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Blu-ray Review: Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume 2



Following Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume 1, Mill Creek Entertainment’s Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume 2 features the latter four films in Daiei’s original Gamera series (known as the Showa series) on Blu-ray: Gamera vs. Guiron, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra and Gamera: Super Monster.

Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
AKA Attack of the Monsters

The cliche of sending horror icons to space when they’re out of ideas existed long before Jason, Pinhead or Leprechaun. After mysterious electric waves are detected from outer space, two boys discover a spaceship and accidentally launch themselves into space. They end up on Tera, a tenth planet that has gone undiscovered because it’s very much like earth but on the exact opposite side of the solar system, so it’s blocked out by the sun. The planet has a “guard dog” named Guidon. The planet also features a Space Gyaos – which is a prop from an earlier film repainted silver to save money. Guidon hacks it to pieces pretty brutally for the time.

The majority of the film takes place in space with the two kids and two alien women who want to eat them, not leaving much time for kaiju action. When the battle does occur, boy is it cheesy. Gamera does flips and the go-go! It’s especially a shame because Guiron is one of Gamera’s better adversaries. Seemingly right out of a child’s mind, the four-legged monster has a giant blade for a nose and shoots ninja stars from its head. With the exception of some monster blood, Gamera vs. Guiron is essentially a sci-fi movie for kids; look no further than the uber-tacky Gamera theme (which would go on to be featured in the next two installments).


Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
AKA Gamera vs. Monster X

When an ancient statue known as the Devil’s Whistle is moved from its island location to Osaka for the 1970 World’s Fair, a monster known as Jiger is unleashed. (Parts of the movie were filmed during the actual World Fair, adding production value.) Jiger’s emergence also marks the return of Gamera, of course. Unfortunately, our giant turtle friend spends a good deal of the film out of commission. Jiger injects Gamera with its eggs, and Gamera passes out until a pair of boys take a mini-submarine inside Gamera to fix the problem.

Jiger is one of the coolest monsters in the Gamera franchise. The dinosaur-like creature is somewhere between a triceratops and stegosaurus, but its head looks like a Jim Henson creation. The first female enemy of the franchise, Jiger has the power to shoot quills, fire an energy beam that can destroy entire city blocks at a time, and inject enemies with its egg-toting stinger. While the previous couple of Gamera movies lacked in city destruction, Gamera vs. Jiger delivers.

Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)

The Gamera series relied a bit too heavily on aliens later in the series. This time, a UFO equipped with “a 4th dimension ray with instant transfer power” from the planet Zigra abducts a pair of marine biologists from Sea World (featuring some footage shot on location) and their two children. It threatens the planet with earthquakes while offering social commentary about the pollution of our oceans.

Gamera vs. Zigra spends too much time on the silly subplot with the kids. The monster – also known as Zigra – isn’t introduced until more than halfway through the film. It’s a neat one though; the metallic, deep-sea creature is seemingly modeled after a goblin shark. Their battle proves that Gamera can breathe fire underwater. It’s a pretty rough movie to watch, so I see why it was the last Gamera movie for several years.


Gamera: Super Monster (1980)

Gamera: Super Monster is a strange beast. No, not the giant turtle, but the film itself. It was created after Daiei Film was brought out of bankruptcy by Tokuma Shoten. Nearly a decade after the previous installment, they used stock footage from the previous Gamera films to create a new movie aimed at kids.

Gamera: Super Monster was probably pretty cool to watch as a kid who hadn’t seen the previous Gamera movies, as there are a lot of kaiju battle scenes. Watching it as an adult, however, is painful. It features the monster fight scenes from the previous six films – adding up to about a half-hour of old footage – with a wrap-around story about an alien, Zanon, attempting to take over the planet. A trio of female superheroes take on Zanon, with the help of Gamera. There are a couple of minutes of new Gamera footage, which was made on the cheap and looks worse than those created 15 years earlier.

Gamera would remain dormant for 15 years until it was rebooted in 1995 with a trilogy of new films. Yet another reboot, Gamera the Brave, was produced in 2006. There are rumors of more Gamera films, especially with the new Godzilla on the horizon, but time will tell. Personally, I hope we haven’t seen the last of the classic kaiju.

Much like the first volume, Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume 2 offers four nostalgic films on Blu-ray at an affordable price. I was a bit concerned that the quality would suffer from compressing four films on a single Blu-ray disc, but I’m happy to report that they look quite good for the most part. While Volume 1 undeniably has the better movies, Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume 2 still packs plenty of fun. These sets are a must-own for kaiju fans.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Receives Slime-Covered, Glow-in-the-Dark Sega Genesis Cartridge




Sega Genesis’ Ghostbusters game was a complete blast and with the recent updates, patching in Winston and a few other characters was a much-needed update. The underrated game has recently seen an explosion in popularity thanks to those updates. Gamers are checking the full game out on Emulator sites. In addition, @toy_saurus_games_sales released some Sega Genesis game cartridges covered in glow-in-the-dark.


The Insta account @toy_saurus_games_sales is giving fans a chance to purchase the game for $60. The awesome cartridge also comes with a full-fledged exterior case.

Have you played the Ghostbusters game for Sega Genesis? If you have, let us know what you think.

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John Wick in Development for a Sequel and a Video Game



John Wick 4 was a complete blast and the ending pointed at the odd fact that John Wick might actually be… dead. I didn’t believe it for a second. Not John Wick. The dude is a tank. Lionsgate has already greenlit development for a John Wick 5.

That isn’t all the studio has in store though. It also appears that we will receive a big triple-A game based on the Baba Yaga.

“What is official is that, as you know, Ballerina is the first spinoff that comes out next year,” President of Lionsgate Joe Drake said, “We’re in development on three others, including and including television series, “The Continental”, will be airing soon. And so, we’re building out the world and when that fifth movie comes, will be organic — will be organically grown out of how we’re starting to tell those stories. But you can rely on a regular cadence of John Wick.”

In addition to those awesome projects, we also have The Continental TV spinoff coming and a whole new Ballerina film based on the assassins introduced in John Wick 3.

The synopsis for John Wick 4 went like this:

With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hit man John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin.

Are you guys excited about a John Wick 5 and a full-on, shoot-em-up video game based on Wick? Let us know in the comments section.

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Tim Burton Documentary Features Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, and Other Regulars




Tim Burton will always be a part of horror for us. He has a page indexed here and we love it. From Beetlejuice to Ed Wood the director has broken the mold time and time again. A documentary focused on Burton is headed to Cannes this year and will feature all of the director’s co-conspirators in action.

The four-part documentary features Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Jenna Ortega, composer Danny Elfman, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito, Mia Wasikowska, and Christoph Waltz. All of these awesome actors to talk about their time with Burton.

“Tim continues to build his aesthetic, the Burton-esque style, derived from a wealth of art, cinematic, and literary genres,” the release says “The documentary explores how Burton brings his vision to life through his own joyous idiosyncrasy and his ability to meld the ominous and the frightful with a sense of whimsy. Tim’s films are just the tip of the iceberg.”

The documentary will take us through Burton’s life and many adored films.

Are you excited to see Burton’s documentary? Let us know in the comments section.

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