Information Exchange => Reader Comments => Topic started by: Paul Westbrook on November 29, 1999, 10:03:24 AM

Title: Gamera
Post by: Paul Westbrook on November 29, 1999, 10:03:24 AM
So this is what happens, when you cross Godzilla with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? Incredible!

Title: Gamera
Post by: Splinter on March 13, 2000, 07:09:40 PM
Why do I keep expecting "Kenny" to get killed by Gamera and see two friends yelling "Oh my god!  They killed Kenny!" followed by the required "You bastard!"


Title: Gamera
Post by: Tyler M. on January 15, 2003, 07:43:45 PM
Chris right!I have the origeonal theatrical version of  GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE!Released by Neptune media,this is so much better then the sandy frank version!And best of all,NO DRUNKEN ACTORS!!!!!!!Neptune media also has GAMERA V.S. GUIRON and GAMERA V.S. ZIGRA in the origenal AIP-TV version!In eather japanese with subtitle,or in dubbed version!if the person who runs the site is reading this,go to NEPTUNE MEDIA.COM to buy!

Title: Gamera
Post by: Chris K. on June 03, 2000, 11:15:21 AM
This website has the wrong film. DAIKJUI GAMERA was filmed in 1965 and recieved U.S. release as GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE in 1966. The Americanized version contained American actors Brian Donlevy, Albert Dekker, Diane Findaly, and others and American scriptwriter Richard Kraft changed some parts of the storyline. GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE fell into obscuity in 1970 and was shown on syndicated television until it dissapeared. In 1985 Sandy Frank (who is a a***ole in my opinion)released the original Japanese version, changed the title to GAMERA, and added new (but poorly done) English language dubbing. Sadly Franks version was not well recieved. Soon bad TV panned and scanned prints of GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE tutrned up. In 1998, Neptune Media Video finaly had the courage to release GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE on home video in it's original 2.31:1 Widescreen aspect ration complete with Japanese and American theatrical trailer. As fro Franks version, it has dissapeared and thenk God for that. But stick to the original American version and you will expect more from that.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Howie on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
"Calling fighter planes, calling fighter planes..." -- the American General really looks and sounds like a drunk.  I saw the dubbed, panned & scanned American release on AMC last October ('99) and thank G-d I got it on videotape.  VERY funny.  The English dubbing is incredibly bad and makes a silly film worse but also more fun to watch.  It's also obvious that the TV-formatted version does a real disservice to the cinematography, as the turtle could only be seen in full in widescreen format.  

Title: Gamera
Post by: Cham on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Good giant Japanese monster flick. Meant to cash in on the GOdzilla series, it isnt as good as any of the Big G's films, but pretty good. A giant turtle. His roar is damn annoying though. ANd that little boy saying lines like "Gamera loves all children!" I give it a 3.5/5


Title: Gamera
Post by: Gojira on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
"Gojira", Japan's first monster movie, made 5000 yen, a record setting amount in the 1950's.  "Gamera" tried to(and failed miserably) to ape it's sucess.  To be honest, Daiei, Gamera's company, had no originality inn this film.  Everything is a clone of the 1954 "Gojira" hit, but more childish.  So, it came as quite a shock that when Gamera got a reboot in 1995, he managed to do something right.  The 3 "new age" Gamera films, "Gamera:Guardian of the Universe", "Gamera 2:Advent of Legion", and "Gamera 3:Incomplete Struggle" all managed to boost Gamera as one of the most popular kaiju of all time, second only to Godzilla himself.
So, after watching these films, it would come as a surprise that the giant turtle started here.

Title: Gamera
Post by: George on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Ha,where to begin,Gamera,or Gammera,both spelling are correct,now then a little postscript to the original,at first,the idea for a new rival to Godzilla was an interesting prospect,but who,& more important what do we name him?,well producers & directors at Daiei weren't sure & then it hit home,Japans pet turtle craze in the mid 60s gave them the idea,but what to name the giant turtle,well someone mispronunced the word camera,with a g,so problem solved,the truth known even Daiei pictures were very pleased with the american version Gammera the Invincible starring Brian Donlevy & Albert Dekker from World Entertainment Corp.,Gamera went on to star in 5 more movies from American International Pictures,as well as Gamera vs.Zigra & Gamera-Super Monster,before this latest crop of new Gamera movies,& I don't like what I'm hearing about them,another thing I didn't care much for was the Sandy Frank dialogue versions,but I did hear a rumor that the original A.I.P. versions were coming back,let's hope so,& please no letterbox.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Bob on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Though it is a little weak, The Japanese version of this and any other Kaiju film are much better than the hacked and cut American or western releases ( mostly American).
The new Gamera series that started in 1995 which consists of 3 movies to date, are very good, nothing like this one, and the Last one Gamera 3 Incomplete Struggle is a far superior film than Tri Stars Godzilla "98".

Title: Gamera
Post by: tyler on November 26, 2002, 08:12:48 PM
This Movie is The Best Gamera Film I Have Seen.Good Special fx and plot.I sugjest you buy or rent this film.Go to ebay to buy, because it is out of print.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Wonko the Sane on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Fitfully, this was the first Gamera film I ever saw.  Though Godzilla will always be my favorite giant monster, I think Gamera is more than just a clone.  A flying, fire eating/regurgitating, fanged, turtle, from outer space!  How beautiful is that?

I really need to get ahold of those three most recent Gamera films made by the director of "Godzilla: Final Wars".

Title: Gamera
Post by: on June 12, 2003, 12:09:53 PM
That was one of the best crowd panic scene I have ever seen.  I enjoyed watching Gamera burn all the people to death.  They were so orderly when they were running away from him.  I find the people there to be very attractive.  They were all holding each other to dear life and they were embracing each other in a rather sexual way.  I wonder if the people there put powder or perfume.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Nene Murakami on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Gamera is a very interesting movie to watch.  The special effects in the 1960's may be primitive in todays standards but the main point in appreciating this movies is by using your imagination.  I may sound spaced out but hey this movie was released in the 1960's.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Dr. Serizawa on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Dear god, you're all missing the point. The Japanese portions of the movie are unwatchable to anyone with two brain cells to slam against each other - it's the hysterical American bits that make this worth 90 minutes of your precious life!

SEE: 2 idiots "debating" on a setless stage, finally degenerating into namecalling.

SEE: One over-the-hill drunken stublebum of an actor slur his lines and stare unfocusedly into space

SEE: the swishiest Air Force noncom ever to sashay around a set ("Clark", in the opening scenes)

Get this DVD before it disappears for good.

Title: Gamera
Post by: tyler on November 06, 2003, 01:38:53 PM

Title: Gamera
Post by: doug Govostis on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Image entertainment will be releasing Gamera vs. Monster X and Monster from a Prehistoric planet on Double bill DVD.
It should be out January 20, 2004.  FINALLY!!!

Title: Gamera
Post by: Doug Govostis on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Return of the Giant Monsters is being worked out with the people at Retromedia and made a possibity into an almost definite.  Monster X is confirmed.  Let's see Gamera Super Monster released.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Todd Shields on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
As if the Kaiju Eiga genre wasn't silly enough, they had to bring a turtle into it. Still, Gamera does have that appeal shared with Godzilla, even if most of his movies sucks.
But this mutant ninja turtle eventually got his revenge against the big G in the 90's when Daiei reintroduced him in films that were better than Toho's then current G-offerings.
(But Toho didn't mind since the distributed the new Gamera films in about good karma.)  

Title: Gamera
Post by: Megaloman on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The movie is fun, if a little too Godzilla-like in presentation.  I enjoy all of Gamera's movies to an extent, even the two worst , Zigra and Monster Super, Gamera.  Wonder what ever happened to Neptune Media?

Title: Gamera
Post by: Gayos on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This is a kind of film where it tries to match Godzilla's greatness. The film copies more than just Godzilla. I rate this awful yet entertaining film 3 out of 5.

Title: Gamera
Post by: Mark Radburn on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
When I first Bought Gamera I thought he was great and also his first movie was great. The Special effects are great the destruction scenes are very well done but Just because Gamera breaths fire just like Godzilla doesn't mean Gamera is a rip-off of Godzilla there's one monster movie that's a rip-off of Godzilla and Gamera called Yongarry the Monster From The Deep but who cares anyway this movie is cool and a Kaiju fan will love the gamera movies if he/she loved the Godzilla movies.

Title: Re: Gamera
Post by: Chris Conley on August 06, 2008, 10:46:24 AM
I hate to say this but the drunken american actors are in the japanese version as well
that's what the japanese hired to play the americans in the film, i check imb and found that they may not be even american actors but japanese pretending to be american and speaking american

Title: Re: Gamera
Post by: George on March 29, 2009, 02:46:24 PM
Our friend on You Tubes KMR had a lot of good things to say about this,the original Gammera that started it all,I really enjoyed his review of this one!.

It is indeed the NTA version,Gammera The Invincible, with Brian Donlevy & Albert Dekker,and the truth is Daiei was pleasantly surprised at how much better this version was compared to the original version in which the original American actors weren't so good.

I remember finally videotaping this movie on WPIX in 87,we had a big c-band dish,I'm glad we got one!.

Anyway whether you like the original American version with Donlevy & Dekker,(which I do),or the original Japanese version,it's nice to know they are both out there on dvd!.

Title: Re: Gamera
Post by: George on June 03, 2010, 10:23:44 PM
As I previously stated I prefer the original NTA release of Gammera with Brian Donlevey and Albert Dekker.

Since the original Japanese & SF versions were the same,I now have from Showa Video,the original J-version and a special letterboxed NTA version,after viewing the J-version,I'm sorry to say it's just not as good as the NTA version,in fact Gamera might very well have been laughed right out of the country if we had that horrendous SF E-version,and that's why I have to go with the NTA Gammera The Invincible,in fact there's one scene they have that was cut by Diaei.

When Gamera was headed toward the power plant,the strings broke on the puppet they were using,causing him to run towards it,NTA picked it up,slowed down that portion of film and added eerie music to it,and that worked!.
Oh the good old days when American Film Companies knew how to dub and even remake some of the Japanese Monster Movies!

Title: Gamera
Post by: George on August 05, 2010, 12:24:04 AM
Shout Factory,those noble folks have finally made a dream come true,Leave it to Beaver The Complete DVD Series!.
I have mine and it's Great!!,Bev,Wally,Ward and June,plus the others,Eddie,Lumpy,Larry,Miss Landers,etc.
I would of loved to have lived in Mayfield myself,many thanks to Shout Factory for doing what Universal wouldn't,but after releasing the doublesided discs of the first two seasons,it was well worth the wait!.

But as we also know Shout Factory's also releasing Gamera DVDs.

Unfortunately they seem to be of the Japanese variety with no AIP English versions.

Although I did hear something about Sandy Frank versions possibly added to the later editions.
Shout Factory couldn't get Gammera the Invincible at the 11th hour?,and they couldn't edit War of the Monsters to fit the AIP soundtrack?.

I'm glad I've got every English version of every Gamera movie,we know Gamera vs. Zigra is the only real Sandy Frank movie in the whole bunch,but the 2mins of Gurion chopping up Gaos,and Agie saying"Come back again soon and see us Gamera don't forget now!",at the end of Gamera vs. Gaos is worth putting in the original AIP versions.

If I could I would,but I don't so I cannot,one can only hope the good people of Shout Factory will,but I do appreciate there interrest in Gamera,as well as giving us Leave it to Beaver the complete series!.

Title: Re: Gamera
Post by: skywatcher on June 25, 2015, 06:15:55 AM
It's unusual to get excited about the opening credits of a movie, but Gamera does that. Every movie begins with the name Gamera in Japanese characters as the very first thing in the credits. And Gamera in Japanese characters resembles a word in English characters. And once you've seen it and realized what word they're showing you, you will laugh and laugh and laugh. And once you have seen that word, you will never be able to UN-see it.

I've never heard anyone else mention that this set of Japanese characters resembles a slightly naughty word in English, so I guess I just have the right degree of perversion to notice things like that. I suppose my recent comment on the boob-shaped rock in "20 Million Miles to Earth" proves that...