Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

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Gamera Films
Gamera vs. Gyaos
Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Guiron
Kadokawa Pictures (Daiei Motion Picture Company) Monster Movie
The Japanese poster for Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Viras
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera Against Space Monster Viras (1968)
Flagicon United States.png Destroy All Planets (1969)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by Nagata Hidemasa
Written by Takahashi Niisan
Music by Hirose Kenjirou
Distributor Daiei Motion Picture Company, Ltd.JP
American International TelevisionUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥24,000,000
Running Time 72 minutes (Theatrical)JP
(1 hour, 12 minutes)
81 minutes (Current)JP
(1 hour, 21 minutes)
90 minutesIntl
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Designs Used BaruGame ShodaiBaira
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Gamera vs. Viras (ガメラ対宇宙怪獣バイラス,   Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu?, lit. Gamera Against Space Monster Viras) is a 1968 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and the fourth entry in the Gamera series. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 20, 1968.

Plot

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A deadly alien force approaches earth. Gamera intervenes and destroys the alien vessel; but before the ship is destroyed, the aliens broadcast a warning to their world - stating Gamera as their enemy. Later on Earth a Boy Scout troop is visiting an aquarium to visit the scientists working on a small two-man submarine. Masao and Jim, two of the scouts manage to talk their way aboard the sub. While in the water they spot Gamera - who engages in a little race with the boys. However, their hijinks come to an end when the second alien vessel envelops the both of them in a "super-catch" ray. Releasing the boys, Gamera remains trapped in the force field while the aliens scan his memory-waves. They learn one of Gamera's few weaknesses, his love for children. Soon after, the field weakens and Gamera is free. The aliens capture Jim and Masao, threatening to kill the boys. Powerless, Gamera lands. Attaching a brain-wave control device to Gamera's head, the aliens force Gamera to do their bidding.

While aboard the spaceship, the boys continually try to escape. Gamera, however (under the influence of the Virasians) is destroying dams and cities by the handful. Tim and Masao meet a strange squid like creature, thinking it is actually another captive of the aliens. In fact it is Viras, the leader of the aliens. The boys help Gamera break from the brain-wave device, and he begins to attack the spaceship. Grounded by Gamera, the aliens reveal that their humanoid forms were just hosts for more squid-like aliens. The aliens form together making a Gamera-sized creature, Viras. The two duke it out in a big beachside battle. Viras tears apart Gamera's belly by turning his mantle into a blade, but Gamera grabs his giant opponent and lifts them into the stratosphere, where they become frozen. Gamera then drops Viras, where they then die after slamming into the ocean.

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles and Races

Alternate Titles

  • Gamera Against Space Monster Viras (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Gamera Against The Giant Space Monster (ガメラ対宇宙大怪獣,   Gamera tai Uchū Daikaijū?, Early Japanese Title)
  • Gamela vs. Bairus (Early English Title)
  • Gamera versus Space Monster Bairas (English Japanese Title)
  • Destroy All Planets (United States)

Gallery

Main article: Gamera vs. Viras/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Gamera vs. Viras (Soundtrack).

Releases

In 1969, Gamera vs. Viras premiered in the U.S. through American-International Television, under the title Destroy All Planets, likely to capitalize on the success of that year's Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters. This version contained an additional ten minutes of stock footage in the scene where the Virasians examine Gamera's memories.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Shout! Factory DVD (2010)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono), English (1.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: Gallery of publicity materials
  • Notes: Both versions of the film use the same Japanese video track, with the English dub reverting to the Japanese audio in scenes removed by AIP-TV. Packaged with Gamera vs. Gyaos.

Mill Creek DVD (2014) [Gamera: Legacy Collection]

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2014) [Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 1]

Videos

Japanese Gamera vs. Viras trailer
Stock footage montage from the Japanese theatrical version


Trivia

  • Gamera vs. Viras was theatrically released in Japan on a double bill with Yokai Monsters: One Hundred Monsters (妖怪百物語,   Yōkai Hyaku Monogatari?, lit. One Hundred Yōkai Tales).

External Links

Kadokawa Pictures (formerly Daiei Motion Picture Company)
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9 months ago
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Viras is a weird looking monster and watching him fight Gamera is fun.