Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Spinning flame-jetted turtles, space birds being chopped up like bologna, kids in shorts screaming for help...the original Gamera series was a strange mix of wacky fun!! The 90's Gamera films set a standard that other kaiju films are measured against! Discuss Gamera films here!!

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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Silver Kamen » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:21 pm

Like the others, I first saw this on Television, and even then, I disliked it compared to the other Gamera films in the series. Something in this film is just missing, I'm not sure what it is. However, I just saw this yesterday on the Japanese Blu-ray, and the film has grown on me. It's still not anywhere near as good as the other films, but it is fun.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby The Real McCoy » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:02 pm

I always find it funny that I find the least popular Gamera movies to be the most enjoyable. I love this movie, in all its nonsensical stupidity. :lol:
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby eabaker » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:25 pm

The Real McCoy wrote:I always find it funny that I find the least popular Gamera movies to be the most enjoyable. I love this movie, in all its nonsensical stupidity. :lol:


I think it's probably my favorite Showa Gamera flick. It doesn't have quite the delightful insanity of Guiron, but it has a slightly better pace.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon May 19, 2014 8:50 am

This movie blows. The stock footage usage is just ludicrous.

People slam the Godzilla series for it, but at least they ATTEMPT to display it in ways that are creative and work in the narrative of the film.
Here, we have the alien saying "Let's see what Gamera did in the past" and then just watching it. UGH.

Maybe I'm just kaiju'd out...maybe after 3 months of kaijuing it up and doing commentaries, reviews, etc I'm just burned out...but I wasn't much enjoying this thing.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby EricDent » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:44 pm

There were other times in the movie where it was obviously stock footage.
Like him attacking the airport, dam, and even fuel depot.

I watched the movie yesterday via the Mill Creek Blu-Ray and it was kinda fun.
Must say I do wish we had cute Girl Scouts hanging around when I was in Boy Scouts...especially that one with twin-tails...
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Gwangi » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:18 pm

Happy 50th, "Gamera vs. Viras" or as my preferred title, "Destroy All Planets". Debuted March 20th, 1968 (11 days before I was born). If I could, I think I will watch this on my B-day, to celebrate both of our 50th! :mrgreen:
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby lhb412 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:12 pm

^ Congrats on the big five oh!

The closest kaiju movie release to my day of birth was... *checks notes*... Godzilla vs. Biollante! Over a year later, though. *checks more notes* Kamen Rider Black was airing at the time of my birth. That's something.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Specium Ray » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:46 am

Huh, I get Dinosaur War Izenborg... not bad!
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:45 pm

Terror of Mechagodzilla came out 11 months before I was born, and DeLaurentis King Kong (1976) 10 months after......

I never saw G vs Viras on TV, but was so glad to get a VHS boot of Destroy All Planets in the mid 90's. Of course I have the S!F DVD and Mill Creek BRD, but I'm glad this was one of the few spared and was not corrupted by Sandy Frank.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby eabaker » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:15 pm

Godzilla - King of the Monsters got its U.S. release 23 years to the day before I was born.

On topic for the thread, Viras probably ranks third for me among the Showa Gamera flicks, following Jiger and Guiron. Basically, I like my Showa Gamera stories to be as bizarre as possible, I guess. If you just completely tune out the mid-movie flashback sequence, it becomes a pretty tight, fast-paced narrative.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Gwangi » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:47 pm

Never realized we created a brand new game - Kaiju movie that was released to one's date of birth (or close to it!) :D

Gamera seems to be in my blood. Not only was "Gamera vs. Viras" released 11 days before I was born, but the original Gamera was released on Nov. 27th, 1965, the very day my folks got married!

I have the blu-ray of "G vs. V" , but, I have actually never seen it. I will play it but mute it, and play the AIP DVD on my computer to sync the dub! :mrgreen:
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:49 pm

Gwangi wrote: I will play it but mute it, and play the AIP DVD on my computer to sync the dub! :mrgreen:


I 100% support this comment 8)
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Specium Ray » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:11 pm

The AIP dub is better? What are the differences?
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Gwangi » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:22 am

Specium Ray wrote:The AIP dub is better? What are the differences?


Well, I've never heard an international version, and usually, those dubs always tend to be less superior than what AIP, or Rankin-Bass produced. There is some sort of dryness to these international editions. As for the Japanese language, while it is nice to have, I did not grow up watching that version.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby H-Man » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:42 pm

The biggest difference between the Japanese and foreign versions of Gamera vs. Viras is in the early stock footage montage. The original Japanese version runs ~72 minutes, and obviously the montage is really short. Daiei padded the runtime for overseas export by adding around 18 minutes to the montage; this is what AIP released as Destroy All Planets (90 minutes). The current video versions are a compromise, with a runtime of about 81 minutes.
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Benjamin Haines » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:33 pm

That 90-minute Destroy All Planets version was how I first saw this movie, on a poor-quality bargain bin DVD. I was already a teenager at that point and it really bored me. I found a new appreciation for the Showa Gamera films thanks to Shout! Factory's DVDs but Gamera vs. Viras still isn't one I watch very often. Maybe I would like it more if it had a Hong Kong dub with the same voice actors as Barugon and Gyaos, or if it had been featured on MST3K.


I was born in the year of Godzilla vs. Biollante, Batman, Back to the Future II, The Little Mermaid, and Lawrence of Arabia (re-issue).


Congrats on hitting 50, Gwangi! What better way to mark the occasion than with martial arts, black spandex, and a gratuitous motorcycle chase? :mrgreen:
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Gwangi » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:32 am

"Destroy All Planets" was the very first Gamera movie I ever saw on KTLA Channel 5 WAY back in the day. I think Nixon was the president! :shock: But, I will watch the blu-ray (for the first time) and try to sync as best as possible the AIP dub!

Benjamin Haines wrote:Congrats on hitting 50, Gwangi! What better way to mark the occasion than with martial arts, black spandex, and a gratuitous motorcycle chase? :mrgreen:


Thank Benjamin!. Actually, I am going to do all of those things in real life on my 50th! If 55 year old Tom Cruise can do those things, I think I could accomplish that as well! :mrgreen:
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby lhb412 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:01 am

Benjamin Haines wrote:I was born in the year of Godzilla vs. Biollante, Batman, Back to the Future II, The Little Mermaid, and Lawrence of Arabia (re-issue).


Well, now: if we're including non-kaiju stuff then I was born the same week the double feature of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies premiered in Japan!

H-Man wrote:The biggest difference between the Japanese and foreign versions of Gamera vs. Viras is in the early stock footage montage. The original Japanese version runs ~72 minutes, and obviously the montage is really short. Daiei padded the runtime for overseas export by adding around 18 minutes to the montage; this is what AIP released as Destroy All Planets (90 minutes). The current video versions are a compromise, with a runtime of about 81 minutes.


So, in the original Japanese theatrical version the movie sans stock footage was about 1 hour?
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby eabaker » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:53 pm

I was born the day Love at First Bite was released!
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Re: Gamera vs. Viras Talkback

Postby Gwangi » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:00 am

Well, I just checked the movie release dates on the year I was born (for the U.S.). https://www.the-numbers.com/movies/year/1968. Anyone can check according to their year.

Found out that "2001: A Space Odyssey" was released two days after I came to this world. So Gamera just ahead of me, while Kubrick's movie right behind me. Its no wonder I fell in love with sci-fi movies! :mrgreen:
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