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Gorgo [Blu-ray] [1961] [US Import]

William Sylvester , Bill Travers    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Sylvester, Bill Travers, Joseph O'conor, Christopher Rhodes, Vincent Winter
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Dubbed, Enhanced, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2M78PU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,684 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a 'GORGO-NTIAN ' feast. 21 May 2008
I viewed this recently, and it has held up extremely well considering it's age. Essentially this is a 'SUIT-MATION' delight, and in the light of today's over-used, over-familiar sterile CGI monster effects, it is refreshing and reassuring to see good old-fashioned hand-crafted special effects.

The story darts along at a brisk pace, edited so that not a minute of boredom is evident on-screen: this is far better constructed story-wise than the majority of this type of film. Stock footage of warplanes and ships may not be brilliantly matched, but somehow seem to add to the vigour of the piece.

Uneven matte-work and bleed-lines pop up now and again, but this never marred the '33 'KING KONG' either, and indeed I can now spot 'sophisticated' greenscreen composite shots in many expensive effects films from today. This movie is much more entertaining and engaging than the 1976 'KONG', which wasted much of it's huge budget for various reasons too detailed to go into here.....'GORGO' delivers far greater spectacle and entertainment on a far lesser budget, which was put to infinitely better use.

I enjoy the similarly 'GODZILLA' films too, but in all honesty I prefer the relentless dynamics of this vital and impressive MONSTER-FEST.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Britain's answer to Godzilla ! 18 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I first saw this as a student, when it was quite a cult movie. You get TWO monsters for the price of one, a British setting, London in the early sixties and no prizes for guessing what happens to Big Ben, when trouble breaks out. This is a fun movie, which had entire audiences cheering at the end and applauding the monster.
An added bonus is the chance to watch all the clips inserted into the film to make it more "realistic" - my favourite is the sight of American sailors trying to escape from what is supposed to be a sinking Royal Navy warship.
I recommend Gorgo to any fan of old monster films, who also has a sense of humour. There is a twist in the tale, making it a cut above the Godzilla-destroys-Tokyo films - enormous fun !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Repent, the end is nigh! 29 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As this US Blu Ray edition is not region locked fans of Gorgo should snap this up now. After years of dodgy DVD and VHS releases this edition sparkles in comparison. By today's standards some younger viewers may struggle with the occasional grainy image from time to time however this edition is as near to the original 1961 theatrical release as possible and should be welcomed by collectors as the best version ever.

It's a big, bold colourful movie which never fails to deliver as central London is torn assunder by a rampaging sea beast searching for her captured offspring; the main attraction at a circus in Battersea Park! At the time the BBFC considerd that the finale showed too many very frightened people being crushed by the toppling buildings and collapsing tube stations so they slapped an "X" certifiate on it preventing anyone under the age of 16 being admitted to showings.

Thankfully the producers threw in everything but the kitchen sink and we have monsters of the "rubber suit" variety, stock shots (with no regard to whether the were filmed in day or night) and an over the top commentry for the climatic scenes to delight anyone who appreciates vintage monster films. The sight of Gorgo tearing through Soho and Picadilly Circus after demolishing Tower Bridge and The Houses of Parliament will no doubt keep fans of the genre more than happy for a long time.

Forget CGI and common sense, this is absolutely glorious!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Britain gives Godzilla a run for its money 15 Oct 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Following an underwater volcanic eruption, the crew of a small salvage vessel put in to a small Irish island for repairs. There they find and capture a huge sea monster that has been plaguing the local fishermen and take it to London where they exhibit it at the now extinct Battersea Funfair. But it turns out to be only a baby - and its mother wants it back...

This wonderfully entertaining, surprisingly low-key British monster movie from the director of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms was to be the first in a long line of animal movies for Bill Travers which would see him freeing lions, elephants and foxes for much of the rest of his screen career, usually in cahoots with Virginia McKenna, though the story was inspired by former-and-future art director Eugene Lourie's son, who felt that his earlier monster movie would have been better with a happy ending.

Filmed on a low budget, the running time is so short because a substantial section of the underwater scenes involving a Viking shipwreck were cut from the script at the last minute to save money. There are several loose ends and the screenplay bears its scars in the many promising ideas that are never fully developed, especially the relationship between the young monster and a young boy from the island. These also make themselves apparent in the wonderfully woefully mismatched stock footage that sees US jets take off and turn in British ones one jumpcut later and most famously in the scene where Gorgo is transported to Battersea Fun Fair via Piccadilly Circus: the penurious King Brothers believed that the spectacle would attract so many passers by that they would not need to hire any extras - unfortunately, the scene was shot so early in the morning that the streets were virtually deserted. The onscreen solution?
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5.0 out of 5 stars GORGO [1961] [Blu-ray] [US Import]

A volcanic eruption in the North Atlantic brings to the surface a 65-foot prehistoric monster. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget All the Jurassic Nonsense Here's The Best
What can you say about this film? A true forerunner to Jurassic Park and a new monster as an antidote to the 50s movies.There is something definately in the sea. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Laidlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgogeous
A wonderfully ,mad monster hokum jam packed with enjoyable acting and a wonderfully creature!good performances from the humans too,enjoy this romp
Published 5 months ago by whos toys
4.0 out of 5 stars a british mother of godzilla
its great to see this movie come out on a nice reg free disc.i have liked this movie along time i have the dvd but the blu-ray is far better. Read more
Published 11 months ago by horror king
5.0 out of 5 stars A face that only a mother could love.
A volcano erupts in the Irish Sea releasing creatures that have not been seen in ages. Enterprising salvage vessel operator Joe (Bill Travers) spots a 65 foot creature and money... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A face that only a mother could love.
A volcano erupts in the Irish Sea releasing creatures that have not been seen in ages. Enterprising salvage vessel operator Joe (Bill Travers) spots a 65 foot creature and money... Read more
Published 13 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomping good fun
Fans of the Atom age monsters will not be disappointed here. Gorgo stomps onto the screen in a wash of colour and blazing sound, this film has never looked and sounded so good. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P. Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely twist to the story
I love this movie .Saw it many years ago and it still remains as fresh as ever . The movie was made before the days of computer generated images but that does not detract from the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by John V
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT EXTRAS
GORGO is a great fun giant monster movie.I have seen better blu ray transfers but this is still colourful and rock steady,no flicker. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Vlad the emailer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Never heard of this before I saw the DVD and enjoyed it immensely. Good to see actors such as Bill Travers and William Sylvester who I remember from my youth.
Published 16 months ago by john
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