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I can't say enough about how exciting it is to see Ultraseven finally make it to Region 1 DVD, and in the original Japanese with English subtitles. There are plenty of resources on the internet that can give excellent background on this series, its creator (Eiji Tsuburaya), and in particular, the incredible popularity of this particular tokusatsu series, rivaling and in some ways surpassing Ultraman.
At this moment, the press release from Shout! Factory is just hitting the nets, so rather than try and regurgitate the news, perhaps one of the best resources to include here, is from August Ragone, author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman and Godzilla. His blog is at augustragone dot blogspot dot com, where you can find his full article on this incredible news. A 24-page booklet on the making of Ultraseven is included with this release, written by August himself.
August's blog article about this release goes into more detail (including the news that Shout! Factory licensed Ultraseven for this DVD release from the Golden Media Group, and *not* Chaiyo). I expect he will post his own review soon!
Admittedly, tokusatsu fandom in the western hemisphere is a small world, but if you're more than familiar with Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman canon (spanning almost 50 years in Japan, and still one of the most successful franchises of all time), then this CD is a must have. Animetal cranks up the volume with new takes on classic themes from Ultraman, Ultraseven, Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Ace, Taro, Leo, 80, Tiga, Dyna and more - all in one take. (My favorites are the new spin on The Echoes' "Let's Go Seven" and the classic "Wandaba" theme introduced with Ultraman Jack. It's out of print and hard to find, so if you can buy it, get it....Read more
I bought this as a projector to take on the road to meetings where there wasn't any tech available. I needed something that had a good throw, good viewing angle, and a bright image when throwing between 6-10 feet. This projector certainly fits the bill. It doesn't run as hot as I would expect for a more traditional projector. It also handles downscaling very well, so whether I'm using VGA or HDMI as an input, the downscaling, while evident, is more than viewable. For me, this means I can present from just about anything. A netbook, a tablet (the Toshiba Thrive I use has an HDMI output), or even a video/S-Video input all look good in a meeting or demonstration setting. The projector is very much a plug and play experience, so while the CD that comes with has drivers from 4 years ago, they aren't needed with any of the equipment I've plugged into this so far. The only nitpick I have for this projector at this price point is the elevation stand. It's basically a screw with a plastic cap. Still, once the project is in position, there's no need to be fiddling with it, so the minor nitpick is soon forgotten. So far, this has been a winner....Read more
If you didn't know that this was Raphael Fays playing, you'd swear at times you were listening to Django Reinhart. Fays' technique is very much in the style of Django's, but includes enough of his own interpretation to set it apart. If you like Gyspy guitar, or want to sample a variety of original and standard gypsy repetoire, Fays' CD is well worth having....Read more