Gamera the Brave [Arrow Video Blu-ray review]

The original hero in a half-shell returns! For the first time ever worldwide, all twelve tales of the adventures of everyone s favourite titanic terrapin are collected together in one deluxe Blu-ray boxset. This limited edition collectors set traces the decades-long evolution of Gamera, from the friend of all children in his more light-hearted earlier films, to the Guardian of the Universe in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, often hailed as three of the best kaiju films ever made.
Video - 7.7
Audio - 8
Movie - 6.5
Special Features - 8

Gamera the Brave was the last live-action Gamera movie for a reason. That’s right, kids. Countries other than American botched soft franchise restarts in the 00s. The film’s prologue takes place in the 70s, as the original film series was coming to an end. A kid sees Gamera protect his people and then he takes that killer turtle monster cat nap for a few decades.

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So, why did I start talking about the Gamera movies by picking the newest one? Well, why do I do anything? The fascinating thing about reviewing films at the clip that I try to attain is you process things in a weird way. While I’ve seen the Gamera films that Mill Creek released more recently, the Gamera Arrow Collection tries for a lot.

What results is a cash grab of a movie that was meant to revive a franchise with better special effects. Gamera never looked better, but I have no cultural or fan ties to Gamera. This is coming from someone that can tell you the proper body coloring of King Ghidorah from memory.

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Kaiju movies outside of TOHO never play well to me. So when I discovered Gamera movies as an older teen, I was unimpressed. What’s the difference between studios with their giant monster movies? Well, it’s the world. Think how Universal Monster movies looked vs. whatever AIP was doing. AIP had their fans, but Universal Monsters put asses in seats.

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The Blu-ray comes with some of the most detailed special features Arrow has unveiled in 2020. Check out the screenshots to get an idea of the A/V Quality, but to keep it high and tight, I’ll include the special features below.

  • How to Make A Gamera Movie featurette
  • Commentary
  • Visual Effects supercut
  • Featurettes
  • Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Gamera the Brave is now available!

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