Ultraman: The Complete Series
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Created by special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya (Godzilla, Mothra), the 1960's television series Ultraman remains one of Japan's most beloved science-fiction exports. Airing between 1966 and 1967 with a total of 39 episodes, the live-action series followed a high-tech police force and their alien superhero Ultraman as they battled to save the Earth from invading aliens and monsters. This collection presents the complete series in original un-cut and re-mastered editions. Special features include English Subtitles, U.S. Opening Credits and interviews with the English dub team of Peter Fernandez, Corrine Orr and the late Earl Hammond (the team that also voiced the English version of Speed Racer).
- Ultra Operation No. 1 (July 17 1966)
- Defeat the Invaders! (July 24 1966)
- Sally Forth, Science Patrol! (July 31 1966)
- 5 Seconds Before the Big Explosion! (August 7 1966)
- Treasure of the Miloganda (August 14 1966)
- The Coast Guard Command (August 211966)
- The Blue Stone of Baradhi (August 28 1966)
- The Lawless Monster Zone (September 4 1966)
- Operation: Lightning Speed (September 11 1966)
- The Mysterious Dinosaur Base (September 18 1966)
- The Ruffian from Outer Space (September 25 1966)
- The Cries of the Mummy (October 2 1966)
- Oil S.O.S. (October 9 1966)
- The Pearl Oyster Protection Directive (October 16 1966)
- The Terrifying Cosmic Rays (October 23 1966)
- The Science Patrol to Outer Space (October 30 1966)
- Passport to Infinity (November 6 1966)
- The Brother from Another Planet (November 11 1966)
- The Demons Once More (November 20 1966)
- Terror on Route 87 (November 27 1966)
- Break Through the Smoke! (December 4 1966)
- The Underground Destruction Work (December 11 1966)
- My Home Is Earth (December 18 1966)
- The Undersea Science Base (December 25 1966)
- Mystery Comet Tsuifon (January 1 1967)
- Monster Majesty: Part 1 (January 8 1967)
- Monster Majesty: Part 2 (January 15 1967)
- Human Specimens 5 & 6 (January 22 1967)
- A Challenge to the Underground (January 29 1967)
- The Snowy Mountain of Illusions (February 5 1967)
- Who Has Come? (February 12 1967)
- The Endless Counterattack (February 16 1967)
- The Forbidden Words (February 26 1967)
- Gift from the Sky (March 5 1967)
- The Monster Graveyard (March 12 1967)
- Don't Shoot, Arashi! (March 19 1967)
- The Little Hero (March 26 1967)
- The Spaceship Rescue Command (2 April 2 1967)
- Farewell, Ultraman! (April 9 1967)
- English Subtitles
- U.S. Opening credits
- Interviews with English dub team of Peter Fernandez, Corrine Orr, and the late Earl Hammond... the team that voiced the original SPEED RACER
Top Customer Reviews
Now, on with the review. After occasionally catching a Power Ranger show a few years back, I knew that I would need to steer my young son clear of this influence (the kids are always fighting and sarcastic with each other.) Anyway, my comment in seeing the "power" rangers would be, "Ultraman could defeat these guys." My boy became curious as to who I was talking about, and when the Ultraman DVDs were released back in 2006, I was able to show him.
Talk about the memories that this show rekindles. The first time the show's theme song began to play, I got chills. I was immediately taken back to my grandmother's house in rural Pennsylvania (we didn't get Ultraman in Texas in the '70s.) I watched a few episodes with my son and I could still recall some of the details in the story line that I hadn't seen for thirty years. Over time, I have managed to find Ultraman action figures that my son loves, and even a beta capsule that makes the familiar sound.
I bought this latest release because over the three years, nephews have managed to scratch the older DVDs. Now, each one will have their own set for Christmas (hard to beat at this price.Read more ›
I think it is amazing that this set is even available. This is quite enjoyable for me, having seen these episodes on broadcast TV, way back in the 1970s.
This collection is a bit of a labor of love, perhaps more so than it being a major commercial studio release. So, at times it may seem rough around some edges, yet, I say again, it is a wonder that these episodes are even available, and even more complete than they appeared on 1970s TV in the USA, nearly four decades ago.
A lot of creative talent overlaps the Godzilla films of the 1960s and 1970s, so if you like those Godzilla films, then this TV series is pretty similar. It leans to the more kid-friendly aspects of the Godzilla films.
The only thing you should be warned about is to not be confused by the added footage that never appeared on TV in the USA. Imagine if the DVD makers of this set were able to round up all the deleted scenes that were cut from each episode, well, they have! But, instead of putting them on the DVD as a Bonus Feature, separate from each episode, they have done it better by restoring these cut scenes and footage right back into their natural continuity of each episode. Here's the catch: this restored footage was never dubbed into English for TV in the USA, so there is no English dialog recorded. The DVD makers had to just use the original Japanese language audio with English sub-titles for these extra scenes.
I don't mind. It is easy to get used to it, once you understand the situation.Read more ›
The DVD case is a double-wide DVD case, but there are no spindles/holders. The 4 DVDs are each put in a black paper sleeve and are stacked on top of each other. The sleeves don't move around because they are "held" in place by a square shaped molding on the inside of the DVD case.
I was very surprised by this packaging because I have dozens of DVD television sets and have never seen a set packaged like this. For the price (I paid $10.99 free shipping), I am okay with it, but just be prepared that is a bare-bones budget set.
5 stars for the show, 3 stars for the packaging.
Packaging: The four DVD set comes in a single plastic case, the four DVDs inside are protected from scratches by being further packaged in CD envelopes (I actually like and appreciate this!). The case did arrive to me (all the way in Afghanistan) with a corner cracked (no DVDs were damaged). One hit to Amazon for a crushed box that had no filler inside (popcorn or airbags).
DVDs: The 39 episode series is from the mid-to-late 60's, so I expected very little quality increase from the episodes available on YouTube. I was surprised to find the quality of this set was actually excellent! The main menu features the title song (in Japanese) and a short clip of Ultraman. You can change the available languages from Japanese (default) to English. The final DVD has bonus interviews with the dub & voiceover actors and a nice slideshow of the monsters.
The episodes are shown in their entirety. This means that when certain scenes were clipped in the U.S. dubbed version, they appear in the episode (not dubbed, but in Japanese with English subtitles). This is where some people are not happy with the series. I did not mind it at all, as it happens very infrequently. I do remember, however, that some of the scenes were actually dubbed and I viewed them as a child on TV. I don't know what happened to the dubbed scenes, but I am still happy with the final product.
At less than $10, how can you go wrong? The episodes are all here and now I am interested in seeing the "other" Ultraman series available at Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best superhero in the history of man! This show made me love JAPAN big time!Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
it arrived 3 days early which is always good my only complaint is how the audio switches back and forth between English and Japanese which is a problem I had with series one volume... Read morePublished 1 month ago by richard garrison
My 4yr old loves this show as his father did before him lol. I watched this as a kid in the late 70's and loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Happy
given as a gift to someone who remembered the tv show. They loved itPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
super package, great price!! If you remember Ultra Man this is an awesome memory!Published 1 month ago by stefan
I remember watching this series as a kid (back when there were only 3 or 4 television channels available in a metropolitan city). It brought back found memories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Iris
The most memorable japanese show for me.. grew up watching this show and I must say that it influenced my life in numerous ways.. PERFECT!Published 1 month ago by Monica Rosenthal
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I'm wondering the same thing. The thing I don't like is that the original BCI version of this set had 6 dvds and this one has 4. Its listed as having both the eng dub and the japanese audio w/ subs, but why is it only 4 discs now? I can live without the extras BCI included at this price, but I... Read More
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