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During the height of the Cold War, East-West tensions lead to a nuclear disaster when a Soviet bomber is shot down over U.S. airspace in the Arctic! Massive radiation from the atomic explosion awakens an ancient, gargantuan creature, a long-forgotten legend of the lost continent of Atlantis: Gamera! Unleashed from its glacial tomb and proving impervious to all man-made weapons, the colossal chelonian smashes a cataclysmic swath across the globe! Can the scientists of the world, led by Dr. Hidaka (Eiji Funakoshi), find a way to stop this invincible supermonster . . . or is mankind doomed?

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!

Bonus Features

* A Retrospective Look at the Gamera Franchise

* Audio Commentary

* Publicity Gallery

Review

Gamera, The Giant Monster is a lot of fun and its 16:9 widescreen transfer provides American viewers the first real opportunity to see the film on big, widescreen TVs in all its city-smashing glory. --DVD Talk

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, JunichirÂÂ' Yamashiko, Yoshiro Uchida
  • Directors: Noriaki Yuasa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035CVB30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By D. Steigman on March 1, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT THE 2010 VERSION OF GAMERA
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.
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This is Gamera: The Giant Monster. Sorry folks this only has the Japanese version with English subtitles in what looks like 2:35.1 widescreen. (that's the really long one). The commentary track though informative sounds very low, at least on my player it does. There's a documentary with interviews of the original creators of Gamera, and a photo gallery. Now for the gripe. I WISH AMAZON WOULD HAVE THE COURTESY TO SEPARATE THEIR REVIEWS! Gamera: The Giant Monster and Gammera the Invincible are two different movies on two different DVDS distributed by two different dvd studios. Shout Factory for this. Alpha Video for the other. It's absolutely unfair that a person clicks on this product then sees the bad reviews that are meant for the other one and a sale is lost, or at least an unfair bad impression is made. I know some people take the time to discern, but others do not. So how 'bout it Amazon. How 'bout separating the reviews, after all I'm NOT reviewing Gammera The Invincible. I'm reviewing Gamera: The Giant Monster.
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Gamera the Giant Monster is the original Japanese version with subtitles in English. Gamera the Invincible is the heavily re-edited American version of the same film with different footage featuring American actors.

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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While I generally dislike this movie, the DVD release by Shout! Factory is awesome on its own. First off, the actual Japanese audio with English subtitles are on here, so I don't have to listen to the English Dub on my other DVDs of the movie. The special features are good enough. Gamera isn't a child-friendly hero in this movie either. I think the sequel, Gamera vs. Barugon is better because of the tone and the absence of kids, but Gamera the Giant Monster is alright. The DVD release is great with the cover and the case, the quality of the film, and the special features. While not the best at all, it's still better than some of the others in the Showa series. I would much rather watch the MST3K version also released by Shout! Factory. I love the Shout! Factory DVDs and I still need Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gaos/Gamera vs. Viras, and Gamera vs. Guiron/Gamera vs. Jiger. If you like Gamera, pick this one up, because this is where he started, and from what I have in my collection right now, it's the best copy of it. Pick this up if you want to see where he started, but if you want better films, go to Gamera vs. Barugon, the Gamera trilogy, and Gamera the Brave. Still enjoyable in some aspects.
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