Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
Gamera vs. Viras (ガメラ対宇宙怪獣バイラス is a Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu, lit. Gamera vs. Space Monster Viras)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.
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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
- Written by Nisan Takahashi
- Produced by Hidemasa Nagata
- Executive producing by Masaichi Nagata
- Music by Kenjiro Hirose
- Cinematography by Akira Kitazaki
- Edited by Shoji Sekiguchi
- Production design by Tomohisa Yano
- Assistant directing by Masayoshi Imago
- Special effects by Kazufumi Fujii, Yuzo Kaneko
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Kojiro Hongo as Scoutmaster Mr. Shimida
- Michiko Yaegaki as Mariko
- Mari Atsumi as Junko Aoki
- Junko Yashiro as Masako Shibata
- Yoshiro Kitahara as Masao's Father
- Akira Natsuki as Doctor C
- Koji Fujiyama as Self-Defense Force Commander
- Chikara Hashimoto as Doctor A
- Carl Craig as Jim Crane
- Toru Takatsuka as Masao Nakaya
- Kenji Go as Doctor B
- Munehiko Takada as Jim's Father
- Peter Williams as Dr. Dobie
- Ken Nakahara as Doctor D
- Kenichiro Yamane as Doctor E
- Mary Morris as Mrs. Crane
- Himawari and Kojika Acting Troupes
- Teruo Aragaki as Gamera
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Main article: Gamera vs. Viras/Gallery.
- Main article: Gamera vs. Viras (Soundtrack).
- Gamera vs. Space Monster Viras (literal Japanese title)
- Gamera vs. the Giant Space Monster (ガメラ対宇宙大怪獣 Gamera tai Uchū Daikaijū, early Japanese title)
- Gamela vs. Outerspace Monster Bairus (alternate romanization)
- Gamela vs. Bairus (alternate romanization)
- Gamera versus Space Monster Bairas (English Japanese title)
- Destroy All Planets (United States)
- Japan - March 20, 1968
- Italy - 1969; 1977
In June 1968, Gamera vs. Viras played alongside Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare at the New Kokusai Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Advertisements referred to the film as either Gamela vs. Outerspace Monster Bairus or just Gamela vs. Bairus.
In 1969, Gamera vs. Viras premiered in the continental United States through American International Television, under the title Destroy All Planets, likely to capitalize on the success of the Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters, which American International released to theaters the same year. This version contained an additional ten minutes of stock footage in the scene where the Virasians examine Gamera's memories. Both Shout! Factory and Mill Creek Entertainment have released the film on DVD as Gamera vs. Viras, with its original Japanese audio track and English subtitles. The Destroy All Planets version of the film is in the public domain in the United States, and has been released on DVD by countless different companies.
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]
- Region: 1
- Discs: 4
- Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono)
- Special Features: None
- Notes: Packaged with Gamera: The Giant Monster, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera vs. Guiron, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, Gamera: Super Monster, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.
Mill Creek Blu-ray (2014) [Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 1]
- Region: N/A
- Discs: 2
- Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Special Features: None
- Notes: Packaged with Gamera: The Giant Monster, Gamera vs. Barugon, and Gamera vs. Gyaos.
- 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)
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