Ultraman Movies Get All-New English Dubs
Author: Bob Johnson
William Winckler Productions, in tandem with Tsuburaya Productions is in the process of providing English language dubs for some of the new Ultraman feature films. The movies that have been dubbed and subtitled so far are ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE.
No official release of the films has been announced, though the subtitled print of ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE was screened recently at FantAsia in Canada.
William Winckler Productions had previously dubbed a package of animated series, edited together into movies, for Toei Productions. Some of those were released through Shout Factory over the last couple of years. The DVDs released were GAIKING, DANGARD ACE and STAR ZINGER, though other series were produced, including FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK, GE GE GE NO KITARO and others. Winckler began his career and involvement in Japanese dubbing with TEKKAMAN THE SPACE KNIGHT back in the 1980s.
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ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE
In ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, a sinister space warrior, Etelgar, forces a beautiful young alien princess, Alena, to use her magical mirror to trap every Ultraman hero in the Galaxy! In order to stop Etelgar and save the princess and their fellow Ultramen, two young men, Hikaru and Shou, must each transform into new Ultra-heroes, Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory, and combine their super-powers! Thus begins an epic battle of the greatest Ultraman heroes teaming up to defeat Etelgar and his army of villainous space warriors! Directed by Koichi Sakamoto, the man responsible for directing the wildly successful POWER RANGERS TV series for SABAN, as well as directing the hit Japanese POWER RANGERS theatrical feature films.
ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY
After thousands of years, a diabolical space emperor named Juda Spectre is about to break free from his dimensional prison! In order to prevent this disaster from happening, and to save the Galaxy, Earth’s amazing superhero ULTRAMAN VICTORY must use a new secret weapon, a combination sword and flute called the Knight Timbre! However, can the soundwave strength of our Ultraman’s Knight Timbre stop Spectre and his army of monsters before it’s too late?! Directed by Koichi Sakamoto.
ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE
When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki’s gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it! It’s up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war!
ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE is the special 50th Year Anniversary film of Tsuburaya Productions’ iconic superhero character ULTRAMAN. Starring Kensuke Takahashi, Akane Sakanoue, Takami Yoshimoto, Michael Tomioka. Directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi.