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Gammera the Invincible
Gammera the Invincible
Actors: Albert Dekker, Brian Donlevy, Diane Findlay, John Baragrey, Dick O'Neill
Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Sandy Howard
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2003     1hr 26min

Studio: Gotham (dba Alpha) Release Date: 03/29/2007

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Actors: Albert Dekker, Brian Donlevy, Diane Findlay, John Baragrey, Dick O'Neill
Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Sandy Howard
Creators: Hidemasa Nagata, Ken Barnett, Masaichi Nagata, Robert Baron, Nisan Takahashi, Richard Kraft
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2003
Original Release Date: 12/15/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 12/15/1966
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Matt B. from GETZVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 7/15/2011...
Superpower tensions lead to a dogfight over the Arctic in which a USAF fighter shoots down a Soviet aircraft. The crash causes the explosion of a small nuke, which in turn releases a monster. As a monster it is hard to take seriously – a turtle walking on its hind legs, with tusks, and it flies and eats fire. The monster acts mixed-up too: destroying infrastructure and cities but making bids for our sympathy.

Footage shot in the US remind us of how far we’ve come, media-wise. Two scientists on a talk show have a loud argument which ends up with name-calling, which never ever happens on TV nowadays. A US senator insists on nonsense and balderdash in the face of stern reality – unheard of today, thank heavens. Poor Brian Donlevy makes an appearance as an USAF general, looking rather blurry and slurring lines, very far indeed from his starring roles in noir classics such as "Impact" and "Kiss of Death."

I’ve seen Gammera movies better than this one - quit raising those eyebrows - but let’s finish this review on this movie’s merits. It is not too long and the inevitable kid as the Monster’s Little Advocate doesn’t show up much. Gammera’s roar scaringly combines an elephant’s trumpeting with a factory klaxon. Both Japanese females, Michiko Sugata and Harumi Kiritachi, have a goofy but trusting and sturdy look.
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A. C. Cronvich | Planet Zeist | 08/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

#1 The first version is the japanese original GIANT MONSTER GAMERA.
#2 This version (the second ) is the first version released in America in the 60's.
The dubbing (By SPEED RACER's Peter Fernandez) is excellent and new
scenes with American actors Albert Dekker (DR. CYCLOPS) Brian Donlevy
(CURSE OF THE FLY) and Allen Oppenheimer (The voice of Skeletor) were added. Very entertaining and well produced.
#3 The third version was the SANDY FRANK version released on video in 1987.
it is a straight dub of the japanese version, but the voice acting is inferior to the
#2 version. This is the version that aired on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and
should be avoided. Buy the above version instead."
This is the version of Gamera to *Shell* out the money for
D. Steigman | USA | 03/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

Here is a brief history of Gamera before we get on to the DVD release...
In 1965 Gamera was created by Daiei to compete with Toho's Godzilla. The first film was a more serious effort. The plot is very simple. Gamera arises from the Arctic to destroy Japan, & he does . Is there nothing to stop the giant turtle from destroying Japan and the entire universe ?
The special effects in this are good for the most part, save for some obvious toys used but the miniatures used and the Gamera suit were well done. I feel this movie is a little underrated and gets a bad rap at times but overall it is entertaining and a lot better than later releases..
Before getting to the 2010 DVD releases here are some notes about previous releases to home video of Gamera
Sinister Cinema carried a USA version of Gamera called Gammera the Invincible - this version had extra scenes with Albert Dekker (Dr. Cyclops) and Brian Donlevy (he was Professor Quatermass & was in some excellent film noir movies such as Impact, the Glass Key,etc). This version also contained the Gammera song. A few years ago this same version appeared was released by Alpha DVD and other low budget DVD companies..
Another USA version of Gamera came out, simply called Gamera minus the USA Gammera footage, minus the original credits , replaced by what I call the "water credits scenes" where this movie and 4 others all had credits on water. These are called the Sandy Frank versions and were released on VHS from Celebrity Video (and a laserdisc distributed by Image entertainment) These also contain a different English dubbing.
These versions were used for Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes for Season 3 as well as the KTMA Season - the earliest MST3K season.
Several years later (the early to mid 1990s) Gamera again came out on VHS via Neptune Video - in 2 versions - English dubbed and English subtitled and called Giant Monster Gamera. The English dubbing was yet another different dubbing the other 2 Gamera releases...
Now here we are in 2010 and Shout Factory has gotten the rights to not only release the original Gamera on DVD in its uncut *authentic* original language,but they have the rights to ALL the Showa Series Gamera which goes all the way to Gamera vs. Zigra. That's right - ALL of them..
This NEW DVD from Shout Factory - will be anamorphic widescreen from an HD Transfer - expect a great transfer basically :)
As of this moment the bonus features are being worked on - what I do know is there will be a 12 page booklet with an essay by director Noriaki Yuasa, a photo gallery, trailers & the big news is an audio commentary by one of the most knowledgeable persons of not just Kaiju like Godzilla, Gamera, etc, but of Japanese pop culture. That man is the one and only August Ragone. I expect a truly fantastic insight to the history and making of Gamera & overall a fantastic commentary. For those that know August - he is the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters & has written many articles for G-Fan, his own magazine called Markalite Magazine. And he had big role with the Neptune Video VHS releases of Gamera many years ago.
With his vast knowledge of Gamera on audio commentary - plus the anamorphic HD transfer & the bonus features , this will easily be the best Gamera DVD release & should not be missed by any monster movie lover & fan , die hard or otherwise."
It's about time Gamera got his due credit......... | USA | 09/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Giant Monster Gamera (LBX , SUBS).For many years these films have been produced on cheapy SLP tapes , and never subtitled..Now , it is. The movie is one that any true Kaiju fan should buy if not , only rent it then. The film has been completely remastered and its uncut.In the film , Gamera is awakened by a plane that crashes into the artic. From there on Gamera goes on a killing spree , but not because he's violent , instead the creature is hungry.(Don't beleive me? check out the cover's reverse side) After destroying much of Japan the beast is rocketted into outer space.... Other movies are.. Gamera Vs. Barugon , Gamera Vs. Gaos (Gayos , Gyaos) , Gamera Vs. Viras , Gamera Vs. Guiron , Gamera Vs. Jiger , Gamera Vs. Zigra , SuperMonster - Gamera (yuck) , Gamera : Guardian of the Universe , G2 : Advent of Legion and G3 : Awakening of Irys (Iris)...All are okay but maybe not to all...."