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Gamera: The Ultimate Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Noriaki Yuasa , Shigeo Tanaka    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Shigeo Tanaka
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vintage Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2005
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00096S31S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,486 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 20 Aug 2007
You know how it is: you watch remakes and then you see the original, and the original is usually 10 times better than the remake? With Gamera this isn't the case.
Imagine a typically 60s Godzilla movie. Now reduce the budget by about half...That's what these are like.
However, I like Japanese monster movies, so even awful ones are fun.

The only bad aspect is the quality of the image. It's like a 2nd Generation VHS copy. How the publishers have the nerve to release product with such an awful picture is beyond me. All I cans say is I'm glad I didn't pay more.

Be warned!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamera at his best.. 24 Nov 2009
This DVD collection contains 3 of Gameras movies, they are : GAMERA THE INVINCIBLE (1965), WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966) and DESTROY OR PLANETS (1968).
All movies are presented in english language versions and in the original unremastered prints, some people might find this to be unacceptable but I think it adds to the nostalgia of the movies. It is true that Gamera did not have a budget to speak of but what Japanese monster movie does, the 'cheesyness' of these movies are what attracts most people to watch them!!
The giant prehistoric turtle has a massive fan base that rivals Godzilla's and being able to get 3 original GAMERA pics in one was a joy, see Gamera battle humans, Baragon, giant squids and more.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Piss-Poor Bootleg 29 Oct 2005
By Ryan Clark - Published on
Three classic Gamera films collected on one disc in poor quality. Spend your money on the excellent Shout Factory releases instead!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original series! 8 Sep 2005
By H. ton - Published on
I give this collection four stars

because of the great price - if you're

not a hardcore kaiju collector - or

even if you are - you're not gonna beat

the great price. The movies themselves

are classic "B" status and earn about

three stars each. The movies are presented

in full screen with English dubbing.

As for the movies, they include Gamera's

1st, 2nd and 4th movies (but are placed

on the disc out of order for some reason.)

Anyway, the movies are all intertaining;

my personal favorite being War of the

Monsters, Gamera's second movie.

The box also contains some nice interior

notes about the films (a consideration many

collections such as this omit) and a great

black & white fold out of the big Turtle

himself. I was delighted with this

purchase - recommended!

P.S - For any Speed Racer fans out there,

you might be interested in knowing that several old

Gamera and Godzilla flicks had English voices from

members of Speed's show. You can sit and say to

yourself "hey, thats Trixie's voice or that's Speed!"

I always prefere original scores and sound tracks, but

at least the English is made more fun to listen too:)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gammera, Barugon and Viras 2 July 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on

Soviets and Americans clash bringing down a bomber on ice which explodes and awakens a giant turtle called Gammera who rampages Tokyo.


A giant lizard called Barugon attacks Tokyo but luckily Gammera returns to Earth and battles the overgrown reptile.


Now Gammera is changed to Gamera. Anyway, aliens attack Earth but are counterattacked by Gamera which forces them to release a giant squid which attempts to kill the reptilian hero.

Afterward:GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE and WAR OF THE MONSTERS deserve 4 stars and are good and exiting movies. DESTROY ALL PLANETS is just as exiting but overuses stock footage and is to campy and gets only 3 stars.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids 16 Sep 2005
By J. Oesterling - Published on
My 5 year old son loves everything Godzilla or any monsters right around that time. He enjoyed this movie although he got bored waiting for the monsters to show up in the beginning. Since the movie is old, the color and picture quality is not that great. But if you're anything like my son, you will truly enjoy it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Quality 5 May 2007
By D. Jason Huebner - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The movies are what they are - decent science fiction that I grew up watching as a kid and still love to see. The quality of these movies are terrible though - they only provide a full screen version that cuts off stuff on the screen, despite trying different display options. I knew the first couple of Gamera movies were in black & white, but they are so 'washed out' that I can't even enjoy them. My son loves watching Godzilla movies with me, but I couldn't get him to watch for more than 10 minutes or so, which I don't think was because the content, but instead due to the poor quality...

I guess you get what you pay for!
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