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A Must Have For Fans of Godzilla Style Japanese Monster Movies,
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This review is from: Gamera Limited Edition Box Set (DVD)
For movie watchers who love Japanese monster movies - Godzilla in particular - the Gamera Trilogy Blu-ray Set is a MUST BUY.
I would give this set a Perfect Score, but I have to be honest and take a point away as this is enjoyable by All, but will ONLY be Loved by fans of Godzilla Films.
All 3 Films were made in the 90's so there is a noticeable improvement in quality over early Godzilla Films. This Trilogy is a modern HD Reboot of the 1960's Gamera Franchise.
The Following Review will be made in the effort not to Spoil the Joy of watching the movie.
The 1st film entitled Gamera: Guardian of the Universe Sets up the who, what, where, and why.
Gamera is a giant turtle. In the 1st film his Enemies are the Gyaos - Reptilian looking "birds" that were created by an Ancient Advanced Civilization (Like Atlantis) They were created to be both male and female, so they can reproduce and lay eggs as much as they like. However these "Birds" Developed a nasty habit of eating the members of this Ancient Civilization. Before they went extinct the Scientists Created Gamera. But it was too late for them, so they encapsulated Gamera to sleep until a future Civilization needed Him. The Gyaos ran out of food and Died off, but Some eggs survived over the ages hidden in the hills of remote Islands near Japan. Well In modern day the eggs decide to hatch and the birds start of around 15 meters but grow the more they eat (1 by the end of the movie grows to 100 meters). Around the same time an Island mass floats along the currents near japan. Gamera eventually emerges from within this mass and is 60 meters tall.
Typical humans at first believe Gamera is the Bigger Threat and try to kill him (Even though the Gyaos "birds" have shown that humans are on the menu, while All Gamera has done is fight the Gyaos, not harming humans except the unavoidable destruction of buildings etc that is a staple in Japanese monster movies.) By the end they realize Gamera is helping and let him do his thing.
A great subplot involves a daughter of one of the Scientists who discovered Gamera's "Island Capsule". The Scientist gives his daughter one of the dozens of "raptor claw" looking symbols made out of an unknown metal. She Wears it as a necklace and forms a "LIFE ENERGY" link with Gamera. If he gets a cut on the face for example, so does she etc. She can also communicate telepathically with Gamera. She Appears throughout all 3 films.
Everyone know Godzillas powers etc...so lets go over Gamera's. Unlike Gozilla's energy blasts, gamera can shoot giant fireballs from his mouth...Not just normal fireballs these suckers can blow up entire city blocks. He can also FLY by way of Jet like energy that blasts out of where his legs retract. He also shows the ability to absorb the energy of Nearby Fire and heal/power up.
The 2nd Film, entitled Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion involves Gamera Fighting off hundreds of Alien Insect like Soldiers dubbed the "Legion" They arrive on the scene when NASA informs Japan that a Cloud of meteors will land near and on Japan. The tipoff that these aren't just metoers is the fact that they are found to slow down before impact...Turns out the "Legion" are sent by Extraterrestrials hoping to Colonize the Earth. Gamera Works his mojo and fight all the legion small and Very Large and saves the day. In the Final battle Gamera has to absorb energy from around the earth and launches a devastating fire blast from his Stomach.
The 3rd Film, Entitled Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris take place 4 years after the 1st film and sees the return of the Gyaos from the 1st film. Only this time there's more of them, and they have a new member named IRIS, who was raised by a young girl whose parents were accidently killed by Gamera in the 1st film. The IRIS Creature is not a Gyaos. There is a subplot involving Japanese lore Where a Tortoise(turtle) is the Defender of the North and the Phoenix is the defender of the south and fights the enemies of the south. When the girl who raised it bonded with the phoenix creature (not a red bird rising from the ashes, this has tentacles that in the beginning Suck a human dry until they look like a mummy) it telepathically linked with her and Mimicked her hatred for Gamera, because Gamera had also killed its ancestors.
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