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 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 6:10 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent distributors VCI Home Entertainment have revealed that they are planning ot bring to Blu-ray director Eugène Lourié's Gorgo (1961), starring Bill Travers, William Sylvester and Vincent Winter. The preliminary release date set by the distributors is March 19th.

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. The special effects in GORGO, provided by Tom Howard - two-time Academy Award winner, are truly admirable. The monster is quite ferocious - except when he wiggles his ears. Released by MGM in 1961.

Special Features:
"Ninth Wonder Of The World: The Making Of Gorgo" a new documentary by Daniel Griffith
Gorgo - Video Comic Book and Comic Book Cover Gallery
Extensive Lobby Card & Poster Gallery
Photo Gallery
Gorgo Toys & Collectibles Gallery
Production Notes
Original Theatrical Trailer
Pressbook Gallery
Star Ciné Cosmos - French-language "fumetto" (comic book)
Before & After Restoration Video

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=10290

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Good stuff! Thanks for the heads-up.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL.EUGENE LOURIE, Master of making you feel dread[beast from 20, 000 fathoms, the giant behemoth, gorgo] why? Because humans wait to late to do things, the tragedy of the human species.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I've been putting off buying the dvd for years----now I'm glad.

I sure hope the Blu-ray video quality is better than the dvd which I've heard isn't very good.

Now, I hope the Japanese model companies will release a Gorgo model like the countless Godzilla models on the market.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

How is it that GORGO is no longer under the control of MGM, when the later King Brothers productions that were released by MGM (CAPTAIN SINBAD, MAYA, HEAVEN WITH A GUN) still are?

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


Now, I hope the Japanese model companies will release a Gorgo model like the countless Godzilla models on the market.


It's coming. Though not from Japan...

http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Gorgo-from-Monarch-Models--PREORDER-RESERVATION-_p_1729.html

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

SOLIUM:

Thanks, but I've seen that before. I want a prepainted Gorgo----there are many prepainted Godzillas on the market.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Thanks so much for this heads up. I have the ancient LD, and two DVDs (one is a Japanese import) -- and all of these versions suck. Faded color, terrible quality even on the VCI DVD. I hope VCI has been able to get back to the original elements for restoration to bluray. The elements, I'd always heard, were in the Warner or MGM vaults. However, the film somehow entered Public Domain and it has been my understanding that the studio with the primary elements was wary of releasing a pristine version that could then be copied, etc. It would be a gorgeous bluray if done justice -- fingers crossed!

Addendum:

Here is a link to the VCI page on the bluray release:

http://store.vcientertainment.com/product/Coming_Soon/830

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

SOLIUM:

Thanks, but I've seen that before. I want a prepainted Gorgo----there are many prepainted Godzillas on the market.


That would be nice too. Wonder why they haven't? I think they've done a whole bunch of Ray Harryhausen prepaints.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Like it was yesterday, I can remember sitting in the balcony of the Iris Theater on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia, on Easter Monday, April 1961, seeing this film for the very first time. I couldn't have loved it more! I hope it finally gets the quality release it deserves.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)


Now, I hope the Japanese model companies will release a Gorgo model like the countless Godzilla models on the market.


It's coming. Though not from Japan...

http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Gorgo-from-Monarch-Models--PREORDER-RESERVATION-_p_1729.html


Hmm-only problem is the blurb states 'coming late 2011'-it should be available by now....

But great news about the Blu Ray-one of my favourite childhood films-I saw this before Godzilla so to me, this is the original!

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


Now, I hope the Japanese model companies will release a Gorgo model like the countless Godzilla models on the market.


It's coming. Though not from Japan...

http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Gorgo-from-Monarch-Models--PREORDER-RESERVATION-_p_1729.html


Hmm-only problem is the blurb states 'coming late 2011'-it should be available by now....


The company is a one man operation. A doctor who is a fan of old Aurora style kits and develops them in his spare time. Yes, there are years between kit announcements and their actual release. But they do eventually get released.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I think it was about 88 or 89 when i saw GORGO in a movie theatre in New York and the print was pretty good. Better then anything i have ever seen on TV or video.Seeing this film on the full screen as i have seen BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS AND THE GIANT BEHEMOTH is alot different then seeing it on the small TV screen for decades. Eugene Lourie just had an incredible ability to create a certain suspenseful excitement i never saw another director ever do, His movies were like THE UNINVITED, SORRY WRONG NUMBER, THE HAUNTING but they were big monster stories. I always wondered what MR LOURIE, would have done with those other type of movies. He did a more subtle effort COLLUSUS OF NEW YORK-58- which had mood and style, but not as good as the other 3. But that was it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2013 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Amazon.com has GORGO for $17.99 on March 19.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/Gorgo-Blu-ray/ref=%26%2574%2561g%3d%2562l%2575r%2561y%252d034%252d20?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-034-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00B2M78PU&ASIN=B00B2M78PU&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Dyfrynt   (Member)

Gorgo is my favorite giant monster movie of all time. Even at a young age when I first saw it I hugely enjoyed the morality tale. Man's greed begins a trail of events that leads to the destruction of London, not by an avenging monster, but by a mother coming to rescue her child.

The last scene as mother and child return to the ocean, no longer in any way interested in the petty actions of these things called humans.

One of the extras is a restoration video - before and after. I sure do hope they live up to that, because my only disappointment with the film is how terribly the tapes have suffered over time. I cannot remember seeing this that was not hopelessly damaged.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 8:17 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sure, that idea has merit. In my head watching the film i was thinking as far as the morality of Gorgo, it is sought of like a kid in the park running around crushing hundreds of ants doing the most natural act.The tragedy is all those people had to die because of a bunch of self centered greedy business men who were only thinking of their own fame.Also in Lourie's films what comes up often is the arrogance of people in charge who don't act quick enough to stop the impending disaster Eugene brought this up in all of his 3 monster movies. But back on the moral front, there is a great line in Gorgo, showing the apathy, when one of their friends die early in the movie from baby gorgo.One of the guys very disturbed by the death start talking about maybe this is all a mistake the arrogant guy says well, we send the widow some money.In which the man feeling guilty saysBUT HE'S DEAD. That simple 3 word line says so much and hits the right chords.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 9:49 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

More info on GORGO Blu-ray:

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Gorgo-Blu-ray-Bill-Travers/product-reviews/B00B2M78PU/ref=wl_it_o_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&colid=2Q4FNX70RCQZH&coliid=I9H5ONDAE7NS9&showViewpoints=1

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2013 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

I'm getting really excited about this -- based on Glenn Erickson's comments at DVD Savant:
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"I've seen .... a check disc of VCI's new Gorgo release! The movie is just as good as I remember and the disc looks very good. The nighttime big destruction scenes are spectacular in Blu-ray. A full review of final product will follow closer to the release date, but I will remark on the disc's elaborate extras, most of which seem to be the work of Daniel Griffith and Lee Kaplan, with major on-screen input from Ted Newsom. The extras are a real fan round-up -- and the participants are given a special on-screen credit. The galleries appear to have rounded up every poster, lobby card and photo ever released of the film. And they have a couple of BTS stills of the Gorgo head costume, and the elaborate hydraulic rig that the monster suit mime had to wear.

I was as happily surprised as anyone back in late 2011 when VCI announced that it was going to access the original printing elements stored by MGM in a midwestern salt mine. Gorgo has been impossible to see in a really satisfying form for decades, and VCI's disc replicates the jaw-dropping matinee experience for a certain stratum of baby boomers like myself. At the moment the disc's official release date is March 19, and frankly, the price is right as well."
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I've preordered a copy -- one of my favorite giant monster films -- I'm in rabid anticipation mode!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2013 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ANY PRICE IS RIGHT,A CRISP $500 BILL.

 
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