Ultraman Great & Powered DVD releases....?

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Ultraman Great & Powered DVD releases....?

Postby mechagigan » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:09 pm

Did either of these two get DVD releases? I know that Great got two R3 DVD releases in which episodes were merged to make "movies" but I'm referring to having the full episodes in their uncut form. I have VCDs of each series and I know Great (Towards the Future) was released on VHS here in the US during the early 90s. But I can't seem to find any evidence that these were released on DVD in the Asian market (I know they weren't released "officially" in the US on DVD).
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Postby lhb412 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:24 pm

I can't find it, but I swear I saw a Japanese ad recently for the Blu-Ray releases of Ultraman Ace, the Zearth movies, Great, and Powered.
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Postby MouthForWar » Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:57 pm

lhb412 wrote:I can't find it, but I swear I saw a Japanese ad recently for the Blu-Ray releases of Ultraman Ace, the Zearth movies, Great, and Powered.


Both of these series indeed got Blu-Ray releases in Japan just recently (along with the Zearth films).

My question is, are either of these shows any good? I haven't heard much positive about either of them and I recall Brad Warner talking about the one he worked on, nobody knew what they were doing, the director said he didn't care, and they were LITERALLY using cardboard to make the miniatures. :shock:
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Postby The Great MM » Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:27 pm

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lhb412 wrote:I can't find it, but I swear I saw a Japanese ad recently for the Blu-Ray releases of Ultraman Ace, the Zearth movies, Great, and Powered.


Both of these series indeed got Blu-Ray releases in Japan just recently (along with the Zearth films).

My question is, are either of these shows any good? I haven't heard much positive about either of them and I recall Brad Warner talking about the one he worked on, nobody knew what they were doing, the director said he didn't care, and they were LITERALLY using cardboard to make the miniatures. :shock:


Depends on your definition of "good". I prefer Great over Powered, but Powered has some AMAZING suits... that they were afraid to damage thus resulting in absolutely horrid kaiju and battle segments. I would say fans do owe themselves to see Powered if only because the kaiju designs were done by the same guy who designed Shin Godzilla now, and it does show...

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You can find all of Ultraman Powered on Youtube. Ultraman Great might be as well, but I do know it was up on Hulu a year or so ago (where I saw it in its entirely).
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Postby klen7 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:02 pm

^ Suit designs/concepts are fantastic, but the suits move terribly. I don't think it's a matter of not wanting to damage them, I think it's a matter of them hardly being able to walk in them.
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Postby lhb412 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:32 pm

From my limited viewing, I'd say Great is a lot more competently made than Powered.
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Postby mbozzo » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:36 pm

Powered aka The Ultimate Hero should have been shown on American television. It would have been popular and we might get some more episodes of that series if it were. :x
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Postby O.Supreme » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:25 pm

^I really wish that were true. Towards the future aired on American TV back in 1991 (or maybe 92 cant remember)...btu anyways, where I lived it was on early Sunday morning.... got one cycle thourgh its 13 episodes then it was done, no reruns. Whereas I know in the bay Area from visiting friends & relatives, it was on for at least a year showing its 13 episode cycle in reruns.

The suits in Powered looked amazing, as was the FX. The execution of the fight scenes however was awful, which is why I think nobody picked it up. I think it would have done about the sam as TTF. It would have been doomed to some horrible time slot in syndication, and fluttered away in less than a year. At least "Toward the Future" had a toyline & Video game tie-in. (I know Powered had a game too on the Panasonic 3D0, but again a failed console for a failed show...) I have all the episodes in various formats, but a legit DVD release of "Toward the Future" and "The Ultimate Hero" would be nice, such as they are.
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Postby Gigantis_99 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:18 pm

I'm sure most people are probably aware of this already but just in case both shows are getting released on blu-ray. Ultraman Great is getting released in January and Powered in March.
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Postby klen7 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:48 pm

i wasnt aware of this. Who is releasing the bluray? I dont see any listings on Amazon yet.
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Postby Gigantis_99 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:25 pm

My bad I forgot to specify that they are japanese.
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Ultraman Great: https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B01 ... DKY0GHXZSZ

Ultraman Powered: https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B01 ... YCYWTQZT89
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Postby Gigantis_99 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:26 pm

A bit pricey but they would play on US blu-ray players.
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Postby O.Supreme » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:56 pm

Since both shows were originally produced in English I would purchase them if they had removable subtitles and had the original English language audio (in addition to the Japanese dub these no doubt come with), oh and if they cut the price by 80% --Why would I pay $150 for a one or two disc set??--This should sell for no more than $25.
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Postby Kailem » Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:37 pm

I bought the "movie" version of the first six episodes of Ultraman: Towards the Future/Great on VHS here in the UK in the early 90's after spotting it in the local WH Smiths, not knowing anything about it or Ultraman at the time. As a huge fan of Godzilla it was a great introduction to a whole new series of giant monster action, and I really, really enjoyed it. It was a little while later when I was round at my cousin's house that I saw an actual episode on Nickelodeon that wasn't part of the "movie", and realised it was actually a TV show. I'm not sure if I ever managed to catch all the episodes, but I'm pretty sure I saw most, and of course I have the strongest and fondest memories of those first ones that made up the content of the tape I had.

Every now and then for years I've checked in on various sites and searched around to see if there's ever been a proper DVD or Blu-ray release, and always come up empty. I've got a lot of nostalgic love for that show, even though I'm not sure how well it might stand up today, or how good it would be for someone watching it fresh for the first time. I still really like the suit designs they had though. Some really cool monsters there.

So yeah, like O.Supreme says confirmation on the language and subtitle situation would be key, since obviously it was produced in English. Chrome's "translate" function only works so well, but it looks like it might be available with both the dubbed Japanese and original English-language dialogue options plus removable subtitles, which would be perfect if true. And it does say "region free". The only problem now is the price. But damn......that nostalgia! :D
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Postby H-Man » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:27 pm

It looks to me like Towards the Future (Ultraman Great) might have been edited on video. If that's the case, that means Tsuburaya either upscaled SD footage or went back to the original footage and re-edited it on film (as CBS did with Star Trek: The Next Generation). But again, that's supposing it was edited on video in the first place.
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Postby Gigantis_99 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:06 pm

So yeah, like O.Supreme says confirmation on the language and subtitle situation would be key, since obviously it was produced in English. Chrome's "translate" function only works so well, but it looks like it might be available with both the dubbed Japanese and original English-language dialogue options plus removable subtitles, which would be perfect if true. And it does say "region free". The only problem now is the price. But damn......that nostalgia! :D


Kailem, I checked and according to CDJapan it will include English language options http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/BCXS-1187. So there you go. I agree the price is unfortunate.
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Postby Kailem » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:52 am

Well then, looks like I've got a decision to make, and some money to start saving. :P
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Postby daikaijusaurus » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:49 pm

Here are all 13 episodes on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/Se6582bkGpA?list=PLP2e ... hkGCm8fjnJ

You just saved yourself $200. You're welcome :lol:
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Postby O.Supreme » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:45 am

Great & Powered have been on Youtube for a while now. I don't think anyone was actually going to bite on those sets, but the idea of having them in tangible form, on Blu Ray sure is nice. I've got these along with half a dozen other Ultra Series in digital format, but to have them on disc, in HD quality, would be quite welcome.
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Postby Specium Ray » Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:24 am

I think I'm going to bite on the Towards the Future set, I have a lot of nostalgia for that series. These sets are expensive compared to the US, but the price is in line with other Japanese BD/DVD releases. Price per disc is about $45, but I've seen single discs going for $75 or more.
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Postby Dr Kain » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:04 pm

Gigantis_99 wrote: Image


Interesting as that Ultraman looks like the toy I had bought at KB Toys back in the early 90s.

O.Supreme wrote:and if they cut the price by 80% --Why would I pay $150 for a one or two disc set??--This should sell for no more than $25.


In America, yes, but this is Japan. That is actually kind of cheap for a Japanese release. I paid $100 for each volume of Sentai, which contained 10-12 episodes and each series was 4-5 volumes long.
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Postby O.Supreme » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:10 pm

I am aware that prices in Japan for media are ridiculously high, but I never understood why. Its also the reason why, even with a Blu Ray player I haven't purchased any Import DVD or BRD, because the prices are not worth it.

Dr Kain wrote:I paid $100 for each volume of Sentai, which contained 10-12 episodes and each series was 4-5 volumes long.


So you basically paid $400-$500 for something with no subtitles...that now you can get from S!F WITH subtitles for $40-$50 (10% of that price) . Now while I understand you probably purchased these long before S!F announced they were going to release Sentai series on DVD, it has to sting a little doesn't it? I mean I feel foolish for paying $100.00 for really crappy quality VHS complete set of Ultraman, even though it was probably 20 years before it got an official DVD release. I guess as I get older, my patience increases. Sure I have a long list of things I wish were on DVD, but thanks to Youtube and other various sites, pretty much anything can be found, and eventually if they ever do get an official release on physical media (which I still prefer), you can bet I'll support it.

I still have Ultraman Towards the Future from when I taped it on VHS back in 1991 (yes it was on TV in the U.S. believe it or not!). Of course I've converted it to digital, but I'd love to see sets like these released in North America for a decent price.
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Postby Dr Kain » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:26 am

O.Supreme wrote:I am aware that prices in Japan for media are ridiculously high, but I never understood why. Its also the reason why, even with a Blu Ray player I haven't purchased any Import DVD or BRD, because the prices are not worth it.


In Japan, DVDs and BDs are more for collector's rather than the general public. The general public doesn't have the space to buy movies, and as such, they only rent them. Thus, companies have to make up the bulk of their profits by selling them at a higher rate because only a small group actually buys them. More people also buy videos used over new. That's also why First Editions are a big deal in Japan when it comes to DVDs and BDs.

So you basically paid $400-$500 for something with no subtitles...that now you can get from S!F WITH subtitles for $40-$50 (10% of that price) . Now while I understand you probably purchased these long before S!F announced they were going to release Sentai series on DVD, it has to sting a little doesn't it?


Here's the thing, I paid $150 to get Dairanger, Zyuranger, and Kakuranger on bootleg DVDs back in 2003 that were VHS rips. I paid $500 for each series when the official DVDs came out in Japan. And then I bought them again when Shout! released them (and a few times since I bought copies to give away at my panels).

Do I feel foolish for buying the Japanese discs? Nope. First off, I got to support my favorite Sentai series (and Kamen Rider and Garo (oh, and I bought a few UltraSeven DVDs)) by buying legal copies. Secondly, I enjoyed them immensely. I didn't need subs on them to enjoy them. In fact, I watched Dairanger 14 times before I even got to see it subbed. Secondly, the DVDs have awesome artwork and booklets that came with each volume. I haven't even pulled them off my shelf despite the fact that I could use that spot for some other stuff. Finally, at the time, there was no way to know these shows were ever going to come out in the US.
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Postby klen7 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:51 am

Dr Kain wrote:Finally, at the time, there was no way to know these shows were ever going to come out in the US.
This! It's also getting that way with OOP classic monster releases, will they ever be re-released? if they do will it be crammed on to a disc with 5 other movies?
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Postby O.Supreme » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:24 pm

klen7 wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:Finally, at the time, there was no way to know these shows were ever going to come out in the US.
This! It's also getting that way with OOP classic monster releases, will they ever be re-released? if they do will it be crammed on to a disc with 5 other movies?


I stated that as a factor in my initial query...it was taken into consideration to be sure. As for OOP films...I wonder, was it because some fans were too young 10 years ago to purchase them, or have just discovered them, gotten into them in the last decade or so? I guess because I'm almost 41, I've been collecting them since I was 14 (1990) starting with VHS, so I really haven't missed anything. The good thing about VHS is even the obscure titles are not "that" pricey, and when I find them I can transfer them to digital format. To date I have pretty much been able to get every domestic DVD/Blu Ray release of a kaiju/toku film I've wanted within a relatively short time of its release date. Though I can see how re-releases would benefit some. MB had some great releases in the mid 2000's to be sure, but don't look to them to re-release any of those any time soon. It would be nice is Eastern Star/Discotek, or Kraken picked these up, but who knows.
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