Gamera vs. Monster X / Monster from a Prehistoric Planet
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1) Opinion of film: Several things stand out: a) a monster that reproduces via parasitic larvae--this movie was way ahead of its time--and shoots darts out of its head, which is really neat; b) I liked the fact that Gamera was a friend to children, and the children had exciting and (sort of) plausible adventures to save his life--as a kid, I was fascinated by the children taking a sub into Gamera to find out why it was sick and then saving it from the parasite; and c) I was also greatly amused by Gamera sticking telephone poles in its ears to protect them against loud noise.
Although the film looks very different to these adult eyes, I still enjoyed watching it, and my children did, too. The more recent Gamera films from the 1990s are far superior in most every way, but this film was a special treat for me as a child, and I'm glad to own the DVD of it.
2) Opinion of DVD: All of the DVD versions that I have seen of the old Gamera films look faded with poor color. Although you can tell the print is old, this one isn't as bad as some.
This movie is pan-and-scan; I have never seen a completely widescreen version of this or any other old Gamera film, though the fight scenes suggest that they were filmed that way. (Gamera vs. Barugon is a good example, and I can't help but remember seeing fight scenes of that in widescreen--none of the VHS or DVD versions of that film are widescreen, though, so I can't confirm that.) Nevertheless, this version does mirror what I saw on TV as a child, so I won't complain.Read more ›
this one when I was a kid. And boy oh boy I just cant say enough good things about this. This is on a par with RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS and WAR OF THE MONSTERS. A decent and fairly realistic opponent for Gamera is featured and the plot is really clever.
Far better than the previous films, DESTROY ALL PLANETS and ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS and the awful one's that followed, GAMERA VS. ZIGRA and GAMERA SUPER MONSTER.
I WAS REALLY ENTERTAINED BY GAMERA VS. MONSTER X!!!!!
My only complaint about this disk is the awful muddy copy of MONSTER
FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET. This same terrible print is also being offered by Alpha Video, Lazer and Brentwood. I like nostalgia, but I
never saw a print this bad on TV when I was growing up. Orion Home Video's VHS tape from about fifteen years ago was far superior. Other than that its a pretty good monster movie. It was originally called GAPPA- THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER or MONSTERS but American
International changed the title when the sold it to TV in a package with
VOYAGE TO A PREHISTORIC PLANET.
As for Gappa, aka "Monster From a Prehistoric Planet," it's a nifty extra treat for kaiju fans...if you enjoy absolutely awful dubbing and rather sub-par SPFX. The Gappa monsters themmselves are basically combinations of Godzilla and Rodan, but they're still pretty creative (especially their roars).
Overall, a decent disc, considering that it's the best that we're going to get here in the US.
GAMERA VS. MONSTER X
When a group of ignorent explorers accidentally unleash a demon powerful enough to destroy all life, Gamera must confront the beast and stop the end of the world. Jiger(aka Monster X) is a cool foe of Gamera's and can be safely said as one of Gamera's much tougher opponents. The dubbing is aweful, the acting is mediocre, and there are a few obvious fight mess ups unedited(when Gamera's head starts to lean offly far to the right in the second battle), but the movie has a solid outline and is very creative compared to some of the movies in the saga. Definately one of the better Showa Gamera films. OVERALL: A
MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET
The Japanese remake of "Goro", the film is about exxplorers who uncover a baby dinosaur and bring it back to Tokyo. The baby monster's parents wake up, realizing the baby is gone, and head for Japan in rage. This film is very droll and long. The two parent monsters are ok, but the baby Gappa is hidious and pathetic. Another Minya, if you will. The destruction parts are cool, though. OVERALL: D+
This DVD is fairly poor in quality. There are sadly no extras and the video is mediocre. Not much of a DVD. The audio is pretty good, unlike the video. OVERALL: C-
This is not the best DVD out there. If you are going to buy this, get it only for the Gamera film. OVERALL: C
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gamera vs. Monster X is a movie about Gamera fighting a monster known as Monster X aka. Giger. The two monsters battle and as usual Gamera defeats Monster X. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Paul Corti
Although the first three of the Showa series are the best (Gammera, the Invincible, War of the Monsters and Return of the Giant Monsters), this one is just as good as those three... Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by A. Alfonso
Great double-feature for a dull evening: two classic "guys in rubber suits" monster films featuring much destruction of toy cities, improbable plot twists, and hysterically bad... Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by happydogpotatohead
The movie is slow and it takes a while before it gets going, but when it does, the movie is pretty good. Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by GameraRocks
My favorite kaiju movie I almost forgot, I saw this movie once when I was a child & liked it. But they never gave it again. I finally found it here at Amazon. Read morePublished on September 18, 2005 by Michael Montalvo
When you see a message at the beginning of your DVD that says "We have done our best to preserve the quality... blah blah blah" then you know you've just been had. Yep! Read morePublished on August 13, 2005 by Rory T. Penland
What is this garbage you call a film? I can see the guy in the suite through an open cut on gamera! When he is attacked by the monster called Xianga, he bleeds for about 5 minutes... Read morePublished on December 16, 2004 by Robert Sauls