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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Gamera Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 Blu-ray Review

Created: 04/21/2014 10:59 AM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I really enjoy monster movie and films that feature strange creatures.  This past weekend I had an awesome movie marathon. 

Last week I received review copies of Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Gamera Vol 1.” and Gamera Vol. 2” Blu-ray movie collections. 

They are awesome and were very entertaining to watch, because I had never seen any of the “Gamera” films before.

“Gamera” is a huge tortoise like creature that can fly and breathe fire.  In the first episode, Gamera was frozen in the artic and a nuclear bomb explodes and releases him.  The Japanese go to the artic and talk to some of the local Eskimos.  They have a strange artifact that explains that the creature frozen in the ice was “Gamera.”  Gamera goes to Japan and starts destroying the city. The military eventually capture Gamera and send him into space.” In the other films, Gamera usually finds his way back to Earth only to encounter another strange creature, and Gamera must try and save Earth from the deadly monster.

I thought the all of the films were great.  The creatures did look a little silly, but it was fun watching them fight each other.  I thought a lot of the special effects were very well done and still hold up well today.

The quality of the prints is outstanding.  The pictures are crystal clear and look amazing.  “Gamera: The Giant Monster” (1965) was in black and white, and the other films were in color.  I was very impressed with how awesome each of these movies looked.  I am going to go out on a limb and say that they probably looked better than when they were released in theaters.

Each “Gamera” volume contains four full length films and they include:
Gamera Volume 1
  - “Gamera: The Giant Monster “(1965)
 - “Gamera vs. Barugon” (1966)
 - “Gamera vs. Gyaos” (1967)
 - “Gamera vs. Virus” (1968)
Gamera Volume 2
 - “Gamera vs. Guiron” (1969)
 - “Gamera vs. Jiger” (1970)
 - “Gamera vs. Zigra” (1971)
 - “Gamera: Super Monster” (1980)

I really enjoyed Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Gamera Vol. 1 and Vol 2.” On Blu-ray a lot.  I thought the movies were fun and very exciting to watch.  I really enjoyed watching all of the monsters fight and thought that it was very well done.  The quality of the film prints is amazing. 

If you are a fan of monster and science fiction movies, then I would highly recommend that you check out these two movie collections.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.


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