Gamera (1965-1980)

Contents Of Post:

  • Gamera, The Giant Monster
  • Gamera Vs. Barugon
  • Gamera Vs. Guiron / Gamera Vs. Jiger (Double Feature)
  • Gamera Vs. Gyaos / Gamera Vs. Viras (Double Feature)
  • Gamera Vs. Zigra/Gamera, The Super Monster (Double Feature)

 

Gamera: The Giant Monster    
Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W  /  Production Year: 1965  /  Region 1

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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 find a way to stop this invincible supermonster…..or is mankind doomed?

Features:

A Retrospective Look At The Gamera Franchise
Audio Commentary
Publicity Gallery

 

Gamera Vs. Barugon    
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)  /  Production Year: 1965  /  Region 1

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Freed from the Z Plan capsule, Gamera attacks a dam upon his return to Earth. meanwhile a private expedition to retrieve a rare opal in New Guinea unwittingly unleashes the malevolent Barugon. Virtually unstoppable and able to freeze anything in its path, the monstrous lizard turns modern cities into glaciers – until Gamera arrives to challenge the marauder! But even the fire-spitting terrapin becomes trapped in the creature’s frozen grip. Can one of the explorers, Keisuke Hirata (Kojiro Hongo, Satan’s Sword), and a New Guinea native, Karen (Kyoko Enami, The Woman Gambler), help to defeat Barugon before Japan is plunged into a new Ice Age?

Gamera Vs. Barugon, the second entry in Daiei Studios’ monster series, was directed by veteran Shigeo Tanaka (The Great Wall) and is more lavish than the original in terms of scale and scope – and shot in spectacular color! Noriaki Yuasa (Gamera, The Giant Monster) was charged with helming the visual effects for this outing, and the results are fantastic!

Features:

Audio Commentary With August Ragone And Jason Varney
Publicity galleries
Original Movie Program

 

Gamera Vs. Gyaos / Gamera Vs. Viras (Double Feature)   
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)  /  Production Year: 1967/1968  /  Region 1

 

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Kids take an even more prominent

As a competitor to Godzilla in the Sixties, Gamera developed a strong following in and out of Japan, and with Gamera Vs. Gyaos his most famous enemy emerged, one that would play a key role in the Gamera trilogy released in the ’90s. Like a giant bat fused with a shark’s head, the laser-spewing Gyaos is discovered in an ancient cave by a young boy named Eiichi and a reporter named Okabe, whose neglect of the child in crisis leads to his death. Once Gyaos is unleashed upon Japan, both Gamera and the country’s Self-Defense Forces try to bring down the flying terror. And that’s not going to be an easy feat!

While Gamera and Gamera Vs. Barugon established the colossal chelonian as both a force to be feared by mankind and a friend to children everywhere, the giant turtle began to live up to his potential as a kids hero in later movies, most notably in Gamera Vs. Viras, in which not only does the oversized turtle race Boy Scouts in the water, but he must save them from an alien menace that uses his compassion as a weakness and ultimately mentally manipulates him to destroy parts of Earth. Once the children free Gamera from his mental slavery, the aliens’ non-human form is revealed, they bond together to form the squid-like Viras. Then a climactic beachside rumble begins! (And Frankie and Annette aren’t sticking around for one.)

Features:

  • Includes both the original Japanese and infamous English dubbed versions
  • Publicity galleries

 

Gamera Vs. Guiron / Gamera Vs. Jiger (Double Feature)  
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)  /  Production Year: 1969/1970 /  Region 1

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Kids take an even more prominent role in Gamera Vs. Guiron as two star-gazing Japanese tykes get whisked away by a spaceship to a planet where two “groovy spacegirls” are the sole survivors of a once-superior civilization. But the seemingly hospitable women have sinister plans in store, and Gamera comes to save them and battle their rhino-like guardian Guiron, a formidable beast with a razor-sharp steel blade for a snout. This is one Gamera movie that needs to have the Japanese version seen as it features possibly the worst dubbing job in Japanese monster history. But it’s still a camp gem. Space Gyaos makes an appearance, too!

Our favorite flying turtle gets a female foe in Gamera Vs. Jiger, which is set around the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka. When scientists discover a mysterious statue called The Devil’s Whistle on a remote island, they steal it away to show at the Fair, which causes it to unleash a high-pitched sound that disturbs the Triceratops-like Jiger, who comes after them to stop the auditory pain she is in. And when she faces down Gamera, she proves to be a nasty foe, able to shoot quills from her head and a heat ray that can dissolve entire city blocks, plus she has a tail stinger that implants eggs into her victims. Gamera eventually has to cope with a baby Jiger growing inside of him. You’ve got to love the lovably twisted Japanese concept of family entertainment: No holds barred monster smackdowns!

Features:

  • Includes both the original Japanese and infamous English dubbed versions
  • Publicity galleries

 

Gamera Vs. Zigra / Gamera The Super Monster (Double Feature)  
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)  /  Production Year: 1971/1980  /  Region 1 / March 15

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More mayhem from the country that tortoise how to make a giant turtle movie. Only flame-footed Gamera can stop female invaders from the planet Zigra and their giant shark/bird/fish creature from taking over Earth…or at least an aquatic theme park…in “Gamera vs. Zigra.” Reiko Kasahara, Koji Fujiyama star. Then, the final entry in the original Daiei series, “Gamera: The Super Monster,” finds the towering terrapin in a stock-footage battle to the death against his most fearsome foes.

Features:

  • Original Japanese Language Audio
  • English Dubs
  • Publicity Gallery: GAMERA VS. ZIGRA comes with a publicity gallery featuring lobby cards, stills, and poster designs (20 images) and a second gallery of behind-the-scenes photos (4 images). GAMERA: THE SUPER MONSTER comes with a gallery of 4 promotional images.  

About Shawn Francis

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