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Gamera: The Giant Monster
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa (who would oversee all eight of the original Gamera entries of the 1960s and 1970s) and created by the same studio that brought Zatoichi to the screen, Daieis titanic terrapin became the only true rival to Tohos King Of The Monsters. Gamera was able to hold its own at the box office and secured a place in the hearts of kaiju eiga (Japanese Monster Movie) fans around the world.
Now, for the first time on DVD, Shout! Factory presents the original Japanese version of Gamera with new English subtitles and anamorphic widescreen from an all-new HD master created from vault elements!
* A Retrospective Look at the Gamera Franchise
* Audio Commentary
* Publicity Gallery
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Here is a brief history of Gamera before we get on to the DVD release...
In 1965 Gamera was created by Daiei to compete with Toho's Godzilla. The first film was a more serious effort. The plot is very simple. Gamera arises from the Arctic to destroy Japan, & he does . Is there nothing to stop the giant turtle from destroying Japan and the entire universe ?
The special effects in this are good for the most part, save for some obvious toys used but the miniatures used and the Gamera suit were well done. I feel this movie is a little underrated and gets a bad rap at times but overall it is entertaining and a lot better than later releases..
Before getting to the 2010 DVD releases here are some notes about previous releases to home video of Gamera
Sinister Cinema carried a USA version of Gamera called Gammera the Invincible - this version had extra scenes with Albert Dekker (Dr. Cyclops) and Brian Donlevy (he was Professor Quatermass & was in some excellent film noir movies such as Impact, the Glass Key,etc). This version also contained the Gammera song. A few years ago this same version appeared was released by Alpha DVD and other low budget DVD companies..
Another USA version of Gamera came out, simply called Gamera minus the USA Gammera footage, minus the original credits , replaced by what I call the "water credits scenes" where this movie and 4 others all had credits on water. These are called the Sandy Frank versions and were released on VHS from Celebrity Video (and a laserdisc distributed by Image entertainment) These also contain a different English dubbing.
These versions were used for Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes for Season 3 as well as the KTMA Season - the earliest MST3K season.Read more ›
In this Japanese version, an A-bomb is “accidentally” exploded in the Arctic and wakes up a prehistoric chelonian monster they name Gamera (because Fred would have been awkward). Gamera is a bit testy from this rude awakening; he ruins an American jet then heads for Japan. On the way, he destroys Fujisawa then takes his frustrations out on a lighthouse. An obnoxious little boy was in the lighthouse at the time so Gamera saves him before moving on to the destruction of a research ship and all onboard. It’s now surmised that Gamera is in need of a snack and that he appears to like swallowing fire. While the military struggles to find a way to deal with or defeat Gamera, this same obnoxious little boy keeps getting in the way, convinced that Gamera is really his pet turtle Pee-wee, which he had to let go. This movie would have been flawless without the unwanted intrusion of this little boy.
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It was very sad when the boy had to give up his turtle. Gamera is a mighty turtle beast.
The DVD arrived as pictured, it worked in our standard DVD player no problem. Read more
You either like Gamera or not. I love these movies. Great fun all the way!Published 14 months ago by R. Fletcher
I did the voice of Gamera's little friend - a little boy.
...where some hoedads are going ape over the boss surf sounds of this real gas combo! *Heavy Beatboxing* toss out DVD, keep linear notesPublished on May 27, 2014 by Sharon Block
If you love giant monsters and aren't too stuck up, then Gamera is for you. If you prefer artsy-fartsy stuff then you probably aren't reading this, except by accident. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Hose Knows (aka Jinzo Ningen)