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Gammera The Invincible

Overview

This sci-fi thriller, which marks the first screen appearance of flame-throwing uber-turtle Gamera, gets a simple but adequate presentation on DVD. Gammera The Invincible (note the spelling; the monster would lose the extra "m" in his future film roles) has been given a full-frame transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio is in Dolby Digital Mono. In addition to the feature, this disc includes a bonus gallery of photos, posters and lobby cards following Gamera's busy...
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Overview

This sci-fi thriller, which marks the first screen appearance of flame-throwing uber-turtle Gamera, gets a simple but adequate presentation on DVD. Gammera The Invincible (note the spelling; the monster would lose the extra "m" in his future film roles) has been given a full-frame transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio is in Dolby Digital Mono. In addition to the feature, this disc includes a bonus gallery of photos, posters and lobby cards following Gamera's busy career as a screen monster.
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Special Features

Gammera gallery of posters, lobby cards, and photos
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Editorial Reviews

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The idea of a giant, fire-breathing flying turtle might sound silly - and even fans of the Japanese monster-movie genre tend to consider it so - but viewers might be surprised by how serious and occasionally intense the original version of the first entry in the Gamera series is. Gammera The Invincible, as it was known to American viewers, was watered down with new scenes featuring English-speaking actors and laughable dubbing for the Japanese parts. As such, it's a bit of a misfire. However, the original, unedited Japanese version plays like a fairly effective riff on the first Godzilla film, using moody black-and-white photography and presenting a scenario in which the world is terrorized by the mysterious giant monster of the title. The script is mostly standard stuff for the genre but spices things up a bit by having scientists be the heroes instead of villains or kooks. The actors mostly blend into the background but Eiji Funakoshi does solid work as the film's scientist hero and Yoshiro Uchida stands out for playing one of the most annoying and insane kiddie characters in monster movie history. However, the real attraction is the monster-suit carnage and director Noriaki Yuasa handles it well, delivering the many setpieces with enthusiasm and using the black-and-white photography to bring a spooky edge to the scenes of distruction. Some the effects really show their age (particularly the scenes with model planes on strings) but the majority of the effects showcases play nicely, boasting a gee-whiz sense of comic book excitement that will appeal to the viewer's inner kid. All in all, Gammera The Invincible is a solidly-crafted, engaging monster mash - just make sure you see the original Japanese version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 089218416599
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,593

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Dekker Secretary of Defense
Brian Donlevy Gen. Terry Arnold
Diane Findlay Sgt. Susan Embers
John Baragrey Capt. Lovell
Dick O'Neill Gen. O'Neill
Eiji Funakoshi Dr. Hidaka
Harumi Kiritachi Kyoke
Yoshiro Uchida Toshio
Michiko Sugata Nobuyo
Yoshiro Kitahara Sakurai
Jun Hamamura Dr. Murase
John McCurry Airman First Class Hopkins
Louis Zorich Russian Ambassador
Mort Marshall Jules Manning
Alan Oppenheimer Dr. Contrare
Junichiro Yamashita Aoyagi
Steffen Zacharias Senator Billings
Gene Bua Lt. Clark
Technical Credits
Noriyaki Yuasa Director
Hank Aldrich Art Director
Wes Farrell Songwriter
Richard Kraft Screenwriter
Nobuo Munekawa Cinematographer
Tatsuji Nakashizu Editor
Ross-Gaffney Editor
Yonejiro Saito Producer, Screenwriter
Fumi Takahashi Screenwriter
Julian C. Townsend Cinematographer
Yonesaburo Tsukiji Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [13:16]
2. Chapter 2 [14:43]
3. Chapter 3 [14:03]
4. Chapter 4 [15:25]
5. Chapter 5 [16:11]
6. Chapter 6 [11:35]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Index
   Catalog
      View Catalog
   Gammera Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Gammera the Invincible

    Daies first giant Turtle movie which was made even better by World Entertainment Inc. with American stars Brain Donlevy & Albert Dekker,american & soviet plains clash over the artic releasing Gamera,he's unique in that this was the first time it was a misunderstanding rather than an all out monster vs. humanrace situaiton,he was Godzilla first rival & still is today,let us hope they bring the A.I.P. versions back as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Gammera the Invincible

    This is the original American version that helped make Gamera a perfect rival to Godzilla,everything at the right time & it worked,filmed in black & white it was the last monster classic to filmed in b&w a winner!.

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