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Return of the Giant Monsters - The Magic Serpent

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The saga of Gamera continues, and his opponents keep getting weirder and wilder! It's the Return of the Giant Monsters when giant vampire bat Gaos squares off against everyone's favorite giant turtle, and in order to weaken the fearsome foe, humans devise a giant record turntable with a large vat of synthetic human blood! Then the rarely-seen Japanese fantasy The Magic Serpent combines samurai warriors and giant monsters, including the title beast, a dinosaur toad, and a gigantic flying spider. It's a monster marathon that's foot-stomping fun for the whole family!

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  • Actors: Kôjirô Hongô, Kichijirô Ueda, Reiko Kasahara, Naoyuki Abe, Taro Marui
  • Directors: Noriaki Yuasa
  • Writers: Niisan Takahashi
  • Producers: Hidemasa Nagata, Hideo Nagata, Sandy Frank
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, 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: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022PZ2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Return of the Giant Monsters - The Magic Serpent" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bob Eggleton on July 25, 2004
Format: DVD
Back in the day, these versions of RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS and THE MAGIC SERPENT regularly appeared on Saturday Creature Feature on fuzzy UHF TV.(I remember watching RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS on Channel 6 from New Bedford,abruptly put on at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, because a baseball game got rained-out). They are the AIP-TV versions, as the widescreen prints of the films were never shown theaterically in the US, so, they don't exist in the US(only in Japan). That said, what we have are great copies of some vintage films from a time gone by. THE MAGIC SERPENT(bonus on the disk) is a Toei entry from l966, one of their very few forays(aside from the Johnny Sokko series) into Kaiju-type films as mostly they stayed the course with superheroes vs human-sized monsters. It's also highly entertaining and very colorful in ways US films never were. Alot of young people today complain if the disk isn't in widescreen or doesn't have dozens of extras. This 16mm copy of these films are the best document of their time, and with a better picture than I ever saw them on TV so long ago...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt Frank on August 10, 2004
Format: DVD
I remember watching "Return of the Giant Monsters," aka "Gamera vs Gyaos" when I was much younger. I loved every minute of it, because it was so "out-there," so nutty and contrived that I was foaming at the mouth with its kaiju-goodness. Now, I've found a movie that tops it: "The Magic Serpent."

I am very grateful to Retromedia for releasing both of these movies on DvD (and the Magic Serpent especially, because you probably won't find it anywhere else), because they are both such sheer campy fun that they would HAVE to be on the same DvD.

What's great about these films is that they aren't "good" per-say, but they aren't supposed to be. They're supposed to be FUN. People who criticize these movies for being cheaply made and poorly dubbed basically have nothing better to do with their time. It's pointless to really criticize these movies unless you're a real kaiju-fan and know about this kind of stuff. But even with the critical eye of the fanboy (or fangirl), these flicks are hard to nitpick about because they are!

The only thing keeping this movie from getting higher marks is the fact that there's nothing else on the disc besides a scene selection and Retro's website. Plus, the quality of the print is pretty bad, but that's to be expected, these being such old films, and Retro probably having limited resources.

I highly recommend this DvD to anyone who is a fan of good-'ol giant monster rampages, or to anyone who is looking to introduce children to the kaiju genre (but not before a few Godzilla movies).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Cronvich on August 17, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It should be noted that this is the original AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL version

and not the mediocre SANDY FRANK version from the 1980s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
Format: DVD
This, one of the best of the classic Gamera series, has been beautifully restored by retromedia, in much better shape than the previous GAMERA VS MONSTER X disc. The color and sound are first rate, but keep in mind this is the old AIP TV print, not the widescreen theatrical version. If you already know this, then you will not be dissapointed. These old tv versions are the ones a whole generation of kids grew up with, and its nice to finally have them available on these great double feature dvds! The rarely seen MAGIC SERPENT is a wild adventure and a cool bonus feature!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Kullman on October 28, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is the 3 instalment in the first Gamera series. Gamera has now gone from a fire breathing menace to the "friend of the children". The acting in the film varies from the silliest of characters the very serious ones. The special effects, and the miniatures are many - They have most likely spent a great deal of effort and money on it. Unfortunately the same doesn't go for the monster suits; The Gyaos have a horrible design! Thinking about it; Perhaps is it a well planned strategy - Godzilla underwent during this period design changes, to make him more appealing for children. A too realistic Gyaos, might have been too much for the little ones...
Story; Earth trembles and volcanic activity over the whole Japanese archipelago, unfold this new adventure. Mount Fuji erupts, scientist boards a helicopter to investigate. Suddenly, while sweeping the area, yellow energy beams, originating from the ground cuts the helicopter in half! There's confusion - Nobody can tell what really happened!
A journalist, led by a local boy, goes on a nearby mountain to investigate a mysterious green light. Horror lies however a head... The green light emanates from a horrible flying reptilian monster - The Gyaos!
The journalist gets quickly eaten, and Gyaos grabs his next snack - The little boy...
Suddenly Gamera appears; He/she manage to get the boy from the Gyaos. But gyaos is not an easy opponent; The ray, emitting from the mouth cuts Gamera severely... The boy and Gamera manage to escape; Both Gamera and a airstrike have failed - Is there any hope at all?
I gave this film 3 stars; The special effects are many, and the film has the only real air battle between two monsters, that I've ever seen!
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