. In this loose, unofficial remake of Gorgo, a baby reptile-bird monster is captured and taken to Tokyo where its agitated mother and father come looking to reclaim their offspring!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Long Time Coming March 3, 2004
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Having very fond childhood memories of this movie, I have been waiting a long time for this film to arrive on VHS or DVD. Retromedia has kindly provided the film on DVD, and I am most grateful. (Now, I hope that Retromedia will release Gamera vs. Gyaos on DVD!)
1) Opinion of film: Several things stand out: a) a monster that reproduces via parasitic larvae--this movie was way ahead of its time--and shoots darts out of its head, which is really neat; b) I liked the fact that Gamera was a friend to children, and the children had exciting and (sort of) plausible adventures to save his life--as a kid, I was fascinated by the children taking a sub into Gamera to find out why it was sick and then saving it from the parasite; and c) I was also greatly amused by Gamera sticking telephone poles in its ears to protect them against loud noise.
Although the film looks very different to these adult eyes, I still enjoyed watching it, and my children did, too. The more recent Gamera films from the 1990s are far superior in most every way, but this film was a special treat for me as a child, and I'm glad to own the DVD of it.
2) Opinion of DVD: All of the DVD versions that I have seen of the old Gamera films look faded with poor color. Although you can tell the print is old, this one isn't as bad as some.
This movie is pan-and-scan; I have never seen a completely widescreen version of this or any other old Gamera film, though the fight scenes suggest that they were filmed that way. (Gamera vs. Barugon is a good example, and I can't help but remember seeing fight scenes of that in widescreen--none of the VHS or DVD versions of that film are widescreen, though, so I can't confirm that.) Nevertheless, this version does mirror what I saw on TV as a child, so I won't complain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS..... November 29, 2004
I just saw this film for the first time ever. I am 33 and I never cought
this one when I was a kid. And boy oh boy I just cant say enough good things about this. This is on a par with RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS and WAR OF THE MONSTERS. A decent and fairly realistic opponent for Gamera is featured and the plot is really clever.
Far better than the previous films, DESTROY ALL PLANETS and ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS and the awful one's that followed, GAMERA VS. ZIGRA and GAMERA SUPER MONSTER.
I WAS REALLY ENTERTAINED BY GAMERA VS. MONSTER X!!!!!
My only complaint about this disk is the awful muddy copy of MONSTER
FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET. This same terrible print is also being offered by Alpha Video, Lazer and Brentwood. I like nostalgia, but I
never saw a print this bad on TV when I was growing up. Orion Home Video's VHS tape from about fifteen years ago was far superior. Other than that its a pretty good monster movie. It was originally called GAPPA- THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER or MONSTERS but American
International changed the title when the sold it to TV in a package with
VOYAGE TO A PREHISTORIC PLANET.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun Gamera flick, but Gappa... February 24, 2006
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Gamera flicks have rarely been known to be good movies, but Gamera vs. Jiger (or Monster X) isn't half bad...of course, it isn't half good, either, but it's entertaining enough for the kiddies, and has some rather creative elements, but, like all of the Showa Gamera R1 dvd's, the transfer is absolutely horrid, but the dubbing is only somewhat painful. Get it to complete your collection.

As for Gappa, aka "Monster From a Prehistoric Planet," it's a nifty extra treat for kaiju fans...if you enjoy absolutely awful dubbing and rather sub-par SPFX. The Gappa monsters themmselves are basically combinations of Godzilla and Rodan, but they're still pretty creative (especially their roars).

Overall, a decent disc, considering that it's the best that we're going to get here in the US.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Monster X on dvd! February 15, 2004
By A Customer
Okay, the dvd is not good quality. But it isnt supposed to be. I think this is a cool look at these movies just as they appeared on TV in the 70's and 80's. After all the dvd is released by a company called RETROmedia right? So why would you look for widescreen and all kinds of modern features? If you enjoyed watching these movies back in the day on TV, you will probably like this disc. GAMERA VS MONSTER X is a rare treat, not seen on tv or an officially released video in years. MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET makes a cool bonus. Overall, an enjoyable journey into the past for me, but if all you care about is quality of the prints instead of the movies you should stay away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh November 11, 2005
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I'll do each in different catagories.

GAMERA VS. MONSTER X

When a group of ignorent explorers accidentally unleash a demon powerful enough to destroy all life, Gamera must confront the beast and stop the end of the world. Jiger(aka Monster X) is a cool foe of Gamera's and can be safely said as one of Gamera's much tougher opponents. The dubbing is aweful, the acting is mediocre, and there are a few obvious fight mess ups unedited(when Gamera's head starts to lean offly far to the right in the second battle), but the movie has a solid outline and is very creative compared to some of the movies in the saga. Definately one of the better Showa Gamera films. OVERALL: A

MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET

The Japanese remake of "Goro", the film is about exxplorers who uncover a baby dinosaur and bring it back to Tokyo. The baby monster's parents wake up, realizing the baby is gone, and head for Japan in rage. This film is very droll and long. The two parent monsters are ok, but the baby Gappa is hidious and pathetic. Another Minya, if you will. The destruction parts are cool, though. OVERALL: D+

DVD

This DVD is fairly poor in quality. There are sadly no extras and the video is mediocre. Not much of a DVD. The audio is pretty good, unlike the video. OVERALL: C-

IN TOTAL

This is not the best DVD out there. If you are going to buy this, get it only for the Gamera film. OVERALL: C
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamera vs. Monster X/Monster from a Prehistoric Planet
Gamera vs. Monster X is a movie about Gamera fighting a monster known as Monster X aka. Giger. The two monsters battle and as usual Gamera defeats Monster X. Read more
Published on March 27, 2009 by Paul Corti
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Gamera films
Although the first three of the Showa series are the best (Gammera, the Invincible, War of the Monsters and Return of the Giant Monsters), this one is just as good as those three... Read more
Published on June 26, 2008 by A. Alfonso
4.0 out of 5 stars Good two-fer for monster movie fans
Great double-feature for a dull evening: two classic "guys in rubber suits" monster films featuring much destruction of toy cities, improbable plot twists, and hysterically bad... Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by happydogpotatohead
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best in Showa Gamera Series
The movie is slow and it takes a while before it gets going, but when it does, the movie is pretty good. Read more
Published on December 7, 2005 by GameraRocks
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamera vs Monster X
My favorite kaiju movie I almost forgot, I saw this movie once when I was a child & liked it. But they never gave it again. I finally found it here at Amazon. Read more
Published on September 18, 2005 by Michael Montalvo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Gamera Movie! Poor Quality Copy!
When you see a message at the beginning of your DVD that says "We have done our best to preserve the quality... blah blah blah" then you know you've just been had. Yep! Read more
Published on August 13, 2005 by Rory T. Penland
1.0 out of 5 stars How in God's name?
What is this garbage you call a film? I can see the guy in the suite through an open cut on gamera! When he is attacked by the monster called Xianga, he bleeds for about 5 minutes... Read more
Published on December 16, 2004 by Robert Sauls
1.0 out of 5 stars Survey says... X
I don't expect the type of features I would see on a collector's edition of Citizen Kane when I am getting a dvd of a classic monster film, however some basic respect to the... Read more
Published on May 1, 2004 by "bensonhurst1"
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