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Gamera, in a nut shell...
This is an edited version of 1966’s Gamera, which was released theatrically in the United States the same year. This edit contains new scenes featuring Brian Donlevy, an American actor, that were not in the original version. Scenes with an Alaskan army base, the UN headquarters and the Pentagon were also included, for better or worse. This version was dubbed in English.
If the idea of American men in suits smoking cigarettes and chatting like intellectuals sounds appealing, then by all means try this strange hybrid. That being said, some people will find the new footage hard to sit through. It waters down the good stuff and doesn’t integrate so well with the Japanese scenes. This film is so slow, it’s not even funny.
This is the perfect compromise for someone who wants to get initiated to Gamera with a lessened cultural barrier and no subtitles, but you can’t really show this to a kid and expect a positive response. The film has pacing issues and too much dialogue. The two distinct casts, American and Japanese, never blend together. The double procedural is so tedious you’ll roll your eyes in despair.