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Product Details

  • Actors: Sornram Theppitak, Sara Legge, Dan Fraser, Chalad Na Songkhla, Yanee Tramoth
  • Directors: Monthon Arayangkoon
  • Writers: Monthon Arayangkoon
  • Producers: Monthon Arayangkoon, Pawinee Wichayapongkul
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Media Blasters
  • Release Date: March 22 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BPK2I4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,847 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

During a tunnel excavation, a group of workers discover a rock so solid and so durable that even their most powerful and expensive drill cannot break through. With further examination, they find some strange creature fossils that are unlike any dinosaur fossil they have come across. Leena Pierre, a young archaeologist woman, and Tim, her American partner are then called on the site to find out more details about these strange remains. Their intrusion in the cave also awakens Garuda, a mystical giant bird associated to old Thai folklore. Now, that Garuda is fully awakened and going on rampage, it is up to Leena, Tim and the military team leader to put Garuda back to sleep before it reaches the surface.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Garuda is a Thai Kaiju movie that is worth the viewing... May 29 2006
By King Kong Fan - Published on
Format: DVD
The story centers around an elite group of Thai soldiers who's job it is to kill the creatures of myth. They are called in when the Garuda is discovered in an underfround cave. If you are familiar with Thai culture you will most likely enjoy this film as it is a rare example of a modern Thai monster movie. If you aren't too keen on monster movies then,of course, this is not for you. I thought it was much better than the Korean film Yongary 2000. Worth a look for it's obscure monster and CGI effects.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Are You Thai? Jingoism Today. July 31 2006
By Joshua Koppel - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Garuda is said to be the first Thai movie inspired by the Godzilla films. I can see a little of that, but it comes off more as an Alien film crossed with Lovecraft than Kaiju. The film opens with a narrative that tells of an evil ancient being who was imprisoned by others. Now a train tunnel is being dug and the borer hits solid rock. A young woman is brought in to help although she is not really allowed to do so. The rock is broken and a cavern is found. It is here that the opening creature is held.

The large (15-20 foot) creature is revived and starts attacking the military unit assigned to the project. They seem to specialize in this sort of thing and a flashback shows then fighting a giant snake. The bird creature stalks the people through the cavern and stations. Eventually the creature and survivors make it to the surface where the final showdown must occur before the creature can destroy the city.

This film was hard to understand. One of the main characters is part Thai and part American. She is therefore ostracized as being not Thai. Despite this, she is brought in on the project. But she doesn't do anything. The military blows up the rock and opens the cave. She is held prisoner, attacked, and blamed for the deaths of everyone killed by the creature. So why is she there? I don't know. Her main purpose seems to be so that others can tell her she is not really Thai.

The effects are pretty good CGI and animatronics. But can this really be a kaiju film when the creature is so small? Many would say no. I thing is the woman had not been included in the film that it would have worked better as the action sequences and effects make for a good monster film even if parts of the plot make no sense. One speech berating the woman is mostly about her not being Thai. The soldier then goes on to wonder why the rest of the world can't be more like the Thai as they have learned to respect others. Considering all of the Not-Thai arguments, this is almost laughable. If you want plausible arguments stay away but if you want a good monster, check it out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Garuda-Thai Dragon Myth March 17 2013
By SgtSu - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love mythical characters, but this is foreign made so be ready for the plot to wander. It has promising background on the creature, which doesn't deliver--because the director of this film had to get in social, eastern religious views, bigotry, and the political background of the setting instead of letting the story tell itself. Good special effects and suspense, but drags on when it could have ended about seven places before it did! Still fun for those 'monster movie collections", like mine.
... under the impression that in Hindu theology Garuda was good. In this he is not so good Sept. 3 2015
By Dave Lamphier - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was always under the impression that in Hindu theology Garuda was good . In this he is not so good. Another problem is they associated Garuda with reptiles and in Hinduism he's an avian. That aside I didn't hold that this movie was going to be any good but it was pretty decent for what it was and considering that I'm a stickler for accuracy.
GARUDA July 6 2015
By DENNIS LOPEZ - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
GREAT MOVIE! Some dubbing is a laugh. These movies give you KAIJU and also comedy with the characters and dubbing! Super price. Fast ship. Ad this to your KAIJU movies!