Lookout, London! Gorgo is Marching to Blu-ray!
Seeing as how we may very well be just a few short months away from a new boom in giant monster cinema, it should come as no surprise to see more and more classic kaiju flicks like Gorgo getting the hi-def treatment.
Britain’s answer to Godzilla, Gorgo first stomped her way onto the big screen back in 1971. The final directorial effort from Eugene Lourie (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Colossus of New York, and The Giant Behemoth) starred Bill Travers, William Sylvester, and Vincent Winter and featured top-notch special effects by two-time Oscar winner Tom Howard.
Though the MGM production would prove a one-off, the ear-wiggling reptilian titan managed to spawn a 23-issue comic book by Charleton Comics and remains one of the most respected giant monster movie offerings from the golden age of creature features.
A volcanic eruption in the North Atlantic brings to the surface a 65-foot prehistoric monster. Two treasure divers capture the creature and take him to London, where he is put on display in a circus. A scientist is thoughtful enough to point out that the sailors’ bonanza is only an infant and that a full-grown specimen would be over 200 feet in height. Sure enough, Gorgo's mama comes thundering ashore, reclaims her offspring, and heads back to sea - but not before she trashes a generous portion of London.
VCI Entertainment is set to release a newly restored HD transfer of Gorgo on both DVD (anamorphic) and – for the first time ever – on Blu-ray (HD 1080p) March 19th. Both versions will come fully loaded with extras:
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