Gamera Vs. Zigra / Gamera: The Super Monster
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From Shout! Factory come the final two films in the illustrious Gamera franchise: Gamera Vs. Zigra and Gamera: Super Monster! Witness twice the excitement as Gamera takes on the malevolent underwater alien creature Zigra and then revisits each of his deadliest foes one by one while trying to save the world! Both films feature newly remastered transfers in their original Japanese language as well as English dubs!
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I wonder how many kids at the movie theaters in Japan cried at the end. I do when I watch it. Yeah I'm a big pile of emotional gush (as in rhymes with bush).
I was greatly amused by both films and even though Gamera: the Super Monster was basically just Gamera's greatest hits, the interlocking story accommodated them quite well. I liked the 3 space women with their ear tugs and snazzy uniforms and magical calisthenics. Why they were living here wasn't exactly clear but they were a great source of aid to the little boy with a turtle fascination. And yes, they kept playing the Gamera theme song throughout (admittedly, it isn't the greatest song ever....that would be Mothra's theme). This is good harmless fun (name one thing better than gigantic rubbery monsters beating the crap out of each other).
As for Gamera Vs. Zigra, it costarred a uniquely designed monster that conveniently grew due to our water pressure. Zigra went from one of Carmen Miranda's daintier hats to a huge shark-thing. He/It also had a woman to do its evil bidding. While most of the adults were incapacitated, this evil woman was out to kill 2 witnesses/kids. Yes, death threats were leveled repeatedly at the 2 kids who had no trouble evading the assassin's grasp (slapstick solutions to soften the idea of a homicidal maniac terrorizing 2 kids). They even managed to throw in a lecture on pollution! This movie has it all, including Gamera tap dancing (or at least it looked liked that after he played Zigra like a musical instrument). What's not to love?
I enjoyed both films and I'm more than happy to include them in my collection: a must for any fan of Gamera.
Gamera vs Zigra - has Gamera fighting a giant ship that turns into a large sea fish monster which talks. Really hammy stuff with children starring again..The Sandy Frank version wound up as an MST3K experiement .That being said..the English dubbing is the same found from the MST3K version, minus the water credit sequence but with the original Sea World intro..
So hold on to your Neptune Video VHS tapes still :)
Gamera SuperMonster - on an even lower budget - is about 95% stock footage of Gamera fighting all his foes from Barugon to Gyaos to Zigra..the new footage has him flying around ready to attack an evil spaceship. There are some superheroes in this. The dubbing in this is awful too mispronouncing Gamera (Guh-Meera) all the way through..
This was released from Shout as an Elvira DVD.This time both Super Monster and Zigra are widescreen with very good - fantastic transfers...
Not a great pair in terms of film quality , but its the last Gamera movies and it's not expensive..Id like to think there will be some good bonus materials on this..Die-hard Gamera lovers like me will get it anyway for collections' sake; fence sitters may find this a little more difficult to decide to get it.
Supplements for both films are basically sill photos and some behind the scenes photos of Zigra
Shout has released some great stuff over the past year and being a monster movie fan I hope to see more from them in the future