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Postby kpa » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:33 pm

I am pleased to announce -- and honored to be working with Mill Creek on -- the first Tsuburaya Productions approved Blu-ray, DVD and streaming release of the ULTRAMAN film and TV library in North America! Over 1100 episodes and 20 movies!

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2019 ... h-america/
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:46 pm

That is so cool! I’ve still never finished watching my old dvd set of Ultra Q (maybe halfway or 2/3 through?). Welp, that’s going out the door and making way for this blu ray release! While it was great to have that dvd set, the video quality was pretty abysmal (stupid Chaiyo). Cannot wait to see these classic series in beautiful restored HD transfers!

One question, will there be any English audio tracks? I’d love to watch Ultraman with my kids, but at 3 and 5 years old subtitles are kind of a stretch...
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby rortiz77 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:58 pm

canofhumdingers wrote:One question, will there be any English audio tracks? I’d love to watch Ultraman with my kids, but at 3 and 5 years old subtitles are kind of a stretch...

If the press note is correct, no, only japanese audio with english subtitles :cry:
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby rortiz77 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:00 pm

I am praying right now for the discs to be region-free...

Please, please, pleeeeeeeaaase...
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:44 pm

I am in awe right now because I never thought I'd actually see it happen.

Now the question is, do I get the steel book or the regular set?????

Hopefully it doesn't take long for Seven to come out.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:45 pm

rortiz77 wrote:I am praying right now for the discs to be region-free...

Please, please, pleeeeeeeaaase...


Already states Region A, but a company called Indigo Entertainment will be releasing it in Europe.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Gwangi » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:57 pm

rortiz77 wrote:
canofhumdingers wrote:One question, will there be any English audio tracks? I’d love to watch Ultraman with my kids, but at 3 and 5 years old subtitles are kind of a stretch...

If the press note is correct, no, only japanese audio with english subtitles :cry:


Since I have never seen "Ulta Q", I don't mind the English only subtitles. Not so much with "Ultraman" however. Best to keep my DVDs.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:02 pm

I don’t mind just subs for myself, but it makes it a whole lot harder to share it with my kids. And I know they would absolutely love the original Ultraman show.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:18 pm

I've never seen Ultra Q so if the set shows up for a reasonable price, I'm on board.

I marginally enjoyed Ultraman the only time I ever watched it, with one of my biggest complaints being the trash quality of the release and the print, so with that corrected maybe I'll like it more? I'm on board for that as well. beyond that...we'll see...Ultraman stuff isn't my jam so far.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:44 pm

The Original Ultraman is the only series I have a nostalgic attachment to the English dub, so I'll be hanging on to my Navarre Corp. sets (unless by some miracle the English audio is included in the new one...)

But the Cinar English dub of Ultraseven is laughably forgettable. I'm satisfied with the digital files I have if I am ever that desperate. I'd love it if all the Hawaiian broadcast dubs resurfaced though. Also the Malay English dubs of all the other series aren't necessary due to extremely poor quality.

All that being said, I am excited to see where this goes, and will be supporting the releases of all these sets.

Finally, I noticed the thumbnail for the Youtube trailer for UltraQ is in Color, though the preview obviously has footage in B&W. I don't suppose there is any chance this release will have both as an option?
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:09 pm

I AM ECSTATIC.

This is an even more significant deal then whatever Criterion is cooking up in regards to Godzilla. Almost the entire series, shows and movies!? No wonder the simulcasts stopped, they were working on getting a real distributor here. I saw another comment from Keith at another site hinting that they may jump around the timeline with the releases, putting out some newer material soon. I think that's a super smart move.

... and all this on Ultraman Day!

Oh, and Mill Creek's Mothra release was so stellar I was thinking of shooting off some fan mail saying I loved their release and hoped they'd continue with more kaiju releases. What little I knew! Seems Mothra was like a dry run for these releases.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Shokara » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:18 pm

I never thought I'd see the day. Here I thought that Tsuburaya Productions thought the market for classic Ultraman was dried up in North America due to Chayo saturating the retail with its shadey releases. Yet only a couple of years after Tsuburaya's American court victory, we now have a dedicated North American distributor for virtually the entire Ultraman franchise that's very eager to put out Tsuburaya approved/provided content. Yeah, I am a bit bummed that we're apparently not getting the English dub for the original Ultraman, but the fact we're now officially getting restored and English subtitled HD releases for Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultraseven, and even the newer stuff like Tiga, Mebius, etc.? Wow. Just... wow! It's like we're all living in some little Kaiju/Tokusatsu Renaissance. :shock:
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:02 pm

Awesome, but at the same time, absolute bullsh!t. Tsuburaya has all the materials from the United Artists adaption. There is NO EXCUSE to once again spit in the face of American fans by ignoring the excellent dubs from Peter Fernadez & Co. What a shame. It's my understanding that English dubs were created for Ultra Q as well. WTF? I'll pass on UQ & '66 UM if this is what we're getting. :evil:
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby tbeasley » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:10 pm

Absolutely phenomenal news! Can't wait to finally experience the Ultra Series proper.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:40 pm

Jinzo Ningen wrote:Awesome, but at the same time, absolute bullsh!t. Tsuburaya has all the materials from the United Artists adaption. There is NO EXCUSE to once again spit in the face of American fans by ignoring the excellent dubs from Peter Fernadez & Co. What a shame. It's my understanding that English dubs were created for Ultra Q as well. WTF? I'll pass on UQ & '66 UM if this is what we're getting. :evil:


That’s a bit harsh, no? I too will be disappointed if there really is no dub, but I hardly feel like I’ve had my face spat in. I’ll definitely get Ultra Q (that show is awesome!) and Ultraman (I enjoyed what I’ve seen of it well enough though I’m not a serious fan by any means). Beyond that? Eh, I dunno. I’m not really much of an Ultraman fan but the earlier stuff has a charm reminiscent of the Showa kaiju films from the same era. But I am immensely glad to see all the legal nonsense finally settled and Tsuburaya *finally* able to put out quality products in the states. Good riddance, Chaiyo!!

jellydonut25 wrote:I've never seen Ultra Q so if the set shows up for a reasonable price, I'm on board.

I marginally enjoyed Ultraman the only time I ever watched it, with one of my biggest complaints being the trash quality of the release and the print, so with that corrected maybe I'll like it more? I'm on board for that as well. beyond that...we'll see...Ultraman stuff isn't my jam so far.


Ultra Q is awesome! It’s like a 60’s Japanese mashup of X-files and The Twilight Zone with Tsuburaya effects!
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby kpa » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:17 pm

Everyone, please keep in mind that this just the first announcement and the product details are what has been 100% locked down at this time. Mill Creek wants to include the English dubs and is in talks with TPC to get them. I know everyone involved is working hard on this and I hope to have some good news to share soon.

And despite what Jinzo Ningen wrote, there are indeed reasons why any of these dubs aren't an automatic 'yes' for inclusion... there are all kinds of legal issues that have to be checked first. Just because you don't know about an issue doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

As for Ultra Q, TPC only has the dub for episode 3. That makes it a little difficult for them to hand over the English audio tracks for the entire series.

Regarding the colorized Ultra Q, its not available for international licensing at this time so the Blu-rays will just have the original B&W version.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:30 pm

^ Awesome! Can't wait for further annoucements!
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Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:40 pm

Going to preorder this right now this was some awesome news today.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby TripMasterMunky » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:21 pm

Great news. I've only ever watched the original Ultraman series, and maybe about half of Tiga. Never got around to watching my Ultra Q DVD set when I had it. Always been meaning to check it out, so this is a good opportunity. I'll probably go for the steelbooks - seems like physical media copies end up going out of print quicker these days, so might as well keep them protected with a slick-looking case. I swear it seems like a handful of my tokusatsu blu-rays are already no longer available and are now all collectors items. I don't do as much figure buying these days, so I don't mind spending the money here instead.

I'm not sure how much interest I'll have for future releases, but I'll get Q and original series, start from there, and see if I want more. Original Japanese audio with English subs is all I need. I would love Japanese subs as well for studying, but I know that never happens on US releases... Some bonus features would of course be appreciated as well as icing on the cake.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby rortiz77 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:49 pm

Dr Kain wrote:
rortiz77 wrote:I am praying right now for the discs to be region-free...

Please, please, pleeeeeeeaaase...


Already states Region A, but a company called Indigo Entertainment will be releasing it in Europe.

Well, Indigo Entertainment is an UK company, but that doesn't mean it will be released in europe. Where is that info from?
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby The Shadow » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:15 am

Oh wow -- this is going to be awesome! Looking forward to what MillCreek will deliver.

I know that many (probably most) of the Ultraman shows don't have English dubs and I don't expect new ones to suddenly be created (due to cost if nothing else). Hopefully the ULTRAMAN (1966) will have it's English dub -- if I remember right, we know Tsuburaya has the dub and rightly kept it off the market to prevent Chaiyo from being able to make full use of it. It would be great now that we're getting a Tsuburaya approved release of U'66 if the full English dub was there too.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:30 am

Gwangi wrote: Not so much with "Ultraman" however. Best to keep my DVDs.


I'd say video quality is far more important than an English dub track.
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:40 am

kpa wrote:Everyone, please keep in mind that this just the first announcement and the product details are what has been 100% locked down at this time. Mill Creek wants to include the English dubs and is in talks with TPC to get them. I know everyone involved is working hard on this and I hope to have some good news to share soon.

And despite what Jinzo Ningen wrote, there are indeed reasons why any of these dubs aren't an automatic 'yes' for inclusion... there are all kinds of legal issues that have to be checked first. Just because you don't know about an issue doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

As for Ultra Q, TPC only has the dub for episode 3. That makes it a little difficult for them to hand over the English audio tracks for the entire series.

Regarding the colorized Ultra Q, its not available for international licensing at this time so the Blu-rays will just have the original B&W version.


Frankly, if these Mill Creek Blu-rays make it to market without the beloved Titra dubs then I flat-out call "too lazy, too cheap or too in a hurry to rush them out and grab some cash". PERIOD. Much if not all of the details of this were hashed & re-hashed when those craptastic Chaiyo DVD sets first started making the rounds. The rights to everything UM '66 on this side of the pond expired YEARS if not DECADES ago. Said rights reverted to TPC, originators of the series; similar to how the rights of H-B's Godzilla cartoon reverted back to Toho, despite H-B creating the whole thing and simply paying a licensing fee to Toho for use of Godzilla. If I am wrong in any of this then please fill in the details, or at least hit the highlights so that we some idea of what the hell's going on. I will wait patiently and bite my tongue, if I know something is coming, but please don't keep us in the dark.

I'm sorry if I've hurt a few feelings, but as a Ultraman fan since I was barely able to walk I am tired of getting the short end of the stick. Loving something that originated from another country on the other side of the planet is already an open invitation to endless misunderstandings & disappointment, but I have grown very weary (and leery) over the years of the constant promises of a huge steak... only to get a few measly table scraps when the plate is finally passed around. Companies bring barebones junk product over here and then actually have the gall to wonder why they didn't sell a mountain of copies, or why fans were angry, etc., etc. C'mon... really!? (Godzilla films without the AIP dubs and Gamera's first two flicks with NO dubs are obvious examples). Price point is not an acceptable excuse either, since the vast majority of fans of this stuff aren't penniless teenagers. We're older, financially established and can & will fork over good cash --- for good product. However getting a lot of promises and shelling big bucks out for threadbare releases now, with the (usually vague) promise (or more often empty hopes) of something better "someday" is tiresome and infuriating. And so is settling for lukewarm half-assed efforts. Raw bootlegs and the upsurge in quality fansubs of TV & motion picture toku product - both old & new - are hard proof that a market for these kinds of shows & movies DOES exist.

Give us a delicious, filling meal and we will shower you with the highest praise (Shout's recent JETMAN release), but do not throw us a cup of cold gruel and expect us to howl with joy. If TPS & Mill Creek get everything squared away and release these WITH the complete, un-edited subs I will not only apologize profusely but will plunk down the moolah and purchase 3 sets each of UQ and UM '66 - 1 each for me, 1 each for my cousin & his little boy and 1 of each for my best friend & his son.

And for the record, when you announce something - and a KEY element that makes it appealing for the intended market is notoriously missing - don't act surprised when people complain or call you out on it. If things are in the works or still up in the air that's understandable... but for heaven's sake just SAY SO in your announcements or official press releases, to nip grumbling in the bud before it starts. Don't wait for us to drag it out of you. If certain details are still being ironed out/hush-hush then just tell us that. We'll understand. Well, most of us. :oops: I am tired. Need sleep...
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Rody » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:47 am

I don't think anything short of Criterion's eventual plans for for Godzilla will top this as the most exciting tokusatsu news in very recent memory for me. I can only imagine how long and hard Tsuburaya Pro. has fought to make something like this a reality. I'm flashing back to all the clips and episodes I could only watch through YouTube in 2008-10. This is truly, utterly phenomenal, and I'm grateful to everyone who made this happen!
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Re: Ultraman TV and Movie Licensed to Mill Creek for North A

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:26 am

Jinzo Ningen wrote:Frankly, if these Mill Creek Blu-rays make it to market without the beloved Titra dubs then I flat-out call "too lazy, too cheap or too in a hurry to rush them out and grab some cash".


1. You need to take the nostalgia goggles off. Not having the dub on there is not lazy, but sensible. I see no reason to compromise audio and video quality for a dub just because that's the version you grew up with.

2. August has already confirmed that Mill Creek does NOT have the license for the dub because Tsuburaya has to license the dub from MGM.

3. Your entire post is coming off as nothing more than entitlement.
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