While Godzilla may be the most popular of the kaiju films he was far from being the only one. Gamera burst onto the scene in the 60s in hopes to capture the popularity of the craze and managed to create a franchise of its own delivering eight films in its original run. Now Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing the turtle kaiju home with an all movie collection featuring the first 4 films in the series with the aptly titled Gamera Volume 1.
This collection features the original film, Gamera: The Giant Monster from 1965 which showcased the rise of the kaiju and his subsequent rampage at the peak of the Cold War. The second film in the series Gamera vs. Barugon from 1966 shifts Gamera from feared creature to savior as he takes on the mighty Barugon who is using his freezing abilities to try and destroy mankind. In the 1967 entry Gamera vs. Gyaos he once again steps in to save the planet from the vampire-like bat Gyaos who is determined to lay wasted to the countryside. Finally, in 1968s Gamera vs. Viras, aliens come to Earth and it is up to Gamera to take on the leader Viras in a dual to the death. Each of these entries are better than the next and look great. All of them are restored to their original Japanese cuts making for unique looks at this iconic character. These old films are so cheesy in comparison, but the look and feel of them all work perfectly. It is great looking back at these old films and seeing the way they made it all come to life. They are noticeable with every model, prop, and man in suit, but that is what makes it so awesome to watch. This character has one of the more interesting looks and abilities and makes for a lot of fun to watch.
These first four films sport some great man in suit monster action that has to be seen get the full effect. Part of the charm of these classic kaiju films is the just seeing the old school filmmaking techniques. The quality of these hi-def transfers looks great and really adds to the experience. IF you are a fan of these old school kaiju films then this is a collection you will have to have to add to your collection.
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