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Gamera: Gammera the Invincible (aka "Gamera") (DVD) (1965) (All Regions) (NTSC) (US Import)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: German
  • 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00008W2U7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Only Plan Z can stop a giant, fire-breathing flying turtle roused by an atomic bomb.

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It's hard to believe that I was already in college when this came out. Andthat I had to sneak away from the local art theaters to watch this at adowntown Saturday kid's special. Yes, as the dust of an atomic squabblebetween the US and the USSR settled and a man in a giant turtle suitclimbed out of the ice, I was stuffing my mouth with popcorn - with realbutter in those days.
The basic film is pretty simple minded. Japanese scientists investigatingEskimos witness an atomic accident that releases a giant turtle. After ashort flying tour of the world, Gammera descends on Japan and Tokyo for anextended lunch. An irritating young boy names Toshio races about tellingeveryone not to kill the terrapin from hell. Which is moot, since nothingcan kill him. Does the Earth get saved? Or is the turtle toast? I'm nottelling, but anyone who has ever watched a Japanese monster movie shouldhave no trouble guessing.
What I missed in my adolescent popcorn days was that Gammera is about 60%biting satire about scientists, news writers, and politicians (both US andinternational). It makes you wince a bit to realize that the filmmakershad no delusions about how silly we all are. And how many double standardswe have. There were moments when I wasn't sure if I was wincing at thehumor or the acting. The latter is classic Japanese sci-fi - awful.
The transfer is nothing to sing about, unfortunately. It looks like a copyof a copy. Which is probably exactly what it is. Even so films like thesehave a certain timelessness, like bomber jackets and BurmaShave signs. So,if you to once had a mouthful of popcorn on the Saturday matinee, I saluteyou. Some things never change.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c56442c) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c795840) out of 5 stars GAMERA!!! THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. KNOW YOUR GAMERA. 17 Aug. 2004
By A. C. Cronvich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
THERE ARE THREE VERSIONS OF THIS FILM. DON'T GET CONFUSED!!!!

#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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c79572c) out of 5 stars Visions Of Terrapins Float Through The Sky 4 April 2004
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It's hard to believe that I was already in college when this came out. And that I had to sneak away from the local art theaters to watch this at a downtown Saturday kid's special. Yes, as the dust of an atomic squabble between the US and the USSR settled and a man in a giant turtle suit climbed out of the ice, I was stuffing my mouth with popcorn - with real butter in those days.
The basic film is pretty simple minded. Japanese scientists investigating Eskimos witness an atomic accident that releases a giant turtle. After a short flying tour of the world, Gammera descends on Japan and Tokyo for an extended lunch. An irritating young boy names Toshio races about telling everyone not to kill the terrapin from hell. Which is moot, since nothing can kill him. Does the Earth get saved? Or is the turtle toast? I'm not telling, but anyone who has ever watched a Japanese monster movie should have no trouble guessing.
What I missed in my adolescent popcorn days was that Gammera is about 60% biting satire about scientists, news writers, and politicians (both US and international). It makes you wince a bit to realize that the filmmakers had no delusions about how silly we all are. And how many double standards we have. There were moments when I wasn't sure if I was wincing at the humor or the acting. The latter is classic Japanese sci-fi - awful.
The transfer is nothing to sing about, unfortunately. It looks like a copy of a copy. Which is probably exactly what it is. Even so films like these have a certain timelessness, like bomber jackets and BurmaShave signs. So, if you to once had a mouthful of popcorn on the Saturday matinee, I salute you. Some things never change.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca3fdbc) out of 5 stars The Best edition of the U.S. version to date 3 April 2013
By Steven J. Handzel - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
The American re-edit of Gammera, the Invincible has fallen into the public domain, and is thus very easy to find in bargain bin collections. Unfortunately, every DVD of this movie is poorly cropped to 4:3, and the picture is often over-exposed. The Shout Factory has a new DVD and BlueRay release of the first Gamera, but it only features the original Japanese cut (which is good). So, as of this writing, there is no DVD or BlueRay of the American recut in its original cinemascope format.

This 1998 VHS tape is THE BEST way to watch the American version, featuring Brian Donlevy and Albert Dekker. Not only is it in cinemascope, but its transferred from a high-quality print. Also, its recorded in SP, so no tracking problems. The tape itself seems to be designed for DVDs, because it also contains supplements after the feature. They include both the Japanese and U.S. trailers, a photo slide-show, and credits.

The packaging is icing on the cake. Its a clamshell box, with a cover sleeve that has liner notes on the inside! Some notes from Peter Fernandez, explaining some details about the dubbing process.

If you're looking for quality viewing of this particular version of Gammera, order this product, and go to your local thrift store to find a VCR (they're the machines that play VHS tapes). It's worth it all!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c795bac) out of 5 stars The one that started it all! 28 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you are a fan of the Gamera series, you have to see how it all began right? And if you are just a fan of japanese monster movies, you will want to check it out. It isnt as much fun as the silly sequels it inspired, but the effects are fair and the japanese cast does a good job. The added american scenes are boring but brief enough. Check out the cool lighthouse sequence that forshadows what Gamera would become! Not as serious as the original GODZILLA, and not as juvenile as the rest of the series, its certainly worth a look!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c795ec4) out of 5 stars Flying Turtle Soup! 20 Jun. 2003
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Gammera's been rudely awakened from his nap (buried under an arctic glacier) by an atomic explosion; and man, is he ever pi$$ed! He immediately begins his world-threatening rampage, causing the UN to argue incessantly (in the dull, tedious parts of the movie). Thankfully, there are lots of explosions and tons of building smashing action! Enough to get me rooting for our beloved reptile, while praying for the poor shmuck in the rubber suit! There's also a turtle-obsessed kid who befriends Gammera. He's annoying like a mosquito buzzing in your ear! Listen for the nifty theme song! Pure cheese! Check it out...
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