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Holy giant turtles, Batman!

No movies to comment on today, but I got a treat in the mail today:  MST3K vs. Gamera.  Unlike the typical 4-DVD set, this one has 5 DVDs, all featuring Gamera movies:  Gamera, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs, Gaos, Gamera vs. Guiron and Gamera vs. Zigra.

Having gone through most of the Godzilla movies in 2010, this will be an interesting compare-and-contrast exercise.  Gamera came from a different studio (Daiei) than Godzilla (Toho), making an all-out battle between the two impossible.  Also, Gamera (like Toho’s Mothra) was a benevolent monster (the “friend of all children”) and aimed for a younger audience than Godzilla, whose attitude towards humanity often fluctuated.  I think it is safe to say that Godzilla does have the stronger “family” of monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, a version of King Kong and, of course, King Ghidorah.  Unfortunately, Godzilla is the only one saddled with a feeble America version (aka Fraudzilla).

I’m sure more Gamera discussions will follow in future posts.


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