MST3K Vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI [Deluxe Edition]
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In addition to the swell limited-edition tin packaging, MST3K vs. Gamera includes a trio of enjoyable featurettes that pay tribute to both the episodes and the films themselves. So Happy Together: A Look Back at MST3K and Gamera features interviews with Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and Jim Mallon, who recall the show's long history with Gamera and the joys and pains of watching the films; Gamera vs. the Chiodo Brothers is an amusing and nostalgic look at men-in-monster-suit films with Stephen, Edward, and Charles Chiodo, better known as the creators of Killer Klowns from Outer Space; and Gamera Obscura is an exhaustive oral history of the Gamera series, from its cultural origins to its late '90s revival, by Japanese fantasy film expert August Ragone. Mike Nelson's wrap segments as Jack Perkins from the syndicated MST Hour are also included, as are the original Japanese trailers for each film and a quintet of original mini posters by artist Steve Vance. --Paul Gaita
So Happy Together: a look back at MST3K & Gamera
Gamera Obscura: a history by August Ragone
Gamera Vs. The Chiodo Brothers
The MST hour wraps
Original Japanese trailers
5 exclusive mini-posters by Artist Steve Vance
Top Customer Reviews
* 302- GAMERA
This 1965 black-and-white film from Daiei studios in Japan was their attempt to cash in on the popularity of a certain other series of films made in Japan about a giant, mutated reptile. While Gamera may be an ersatz Godzilla to some, he's got his own weirdness to recommend him. A nuclear explosion, what else, awakens a giant, mutated, prehistoric flying, fire-breathing turtle from his icy prison to wreak havoc upon the world. A young boy who is especially fond of turtles develops an unusual bond with the monster. The American dubbing and added scenes make the film seem weirder and goofier than ever. This is a must-see episode for all MSTies because of gags like Tom Servo singing "Tibby Oh Tibby" and Gamera's visit, played by Mike Nelson, to the SOL via the hexfield view screen. MST3K's riffing machine was in full gear by season three and this is a top-notch episode with hilarious jokes all during the movie and terrific sketches during the host segments as well. This is a contender for the list of top ten all-time greatest episodes.
* 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON
This is a 1966 follow-up to 1965's Gamera. Barugon is a giant, mutated lizard who shoots a powerful beam of energy from his back. He also has "ram-tongue" action. He attacks Japan and Gamera comes to the rescue. It's just that simple and the riffing by Joel and the 'Bots is just that great.Read more ›
Episode 302 - GAMERA - a fantastic entry in the series...this is a great episode..great riffs, Tom Servo singing Tibby, Oh Tibby with Crow getting involved, Joel's salad invention, Mike Nelson as Gamera plus that old expression " A whole lot " more...
In Japan, Gamera was created by rival Toho company Daiei to compete with Godzilla. And just like the first Godzilla, this film was shot in crisp black and white. Arguably this wasn't a bad film at all, and is considered one of the big 3 in the Gamera series. The premise of the boy who loves Gamera can be a little silly but as far as a story and special effects go, this was a notch about the others...
Episode 304 - Gamera vs. Barugon - the amazing sequel to Gamera has our child friendly turtle escape his imprisonment ( the Z plan from the first film) to face Barugon. Barugon is a unique creation with his rainbow rays, and his giant tongue which is used for a battering ram and can exhale cold, rendering everything and everyone frozen.
Another fantastic episode with fun inventions & segments ( the monster set sketch was awesome) Tom asks Joel where was Gamera during this film...the answer is actually, on the cutting room floor as the MST3K version does edit the initial fight scene between Gamera and Barugon.For those like me that have seen this film in its NON MST3K version we have all seen where Gamera gets frozen by Barguon in their first battle. In the MST version we just see Gamera frozen...Read more ›
I LOVE MST3K!
I LOVE Giant Monster Movies! (Kaiju)
I SPECIFICALLY love Gamera. I believe it is not possible to describe the concept of Gamera to the uninitiated without a smile coming to your face. Example:
"He's a giant flying jet propelled monster turtle that defends the Earth from other monsters. Oh, and he loves children..." Numerous versions of all the Gamera movies are available on Amazon. I own most of them. Some releases are good (Shout Factory are the standouts), and some are...not so much.
I have not watched all of the MST versions of these movies, so I am very very happy they are being released in this set. I have seen snippets of each, and have laughed myself silly on numerous occasions. I specifically love the Gamera theme songs:
"Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with Meat, We're all eating Gamera."
Giant Monsters and MST3K are a match made in heaven! My very favorite MST3K episdode is Godzilla Versus Megalon. After this Gamera set, I pray that the Gods of confusing licensing agreements find a way to allow that to become legally available.
I am updating this review as I watch all the movies.
Disk 1: Gamera: Very good Episode with an excellent Behind the scenes featurette. Trace never heard of Gamera before MST? Unbelieveable!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic collections. Some of the best MST3K episodes were the Gamera ones, so this collection has a lot of hits.Published 1 month ago by Matt B
This came to me in a keepsake tin. Love it! Pristine condition upon delivery. I will purchase from Amazon again for sure. Well done!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
You can't go wrong with a cheesy movie marathon of Gamers vs. everyone! He is a friend to all children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kitgrrrl
Great product but not for $120.
WAY TO PRICEY. Not worth it. I suggest people look at other sites or retailers before buying here.
Fantastic all around! The riffs are great, and bring back some of my best memories of the 90's!Published 7 months ago by Narcissus
Have all 33 available sets so far. Loved it when it was on.Published 8 months ago by Kimberly P. Hall
Love it! Now I have my MST3K collection complete! This collection includes all the Gamera episodes. If you are a fan, you must get it.Published 8 months ago by J. Larralde