Genres / Traits:
Creature Film, Sci-Fi Action, Science Fiction,
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!
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Mill Creek Entertainment has come a long way from releasing public domain fifty movie packs advertised on late night television. They've acquired a massive collection of all types of interesting media, as one look on their website will show. Lately they've been jumping on the giant monster bandwagon, and just at the right time too with 2014's Godzilla becoming a blockbuster at the theater. Everyone's second favorite big monster from Japan gets some love here in this four disc collection. Eleven of the twelve Gamera movies are included. The only one missing from this set is Gamera The Brave from 2006.
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! B&W 2.35:1
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! 2.35:1
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? 2.35:1
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. 2.35:1
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. 2.35:1
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. 2.35:1
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 trouble-making kids. 2.35:1
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. 1.85:1
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. 1.85:1
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. 1.85:1
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. 1.85:1
There are a few drawbacks to picking up this set. I found that every film in the set had a bit of pixelation. Not enough to ruin the movies, but I did notice it. I have a 42" widescreen T.V. And while that's not anything spectacular, it gives you an idea of what I was watching the movies on, and saw the pixelation. The major drawback for me was the subtitles only option. Yes, I'm giving this a high rating because the movies themselves are cheesy fun, but I'm also making sure to point out some things you might want to know before picking this set up, because there are other options available. I saw a lot of these movies when I was a kid, and they were all dubbed into English. They were fun, campy, and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. I find that now, as an adult, I want to have the same option to watch these in dubbed English if I choose to, and that option is not there. Parents picking this up in the five dollar bin for your kids to enjoy, beware of this, because I don't know many kids that enjoy reading subtitles. If you can handle those two problems, then this is the set for you, and priced right. If these are problems you want to avoid, some of these films are in the public domain, and dubbed into English under alternate titles. Also, Shout Factory released most of these films a few years ago as well. Be sure to check out all of your options before you purchase. 6/10.
- added 05/23/2014, 04:37 PM
Shout!'s releases come in both dubbed and subbed;
Gamera and Gamera vs. Baragon are separate and the
remaining Showa movies are in two packs. As a fan
of subbed I almost wish this had been around
before I bought them all separately. Take up a lot
less room on the DVD shelf.
- added 05/23/2014, 06:04 PM
Yes, it takes up a lot less room, that's why I'm
bummed that it doesn't have the dubbed option.
Gamera vs. Guiron is the only one I saw as a kid,
so I guess I could get the Shout Factory version
of that one if I really wanted the dubbed version
of it bad enough.