So. I saw the Heisei Trilogy back in the 'rent the VHS from Blockbuster' days, and had the DVD Trilogy set as a kid. I really liked those films as a kid....but haven't seen them at all in over 10 years.
I pre-ordered the Gamera Box Set purely out of love for that trilogy and because the set itself seems so awesome...and because I've never actually spent a dime collecting these movies and it seemed like the perfect time to go all-in.
I've noticed that a lot of the US versions of these movies are on YouTube, in a sort of 'public domain/copyright not being enforced at all' kind of situation. They are all in full-frame, and in poor VHS-tier audio/video quality. I was originally going to hold out so that the first time I watched these movies was when I finally got the set, but I couldn't resist.
I watched Gammera The Invincible, Gamera vs Barugon, Gamera vs Gyaos and Gamera vs Guiron(I accidentally skipped Viras) so far.
I have to say....I find something supremely enjoyable about these movies. There is something sort of...sincere about the tone they strike and their execution despite being cheap and cheesy and clearly for children. Like, there are no delusions or pretentiousness here. I would call it schlock, but to me that always feels like it applies more o something like Sharknado. Something that is a bit more cynical and trying to be 'in on the joke', while these movies just feel like they are trying to earnestly be what they are(B-grade "easy" fair) but also do a good job at it. Sharknado feels like it has a "lets all try to make it stupid and bad and lean into that because that is the joke"
I don't know.
Also....I find the dubbing very charming and appealing in that old school kind of way. It sort of feels exactly like old school sci-fi B-movies type of dialogue, exposition, and speech patterns. When newscasters and scientists or military brass start going on about the monsters and their traits and how to fight them....to me it is just ear candy. With movies from different eras, the WAY they speak really helps create that tone and reality of the movies of the era....and when you aren't watching in English you can't really appreciate that kind of difference of inflection/dialogue.
I also love the very bloody and violent nature of all of the Kaiju fights as well.
Basically, I'm having a LOT of fun with the absurdity of the Showa Gamera films so far.