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Gamera Vs Zigra / Gamera: The Super Monster

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  • Format: Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: March 15 2011
  • ASIN: B004G5SOYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,186 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Gamera Vs. Zigra / Gamera: The Super Monster [Double-Feature]

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
WOW! Kudos to SHOUT! factory ... Dec 20 2010
By xxgrendelxx - Published on
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...for this "value" release of the weakest of the Gamera franchise.

No Gamera completist can do without these two films. I spent the summer beore last seeking through page after page of Japanese Amazon listings trying to find an affordable edition of the original Gamera films to no avail.

SHOUT! Factory has earned a place in my heart for restoring a lost peice of my childhood in grand fashion and a great value.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good price..not the best Gamera films..still overall fun Dec 20 2010
By D. Steigman - Published on
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The last of the Shout Factory Gamera films are now available - and the price is inexpensive - as was the budget for the 2 Gamera films
Gamera vs Zigra - has Gamera fighting a giant ship that turns into a large sea fish monster which talks. Really hammy stuff with children starring again..The Sandy Frank version wound up as an MST3K experiement .That being said..the English dubbing is the same found from the MST3K version, minus the water credit sequence but with the original Sea World intro..
So hold on to your Neptune Video VHS tapes still :)
Gamera SuperMonster - on an even lower budget - is about 95% stock footage of Gamera fighting all his foes from Barugon to Gyaos to Zigra..the new footage has him flying around ready to attack an evil spaceship. There are some superheroes in this. The dubbing in this is awful too mispronouncing Gamera (Guh-Meera) all the way through..
This was released from Shout as an Elvira DVD.This time both Super Monster and Zigra are widescreen with very good - fantastic transfers...
Not a great pair in terms of film quality , but its the last Gamera movies and it's not expensive..Id like to think there will be some good bonus materials on this..Die-hard Gamera lovers like me will get it anyway for collections' sake; fence sitters may find this a little more difficult to decide to get it.
Supplements for both films are basically sill photos and some behind the scenes photos of Zigra
Shout has released some great stuff over the past year and being a monster movie fan I hope to see more from them in the future
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining if you have a open mind March 22 2011
By Justin E. Mccoy - Published on
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I'll begin by saying that Gamera: The Super Monster was my first ever Gamera movie, so it holds a special place in my heart. This is the first time I have seen Zigra, and I don't think it's that bad. I thought Zigra was pretty cool, actually. And, by the way, Shout! did another great job on this release. Thank you once again. We get the same good extras that we did with the other releases, so I was pleased with that. So far, we have been lucky enough that this page hasn't been poisoned with a bunch of reviews by attention-starved internet nerds saying how bad these movies stunk. They are much better than most people give them credit for. Most tend to forget; these movies were aimed at children. Children are always the winners, and the adults are always dumb. That's the way it works. Get over it. For Super Monster, the spacewomen story is cool, and the title song, let's face it; if you didn't tap your feet at least once during that song, slap yourself and wake up. The acting isn't as bad as they say it is. There are several eye-roll moments(anything to do with a keyboard or the van), but it is a monster movie for kids. The ending is really sad. This movie has something special about it, though I don't know what. Anyway, I am very happy to own them. I've had this pack for eight days, and have watched each movie twice. These are great movies, if you can just tap in to your younger side, so to speak, and ignore all the trash that the critics say, because they all say the same thing: I have NO imagination!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Creatures of the Earth, surrender at once!" Aug. 5 2011
By Einsatz - Published on
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Nostalgia is the main driving force with the Gamera series; they reach people on an emotional level. They were never meant to be anything more than entertainment for children (and adults who remember the series fondly). Allowances will always be made for things with sentimental value. I do not fault these movies for serving their purpose. I know there are plenty of things to pick apart, from production values to acting and more, but quality has different meanings in different circumstances.

I was greatly amused by both films and even though Gamera: the Super Monster was basically just Gamera's greatest hits, the interlocking story accommodated them quite well. I liked the 3 space women with their ear tugs and snazzy uniforms and magical calisthenics. Why they were living here wasn't exactly clear but they were a great source of aid to the little boy with a turtle fascination. And yes, they kept playing the Gamera theme song throughout (admittedly, it isn't the greatest song ever....that would be Mothra's theme). This is good harmless fun (name one thing better than gigantic rubbery monsters beating the crap out of each other).
As for Gamera Vs. Zigra, it costarred a uniquely designed monster that conveniently grew due to our water pressure. Zigra went from one of Carmen Miranda's daintier hats to a huge shark-thing. He/It also had a woman to do its evil bidding. While most of the adults were incapacitated, this evil woman was out to kill 2 witnesses/kids. Yes, death threats were leveled repeatedly at the 2 kids who had no trouble evading the assassin's grasp (slapstick solutions to soften the idea of a homicidal maniac terrorizing 2 kids). They even managed to throw in a lecture on pollution! This movie has it all, including Gamera tap dancing (or at least it looked liked that after he played Zigra like a musical instrument). What's not to love?

I enjoyed both films and I'm more than happy to include them in my collection: a must for any fan of Gamera.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good & Bad for Gamera Fan (vs. Zigra & Super Monster) June 22 2011
By Joseph F VanGaalen - Published on
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I'm a Kaiju fan. That means these films (and the 3 stars I've given them) are taken with a grain of salt. That said, as a fan, Gamera vs. Zigra covers all the fan base requirements: Good shots of Gamera and foe, liberal use of Gamera roar, and thorough coverage of the cutesy GAM-uh-RAHHHHHHH, GAM-uh-RAHHHH theme song. I prefer vs. Guiron or Jiger better, but nonetheless.

As for Gamera: The Super Monster: I wasn't aware of how the GAM-uh-RAHHHHH theme song got under my skin enough so as to like it until I saw this film. The song is noticeably absent, and replaced by something yet more lame. If that was possible. As I said, plenty of action, but the annoying music got to me after a while.

Note, if you aren't a Gamera or Kaiju fan, then the following review applies to you:

vs. Zigra and Super Monster are atrocious. Bad acting made worse by dubbing, silly plot lines, awful music, and plot holes that an elephant could fit into. Unlike the famous Godzilla original or King Kong, Gamera monster movies do not transcend the genre, so don't expect them to. If you want to see just how good the Godzilla SFX crew was, then watch a Gamera film to note the differences. The only thing Gamera's crew did better was match the nearly 2-dozen Gamera suits better so that you didn't notice. The original Godzilla, by comparison, was visibly different in certain shots since the hand puppet and full suit didn't perfectly match.


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