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$180? Just how many films is that?
According to the Amazon listing, it's 12 movies on 8 discs.


Here's Amazon's listing:

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.



  • 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
 
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....and the worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Gammera The Invincible (the American theatrical version of the first film)

It's about time a decent transfer turned up (although for what it is, the DVD release from Diamond Entertainment from a 16mm wasn't bad)- I had heard a negative or a nice 35mm print actually existed of the U.S. Version but for whatever reason they could never get access to it, or rights issues,or something like that.
 

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According to the Amazon listing, it's 12 movies on 8 discs. Shout Factory titles don't tend to get big discounts (20% is probably the best you can hope for before the release) so I Imagine this one will be around $150 but that's under $13 a movie.


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Not a Shout Factory title, it's a complete deluxe set coming from Arrow, and from arrows Facebook, tomorrow you might want to take alook.
 

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....and the worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Gammera The Invincible (the American theatrical version of the first film)

I will buy the set just for that! I always had the old widescreen VHS release and was disappointed it wasn't included before because the newly shot scenes for the Alaska sequence with Dick O'Neill (later in "Taking Of Pelham One Two Three") are a million times better than the ones in the original with the amateur "Americans". (I once did a re-edit splicing in those scenes but not the rest of the US cut into the Japanese original).
 

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So street price under $100 at some point seems likely since it seems most Arrow drop to around 65-75% List Price by release and if it hangs around longer 40-50+% discounts become pretty common during sales. I'm not sure at this price it's likely to sell out quickly.

Once the LE sells out, I'd think a re-release of just the movies without the 2 books would almost be a given though always hard to outguess exactly how long that will take

Best current price for the US set seems to be $120 shipped and that's before any of the ALLIANCE retailers have a chance at it.
 
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I have 13 on DVD, I wonder which one they missed, not that I am going to buy this box set. Just looked at my list, it could be the American version where they spell his name with two "Ms"...GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE.
 

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....and the worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Gammera The Invincible (the American theatrical version of the first film)

It's about time a decent transfer turned up (although for what it is, the DVD release from Diamond Entertainment from a 16mm wasn't bad)- I had heard a negative or a nice 35mm print actually existed of the U.S. Version but for whatever reason they could never get access to it, or rights issues,or something like that.

There's a bit of a history here. The negative and fine-grain of Gammera The Invincible are at the UCLA Film & TV archive, and were used for the 1999 letterboxed VHS release from Neptune Media. When Shout! Factory released the Gamera series on DVD a little over a decade ago, they tried to gain access to the elements, but, according to Shout, UCLA wanted an access fee Shout was unwilling to pay. Hopefully, as Arrow has released several titles using materials at UCLA, they're able to get access to Gammera's elements. There's an HD streaming version of Gammera on Amazon from Legend Films that uses a collector's 35mm release print, but it's missing footage.
 

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There's a bit of a history here. The negative and fine-grain of Gammera The Invincible are at the UCLA Film & TV archive, and were used for the 1999 letterboxed VHS release from Neptune Media. When Shout! Factory released the Gamera series on DVD a little over a decade ago, they tried to gain access to the elements, but, according to Shout, UCLA wanted an access fee Shout was unwilling to pay. Hopefully, as Arrow has released several titles using materials at UCLA, they're able to get access to Gammera's elements. There's an HD streaming version of Gammera on Amazon from Legend Films that uses a collector's 35mm release print, but it's missing footage.

I thought it might have been UCLA that held the elements.
 

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Gamera: The Complete Collection
Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset
coming 8/18 (North America) and 8/17 (UK)

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 boxset



BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE TRAILER BELOW
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.

COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX SET CONTENTS
  • Limited collectors' edition packaging, housed in a large-format rigid box, fully illustrated by Matt Frank
  • Casebound, fully-illustrated disc book containing eight Blu-ray discs
  • High Definition (1080p) versions of all twelve films, with lossless original Japanese audio and a complete collection of English dub tracks, including classic American International dubs on the Showa-era films remastered from original MGM elements
  • Hardback 130-page comic book including a full-colour 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, an archive interview with Noriaki Yuasa by David Milner, kaiju X-ray illustrations by Jolyon Yates, Fangoria set reports on the Heisei trilogy by Norman England, and a viewers' guide to the English-dubbed versions of the films
  • Double-sided four-panel poster of "Gamera's Map of Japan" in both Japanese and English
  • Collectors' artcards for each film, featuring new artwork by Matt Frank
DISC ONE - GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gamera the Giant Monster, with lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio, and optional English subtitles
  • Commentary and newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gammera the Invincible (Blu-ray premiere), the American theatrical version of the film, with lossless mono audio and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Remembering the Gamera Series, an archive featurette from 1991, including interviews with director Noriaki Yuasa, writer Nisan Takahashi and others
  • Interview with Noriaki Yuasa, filmed by Jörg Buttgereit in 2002
  • Gamera Special, an hour-long best-of compilation supervised by Noriaki Yuasa in 1991
  • Alternate English credits
  • Trailer and image galleries

DISC TWO - GAMERA VS. BARUGON / GAMERA VS. GYAOS
  • High Definition (1080p) transfers of Gamera vs. Barugon and Gamera vs. Gyaos, with lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio, and optional English subtitles
  • Commentary on Gamera vs. Barugon by August Ragone & Jason Varney
  • Commentary on Gamera vs. Gyaos by Stuart Galbraith IV
  • Newly filmed introductions to both films by August Ragone
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of War of the Monsters, the shorter American edit of Gamera vs. Barugon, with lossless English audio
  • Alternate English credits for both films
  • Trailer and image galleries
DISC THREE - GAMERA VS. VIRAS / GAMERA VS. GUIRON
  • High Definition (1080p) transfers of Gamera vs. Viras and Gamera vs. Guiron, with lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio, and optional English subtitles
  • Choice of three different versions of Gamera vs. Viras via seamless branching (72-minute Theatrical Version, 81-minute Director's Version and 90-minute US Extended Version)
  • Commentary on Gamera vs. Viras by Carl Craig and Jim Cironella
  • Commentary on Gamera vs. Guiron by David Kalat
  • Newly filmed introductions to both films by August Ragone
  • New featurette with actor Carl Craig showing his souvenirs and props from Gamera vs. Viras
  • Highlights from the G-FEST X convention in 2003, featuring Noriaki Yuasa and Carl Craig
  • The 4th Nippon Jamboree, a promotional film for the Boy Scouts of Japan directed by Yuasa in 1966
  • Alternate English credits for both films
  • Trailer and image galleries

DISC FOUR - GAMERA VS. JIGER / GAMERA VS. ZIGRA / GAMERA SUPER MONSTER
  • High Definition (1080p) transfers of Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra and Gamera Super Monster, with lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio, and optional English subtitles
  • Commentary on Gamera vs. Jiger by Edward L. Holland
  • Commentary on Gamera vs. Zigra by Sean Rhoads & Brooke McCorkle
  • Commentary on Gamera Super Monster by Richard Pusateri
  • Newly filmed introductions to all three films by August Ragone
  • Alternate English credits for all three films
  • Trailer and image galleries
DISC FIVE - GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gamera the Guardian of the Universe, from a 4K restoration by Kadokawa Pictures
  • Original Japanese and dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio, with optional English subtitles
  • Commentary by Matt Frank
  • Newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
  • A Testimony of 15 Years: Part 1, the first in an epic three-part documentary interviewing cast and crew of the Heisei Trilogy
  • Interviews with director Shusuke Kaneko and SFX director Shinji Higuchi, filmed by Jörg Buttgereit in 2002
  • Extended 90-min interview with Shinji Higuchi from 2001, focusing on the trilogy's special effects
  • Behind the scenes featurettes tracing the film's production from announcement to release
  • Alternate English credits
  • Trailer and image galleries
DISC SIX - GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, from a 4K restoration by Kadokawa Pictures
  • Original Japanese and dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio, with optional English subtitles
  • Commentary by Kyle Yount
  • Newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
  • A Testimony of 15 Years: Part 2, the next part of the documentary interviewing cast and crew of the Heisei Trilogy
  • On-set footage from the shooting of the film's main unit and special effects filming
  • Behind the scenes featurettes tracing the film's production from announcement to release
  • Alternate English credits
  • "Lake Texarkana" comedic dub track
  • Trailer and image galleries
DISC SEVEN - GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, from a 4K restoration by Kadokawa Pictures
  • Original Japanese and dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio, with optional English subtitles
  • Commentary by Steve Ryfle & Ed Godziszewski
  • Newly filmed introduction by August Ragone
  • A Testimony of 15 Years: Part 3, the final part of the documentary interviewing cast and crew of the Heisei Trilogy
  • Newly filmed interview with Kaho Tsutsumi about the DNA Tokasatsu exhibition in Tokyo, by kaiju historian Edward L. Holland
  • Behind the scenes featurettes tracing the film's production from announcement to release
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Awakening of Irys (Remix), a montage of behind-the-scenes footage and work-in-progress special effects footage
  • Alternate English credits
  • Spoof commentary by "Gamera" & "Soldier No.6"
  • Trailer and image galleries
DISC EIGHT - GAMERA THE BRAVE
  • High Definition (1080p) transfer of Gamera the Brave
  • Original Japanese and dubbed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio, with optional English subtitles
  • Commentary by Keith Aiken & Bob Johnson
  • How to Make a Gamera Movie, a featurette hosted by director Ryuta Tasaki
  • Behind The Scenes of Gamera the Brave, an all-access on-set documentary
  • The Men That Made Gamera, a documentary looking back at the series from start to finish, featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Opening Day Premiere, a featurette showing the cast and crew presenting the film at its first showing
  • Kaho's Summer, an interview with the film's young star
  • Special Effects Supercut, a montage of effects shots overseen by FX supervisor Hajime Matsumoto
  • Trailer and image galleries

Details

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

SRP: $179.95
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV275
UPC: 760137365983
Street Date: 08/18/20
Label: Arrow Video
Run Time: 1174 mins
Number of Discs: 8
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1965
Region Code: 0
Language: Japanese​

 

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You're a braver man than me, Joel, Crow or Tom.

Ha ha!

I normally only review what I request, but Arrow sent me the whole set.

I decided to watch one... and then another... and then another.

Even though I didn't particularly like the movies!

Though some of the 60s/70s movies have charms, and the 90s reboot is pretty good!
 

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Ha ha!

I normally only review what I request, but Arrow sent me the whole set.

I decided to watch one... and then another... and then another.

Even though I didn't particularly like the movies!

Though some of the 60s/70s movies have charms, and the 90s reboot is pretty good!
You know what happens when you open a can of Pringles, they may be faux chips, but you can’t have just one.
 

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These Arrow versions were on sale on iTunes for $2.99 each a few weeks ago. I almost bit, but then remembered I already had a Mill Creek set with four of the films. I decided that four Gamera films in my collection was enough. :)
 

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