GAMERA THE BRAVE Coming to Blu-ray
HD Release Goes on Sale May 22nd
Source: Media Blasters, Inc.
Special Thanks to Carl Morano
Distributor Media Blasters has announced plans to release the 2006 daikaiju movie GAMERA THE BRAVE (小さき勇者たち～ガメラ～, Chiisaki Yusha-tachi Gamera) on Blu-ray in North America this May.
The twelfth film in the long-running Gamera series — and the first to be produced by Kadokawa Pictures — GAMERA THE BRAVE takes the monster back to his “The Friend of All Children” roots. The movie opens forty years ago, as the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera disappears during a battle against the flying monsters called Gyaos. In 2006, a young boy named Toru Aizawa (Ryo Tomioka) discovers a turtle egg on a beach. The egg hatches in his hand, and Toru decides to keep the tiny newborn as a pet. But when the little turtle starts flying and breathing fire, Toru realizes that he has found a baby Gamera.
The young monster grows quickly, and is soon put to the task against Zedus, a giant man-eating sea monster. But the new Gamera is no match for his bigger, stronger, and faster opponent and suffers terrible wounds during the battle. Now Toru must help Gamera recover from his injuries and put an end to Zedus.
GAMERA THE BRAVE was directed by Ryuta Tazaki (MASKED RIDER DECADE, KAMEN RIDER 000 & W FEATURING SKULL) with special effects by Isao Kaneko (GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE, TETSUJIN 28). The creature costumes and props were made by Tomoo Haraguchi, director of DEATH KAPPA.
GAMERA THE BRAVE was previously released on DVD by Media Blasters’ Tokyo Shock label in December 2008. The upcoming Blu-ray edition, scheduled to street on May 22nd, will feature a new high-definition transfer provided by Kadokawa.
Title: GAMERA THE BRAVE
Production Date: 2006
CAT # TSBD-1213
Age Rating: NR
Number of Discs: 1
Languages: Japanese Dolby Surround 2.0/5.1, English Dolby Surround 5.1
Subtitles: Slates, English
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Tokyo Shock Trailers
Director’s Lecture: How to Make a Gamera Film
Kadokawa Pictures, Japan Film Fund, Nippon Television Network, Yahoo! JAPAN present A KADOKAWA HERALD PICTURES Production
GAMERA THE BRAVE
Ryo Tomioka, Kaho, Kanji Tsuda, Susumu Terajimak, Kaoru Okunukik, Shingo Ishikawa, Shogo Narita, Kenjiro Ishimaru and Tomorowo Taguchi
Theme Song: mink
Visual Effects: Hajime Matsumoto
Creature Models: Tomoo Haraguchi
SFX Director: Isao Kaneko
Sound Effects: Kenji Shibasaki
Editing: Shogo Hirasawa
Sound Mixer: Masato Yano
Lighting Director: Toshiatsu Kozuma
Art Director: Yuji Hayashida
Cinematography: Kazuhiro Suzuki
Music: Yoko Ueno
Screenplay: Yukari Tatsui
Director: Ryuta Tasaki
About Media Blasters, Inc.
Founded in 1997, New York City based Media Blasters was created to give sub-culture media the treatment and distribution usually only afforded to pop-culture offerings. Some of Media Blasters’ most well known labels include AnimeWorks, specializing in Japanese animation, Tokyo Shock, specializing in Asian film, and Shriek Show, specializing in horror. Engaging in licensing, production, localizing and distribution, MB has handled groundbreaking titles like the perennial blockbuster BERSERK, Adult Swim’s MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, action hit VERSUS, cult classic ICHI THE KILLER and the legendary original VOLTRON DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE TV series. Media Blasters has even opened the door to new productions, creating sub-culture favorites like DEATHTRANCE and MACHINE GIRL.
For more information on GAMERA THE BRAVE, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- GAMERA THE BRAVE
- NEW GAMERA VIDEO
- DVD REVIEW: THE DAY TOTO BECAME GAMERA
- JAPANESE GIANT MONSTERS FILM FESTIVAL IN HOLLYWOOD
- US Premiere of GAMERA THE BRAVE!
- Media Blasters Picks Up GAMERA THE BRAVE and Other Recent Kadokawa Titles
- Media Blasters DVD and Blu-ray in Early 2009