Monday, October 14, 2019

SHUWATCH!: ULTRA Q and ULTRAMAN Make Their Region A Blu-ray Debuts on October 15th!


Cover art for the standard release of Mill Creek's Complete ULTRA Q set!
MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT IS FINALLY RELEASING THE FIRST TWO ULTRAMAN SERIES ON BLU-RAY, IN STANDARD & STEELBOOK EDITIONS!
 
I am a lifelong Godzilla fan - Always was and always will be. And I have much love for all of the King of the Monsters' kaiju co-stars, Gamera, Daimajin, and everything in between. But surprisingly, I never became a diehard Ultraman fan. A large part of that was availability: Aside from the 90s Ultraman: Towards the Future series (featuring the heroic Jack Shindo and his war against the Gudis) I didn't really get to experience the gigantic alien from the Land of Light until I was an adult.

It was in my 20s that I finally got to see the original Ultraman series, as well as most of Ultraman Tiga, which were both quite enjoyable. But at that time, those were the only ones widely available. But the seemingly impossible has finally happened Vault Dwellers: Mill Creek Entertainment announced in July that they had obtained the distribution rights to Tsuburaya Productions' various Ultraman series, and all became right with the world!

And as of this Tuesday, they will be churning out each complete series of Ultraman, starting with ULTRA Q and the original ULTRAMAN series that followed! If you're a big tokusatsu / kaiju eiga fan as I am, then you'll want to read more about these upcoming Blu-ray sets! (And order them too!)


Steelbook cover for Mill Creek's ULTRA Q: The Complete Series Blu-ray!
ULTRA Q (1966)

Synopsis: The classic series that launched the Ultraman franchise!

After co-creating the iconic movie monsters Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra for Toho Studios, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya launched his own company, Tsuburaya Productions. The first production under his new label was ULTRA Q, a 28-episode series that brought the theatrical spectacle Tsuburaya had become known for to television.
The black & white sci-fi drama focused on Mainichi Shimpo photojournalist Yuriko Edogawa (Hiroko Sakurai - Ultraman), Hoshikawa Airlines pilot/SF writer Jun Manjome (Kenji Sahara), and his co-pilot Ippei Togawa (Yasuhiko Saijo), who partnered to investigate mysterious events occurring in and around Japan. These phenomena often involved aliens and giant monsters, many of whom would return in future Ultraman shows and movies.

One of the most expensive TV programs produced in Japan up to that time, ULTRA Q was a ratings smash that paved the way for Tsuburaya Productions' first color series... ULTRAMAN!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 716 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! HD Restoration of the complete, original Japanese broadcast edits!
  • Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio
  • 28-page collectible booklet!
  • Digital Redemption on movieSPREE!
  • Available in Standard & Steelbook Packaging! 
Mill Creek's ULTRA Q: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be available on Blu-ray on October 15th! The Standard Edition should cost between $18 - $24 and can be obtained from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD! The Steelbook Edition will cost a tad more - between $24 - $32 - and can also be ordered from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, and DIABOLIK DVD!




Cover art for the Standard Edition of Mill Creek's ULTRAMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES Blu-ray!

ULTRAMAN (1966 - 1967)

Synopsis: ULTRAMAN, a giant alien from the Land of Light in Nebula M78, enters Earth's atmosphere in pursuit of an escaped space monster. In the skies above Japan he accidentally crashes into a Jet VTOL piloted by Hayata, a member of the Science Special Search Party (SSSP), an international research and defense agency that protects the world from monsters and aliens of all shapes and sizes.
To save Hayata, Ultraman merges his life force with the dying human and vows to stay and fight for peace on Earth. Now, whenever the Patrol faces a threat too great for them to handle, Hayata transforms into Ultraman to save the day!

ULTRAMAN was Tsuburaya Productions' first color series, a sci-fi action adventure drama that dominated the ratings during its initial 1966-67 broadcast run in Japan. The show was quickly licensed for release in America, airing in syndication for nearly two decades. Colorful, fast-paced, and packed with memorable heroes, creatures and incredible special effects, ULTRAMAN was the foundation for a phenomena that continues to this day.

The cover art for Mill Creek's Steelbook Edition of the original ULTRAMAN series Blu-ray!
Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 988 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! HD Restoration of the complete, original Japanese broadcast edits!
  • Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio
  • 28-page collectible booklet!
  • Digital Redemption on movieSPREE!
  • Available in Standard & Steelbook Packaging!
Mill Creek's Blu-ray set of the original ULTRAMAN series will also arrive at retailers on October 15th! The Standard Edition will cost between $18 - $24 and is available to order from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, and DIABOLIK DVD. The Steelbook Edition costs between $24 - $32 and is also available to order from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!





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