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  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy, Mike Nelson
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: Aug. 2 2011
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZKKL5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,252 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Mystery Science Theater 3000's verbal brawls with the much-maligned Japanese monster Gamera--you know, the flying turtle--are included in this limited-edition boxed set, which buffets the riffing with some impressive and informative extras. The Gamera films were a staple of MST3K from its humble beginnings as Minneapolis UHF programming, and when the Satellite of Love moved to Comedy Central in the early '90s, the American re-edits released by distributor Sandy Frank were among the show's most popular episodes. All five of the MST3K Gamera episodes, culled from the show's third season in 1991 and featuring series creator Joel Hodgson alongside robots Tom Servo and Crow, are included in the set, as are some of the show's most memorable skits: in Gamera, Tom croons a heartfelt tribute to the film's lost pet, Tibby the Turtle, and head writer/future host Mike Nelson turns up as the giant monster himself to reveal the true nature of his relationship with boy hero Kenny, while Gamera vs. Gaos features the cast's aborted presentation of their opera "Gameradammerung," and Gamera vs. Guiron and Gamera vs. Zigra offer the SOL's rousing "Gamera Song" and several berserk variations. None of the MST3K Gamera experiments have been available on home video prior to this release, so longtime fans can finally retire their worn pre-records and enjoy the episodes in glorious, uncut form.

In addition to the swell limited-edition tin packaging, MST3K vs. Gamera includes a trio of enjoyable featurettes that pay tribute to both the episodes and the films themselves. So Happy Together: A Look Back at MST3K and Gamera features interviews with Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and Jim Mallon, who recall the show's long history with Gamera and the joys and pains of watching the films; Gamera vs. the Chiodo Brothers is an amusing and nostalgic look at men-in-monster-suit films with Stephen, Edward, and Charles Chiodo, better known as the creators of Killer Klowns from Outer Space; and Gamera Obscura is an exhaustive oral history of the Gamera series, from its cultural origins to its late '90s revival, by Japanese fantasy film expert August Ragone. Mike Nelson's wrap segments as Jack Perkins from the syndicated MST Hour are also included, as are the original Japanese trailers for each film and a quintet of original mini posters by artist Steve Vance. --Paul Gaita


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LOVE MST3K and Gamera movies. This purchase was a no-brainer. The only thing I would say as a drawback is that for a collectors item, the only "extra" that isn't in the standard box is the tin case. Still a great boxed set for anyone who loves MST3K and/or Gamera.
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By Bob on May 17 2013
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How could this be less than great? I missed so much of this show while it was in production, but I love every episode I've seen, even the "bad" ones! This collection of the Gamera episodes is one of the best "series" collections they have. If you like MST3K, then this should be on your shelf.
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By Steve on Feb. 24 2012
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The 60s Gamera movies have an endearingly goofy, train-wreck quality to them, but they can admittedly be pretty unbearable without Joel and the Bots. These movies were tailor made to be riffed on. This set contains all five of the MST3K Gamera episodes, and they're all hilarious. The special features are pretty cool too. Someone needs to clear the rights and get the Godzilla episodes out on DVD!
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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 5-Disc All Gamera Set. Ah, Gamera! May 7 2011
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
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This set is a departure from all previous and recent MST3K DVD set releases in that it contains five episodes all from a single series of movies, Gamera! All five episodes are hosted by show creator, Joel Hodgson and all are from the Comedy Central era of the show. If you've ever wanted to see a robot sing a love song to a turtle or you're a fan of the "Gameradamerung" then you must buy this set!

* 302- GAMERA
This 1965 black-and-white film from Daiei studios in Japan was their attempt to cash in on the popularity of a certain other series of films made in Japan about a giant, mutated reptile. While Gamera may be an ersatz Godzilla to some, he's got his own weirdness to recommend him. A nuclear explosion, what else, awakens a giant, mutated, prehistoric flying, fire-breathing turtle from his icy prison to wreak havoc upon the world. A young boy who is especially fond of turtles develops an unusual bond with the monster. The American dubbing and added scenes make the film seem weirder and goofier than ever. This is a must-see episode for all MSTies because of gags like Tom Servo singing "Tibby Oh Tibby" and Gamera's visit, played by Mike Nelson, to the SOL via the hexfield view screen. MST3K's riffing machine was in full gear by season three and this is a top-notch episode with hilarious jokes all during the movie and terrific sketches during the host segments as well. This is a contender for the list of top ten all-time greatest episodes.

* 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON
This is a 1966 follow-up to 1965's Gamera. Barugon is a giant, mutated lizard who shoots a powerful beam of energy from his back. He also has "ram-tongue" action. He attacks Japan and Gamera comes to the rescue. It's just that simple and the riffing by Joel and the 'Bots is just that great. The host segment inspired by the film wherein the SOL crew advertise the "5000-piece fightin' men & monster set" is phenomenally well done and funny.

* 308- GAMERA VS. GAOS
Gamera was successful in his first two outings so the studio followed up again the next year with Gamera Vs. Gaos in 1967. Gaos is a flying reptile with a wedge-shaped head that shoots high-powered laser beams. Gamera and Gaos chase each other around in a series of monster fights throughout the film. Highlights of this episode include the "Gameradamerung" staged by Joel and the 'Bots, the arts and crafts host segment and the final host segment in which they try to come up with a list of other ways to kill Gaos. Again, Gamera inspired the writers at MST3K to do some of their best work, this is hilarious from beginning to end.

* 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON
This 1969 Gamera film follows the adventures of some young children, two boys and a girl, who discover a flying saucer has landed near their homes. The two boys climb aboard and the ship kidnaps them off to a distant planet. No one will believe the little girl who is left behind. Gamera follows the spaceship and attempts to rescue the boys. The alien planet is inhabited by two attractive alien women who want to eat the boys' brains. They also use their control over the giant monster Guiron to defend their planet from other monsters like Space Gaos and eventually, Gamera. The film features the obligatory fights between actors in rubber monster costumes. Again, the host segments are some of the best ever in the show's history, with Joel and the 'Bots singing the "Gamera song" and then Michael Feinstein (played by Mike Nelson) singing it in Deep 13 in the final host segment.

* 316- GAMERA VS. ZIGRA
Gamera returns in 1971 to take on an alien monster called Zigra. Zigra attacks Earth's moon base then comes to Earth spreading destruction in an attempt to dominate the planet. As usual, small children are involved and are an integral part of saving the Earth with help from our eponymous hero, Gamera the fire-breathing flying turtle. Oh, and one of the children really likes Coca-Cola. Episode highlights include the scale model of Gamera and the different ways to sing the Gamera song. Though some of the writers have complained about how much they hated these movies over the years, you wouldn't know it from watching this or any other Gamera episode of the show. This one's as funny as all the others and that's really saying something. This episode nicely ends the MST3K foray into the world of Gamera and leaves you wishing there were more.

The extra features for this set are:
* So Happy Together: A Look Back at MST3K and Gamera
* Gamera Vs. The Chiodo Brothers
* Gamera Obscura: A Brief History by August Ragone (author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters)
* Original Japanese Trailers
* 5 limited edition mini-posters by artist Steve Vance
* MST Hour wraps for "Gamera" and "Gamera Vs. Guiron"
* This special deluxe edition comes in a collectible tin box.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
MST3K vs. Gamera - The fans dreams have come true ! All Gamera all the time May 16 2011
By D. Steigman - Published on Amazon.com
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Shout Factory once again shocked the world by obtaining the rights to the entire Gamera MST3K series ! Volume 21 - MST3K vs. Gamera is the first 5 DVD set containing all the Gamera movies done during the shows 3rd season. Season three is where MST3K really began to take off...

Episode 302 - GAMERA - a fantastic entry in the series...this is a great episode..great riffs, Tom Servo singing Tibby, Oh Tibby with Crow getting involved, Joel's salad invention, Mike Nelson as Gamera plus that old expression " A whole lot " more...
In Japan, Gamera was created by rival Toho company Daiei to compete with Godzilla. And just like the first Godzilla, this film was shot in crisp black and white. Arguably this wasn't a bad film at all, and is considered one of the big 3 in the Gamera series. The premise of the boy who loves Gamera can be a little silly but as far as a story and special effects go, this was a notch about the others...

Episode 304 - Gamera vs. Barugon - the amazing sequel to Gamera has our child friendly turtle escape his imprisonment ( the Z plan from the first film) to face Barugon. Barugon is a unique creation with his rainbow rays, and his giant tongue which is used for a battering ram and can exhale cold, rendering everything and everyone frozen.
Another fantastic episode with fun inventions & segments ( the monster set sketch was awesome) Tom asks Joel where was Gamera during this film...the answer is actually, on the cutting room floor as the MST3K version does edit the initial fight scene between Gamera and Barugon.For those like me that have seen this film in its NON MST3K version we have all seen where Gamera gets frozen by Barguon in their first battle. In the MST version we just see Gamera frozen...Still, the movie is for the MST3K viewer not so much a die hard Gamera fan to say " hey that scene is missing!"

Episode 308 - Gamera vs. Gaos - The wildest Gamera film of the series..the story was solid - the effects were great overall - Gamera fights Daiei'a answer to Toho's Rodan - Gaos - which is basically a flying bat that shoots laser beams that split cars in half and tears into Gamera's flesh. This was a bloody Gamera film, but not meant to nauseate the audience..
This made another great MST3K episode - the Lucille Ball segment at the beginning, the Gameradamerung sketch..This was yet another episode that brought the show to new heights...the film and the episode was great if you ask me..

Episode 312 Gamera vs. Guiron - This Gamera entree was actually part of the decline in the series due to budget constraints, bad dubbing and making Gamera the friend of all children, thus becoming a kiddie flick. Gamera fights Guiron, a giant knife like creature on another planet. Gamera goes to another planet to rescue two children who accidentally go into a spaceship and fly off the face of the Earth with it. As awful as the film is - you bet that it did not stop Joel & the Bots , Dr. F and TVs Frank from putting together another fabulous episode. This film has the Gamera song which led to Joel and the Bots doing their rendition of the song " Gamera is really neat, he is filled with turtle meat" ..we get Mike Nelson as Michael Feinstein also discussing the Gamera song..
These Gamera episodes really brought out the best work , part of the reason that not only are these episodes were highly sought after, but just about everything from Season 3 for that matter....

Episode 316- Gamera vs. Zigra - The grand finale of the MST3K Gamera series has Gamera fighting Zigra. Zigra is a spaceship that turns into a giant fish like creature who wants to take over the Earth because the people of the Earth are polluting it. The center of this story is of course the kids..with one of the girls- Helen always seeming to want a Coca-Cola
There's a party on the SOL because its the last Gamera experiment ..more hilarity with Tom and Crow showing Joel the insides of Gamera, more Gamera songs including a well done finale on the SOL as well as Deep 13 as Dr. F lets his hair down and goes metal on us all...

As reported on Satellite News - the features on this set include.
* So Happy Together: A Look Back at MST3K and Gamera
* Gamera Vs. The Chiodo Brothers
* Gamera Obscura: A Brief History by August Ragone (author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters)
* Original Japanese Trailers
* 5 limited edition mini-posters by artist Steve Vance
* MST Hour wraps for "Gamera" and "Gamera Vs. Guiron"
* This special deluxe edition comes in a collectible tin box.

All I can say is WOW, this is a dream come true for myself and all the MST3K fans - these were supposed to be " it will never happen" episodes but , here they are..causing quite a buzz...
And now having seen all 5 episodes on the DVD set, the transfers are outstanding, the menus are great with Gamera walking through the doorway sequence. All of the bonus features were good/ enlightening.
Overall this set is just outstanding ! HIGHLY recommended !
Thank you Shout Factory !!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Am I dreaming, or have I woken up in Heaven? Aug. 3 2011
By Glen Hubbard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is for the Gamera vs MST set in the tin collectors box. Mine was delivered by Amazon very promptly on the release date, but damaged/dented badly on two sides. Curiously no apparent damage was done to the cardboard box it was shipped in. (Huh?) I requested a replacement, and Amazon got one to me in 24 hours. UNBELIEVABLE! (I suggest Amazon use a larger sturdier box for this item in the future.) Others have given ample info on the movies. Here's my two cents:

I LOVE MST3K!
I LOVE Giant Monster Movies! (Kaiju)
I SPECIFICALLY love Gamera. I believe it is not possible to describe the concept of Gamera to the uninitiated without a smile coming to your face. Example:
"He's a giant flying jet propelled monster turtle that defends the Earth from other monsters. Oh, and he loves children..." Numerous versions of all the Gamera movies are available on Amazon. I own most of them. Some releases are good (Shout Factory are the standouts), and some are...not so much.

I have not watched all of the MST versions of these movies, so I am very very happy they are being released in this set. I have seen snippets of each, and have laughed myself silly on numerous occasions. I specifically love the Gamera theme songs:
"Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with Meat, We're all eating Gamera."

Giant Monsters and MST3K are a match made in heaven! My very favorite MST3K episdode is Godzilla Versus Megalon. After this Gamera set, I pray that the Gods of confusing licensing agreements find a way to allow that to become legally available.

I am updating this review as I watch all the movies.
Disk 1: Gamera: Very good Episode with an excellent Behind the scenes featurette. Trace never heard of Gamera before MST? Unbelieveable!
Disk 2: Gamera Vs Barugon. Good Episode but the movie is so plodding...the MST treatment saves it. Excellent extras for fans of Kaiju and Gamera.
Disk 3: Gamera vs. Gyaos: MUCH BETTER THAN DISK 2! Excellent extras!
Disk 4: Gamera Vs. Guiron: Five Stars! Features First Gamera Theme song! Contains MST3k Hour bumpers, but no real meaty extras. Don't need em! This is the highlight of the set so far!
Disk 5: Gamera Vs. Zigra: Four and a half stars. Hard to top Gamera versus Guiron, but still a very good episode. Disk is again light on extras. That's just fine! VERY GOOD SET OVERALL! I AM VERY PLEASED! WOOT!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
All Gamera 5-disc set, fantastic flying turtle fun! Jan. 9 2012
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This set is a departure from all previous and recent MST3K DVD set releases in that it contains five episodes all from a single series of movies, Gamera! All five episodes are hosted by show creator, Joel Hodgson and all are from the Comedy Central era of the show. If you've ever wanted to see a robot sing a love song to a turtle or you're a fan of the "Gameradamerung" then you must buy this set!

* 302- GAMERA
This 1965 black-and-white film from Daiei studios in Japan was their attempt to cash in on the popularity of a certain other series of films made in Japan about a giant, mutated reptile. While Gamera may be an ersatz Godzilla to some, he's got his own weirdness to recommend him. A nuclear explosion, what else, awakens a giant, mutated, prehistoric flying, fire-breathing turtle from his icy prison to wreak havoc upon the world. A young boy who is especially fond of turtles develops an unusual bond with the monster. The American dubbing and added scenes make the film seem weirder and goofier than ever. This is a must-see episode for all MSTies because of gags like Tom Servo singing "Tibby Oh Tibby" and Gamera's visit, played by Mike Nelson, to the SOL via the hexfield view screen. MST3K's riffing machine was in full gear by season three and this is a top-notch episode with hilarious jokes all during the movie and terrific sketches during the host segments as well. This is a contender for the list of top ten all-time greatest episodes.

* 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON
This is a 1966 follow-up to 1965's Gamera. Barugon is a giant, mutated lizard who shoots a powerful beam of energy from his back. He also has "ram-tongue" action. He attacks Japan and Gamera comes to the rescue. It's just that simple and the riffing by Joel and the 'Bots is just that great. The host segment inspired by the film wherein the SOL crew advertise the "5000-piece fightin' men & monster set" is phenomenally well done and funny.

* 308- GAMERA VS. GAOS
Gamera was successful in his first two outings so the studio followed up again the next year with Gamera Vs. Gaos in 1967. Gaos is a flying reptile with a wedge-shaped head that shoots high-powered laser beams. Gamera and Gaos chase each other around in a series of monster fights throughout the film. Highlights of this episode include the "Gameradamerung" staged by Joel and the 'Bots, the arts and crafts host segment and the final host segment in which they try to come up with a list of other ways to kill Gaos. Again, Gamera inspired the writers at MST3K to do some of their best work, this is hilarious from beginning to end.

* 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON
This 1969 Gamera film follows the adventures of some young children, two boys and a girl, who discover a flying saucer has landed near their homes. The two boys climb aboard and the ship kidnaps them off to a distant planet. No one will believe the little girl who is left behind. Gamera follows the spaceship and attempts to rescue the boys. The alien planet is inhabited by two attractive alien women who want to eat the boys' brains. They also use their control over the giant monster Guiron to defend their planet from other monsters like Space Gaos and eventually, Gamera. The film features the obligatory fights between actors in rubber monster costumes. Again, the host segments are some of the best ever in the show's history, with Joel and the 'Bots singing the "Gamera song" and then Michael Feinstein (played by Mike Nelson) singing it in Deep 13 in the final host segment.

* 316- GAMERA VS. ZIGRA
Gamera returns in 1971 to take on an alien monster called Zigra. Zigra attacks Earth's moon base then comes to Earth spreading destruction in an attempt to dominate the planet. As usual, small children are involved and are an integral part of saving the Earth with help from our eponymous hero, Gamera the fire-breathing flying turtle. Oh, and one of the children really likes Coca-Cola. Episode highlights include the scale model of Gamera and the different ways to sing the Gamera song. Though some of the writers have complained about how much they hated these movies over the years, you wouldn't know it from watching this or any other Gamera episode of the show. This one's as funny as all the others and that's really saying something. This episode nicely ends the MST3K foray into the world of Gamera and leaves you wishing there were more.

The extra features for this set are:
* So Happy Together: A Look Back at MST3K and Gamera
* Gamera Vs. The Chiodo Brothers
* Gamera Obscura: A Brief History by August Ragone (author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters)
* Original Japanese Trailers
* 5 limited edition mini-posters by artist Steve Vance
* MST Hour wraps for "Gamera" and "Gamera Vs. Guiron"

Unlike the now sold-out special deluxe edition this "standard edition" does not come in a collectible tin box. Otherwise, it's the same set.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rock solid set from beginning to end July 25 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on Amazon.com
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Judge Erich Asperschlager, DVD Verdict-- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXI, MST3K vs. Gamera is a big deal, and Shout! Factory has given it the royal treatment. Five episodes instead of the standard four, all dedicated to one series of movies, and packaged in a handsome embossed collector's tin with mini posters and a sweet slate of extras. The brouhaha is fitting considering how closely the fates of Gamera and Mystery Science Theater 3000 are linked. He made his first monstrous appearance during the show's initial season on the local KTMA station, back when the riffs were all improvised and the budget was nil. That the show decided to revisit all five Gamera movies after making the jump to Comedy Central underlines a fondness not only for this particular turtle, but for the kind of ripping good schlock that inspired Joel Hodgson and his pals to create the series in the first place.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXI, MST3K vs. Gamera marks Shout! Factory's second all-Joel set in a row. Mike superfans can take solace, though, in the fact that he shows up a lot in the host segments--in turns as Gamera, Kenny, and lounge singer Michael Feinstein, who plays a stirring Deep 13 piano rendition of "The Gamera Song" before getting clubbed over the head.

The audio-visual quality of these episodes stands up with the others Shout! has released. There's a split-second tracking issue near the end of Gamera vs. Gaos, but otherwise they look as good as can be expected for a twenty-plus year old cable series shot on tape. I'm saying you don't need to worry about a Blu-ray double dip; the closest MST3K will ever get to hi-def is the occasional Helen Keller joke.

Provided you don't mind a good bit of ribbing at the expense of our Japanese brethren--especially the ones in short pants and rubber monster suits--MST3K vs. Gamera is tons of fun. Shout! Factory has outdone themselves with this collection, and fans shouldn't hesitate to reward them (and themselves) by picking it up on day one. Although none of the episodes reach the dizzying comedic heights of Season Three classics like Pod People and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, this is a rock solid set from beginning to end. The waiting is over, MST3K fans! Hell has frozen over, and it tastes like chicken.
-Full review at dvdverdict.com


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