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Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris [DVD]

Shinobu Nakayama , Ai Maeda , Shűsuke Kaneko    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shinobu Nakayama, Ai Maeda, Yukijir˘ Hotaru, Ayako Fujitani, Senri Yamazaki
  • Directors: Shűsuke Kaneko
  • Writers: Shűsuke Kaneko, Kazunori It˘
  • Producers: John Ledford, Mark Williams, Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8Q8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Gyaos have returned and this time they have increased their numbers adding an menacing new member, Iris, to their destructive club. Dr Nagamine and Inspector Osaka are reunited to help Gamera in his relentless quest to protect the human race.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamera 3 - Hollywood 0 14 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The third in Suzuke Kaneko’s 90s Gamera updates, Gamera 3 is a dark but often visually beautiful film that skilfully blends character and plot with drama and destruction.
The film picks up on threads laid done in the two previous movies, with the bat-like Gyaos returning to threaten mankind once again. Thrown into the mix is a new monster, the Iris, who draws its power from a young schoolgirl, Ayana, who blames Gamera for the death of her parents.
With this basic premise, Kaneko weaves a mature movie steeped in Asian mythology but with Hollywood production values. Visually, this is a stunning movie – imagine Industrial Light and Magic handled the visual effects and you’ll get an idea as to the quality on show. In one shocking sequence, one of Gamera’s fireballs sweeps down the street tossing bystander’s into the air. The mid-air battle between Gamera and Iris is a tour-de-force of design and imagination, while the final stand-off inside Kyoto Railway Station delivers an emotional punch.
Kaneko also manages to achieve what Hollywood often fails at – balancing the need for spectacle with characters and a story line that drives the movie along rather than filling time in-between set pieces (also a big fault of Toho’s Godzilla series). Unusually too - especially for a Japanese film - is the largely female cast and their (positive) impact on events in the story. These are no screaming damsels waiting to be rescued, the women in Gamera 3 are the sassy ones while the guys run around in circles.
The Japanese title of the film is Gamera 3: The Incomplete Struggle, which will make sense after… well, that would be spoiling the fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The trilogy ends. 6 May 2010
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The first two films in this '90s trilogy brought us a modern looking Gamera - but 'Revenge of Iris' ups the ante and a blend of rubber suits and CGI make for a slick looking film which relates all the films in the trilogy together and adds a darker and (dare I say it?) more realistic tone.

We are able to see the untold side of Gamera's action in Japan, the negative consequences of the battles which we saw in the previous film - Gamera may have saved the world, but it was at great human cost. Carnage on the scale shown in monster movies tend to be presented as destroyed buildings and snapped powerlines, but Gamera 3 faces up to the fact that innocent people were inadvertently killed in the ensuing battles between beasts.

In fact, it's the death of bystanders which prove pivotal to this film as a girl who happens to be the only surviving family member of a Gamera city stomp finds herself in a unique position to get revenge. Young Ayana finds the egg of a monster and raises it for one purpose - to kill Gamera, but as with many pets, her little "Iris" grows up and she loses control. The film links directly with the first 2 of this trilogy and we get to see familiar characters as Gamera and Iris are left to fight it out.

As is often also seen in the Godzilla films, there is no clear cut defining of Gamera as a goodie/baddie - but rarely do we get to see the darker side of giant revered monsters as much as we do here. You're left with the sense that Gamera is a force for good, but in a way which brings much risk. That makes this a grown up monster movie - you aren't just treated to mindless scenes of destruction with implausable moves and weapons, there's an exploration of the impact such events bring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommended 24 Oct 2009
By derzerb
Format:DVD
the 3rd in a series and boy does it pack a punch. what i like about the heisei era of gamera films is a decent enough storyline to keep you interested which are usually missing from kaiju films. especially the ones made in this era.

the story is about a young girl whose parents were accidentally killed by gamera during the events of the 1st film of the trilogy, resulting in an intense hatred towards gamera. when the girl discover the monster iris, who has just hatched from an egg, she establishes a bond with the creature. her quest for revenge against gamera becomes a possibilty when iris learns hatred towards the giant turtle also, resulting in a battle between the two.

the special effects are even better than that of the previous title, attack of legion, with the gyaos taking realistic evasive manouvres from gamera's fireballs, people being tossed around as gamera storms through the city, and theres even gamera and iris tearing a train station apart as they beat the [] out of each other. iris also looks good as most shots of him involve CGI in some way(the traditional rubber suit but with CGI tentacles). it's an ok length a film as well, not too long and not too short, the balance is just right.

the special features are also worth a look, with optional language settings, trailers, gag reel and even commentary from gamera himself!!! overall, its a great buy and a must have for any kaiju or gamera fan. you wont be disappointed
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