It didn’t stomp Tokyo, but watch out London … here comes Gorgo!
VCI Entertainment has a new hi-def transfer and a complete restoration of this 1961 giant monster classic ready as an “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” for both Blu-ray and DVD on Mar. 19.
The cycle began in 1953 with The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. Giant ants (Them), spiders (Tarantula) and more quickly followed. The “giant monster” genre got some more wind at its back when Godzilla: King of the Monsters arrived in domestic waters in 1956 (released in Japan two years earlier), recut and complete with an American star (Raymond Burr).
Of course you could always go back to King Kong and the like, but we are talking about post-war monsters, usually spawned by radiation — the nuclear age. We were treated to giant crabs (Attack of the Crab Monsters), scorpions (The Black Scorpion), a preying mantis (The Deadly Mantis) and even giant men and women (The Amazing Colossal Man; Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) during the heyday of the cycle.
It was the nuclear age. It was the baby boom. It was era of the giant beasts! The cycle continued well into the 60s and sort of petered out (and mocked) when Marv Newland’s 1969 brilliant bit of animation surfaced and put both an exclamation point on and a period to the cycle … Bambi Meets Godzilla said enough; enough already!
But it was in 1961 that filmmaker Eugène Lourié, the same director that launched the cycle with The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms in 1953 (and followed with The Giant Behemoth in 1959), who first signaled that the end was coming with one last “big splash,” Gorgo.
And if you’ll recall (fondly), Gorgo the giant monster captured early on off of the coast of Ireland is just a little guy. Sure, he’s plenty big all right, but it’s his mother, Ogra, who comes to his rescue and destroys all of London in the process!
As to bonus nuggets included on the DVD and Blu-ray SKUs from VCI Entertainment, be prepared to enjoy Daniel Griffith’s new documentary, “Ninth Wonder of the World: The Making of Gorgo,” plus a photo gallery, a pressbook gallery, an extensive collection of theatrical posters and lobby cards, plus the Gorgo video comic book ... and more!
Not done yet. VCI Entertainment also has a pair of DVD double features planned for release on Mar. 19 under the “Creepy Creature Double Feature” promotional banner.
The first double bill is Monster From the Ocean Floor (1954, with Stuart Wade and Anne Kimbell) and Serpent Island (1954, Sonny Tufts), while the other double feature presentation includes The Crawling Hand (1963) and The Slime People (also 1963, with Robert Hutton and Les Tremayne).
Both SKUs are priced at just $14.98 each and include bonus treats.
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