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"Gamera Vs. Barugon (1966)"
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Number of Discs: 1
Approximate Running Time: 106 Minutes
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Photo Galleries, Photo Booklet
Suggested Price: $19.93
Following the events of the previous film (Gammera: The Invincible in the US), the giant turtle is hurtling through space on his way to Mars inside the Plan Z capsule. A passing meteorite strafes the craft and frees Gamera, who makes a bee line (or is it turtle line) back to Earth. Meanwhile, treasure seekers recover a prehistoric egg they mistake for a giant opal. It is accidentally bathed in infrared rays when one of the men attempts to cheat his partners and escape with their prize. A chameleon like lizard monster emerges from the egg and grows to humongous proportions on the shores of Japan. The scene has been set for Gamera’s first war with another giant monster (hence the original US title for this film - War of the Monsters)
Gamera's back and boy is he pissed!
Like Godzilla, Gamera’s second outing would establish the tone the original series would follow through to the end. Gamera was given another giant monster to fight and, by proxy, became Earth’s hero instead of its enemy. Barugon is no slouch in the laughs department either. He most closely resembles a giant Jackson’s Chameleon but he has an impossibly long tongue that looks like a battering ram and shoots fire extinguisher foam! When all else fails, he can fire an energy rainbow from his back and fry just about anything in its path!
New monster Barugon and his fire extinguisher tongue!
While laying most of the ground work for the films that followed, Gamera Vs. Barugon was unique in that it did not feature any children. This was an element that would be added later in the series to less than spectacular effect but clearly indicated who Daiei thought was their target audience. Gamera is also still treated as a threat here but recognized by the end of the film as the lesser of the two evils and presumably left to his own devices after the conclusion.
The original Japanese movie poster for Gamera Vs. Barugon.
Shout! Factory has done Gamera fans everywhere a service with this DVD, which follows the original Gamera (1965) in a series that will eventually include all seven of the original films and the stock footage fiasco Gamera: Super Monster from 1980. For those who did not grow up watching the adventures of the giant flying turtle on Saturday afternoon television, you couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to catch up on this silly but entertaining Japanese monster film series.
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Released By: Shout! Factory
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