Friday, April 25, 2014

Mill Creek Entertainment / Gamera Legacy Collection

You all know I love the old sci-fi monster movies with a great passion. They are always so much fun to watch and re-watch. Very recently our Spring was interrupted for another dash of winter. I wasn't sad though because I have a great new collection from Mill Creek Entertainment and it gave me lots to do when I was pinned in on those cold days. I am talking about the Gamera: Legacy Collection! Gamera! I know right, how awesome is that?

The set includes Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965), Gamera vs. Barugon (1966), Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967), Gamera vs. Viras (1968), Gamera vs. Guiron (1969), Gamera vs. Jiger (1970), Gamera vs. Zigra (1971), Gamera: Super Monster (1980), Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999). This is the first time these eleven movies have ever been offered together in one collection!

Just in case you might not know, Gamera is a turtle looking monster that walks on two legs and can fly. He does occasionally walk quadrupedally in his first three films. `Plus he has an awesome pair of large tusks protruding upward from the lower jaws. You really have to see him to appreciate him in his full glory.

Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965) Gamera made his first appearance here which was also the only Gamera film to be in black-and-white. The movie begins showing bombers of the U.S.S.R. being intercepted by American fighters and one of the bombers crashes. The nuclear blast releases a giant turtle from suspended animation in the ice and so the story begins in full.

Gamera vs. Barugon (1966) While he was once feared this time Gamera returns to Earth to save it from the malevolent monster Barugon who is able to freeze anything its path. Barugon, demon dog from Hell is armed with a deadly tongue and cold beams, wreaks havoc on Japan. This is must watch monster madness.

Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967) The third entry of this classic monster series continues when a volcanic eruption awakens Gyaos, who is a gigantic vampire-like bat who likes blood. Gyaos is Gamera’s most popular foe because he is just awesome fun to watch and thankfully he is in four more films (not counting the stock footage in SUPER MONSTER).

Gamera vs. Viras (1968) In this one aliens take two boy scouts hostage to blackmail Gamera into aiding their invasion of Earth. When that plan fails, the giant alien leader Viras who reminds me of a squid battles the flying turtle in a duel to the death.

Gamera vs. Guiron (1969) Two young boys board a spaceship and are hijacked to a strange planet on the other side of the sun. While the boys try to stay away from two brain-hungry alien beauties, Gamera must deal with a knife-nosed monster named Guiron. I have seen this movie so many times and each time I find it highly entertaining.

Gamera vs. Jiger (1970) The fire-breathing action continues as Gamera battles one of his greatest foes, Jiger, a horned monster that reminds me of the Triceratops. Drawn to the World Expo in Osaka by an ancient statue, the evil reptile injects Gamera with its parasitic offspring to eliminate the super turtle.

Gamera vs. Zigra (1971) The shark-like alien Zigra attacks Earth to enslave the human race as food. Aided by spacewoman X-1, Zigra’s wicked plan goes swimmingly until the invaders are challenged by Gamera and confounded by two trouble making kids.

Gamera: Super Monster (1980) The final entry of the Showa Gamera series plays as a highlight reel reviving all of the previous evil monsters. When the alien Zanon tries to conquer Earth with an army of monsters, three superwomen enlist the help of Gamera to foil the invader’s plans.

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) Gamera is back with a vengeance as he takes on both a misguided military and a trio of hideous, man-eating flying monsters. This is another one that I found to be extremely fun to watch.

Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) A freak meteor shower brings with it electrical problems, overgrown plant life and a whole slew of rather irritable critters that drop in to threaten the human race. It’s up to Gamera to destroy the bugged-out invaders.

Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) The Gyaos have returned along with a new, tentacled super-monster named Iris. Dr. Nagamine and Asagi Kusanagi are reunited to help Gamera in his relentless quest to stop his enemies from overrunning the Earth.

This collection really is must have for Sci Fi fans. You will get hours, over sixteen in fact, of fantastic, fun Gamera and his super fun to watch battles with his foes. These are afternoon popcorn movies at their best. And if you have never seen Gamera this is a great way to see them all in one collection for a super value. Check your local movie retail or online shop to get your copy now.

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1 comment:

  1. I like the Gamera Sci fi movies posted here. I like to see these. I do not know if I have seen them and they were made many years ago, but I think they are fascinating.