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Re: Ultra Q

Postby Rody » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:59 am

^That is conspicuous. Come to think of it, that's not the first time I've heard that fansubbing groups tended to ignore the Ultra series (for WHATEVER possible reason). It's weird, for sure.

lhb412 wrote:Anyway, continuing with this series I hadn't previously noticed that the giant mole episode cribs the entire love triangle sacrifice thing from the original Godzilla - and the entire finale is a smorgasbord of Toho stock footage, mostly from Rodan.

I just watched this episode and good grief, you're right; they even re-purposed two key lines from the former film!
...But hey, it's certainly a solid work to borrow from. This actually is probably one of my favorite episodes so far; the "moral" at the end was one of the strongest yet, and classic monster movie material.
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby lhb412 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:00 am

It may only be 25 minutes long, but Garamon Strikes Back is one of the all-time great kaiju films.

I forgot how funny the Kanegon episode is. The kids' trip to see the old priestess is hilarious.

Dang; Kanegon's Cocoon, Garamon Strikes Back, and 1/8th Project are right after one another. What a great streak of episodes!
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby klen7 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:39 pm

Ultra Q is a treasure chest.
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby lhb412 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:21 pm

I only have one disc left! I don't want it to end.
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby Rody » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:09 pm

lhb412 wrote:Dang; Kanegon's Cocoon, Garamon Strikes Back, and 1/8th Project are right after one another. What a great streak of episodes!

Oh man, I've had some misgivings since starting this show about the Twilight Zone comparisons it gets, but "1/8 Project" was some serious 5th dimension material. I just watched "Devil Child" today, too, and felt the same way about that one!
Overall I've definitely warmed up to the show. Frankly, it's not as strongly written, generally, as I was expecting; but it's a fun mystery/monster program to kick back and relax to. I'm kind of sad I've almost finished it, but hey, then I can start in on revisiting Ultraman!
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:39 am

I've watched the first disc of Ultra Q (episodes 1-7) and I'm really liking this show. It's great to see Kenji Sahara in every episode along with guest actors like Jun Tazaki and Yoshibumi Tajima. The monochrome cinematography is gorgeous.

I have to say, watching this show and knowing that it was airing on Japanese television in early 1966, it's easy to see how Toho's monster movies that played in theaters became less of a draw so rapidly. Ultra Q delivers the monster movie goods and Japanese audiences suddenly didn't need to go to a theater and pay money to see it. Not only is it the same kind of monster action that the movies offered but even a lot of the same props and sound effects. Gomess is a repurposed Godzilla suit, Goro is a repurposed Kong suit and Gorgos switches between Godzilla and Kong's roars. Manda appears briefly in episode 6 as a fire-breathing dragon, looking exactly the same as in Atragon. Once Ultraman started later that year, home viewers were getting monster action in color too.
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby lhb412 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:00 am

^ There's also a greater variety in the types of monsters you could see in Ultra Q as opposed to in the movies. A giant flower or an enormous slug's pyshical forms may not make them practical as Godzilla opponents. There's a limit just how much they can do, but they are perfect for a 25 minute episode of Ultra Q.
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:56 pm

Terror of the Sweet Honey ends with stock footage from Rodan. I guess they just hoped that the black-and-white picture and people's lo-fi TV sets would keep viewers from noticing Rodan burning to a crisp right there in the center of the screen.

Baron Spider guest-stars Akiko Wakabayashi! Also there were suddenly two big spiders at the end, weren't there? One was in the basement while one was in the living room but only one chased them out of the house. Where did the second one come from and why didn't it appear again after that scene?
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:24 pm

Benjamin Haines wrote:Terror of the Sweet Honey ends with stock footage from Rodan. I guess they just hoped that the black-and-white picture and people's lo-fi TV sets would keep viewers from noticing Rodan burning to a crisp right there in the center of the screen.

Baron Spider guest-stars Akiko Wakabayashi! Also there were suddenly two big spiders at the end, weren't there? One was in the basement while one was in the living room but only one chased them out of the house. Where did the second one come from and why didn't it appear again after that scene?


There were always two, the Baron and his daughter.
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Re: Ultra Q

Postby tbeasley » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:00 pm

Finished this some time ago and really loved it (guess that's not a surprise). There was something very cozy and comfy about it, what with the familiar Toho faces, recycled props and sound effects, etc. I really enjoyed watching it at night during the holidays before going to bed. The black and white photography in some episodes really aided in giving it an eerie, classic timeless feel, the special effects aging surprisingly well in places.

It was definitely something I wish I had seen growing up, I would have ate it up, and it also reminds me I really ought to get around to seeing the classic Twilight Zone and Outer Limits series for more twisted fairy tale/nightmare dream logic stories. I really got a sense of how Ultra Q had an enormous influence on kaiju/tokusatsu works over the decades as well.

"Grow Up! Little Turtle" and "Open Up!" were definitely my favorite episodes just for how odd they were. For some reason Gorgos was my favorite monster just for how simple his design was with his big dumpy head.
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