Saturday, January 8, 2011

Public Domain Theater: Gammera The Invincible

Welcome to what I hope will become a new feature here on the Bunker: Public Domain Theater! Bringing you the best of film which has fallen into the public domain!

For your viewing pleasure, we have the first installment of Daei's Gamera series, starring everyone's favorite giant turtle/friend to children/guardian of the universe. Gamera was Daei's answer to Toho's substantially successful Gojira (Godzilla, of course) series and was produced at the height of the so-called kaiju Golden Age, 1965. The film was localized to the US a year later as Gammera, The Invincible. The extra "m" was added to help Western audiences pronounce the name correctly. It would be dropped by the next, known stateside as War Of The Monsters. This was also the only Gamera film shot in black and white. The film itself was highly edited from the original Japanese version, with extensive shots of American actors inserted ala Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, but not nearly as well done!


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