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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Fernandez, Earl Hammond, William Kiehl, Peggy Lobbin, Corinne Orr
  • Writers: Peter Fernandez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BCI - A Navarre Corporation Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IU37TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ultraman - Series One, Vol. 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 19 episodes on 3 discs
  • Kajiu (monster) Encyclopedia
  • Two collectible cards featuring Ultraman's foes
  • 8-page booklet

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Created by special-effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya (GODZILLA MOTHRA) the 1960s television series ULTRAMAN remains one of Japan's most beloved science-fiction exports. Airing in 1966 and 1967 with a total of 39 episodes the live-action series followed a high-tech police force and their robot superhero Ultraman as they battled to save Earth from invading monsters and aliens. This collection presents the last 19 episodes in original uncut and remastered editions.DVD Features:19 episodes on 3 discsKajiu (monster) EncyclopediaTwo collectible cards featuring Ultraman's foes8-page bookletFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY Rating: NR UPC: 787364702893

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For those Japanese sci-fi fans whose appetites were whetted by the previous DVD set of Ultraman's adventures, Series One, Volume 2 presents the remaining episodes of the '60s space giant's battles against a horde of villainous (and improbable-looking) monsters. The brainchild of special effects legend Eiji Tsuburaya (who created the monsters for many of Japan's movie creatures, including Godzilla), Ultraman was a popular children's series on both sides of the Pacific (and around the world) and spawned numerous sequels and imitators in its country of origin. The plot of each episode revolved around the Science Patrol, a small group of dedicated scientist/soldiers who fought a ceaseless parade of giant monsters that threatened Japan. Thanks to a chance encounter with an alien, one of the Patrol's members had the ability to transform into the colossal silver-and-red-suited Ultraman and aid the Patrol in dispatching the troublesome beasts. Volume 2 essentially follows this structure in all 19 episodes presented on its three discs, with several of the series' most popular monsters (dinosaur Gomora, the bizarre humanoid Dada, birdlike Dorako, and the excitable and well-liked Pigmon) making their first or return appearances in these episodes. The action is frantic and fun, and should please younger first time viewers as much as the older Ultra-fans.

The previous Ultraman disc set (Series One, Volume One) received flak in fan circles due to audio and video problems, and while the image quality in this set seems improved over the previous entry, the audio problems do persist to a degree (specifically, the English language tracks "drop out" during certain scenes and are replaced by a subtitled Japanese track). The impact of this issue will undoubtedly vary from buyer to buyer, but there's no denying that at their core, the shows remain enjoyable, no matter the state of the audio tracks. A multi-page insert booklet is included in the set, which presents interviews with several of the original Japanese cast members, while a pair of trading cards with action scenes from the show and a monster gallery featurette are all welcome and fun extras. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

I loved it when I was a kid and now my kids love it, too!
Debra
Watch without it and you'll see a guy in a silly suit stomping around a cardboard city fighting other guys in silly rubber costumes.
XtremeFaith
The sound quality, particularly on volume 2, is far better than the dubbed English track.
amster

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. dekelaita on October 9, 2006
If you watch these dvd's you will notice that while watching the English version, ocasionally it will automatically change to Japanese...I was like what the heck is this about. I thought I had defective dvd's. I wrote the company that released them and this is what they told me. The versions that were sent to them were in bad shape and much shorter than what is actually on each disc the way they are now. When they switch from English to Japanese, this is becuase these were added scenes that were originally not there when they were received. Since these shows are from the 60's, and obviously these are not in production any more, there's no way they can loop the new scenes.

So you pretty much just have to take them as is and enjoy them. These scenes were not contained in the original US release apparently.

I'd reather have them longer with Japanese than shorter, chopped up versions.

So just enjoy them everyone.

Gabe de Kelaita

gabe@star-wars.net

[...]

PS Volume 2 is set to be released November 7th 2006. We need to remember that this series is 40 years old this year. Not everyone can afford or maybe some studios are just too cheap to spend 10 to 20 million dollars on restoration of prints al la George Lucas with Star Wars.

We have to take it for what it is.

Just enjoy them. We're lucky that we have something decent on dvd. I know the audio problems are bad, but trust me, if the original makers were around, then maybe they could work their magic and fix the issue. But I'm sure Ultraman has several owners now and are not filthy rich to restore these things. Or are they?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By amster on December 27, 2006
I originally watched series 1 in dubbed English, because its the way I remembered it as a kid. And like many, I though my DVD player was broken because it reverts to Japanese periodically. Well, the novelty wore off and I started watching the episodes in the same manner that I watch foreign films, in the original language with subtitles.

And I'm glad I did. The sound quality, particularly on volume 2, is far better than the dubbed English track. You even get a fairly good simulated surround sound if you have a home theatre. Most importantly, the acting and dialogue comes off as much more serious and not nearly as cheesy or condescending. The show is much more enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WKT VINE VOICE on July 5, 2007
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It's great to be able to watch these shows again! I lived in Japan in the mid-to late 60's and obviously watched Ultraman then along with all the other great Japanese TV shows of the time. I never thought I would be able to see Ultraman again-but even at 45+ I still enjoy watching them. Yes I suppose I'm going through a second childhood--but who care I'm going to enjoy every minute of this boxed set!! Highly recommended to kids today-even with all their high tech distractions kids really seem to like this show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra on January 18, 2007
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I loved it when I was a kid and now my kids love it, too! Hayata is brave and handsome. My little girls all want to marry him. Ito is funny and silly. Aroshi is a great sharp-shooter. Fuji is smart and nice. Captain Mura is always in control. We laugh when it occasionally lapses into Japanese for no apparent reason. We gasp when Ultraman's light starts flashing. It's just as good as I remember it.

I only have one complaint: if you put the captions on, it sometimes translates into some bad words. The actors aren't saying any cuss words, but it will show them on the screen! So, if your kids aren't reading yet, it won't matter. But if they are you might want to turn off those captions!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Metzler on October 11, 2007
People,

There are NO sound problems with these disks, meaning it is not a "defect" that the language sometimes changes to japanese. When this happens, it is because those are ADDED SCENES, not presented in the original United States television series. Therefore, just enjoy the bonus feature of having extra footage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Lane on January 1, 2007
I took a big chance ordering volume 2. I didn't want a cartoon (anime I think they call it), I didn't want the show in Japanese, I wanted the show as I remember it as a kid, with English overdubs, and I wanted the last episode. I remember Ultraman loses to the monster in the last episode.

That's why I ordered volume 2. I didn't think I'd view the other 18 episodes, I just took a chance that episode 39 (the set has episodes 21-39) was the one where Ultraman loses. The last episode is called "Farewell, Ultraman", it's exactly the one I remember!! But I find myself watching the others, which were originally aired exactly 40 years ago (December 1966 through April 1967). I caught them on syndicated re-runs around 1970, though.

I've waited over 35 years to see that episode again!! 10 years ago, for the 30th anniversary of Ultraman, a VHS tape was released that had the first 4 episodes on it. I've been looking for 10 years for more episodes, including the last, to be released.

Finally!! If you buy this, it is interesting to watch in Japanese with English subtitles. Some of the dialogue reads different that the overdubbed versions. In Farewell Ultraman, the dubbed English version leaves open the possibility that Ultraman will return someday. In the Japanese version with English subtitles, you see that Ultraman will definitely not be returning.
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