Mill Creek Entertainment is hyping up their Blu-Ray releases for both Ultra Q & Ultraman with some new preview pics! Posted up over on their twitter, are our first in hand looks at the Steelbook packaging for each series. Each series set in the Mill Creek collection will be numbered in order, making each new series a gorgeous addition to any toku collectors’ library of titles, and in my personal collection a nice uniform set of spines on a shelf! With the promise of many more series to come, like the recently announced Orb & Geed, these first two sets are bound to be big sellers with fans.
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Our friends at MillCreekEnt just announced more Ultraman series Blu-Rays will be coming stateside following the release of Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultra Seven in the coming months.
Joining alongside the aforementioned Ultra series we have Blu-Ray sets for Ultraman Geed and Ultraman Orb! Both will be released sometime November 2019 and will contain movies for both series.
In addition, more upcoming releases for 2020 were announced. That roadmap is as follows:
- Return of Ultraman
- Ultraman R/B Series+Movies
- Ultra Fight Orb
- Ultraman Ace
- Ultraman Taro
- Ultraman Leo
- Ultraman X Series+Movies
- Ultraman Zero Series+Movies
No further release info was given at the time of this writing, and it is unclear which of the aforementioned series will be receiving Steelbooks if any but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as more info becomes available.
Happy Ultraman Day indeed! As revealed exclusively by SciFi Japan, Mill Creek Entertainment (in conjunction with Indigo Entertainment) has just struck a tremendous deal with Tsuburaya Productions. Mill Creek has just acquired the *entire* Ultraman library of series and films ranging from 1966’s Ultra Q all the way through to today for both physical home media & digital releases!
This announcement means that nearly every single production released as a part of the Ultra Series in the last 50+ years (over 1100 episodes and 20 movies) has the potential for both physical Blu-Ray releases as well as digital streaming options. To kick off this acquisition, Mill Creek has also officially revealed it’s first two home media releases, Ultra Q and Ultraman!
Both Ultra Q & Ultraman will be released in Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray series sets on October 15th for $49.98 each. Standard Packaging releases of each series will be made available on the same day for $39.98 as well. Each set will also include Digital redemption codes through Mill Creek’s Moviespree streaming service! Both series have been remastered in high definition with DTS-HD Masters of the original Japanese audio, with a fresh set of English subtitles. You can pre-order each set at the following links.:
Ultra Q Complete Series Limited Steelbook Blu-Ray – $49.98
Ultra Q Complete Series Standard Blu-Ray – $39.98
Ultraman Complete Series Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray $49.98
Ultraman Complete Series Standard Blu-Ray $39.98
This is a pretty huge announcement on a day that was already a true celebration of the franchise itself. The door is now wide open for the heroes that came after the original Ultraman to finally be available to English speaking audiences on Blu-Ray & digital streaming widely. We eagerly await Mill Creek’s next announcement!
Rejoice Ultra fans!
Today is a landmark day in tokusatsu history as Tsuburaya Productions Co. Ltd announced their victory in US courts against UM Corporation (aka Chaiyo) for the international rights to the first six instalments in the Ultra Series. That’s right everyone, it’s been a long battle but Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Ace and Ultraman Taro are finally home.
For those unaware the international rights for these six series have been in question for several years, after Chaiyo Productions founder Sompote Saengduenchai claimed that in 1976 Eiji Tsuburaya‘s son Noboru (who died in 1995) had provided him with a contract giving him rights to everything related to Ultraman outside Japanese territories, in exchange for a monetary loan. The legitimacy of the document was extremely questionable, however Japanese and Thai courts accepted this contract as real and binding due to supposed appearance of Noboru Tsuburaya’s hanko (signature stamp) in the document.
Headway was finally made November last year when a Californian jury deemed the document to be a fake and ruled in favour of Tsuburaya, but it isn’t until today that we have confirmation that the company’s long ordeal is finally over.
So what does this mean for the series in question? Will they be joining the rest of the Ultraman backcatalogue on Crunchyroll? New home releases with better quality masters? Who knows, but with Tsuburaya continuously looking to promote Ultraman on a worldwide scale we’ll find out soon enough.
Shout Factory, known for bringing Power Rangers to DVD recently here in the US, and the 3 Japanese exclusive G1 Transformers series before that, is taking a stab at some classic tokusatsu. Announced today, Shout Factory will be releasing a full DVD set of Ultra Q!
Ultra Q, as you may or may not know, is the precursor to the original Ultraman series which ran from 1966-67. This DVD release will contain the full 28 episode run of Ultra Q. Currently it’s unknown whether or not these DVD’s will only contain the Japanese audio track with english subtitles, or if it will also contain the elusive english dub produced in the late 60’s by Film House in Canada.
What is known is that it will be digitally colored and re-mastered from it’s original black and white, contain the full 6-disc 28 episode series, and that retail price will be $59.97. However pre-ordering through the shout factory site will reduce the price to $47.98.