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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby XvGojira » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:05 pm

RobD wrote:Hopefully in a future release sometime down the road, Mill Creek and Tsuburaya can go about securing the dub
and getting it out on another "big box, all in one Ultra collection".

7 days to go! :mrgreen:


That's what I'm hoping for, but I am not expecting it to come to fruition.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby SeaHawk » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:23 pm

Dismal year for English dubs of Japanese genre media.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby kiryugoji04 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:12 pm

A few unboxing videos of the steelbooks have hit YouTube and, gosh, they look so gorgeous. Packaging like this turns these into real art objects, not just perfunctory cases. It's like the difference between a record cover and a CD jewel case. I guess the disc stacking is a minor annoyance but, frankly, I find getting a record out of its sleeve to be an incredibly frustrating experience but I still think vinyl is one of the coolest ways to engage with music.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:44 pm

^ Apparently Mill Creek worked closely with Tsuburaya on the artwork (at least according to a tweet from Sci-fi Japan replying to an inquiry about the design) and I love the thought that they put towards the presentation - in both the standard and steelbook editions.

(I am so psyched about the spine mural)
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:49 pm

I'm eagerly awaiting Best Buy to tell me they have shipped out my preorders.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:42 am

kiryugoji04 wrote:A few unboxing videos of the steelbooks have hit YouTube and, gosh, they look so gorgeous. Packaging like this turns these into real art objects, not just perfunctory cases. It's like the difference between a record cover and a CD jewel case. I guess the disc stacking is a minor annoyance but, frankly, I find getting a record out of its sleeve to be an incredibly frustrating experience but I still think vinyl is one of the coolest ways to engage with music.


I agree, they do look amazing, I'm just going for the standard release though. I only got the Mothra steel book because there was no standard release. Other than the single twitter photo, there there has been no review of the interior of the standard releases though correct? I wonder if the discs will be stacked as the steel books were. Also it appears they are putting 6/7 episodes per Blu Ray, which is pretty good, They could have fit 8-10 and saved themselves some cost, but hopefully they will look as wonderful once seeing them at home.

Q on 4 BRD =7 each
UM on 6 BRD= 6 or 7 on each

My prediction is that since Seven,Jack,Ace,Taro and Leo are *roughly* 50 episodes each (+/-) they will all have 8 discs fitting roughly 6 or 7 episodes on each

Shorter series like Geed and Orb will probably have 4 BRD. three of which will contain the series, and the 4th containing the movie.

Pretty much every other show fits into either of these two categories. The exception would be Cosmos which was a whopping 65 episodes. I could see that being 10 BRD (9 for the series, and a 10th to have the 3 films)
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:31 am

But will we finally see legit HD releases of Towards the Future and Ultimate Hero????????
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:27 am

I'm sure they will eventually get to those series. The BRD of both those were released in japan a year-to-two ago. But instead of paying $150 for a single BRD, it will be 1/10th that price, which is far more reasonable.

Speaking of which...It's amazing how far we've come. Getting the original Ultraman in HD for a little over $20, for the entire series, as opposed to back in 1991- paying $20 for a garbage quality umpteenth generation VHS of 5 episodes someone taped off of TV in the early 80's. 8)
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:36 am

Wow, the booklets they come with are amazing. I hope every series gets a booklet like that.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:02 am

O.Supreme wrote:I'm sure they will eventually get to those series. The BRD of both those were released in japan a year-to-two ago. But instead of paying $150 for a single BRD, it will be 1/10th that price, which is far more reasonable.

Speaking of which...It's amazing how far we've come. Getting the original Ultraman in HD for a little over $20, for the entire series, as opposed to back in 1991- paying $20 for a garbage quality umpteenth generation VHS of 5 episodes someone taped off of TV in the early 80's. 8)


Absolutely! I remember getting a few episodes from some guy who ran an ad in the back of, if I remember correctly, Starlog magazine. As crappy as those old on-air recordings were from some Chicago or Philidelphia UHF station, I treasured that old VHS tape and must've watched it dozens of times. :mrgreen:
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Shokara » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:06 pm

Jinzo Ningen wrote:But will we finally see legit HD releases of Towards the Future and Ultimate Hero????????


Well, Tsuburaya has put both of these out on Blu-ray in Japan already. Ultraman Powered (Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero), is in full 1080p HD since that show was produced from top to bottom on 35 mm film. However, Ultraman Great (Ultraman: Towards the Future), like many other TV shows in the late '80s and early '90s (Star Trek: The Next Generation for example) was not. While all of its principal shooting with its actors on set and its practical effects were shot on film, its visual effects (like laser blasts and such) and its final editing were completed on video. Thus, the completed direct to video series of Ultraman Great has always been on video in standard definition.

Granted, the dual movie version of Ultraman Great which is included on Tsuburaya's Blu-ray set is in full 1080p HD. But, that's because when Tsuburaya originally released these two movies to Japanese movie theaters they went back to the original film elements of the video series and redid all of the visual effects on film.

Saddly, it seems that some time afterwards Tsuburaya and the Australian studio that produced Ultraman Great had a bitter falling out, and that Australian studio apparently still possesses all of the show's original film elements and are not willing to give them to Tsuburaya. The sources that Tsuburaya had to use for their Blu-ray release were from their laserdisc release for both the Japanese and English versions (the English version, "Ultraman: Towards the Future," has burned in Japanese subtitles).

So if Mill Creek does release these two shows in North America, Ultraman Powered (Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero) would certainly be in full 1080p HD; however, Ultraman Great (Ultraman: Towards the Future), would most likely be very similar to Tsuburaya's Blu-ray where it's an HD upscale from an SD video source.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:31 pm

So does Mill Creek have the license for Towards the Future and Powered Up? I'm just wondering because I was planning to review Powered Up using the downloards I got from Gorizard, but if it has indeed been licensed, I'll just wait for the official release.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:15 pm

Jinzo Ningen wrote:
O.Supreme wrote:I'm sure they will eventually get to those series. The BRD of both those were released in japan a year-to-two ago. But instead of paying $150 for a single BRD, it will be 1/10th that price, which is far more reasonable.

Speaking of which...It's amazing how far we've come. Getting the original Ultraman in HD for a little over $20, for the entire series, as opposed to back in 1991- paying $20 for a garbage quality umpteenth generation VHS of 5 episodes someone taped off of TV in the early 80's. 8)


Absolutely! I remember getting a few episodes from some guy who ran an ad in the back of, if I remember correctly, Starlog magazine. As crappy as those old on-air recordings were from some Chicago or Philidelphia UHF station, I treasured that old VHS tape and must've watched it dozens of times. :mrgreen:


Yeah I was going to conventions pretty regular back then, and some local comic shops had them. "Coolstuff" became my main hook-up later, as he was better than some of the others. I remember having a tape with episodes 6-10 of Ultraman, I think episode 9 must have been recorded during a snow storm or something. The image went static, and to snow several times, and parts of it were Black & White....That was the worst, some tapes weren't so bad. The first one I ever got had the episode with Mephilas, I must have watched that episode a dozen times the first year i had that tape heh....
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:54 pm

XvGojira wrote:Checking out the podcast again, yeah, CBS dubbed Ultra Q but those copies ended up with UA/MGM, but since they don't own the rights to the show they're just "sitting in a warehouse somewhere" and no one's looked at them to verify what they are. He says a request has been put in for them but that's a multi-month process. It's got to be found, see what it is and if it's even usable, and then transferred.

So my fingers are crossed but I'm not too hopeful that we'll actually get the dubs.


Just listened to this podcast, and it's all pretty interesting! Basically; while this initial release of Ultraman is Japanese only Mill Creek is very open to further releases and Keith is busy attempting to hunt down not just the original American version of Ultraman but making inquiries into the possibility of finding even rarer stuff. It struck me as very hopeful!

He also gave the impression that certain movies and shows that were not licensed by Mill Creek like Ultra Q Dark Fantasy (an international co-production currently unavailable for licensing) and the pre-90s movies (which were mostly compilation films but contains original productions like Ultraman Story) might still be licensed given time.

I suppose this means Legend of the Seven Stars isn't on the table for now.
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Anyway, awesome interview that gives a lot of insight into everything from the Classic Media DVDs to now.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:10 pm

There were compilation movies? As in clip show movies? Like what Gundam does?
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:27 pm

^ Of the several pre-90s Ultraman theatrical releases most were just episode compilations, sometime with new footage (like a movie that added a more spectacular Ultraman v. Batman fight to the end of the original episode #3).
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:37 pm

lhb412 wrote:^ Of the several pre-90s Ultraman theatrical releases most were just episode compilations, sometime with new footage (like a movie that added a more spectacular Ultraman v. Batman fight to the end of the original episode #3).


Hmmmmmmmmmmm, yeah, I could not justify buying those then.

BTW, Best Buy just shipped out my preorders!!!! HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:21 pm

Huh, spellcheck turned 'Baltan' into 'Batman!'
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:42 pm

Of the pre 90's *Movies*. 7 Ultramen vs the Monster Army (aka the one with Hanuman) can take a flying leap for all I care. But I would like to see The Ultraman Story as I *thought* it was all new, I could be mistaken though. Zophy as I understand is mostly recycled footage as well. I also hope we get the animated film "The Adventure Begins", I still have the VHS released by US Renditions a quarter century ago, but it would be nice to see in HD.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:59 pm

^ Keith Aiken mentions Ultraman Story, saying that while they don't have it now it's a likely candidate for licensing.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby XvGojira » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:48 pm

My friend is the best! I've only got a part time job so I haven't been able to buy much of anything for myself and won't until I either a second or a full-time job. He texts me asking if I pre-ordered, obviously I didn't. A few hours later he texts me with the image of his amazon order of 2 copies of Ultra Q and Ultraman with "Whoops, bought too many. Guess I'll have to give them to you."
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby kiryugoji04 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:55 pm

Ugh, that new Baltan fight is so fun!

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I'd also love to see the "Akio Jissoji's Ultraman" compilation film brought to Blu as well, since it seems like a fun movie night for people who haven't seen anything from the franchise yet.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:38 am

^ I know, right?

Cool thing I forgot to mention from that Kaijucast episode: Mill Creek's desire to license the Ultra stuff to other streaming/cable platforms.

XvGojira wrote:My friend is the best! I've only got a part time job so I haven't been able to buy much of anything for myself and won't until I either a second or a full-time job. He texts me asking if I pre-ordered, obviously I didn't. A few hours later he texts me with the image of his amazon order of 2 copies of Ultra Q and Ultraman with "Whoops, bought too many. Guess I'll have to give them to you."


Very cool!
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:48 am

There's an unboxing video for the regular editions now up on YouTube. Both series come in a 7 disc case despite there only being 4 and 6 discs. My guess is they were being proactive to keep the case sizes the same for the series that will need 7 discs.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:57 am

^ That makes sense. Other companies make cases, so they just decided on one case that could accommodate any series.

I watched probably the same video and was really impressed with the look of everything. The booklets look awesome! Can't wait to get those in my hands!
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