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Gorgo (Widescreen Destruction Edition)

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A volcanic eruption in the North Atlantic brings to the surface a 65-foot prehistoric monster. Two treasure divers capture the creature and take him to London where he is put on display in a circus. A scientist is thoughtful enough to point out that the sailors' bonanza is only an infant, and that a full-grown specimen would be over 200 feet in height. Sure enough, Gorgo's mama comes thundering ashore, reclaims her offspring and heads back to sea — but not before she trashes a generous portion of London. The special effects in GORGO, provided by Tom Howard — two-time Academy Award winner, are truly admirable. The monster is quite ferocious — except when he wiggles his ears. Released by MGM in 1961. DVD Bonus: Digitally Remastered, Behind the Scenes Short| Photo Gallery, Scene Selection, Animated Menus, Original Theatrical Trailer|,Widescreen/Letterboxed| DVD-9| Dolby Digital 5.1

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  • Actors: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes, Joseph O'Conor
  • Directors: Eugène Lourié
  • Writers: Daniel James, Robert L. Richards
  • Producers: Frank King, Herman King, James Leicester, Maurice King, Wilfred Eades
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BNX4LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gorgo (Widescreen Destruction Edition)" on IMDb

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2000
Format: DVD
Like many of you, I first saw GORGO as a child at the neighborhood theater back in 1961. I was impressed by "this towering apparition from before the dawn of history". The years have not erased that impression. But various video releases have not been so kind. This VCI release is the best of them all! Having said that, I regret to add, it could have been better.

THE CASE admirably reproduces the US movie poster, although it looks a bit dark. Compare it to the halfsheet poster presented in the "photo gallery" section of the "special features". Why they didn't use the distinctive logotype on the spine instead of that blobby font is a mystery. The back could use some design makeover, but that's just me....

THE INSERT is a single fold affair with the front cover reproduced in case you missed it on the cover. Inside is the printed narration from the "behind-the-scene short" in case you want to read it. The back lists the chapter stops. Nice insert, though I wish there was a different graphic on its cover.

THE DISK itself reproduces, in dark green, a portion of the poster with the GORGO logotype. Well done.

THE MOVIE. VCI does present this film in its original theatrical aspect ratio -- stated on the back cover as 1.66:1, though it does look a bit wider. The color is good and the sound is clear. There are a few scratches but they don't distract. Grain is evident. Although it's not stated anywhere, VCI reportedly made their transfer from a pristine 35mm print. It may be the same transfer used for an earlier laserdisc release. I don't get the feeling it was made for the DVD. Unfortunately, the image is not as sharp as it could be. I would assume the pristine 35mm print was sharp -- the image on this DVD is not.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Huart on December 27, 2007
Format: DVD
I saw Gorgo when it was first released in the movies in 1960 and I'm probably the movie's biggest fan. This 'Destruction Edition' release by VCI is the first serious print of the movie to be sold. The bonfire scene on Nara Island where Gorgo makes his first appearance is restored to visual perfection. It looks like it was actually printed from the negative as do many other scenes in this release. It seems like all the criticism heaped on VCI for releasing the atrocious previous version with its near black scenes paid off. The fans of Gorgo , which are many, deserved and got this restoration. Unfortunately the glee I felt initially with seeing Gorgo finally restored was short lived when the most bizarre thing occurred.
I began to notice the soundtrack was cheaply tampered with in an attempt to guess 'enhance it'. Now mind you I have seen probably ten different video releases of Gorgo all of which had awful print quality but the movie's soundtrack was never ruined or doctored in any way. Now finally we have a decent restoration of the print and what happens some genius at VCI instead of just enhancing the volume of Gorgo which has one of the greatest soundtracks in monster movie history
, they decide instead to do the unthinkable and tamper with it by adding the tinny lifeless roar used in the DVD screensaver and drowning out the masterful original monster sounds in the movie. They also add echoes and assorted sirens and machine gun fire. So you hear machine guns in a scene where three guys are shooting with rifles. These baffling alterations undo much of the great visual restoration VCI made an admirable effort to attain and I have to say ruin the outcome making many key scenes seem to fall out of synch.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By peterfromkanata on January 11, 2006
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I first saw "Gorgo" as a kid, when it was released theatrically in 1961--in fact, I went to see it several times. To this day, it is one of my favourite "giant monster on the loose" films. I suppose the quickest way to describe "Gorgo"

is to say that this was Britain's answer to Godzilla, Japan's iconic creature of destruction. However, I still find "Gorgo" several cuts above most films of this type.

Two rather unscrupulous divers/salvagers (Bill Travers and William Sylvester) capture a huge, prehistoric beast (it looks like an over-sized, aquatic T-Rex) off the coast of Ireland. Ignoring pleas from the Irish government and scientists who want to study this amazing animal, our two "heroes" are more interested in someone who will "show me the money !" That "someone" is a circus-owner in London, where the creature is put on display for the ticket-buying public. However, when scientists do their homework, they conclude that this "huge" animal is really just a baby ! Could there be a parent somewhere ? You bet ! "Mom" appears--all 200 feet of her--mad as hell, and headed straight for London. Can the Royal Navy stop her ? Fuggedaboutit ! The Airforce ? Just like swatting flies ! The Army ? They might as well use pea-shooters ! "Mom" reaches London--trashes the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus etc. before rescuing junior. Memo to Man--don't mess with Mother Nature !

One reason that "Gorgo" is superior to similar films is the cast. Travers and Sylvester are both good actors, although child-star, Vincent Winter, steals every scene he is in. Eagle-eyed film buffs will also spot Nigel Green for about five seconds. For 1961, I would rate the special effects as well above average.
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