Ultra Seven: The Complete Series
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THE EARTH IS IN DANGER! Even now, fiendish hands are stretching out from the distant stars to seize the world. From their massive underground complex near Mt. Fuji, the Ultra Guard, an elite unit of the Terrestrial Defense Force, equipped with a squadron of Ultra Hawks, stands vigilant as our decisive first-line to combat the myriad of alien aggressors, who threaten the very existence of our planet. But, unbeknownst to his fellow teammates, Dan Moroboshi, is secretly an extraterrestrial aiding them in their fight to preserve the future of humanity, considered the 7th member of the Ultra Guard :better known as Ultra Seven!
Produced by the creative team behind Ultraman, Ultra Seven is the third entry in the Ultra Series, and is arguably the best of the long-running franchise, with its emphasis on science fiction and themes touching on subjects ranging from the cruelty of war to social and racial injustices in the grand tradition of Star Trek and The Outer Limits. Plus, Ultra Seven features the colossal monsters and spectacular visual effects viewers expect from the men who brought Godzilla to life! For the first time on home video, complete and uncut, Shout! Factory s complete box set of Ultra Seven is a must-have!
Japanese special effects legend Eiji Tsuburaya's giddy and surreal '60s-era science fiction television series Ultraseven is rescued from its long tenure in grey-market sources with this six-disc set. Produced in 1967, Ultraseven was the third in a lengthy and complicated library of live-action and animated television programs, feature films, and specials, all largely concerning the Ultra family of alien superheroes who defend Earth from an exhaustive array of giant monsters; here, the variation on the central theme is the origin story detailed in the first episode, where Ultra Seven, an alien crusader from the same planet as his predecessor, Ultraman, rescues an ailing mountain climber and assumes his form in order to join the Ultra Guard, a team of six (including actors Iyoshi Ishii and Bin Furuya from the original Ultraman series) guarding the Earth from extraterrestrial threat. When called into action each episode by the arrival of one or more of Tsuburaya's outlandish and energetic monster creations, Ultra Seven adopts his giant costumed form to unleash an array of spectacular weapons with appropriately explosive results. As with other titles in the Ultra franchise, said monster showdowns remain the show's key appeal, as well as Ultra Seven's lack of the time constraint that hampered the powers of his Ultra brethren (thus allowing for longer and more elaborate fights), which helped to make him one of the most popular figures in Ultra history, as evidenced by his reappearance in several subsequent spinoff series. Ultraseven also does commendable work for attempting to place the monster rumble sequences within the framework of more detailed stories than are usually seen in the tokusatsu (live-action science fiction) genre.
Unlike Ultraman, Ultraseven went largely unseen by stateside audiences, save for Hawaii residents who saw it in limited syndication during the 1970s. TNT finally picked up the series for broadcast during the early morning hours in the early 1990s, but this version featured a decidedly tongue-in-cheek dub by the Canadian production company Cinar, which transformed the program into broad camp. Ultraseven was later swept up into a contentious legal battle between Tsuburaya Productions and Chaiyo, a Thai company that laid a questionable claim on six of the Ultra series. The latter entity has provided the source material for this release, which looks fine if not perfect--a respectable situation, given that the series was filmed in 16mm (a difficult format to remaster) and the DVD elements come from a third-party source. Audio is the original Japanese track with optional subtitles, which may come as a disappointment for those who fondly remember the Hawaiian or Cinar dubs. And, as Internet sources have widely reported, this is not the "complete" series--missing from the set is "From Another Planet with Love," which featured a blood-consuming alien whose disfigured appearance was unfortunately compared in press material to survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Tsuburaya subsequently pulled the episode from broadcast and home video releases, though it aired in Hawaii and on TNT. Its absence, while unfortunate, should not detract from viewers' enjoyment of the set, which also features a typically thorough booklet of liner notes by Japanese genre expert August Ragone. --Paul Gaita
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'Ultraseven' seemed to combine the best of all-Worlds in terms of exciting 'daikaiju' (giant-creature) action combined with considerable Science-fiction themes & concepts (futuristic, other-worldy elements) that were akin to America's 'Twilight-Zone*' 'Outer-Limits' and even occasionally achieving 'Star Trek' like proportions.
Of course, this series was primarily geared toward younger audiences - but like many Japanese entertainment-vehicles aimed at the youth-market ==> there was also significant intensity (and even realistic peril) depicted in the numerous battles and brutal 'smack-downs' with our extraterrestrial-ally Ultraseven struggling valiantly against the giant 'alien' daikaiju (bent on conquering Earth.) This show also dealt with a number of serious concepts normally found only in science-fiction novels and even a few 'morality-play' scenarios. In addition, the production values and special-effects of 'Ultraseven' were mostly at or even sometimes above the higher Movie/Cinema level of quality and scale seen during the 1960's (i.e. probably surpassing a number of other TV shows from that time-period like 'Lost-in-Space')
And the visual & audio quality of this DVD set is quite impressive (clear & vibrant colors). This series was basically not available for many years (in its complete original form). As a young kid, I saw a few episodes on Hawaii TV in the late 1970's but as I recall the picture quality was a bit washed-out, and the dubbing not great - its good to see the restored, complete versions finally!
(at a reasonable price to boot)
If you are a fan of classic Japanese Tokusatsu/Daikaiju (films and TV) this set is hard to beat - and quite impressive from a visual/special-effects standpoint. The 'Ultraseven' series was also rather serious (with intriguing stories, many episodes focusing on mysterious extraterrestrial invasions of some sort.) SciFi + Japanese Super-heroes = a perfect combination!
note*: it was actually Eiji Tsuburaya's very first show "Ultra-Q" that was the most like 'Twilight-Zone' not really a super-hero show = more of a mystery/thriller/supernatural/SciFi combination - this complete series is also available on AMAZON, but it is in B&W (circa1965/1966.)
note2: this Ultraseven package also includes an excellent and highly informative multi-page booklet written by August Ragone (the foremost expert on Japanese Tokusatsu/Kaiju movies and TV from the 1950's thru 1970's - who also wrote the superlative and super-informative book on the history of works by Eiji Tsuburaya, that is also available on AMAZON, titled 'Master of Monsters').
Also, this Ultraseven DVD is in Japanese Language with English subtitles.
I do have one minor complaint, however. I've watched ten or twelve episodes so far, and I'm starting to see several patterns--1) All the aliens know Dan Moroboshi is Ultra Seven, 2) All beautiful women Dan meets are aliens/robots in disguise, 3) Dan needs to keep his Ultra Eye in a more secure pocket because aliens keep stealing it, 4) All the aliens, even the good ones, are trying to conquer/destroy earth. Even though they seem to recycle the plot quite a bit, the writing is very good and I still enjoyed it.
With all of the legal turmoil that Tsubaraya Productions had gone through, it seemed as though there wasn't any hope of seeing any Region 1 releases of anything created by the studio. A few years back there was the original Ultraman release by BCI, but they apparently didn't even get the original master negatives, but a second generation copies from the Thai company Chaiyo, the very company in legal battle with Tsubaraya over who had the official rights to the Ultraman property.
I didn't think I would ever live to see anything officially released here in the states. A few years ago there were the releases of Iron King and Super Robot Red Baron (which I love and still have in my collection), but once BCI Eclipse went under, all hope for any further releases of anythign else were dashed... until the announcement of this release from the super awesome company Shout Factory.
I remember that this series had more darker themes and more grown up and intelligent stories, which I love. I believe around the time of this season's release in Japan, there was a positive comparison to the original Star Trek series, with regards to its intelligent approach to science fiction, along with the well rounded characters and the approach of the storytelling.
While Ultraman Hayata was the first Ultraman series and laid the groundwork for the Ultra franchise itself, Ultraseven is usually the series people tend to remember with fondness, admiration and respect.
I loved the design of Ultraseven, I loved that he was an alien who took on the form of a human being, and I liked that this Ultra character didn't have that pesky three-minute limit, and was able to fight for longer periods. I also love the monster designs and I also loved the character dynamics and the professional atmosphere of the Ultra Garrison itself as both a scientific investigative and paramilitary organization. I'm hoping the release of Ultraseven will pave the way for other Ultra series to be released here in the states.
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