ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES ULTRA Q UHD & MovieNEX Japanese Box Set Info and Photos From Tsuburaya Pro
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES ULTRA Q UHD & MovieNEX (ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES ウルトラQ UHD & MovieNEX), their upcoming 10-disc Japanese Blu-ray box set presenting all 28 episodes of the classic series on Blu-ray and in 4K UHD. Part of the company’s ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES (ウルトラマンアーカイブス) Project that looks back at key episodes of the Ultraman Series through home video, public events, and deluxe merchandising, the set also offers the episodes plus exclusive bonus video and text content on the TSUBURAYA MovieNEX streaming service.
For this set, the original 35mm negatives were scanned to 4K data, a process that took 3 days for each episode. Approximately 1 million frames were exhaustively checked for damage, and the necessary restoration was performed. The end result is a stunning HDR (high-dynamic-range imaging) presentation that offers visual that are closer to range of the human eye. The details of the monster’s skin and the miniature sets, the mysterious light of the monster’s eyes, the darkness of the aliens, and the gradation of the sunrise are now displayed in a quality never before seen.
At the same time, too much clarity can run contrary to the aims of the original creative team. Therefore, the restoration staff worked with consideration for the original filmmakers, and the ULTRA Q 4K UHD balances the 1966 production with the latest technology.
The key bonus feature is the “Premium Talk,” a collection of interviews offering viewpoints and commentary from ULTRA Q staffers and outside experts.
■ Product Details
Product Code: PCWE-52001
Release Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Price: ¥70,000 (Approximately $647.47 US, Plus Tax)
● Running Time: 715 Minutes
● Specs: 4:3 <3840x2160p> / 3 layers x 3 / Monochrome / HEVC / Linear PCM (Stereo/Mono) / Partial Dolby Digital 5.1ch
■ TSUBURAYA MovieNEX (Blu-ray)
● Running Time: 1515 Minutes (Main Disc: 1430 Minutes + PremiumTalk: 85 Minutes)
● Main Disc Specs: 4:3 <1080P High Definition> / 2 layers x 6 / Color / Monochrome / AVC / Linear PCM (Stereo/Mono) / Partial Dolby Digital 5.1ch
● Premium Talk: 16:9 <1080i High Definition> / 1 layer / Color / AVC / Linear PCM (Stereo)
■ TSUBURAYA MovieNEX World (Streaming)
● Bonus Video, Text Media, etc.
TSUBURAYA MovieNEX benefits include access to TSUBURAYA GALAXY, a premium digital service devoted to the works of Tsuburaya Productions, for ¥480 (Approximately $4.44 US) per month. In addition, Users will receive a free membership to the TSUBURAYA MEMBERSHIP CLUB, which will share information on new Tsuburaya projects beginning in January 2020. There will also be exclusive videos and text materials from the upcoming TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019.
As a first-time limited bonus, customers who preorder the ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES ULTRA Q UHD & MovieNEX ill receive an ULTRA Q desk calendar.
About Tsuburaya Productions
Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years’ experience, it is one of Japan’s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in over 100 territories worldwide and has spawned over 3,000 licensed products. In addition to production, the company also handles character licensing and program distribution and staging live stage shows both domestically and internationally.