- Actors: Various
- Directors: Various
- Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Anamorphic
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Mill Creek Ent
- DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
- Run Time: 989 minutes
- Customer Reviews: 217 customer ratings
- ASIN: B00I099JO6
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Eleven Amazing Action-Filled Adventures!
Your favorite giant flying turtle returns to Earth leaving no fire-spitting scene behind. Experience eleven-times the turtle terror in this 4-DVD collection from legendary sci-fi monster classic GAMERA! The eight classic Gamera films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles!
Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965)
The first entry of this Sci-Fi epic takes place midst the peak of the Cold War, as conflict between the East and West transforms into a nuclear disaster! This atomic explosion releases more than massive radiation, it awakens an ancient and long-forgotten legend of Gamera!
Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
Once the fear of Tokyo, Gamera returns to Earth to save it from the malevolent monster Barugon who is able to freeze anything its path. This unholy battle between fire and ice challenges the survival of mankind while bringing them an incredible slam-bang, knock-down monster slug-fest!
Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967)
The third entry of this classic monster series continues when a volcanic eruption awakens Gyaos, a gigantic vampire-like bat who has a ravenous hunger for blood. Gyaos is Gamera s most popular foe, returning in four more films (not counting the stock footage in SUPER MONSTER). Can the fire-spitting terrapin Garmera defeat this nocturnal beast? The eight classic Gamera films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles!
Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
The reign of terror continues when aliens take two boy scouts hostage to blackmail Gamera into aiding their invasion of Earth. When that plan fails the giant alien leader Viras battles the flying turtle in a duel to the death.
Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
Gamera, the giant flying turtle, spins into action when two young boys board a spaceship and are hijacked to a strange planet on the other side of the sun. While the boys evade the clutches of two brain-hungry alien beauties, Gamera must deal with a knife-nosed monster named Guiron.
Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
The fire-breathing action continues as Gamera battles one of his greatest foes, Jiger, a horned monster reminiscent of the Triceratops. Drawn to the World Expo in Osaka by an ancient statue, the evil reptile injects Gamera with its parasitic offspring to eliminate the super turtle.
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)
The shark-like alien Zigra attacks Earth to enslave the human race as food. Aided by spacewoman X-1, Zigra s wicked plan goes swimmingly until the invaders are challenged by Gamera and confounded by two troublemaking kids.
Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
The final entry of the Showa Gamera series plays as a highlight reel reviving all of the previous evil monsters. When the alien Zanon tries to conquer Earth with an army of monsters, three superwomen enlist the help of Gamera to foil the invader s plans.
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
Gamera is back with a vengeance as he takes on both a misguided military and a trio of hideous, man-eating flying monsters.
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996)
A freak meteor shower brings with it electrical problems, overgrown plant life and a whole slew of rather irritable critters that drop in to threaten the human race. It s up to Gamera to destroy the bugged-out invaders.
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
The Gyaos have returned along with a new, tentacled super-monster named Iris. Dr. Nagamine and Asagi Kusanagi are reunited to help Gamera in his relentless quest to stop his enemies from overrunning the Earth.
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First I would like to point out that the picture quality is really good on this set. I watched the original B&W Gamera last night and the picture looked better than I expected for a movie of a certain age. Grain and film lines were non-existent. The movie was even in glorious widescreen!! I don't really enjoy the 4:3 ratio that these budget companies use most of the time for classic movies.
Second I would like to point out the language options on this set....which is none. The films are spoken Japanese with English subtitles only. This provides an authentic viewing experience, but I sometimes enjoy listening to the poor dub work on English audio tracks. Not a very big deal for fans of this genre.
Third I would like to mention the packaging, which may disappoint some. When I unboxed this set what surprised me first was the slipcover. I have never seen a slipcover come with a budget set like this. Also the cover art is very nice for this release. The next thing I noticed when I opened the box is the stacked discs. Many people do not like this, and I personally prefer swinging hub style cases. I may have to replace the case so that I can protect these discs better.
In conclusion, this set is awesome for any new or old Gamera fans alike. The movies are entertaining and the picture quality is good. The package is overall very nice, but could provide better protection for the discs. I would definitely not pass on this set. If you like old Kaiju or Japanese monster movies pick up this set.
Also as a long time Godzilla and all around Kaiju fan I might add that Gamera in attack of legion and revenge of Iris is so powerfull he puts any other Kaiju I have seen to shame! Though I love Godzilla, it is my opinion that the Gamera in these two movies would decimate any godzilla to date. If you buy this and have not seen the 90's trilogy get ready for one bad A** Kaiju!
The Gamera monster seems to have a distinct and recognizable personality, more so than almost any other monster except Godzilla. One of his characteristics is that he likes children, which is fine, except that it means that the movies often include annoying child characters. But the story lines are creative and the alien enemies are well conceived.
You see a lot of stuff in the series that may have been borrowed later on by Hollywood. For example, in ‘Zigra’, the spacewoman, played by Eiko Yanami, goes to earth on a mission to kill someone, and when she arrives, she needs earthling clothing, so she takes some from someone she encounters on arrival – just like in the Terminator. The best part is; the first person she encounters is a girl on the beach in a bikini, and so Yanami dons the bikini and walks around Tokyo.
All 11 are good enough transfers, and the Japanese language format is a plus for people who know some Japanese and want to practice listening to it.
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The only reason I've knocked a star off is for the packaging, which sits the discs on a spindle in a single DVD case. It's a nasty design which could easily damage the discs and you'd be advised to replace it with one of several other designs that can fit multiple discs in a single case without making them so susceptible to damage.
Il problema più che altro è dovuto al fatto che i dischi sono regione 1,quindi o si guardano da pc o si ha un lettore DVD region free con una tv che supporta lo standard NTSC.
La qualità video non è eccelsa a causa della compressione,ma questo è un problema di cui ero ben consapevole ed è anche abbastanza scontato visto che ci sono 3 film per disco.
Overall nice B movie's collection
If you like Godzilla it's similar
But keep in mind it's not him