Awhile back Mill Creek saw fit to release a confusing Blu-Ray 2 pack of 2 out of the 3 Heisei Gamera films.
My best guess as to why they would consciously omit the third (and best) film in the series, is that they were unable to obtain the licensing rights to it.
Me being me, I took it upon myself to support the daikaiju cause and shell out about $12 bucks to pick up a copy.
That means I’ve bought the Gamera series 3 times across 3 mediums.
I first picked up the series on bootleg VHS when they were originally released, then again (from the same bootleggers) on subtitled DVD, and now I’ll have bought them on domestic Blu-Ray.
Let it be known, my passion for these movies is not to be questioned.
It’s funny though, when I picked up the Blu-Ray 2 pack, I did so grudgingly; as for whatever reason I take issue with the idea of collecting a 3 movie series across 2 boxes.
Seriously man, that’s fuckin’ weird.
You just don’t fuckin’ do that, it makes the shelf look all wonky…
Anyway, as I said before, when I first heard that the Gamera series was being released in the states on Blu-Ray in this manner, my gut reaction was to remain skeptical as to whether the 3rd film would ever get printed.
Well, as you can probably tell from the image above, a cover has been released, and while it kind of sucks, it at least confirms that the movie will in fact be coming out next month.
Why does the cover suck?
Well, because the image they chose to slap on the cover comes not from the film it represents, but from the first movie in the series.
This wouldn’t be all that big of a deal, had Gamera’s design not undergone some rather dramatic cosmetic changes over the 4 year span of the series.
The worst part is, as seems to be the case with lots of DVD releases, the European cover art is far better.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look:
Oh well, a poor cover does not a bad film make.
Be a sport, make sure to pick this one up when it comes out next month.
You won’t be disappointed…