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Gamera: Guardian Of The Universe [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yukijirô Hotaru
  • Directors: Shûsuke Kaneko
  • Writers: Matt Greenfield, James Shanks, Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Hiroyuki Kato, Matt Greenfield, Seiji Urushido, Shigeru Ohno
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844JH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first in the series of films centring on the giant 200ft turtle, Gamera.

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Been a fan of Godzilla and i found two of the Gamera dvds in a local store for cheap so went on Amazon to get the rest of the last two series. This was the first one i watched and it's by far my Favorite! lot of techno music that keeps the film up to pace however in some parts it seems a little out of place, this DVD is the UK version so i think this music might of been added over it, although hearing the English dubbed actors is pretty funny, anyway if you like your giant monster movies you need this one!
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This is the first Gamera film I've watched, and I figured that this 'reboot' of the series (the first of a trilogy) would be a good place to start.

I'm familiar with other 'Daikaiju' films such as Godzilla, and Gamera compares favourably with everyone's favourite giant atomic lizard. This film seems to be a good introduction to Gamera as it establishes a back history and introduces it's arch enemy - the Gyaos.

We learn that the Gyaos were created by an ancient civilisation with incredible technology, the giant bird-dragons however grew too powerful and started chomping on humans. Gamera was then created to defend humanity against the Gyaos.

This states the most important difference between Gamera and Godzilla, Gamera is defined as a protector of human society, a hero. Whereas Godzilla is more an anti-hero, existing not solely for the protection of man but as a result (and reminder) of man's destructive forces. Godzilla is neither a 'baddie' or a 'goodie' - he simply is. The suit-mation scenes in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe are impressive compared to some of the poor action scenes I've seen in other similar films. There's a degree of CGI too to support the action and it all seems to blend well.

The film is set in a familiar world. By that I mean that it isn't all contained on an island somewhere, most of the film takes place in Tokyo and the fights between Gamera and Gyaos have major consequences for the people of the city. This enables the viewer to empathise and get a real sense of the danger, that's something which isn't always easy to achieve when you're watching guys in suits fighting next to cityscape models.

In a nutshell: Gamera himself is actually quite cute and my two young daughters enjoyed watching this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reunited With Gamera 28 April 2015
By Alex Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember watching this particular movie when I was about 10 years or so, and it was on a video tape. I rented from a video store when there were thriving in business before DVDs and Blue Rays as well as Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, & Crackle dominated home entertainment. I wasn't aware of the fact that this was the first reboot of the Heisei era of kaiju movies [the second was Gamera the Brave - Millennium era 2006] compared to its first film from the Shōwa era - Gamera the Invincible from 1965. It was at my childhood that I really enjoyed kaiju movies like Godzilla and Gamera that made such an impact as I marveled on how talented [and destructive] these movies can be. So jumping over 10 years into my future, where I forgot about kaiju movies and focuses on school and careers, one night I just on youtube on my laptop and for some odd reason I start to remember kaiju movies again. When I typed in Gamera, all three eras of giant turtle were full length movies and free to watch. After watching them on YouTube I wanted to find a DVD or BlueRay of Gamera. THIS ONE, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, was a bit tricky to purchase it was outrageous...until one person here on Amazon made an offer I couldn't refuse for $6 plus $3.99 for shipping & handling. I was not expecting a special custom made box for not just the first movie, but the other two that make the Gamera Trilogy.

NOW THIS MOVIE, which I personally believe is much better the 1965 original, is definitely WORTH WATCHING. It takes away the silly sequels from its past and rebuilds itself to what it once was from the first film. DO NOT be fooled that this is remake of GAMERA VS. GYAOS. Unlike that movie, it establishes a concrete origin story about the two creatures from an ancient civilization [Atlantis or Mu]. The special effects alone are also really awesome compared to cheesey mid-late 1960s and early 1970s Gamera movies. And just like the 2014 Godzilla movie, it really makes modern age on how serious monster attacks can cause so much damage. Overall this is a movie you can really sink your teeth into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gamera Comes Back 14 Jan. 2000
By C. Serafini - Published on Amazon.com
First, you must be a fan of this Genre'. With that understood, this new take on the old "Gamera vs. Gaos" movie is truely a 5-star effort.
The special effects were suprisingly good. Still using rubber suits and beutifully detailed models, this movie keeps the old charm. And now, the tasteful use of Digital effects for Gamera's Fire Ball Breath and Jets, brings this movie into the nineties.
It is enjoyable and fun for kids young and old. I recommend it highly to all fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Someday, I'll show you around a monster-free Tokyo" 26 Mar. 2015
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Gamera is my monster. I was never the world's biggest kaiju fan, but that monster turtle has my unending enthusiasm, particularly when it comes to his most recent trilogy. Fifteen years after Daiei Film was forced to close shop on the big guy, director Shusuke Kaneko (Death Note) breathed new life into the franchise and established my personal favorite era of Gamera. The "Guardian" trilogy provides an appealingly mature contrast to the goofier installments of the past, and while I consider this initial entry to be the weakest of the three, it's still a lot of fun.

The story: The discovery of a species of carnivorous, flying predator called the Gyaos coincides with the arrival of an enormous monster identified as Gamera. With the military confused about which entity to target, the salvation of the human race depends on Gamera's psychic connection with an unassuming young girl (Ayako Fujitani, Tokyo!).

Gamera is fantastic, here. Whether or not you approve of his new Atlantean origins, it's cool that he's such a heroic figure. Naoaki Manabe and Jun Suzuki do a fantastic job with the costume, and the filmmakers are very successful in establishing a titanic sense of scale. I wish I could be as unilaterally praiseful of his rivals. Though notable for being the first time that a woman (Yuhmi Kaneyama) has played a kaiju, the Gyaos look a lot less realistic and have a harder time coming across as gigantic...at least until the final showdown. Without spoiling anything, the Gyaos aren't actually a match for Gamera until a final, larger specimen shows up for the last battle. This fight starts off conventionally with the two creatures having a sumo match amidst the buildings, but eventually achieves truly epic proportions - they even enter space, briefly. The fight is the highlight of the movie, which I had considered giving a lower rating before the showdown provided a necessary shot in the arm.

As tends to be the case, the human cast plays secondary roles to the monsters, but do well enough. I appreciate that the most influential characters are female: Shinobu Nakayama (Fist of Legend) does well as a proactive scientist and the aforementioned Ayako Fujitani shows surprising amounts of deftness in her first film role. Fujitani is, of course, the daughter of action star Steven Seagal, and while Seagal has done plenty of cool things, he has never had a mental bond with a turtle monster. The psychic connection between Gamera and Ayako's character is played pretty conservatively and without bombast, and while that's a little disappointing, it brings out a little extra in Fujitani's dramatic performance.

Production values of the film are strong. This is the first time for the franchise wherein traditional effects are mixed with computer-generated ones, albeit not too ambitiously - the forthcoming features would attempt more, in that regard. The movie is bright, colorful, and fun to look at, and in all, it's a triumph. Watch it as a part of the trilogy and you may just become a new fan. Established devotees should definitely purchase this.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new approach!/Looking for Gamera 2 & 3? 25 Sept. 2001
By Patrik Kullman - Published on Amazon.com
This 1995 film is as I see it a totally new approach, to the Japanese giant rubber monster genre. This film has a tight script, a heavy soundtrack and is cut in a faster pace than the Godzilla films of the 90s (And Godzilla 2000 for that matter). I've watched this film over and over, and I still enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it!
The origin of Gamera has been rewritten in this first film in the new series (G2 1997, G3 1999); Gamera is not an ancient race of giant turtles, that has accidently been awaken by nuclear testing - He's/She is some leftover biotech weapon from the anchient civilazation of Atlantis! He's left as an guardian against the people of Atlantis biggest biotech blunder; The Gyaos!
The story; A population of Gyaos have hatched on a island. The islanders and a professor and his team gets eaten. A huge floating atoll is found in the pacific - Is there a connection?
The Gyaos move in towards the Japan mainland, and attempt is made to capture the creatures. The Atoll inreases speed towards this location, Gamera arises in the harbour - The battle can begin!
A very enjoyable movie! Contains not so much digital effects as the later Gamera films - The gyaos for instance look very rubbery. But Gamera new "flame trower" is impressive. It's also fun to see him do the real Kaju thing; Wreck the tokyo tower...
The most remembered line in this film; "I would like to take you out, in a monster free Tokyo..."
This dubbed version has a more pumped up sound track then the subtitled version.
Looking for Gamera 2 and 3?
In Japan a Dvd box has been released, containing G1/G2/G3 that carry English subtitles. Japanese Dvd:s does however have a region 2 coding. Try to find Cd Japan, Japanese site, in English - That's all info I can give here
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The triumphant return of Gamera 18 April 2001
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
Gamera began his cinematic life in the 1960s, in a series of kid-oriented Japanese monster movies. A giant, jet-powered, flying, saber-toothed, fire-breathing turtle, Gamera may sound like a ridiculous concept to some, but to others (like me!) he's a beloved film icon.
Well, Gamera is back in a big way in "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe," a 1990s update of the classic character. Remakes and updates are always tricky undertakings, but screenwriter Kazunori Ito and director Shusuke Kaneko have done an excellent job. The secret of their success is simple: they remain true to the original concept and characterization of Gamera, while bringing a high-tech 90s sensibility to the execution.
In this film, ancient monster Gamera is reawakened to the contemporary world. He forms a telepathic bond with a young woman, and engages in fantastic battles with a species of predatory flying reptile known as Gyaos.
This new "Gamera" is an exciting, superbly made film. A coherent script, good performances by an engaging human cast, effective special effects, and a thrilling musical score all contribute to the film's overall success. The filmmakers have expertly blended the excitement of an action film with the timeless feel of myth. And most importantly, this new Gamera retains the quirky charm that made his earlier incarnations so memorable. Fans of Japanese giant monster films will be in heaven when they see "Gamera."
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