By Michael Gingold
Shout! Factory has announced that it will give 1965’s GAMERA, THE GIANT MONSTER (a.k.a. DAIKAIJU GAMERA), the first in the series of Japanese films starring the giant turtle a.k.a. Gammera, its first U.S. DVD release. The movie will be presented in its original uncut version, in anamorphic widescreen from a new hi-def master with English subtitles.
In the movie, released Stateside in 1966 in a heavily edited and appended version titled GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE, the huge, shelled, fire-breathing creature emerges from the Arctic ice after a Soviet bomber is shot down there, causing an atomic explosion. Gamera heads to Tokyo and goes on a rampage of destruction, with only its unexpected bond with a young boy offering a potential key to stopping it. Shout!’s DVD will retail for $19.93; cover art is coming soon.