GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION – Limited Edition Blu-ray Set Coming From Arrow Video
Source: Arrow Films
Special Thanks to James Flower and Matt Frank
Arrow Video has announced GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, a deluxe Blu-ray box set of the entire Gamera movie series. Packed with bonus features, the limited edition set will be released in both the United States and United Kingdom this summer.
“With the invaluable assistance of Matt Frank — whose knowledge of the series and list of contacts is as vast as his artistic talents — we at Arrow have been working tirelessly on the Gamera boxset for the last year and are incredibly excited to give this early taste of our hard work,” Arrow’s James Flower, project manager on GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, explained to SciFi Japan. “We’re doing all we can to make this the definitive and most comprehensive release of these films, and this announcement is just the tip of the iceberg — look out for a proper announcement with full specs and a more detailed look at Matt’s incredible new art in the not-too-distant future. And we’ve got more tokusatsu releases lined up for later in the year too!”
Contributor Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Redman) added: “I could not be more thrilled to work on this set. I spent months researching and finding a new style to pursue for what is easily a career highlight for me, and I hope it shows. Gamera has always held a really special place in my heart, and to be a part of this release just thrills me to no end. Not only that, but they’re including my short story The Last Hope as well as letting me do a commentary track?! Some turtle god must like me a lot!”
Arrow’s press release follows…
The original hero in a half-shell returns! For the first time ever worldwide, all twelve tales of the adventures of everyone’s favorite titanic terrapin are collected together in one deluxe Blu-ray box set.
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.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• Limited collectors’ edition packaging, housed in a large-format rigid box, fully illustrated by Matt Frank
• All twelve uncut original Japanese versions of the films in high definition, with lossless Japanese and English audio
• 4K restorations of the critically acclaimed Heisei trilogy (GAMERA: THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE, GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION, GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS)
• Hours of new and archive bonus features, expert commentaries (including August Ragone, David Kalat, and Steve Ryfle & Ed Godziszewski), interviews with cast and crew, and the worldwide Blu-ray premiere of GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE (the American theatrical version of the first film)
• Hardback 120-page comic book including a full-color reprint of the four-issue Gamera comic series originally released by Dark Horse Comics in 1996, and the first-ever English-language printing of the prequel comic The Last Hope by Matt Frank and Joshua Bugosh
• Perfect-bound 80-page book including a new retrospective on the series by Patrick Macias, kaiju X-ray illustrations by Jolyon Yates, and much more!
FINAL SPECS TO BE CONFIRMED SOON
Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Sandy Howard, Shigeo Tanaka, Shusuke Kaneko, Ryuta Tasaki
Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Albert Dekker, Kojiro Hongo, Nobuhiro Kashima, Tsutomu Takakuwa, Eiko Yanami, Mach Fumiake, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Shinobu Nakayama, Ryo Tomioka
US Release Date: July 28, 2020
UK Release Date: July 27, 2020
Duration: 1174 Minutes
Language: Japanese, English