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Ultraman - Series One, Vol. 2
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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
- 19 episodes on 3 discs
- Kajiu (monster) Encyclopedia
- Two collectible cards featuring Ultraman's foes
- 8-page booklet
Top Customer Reviews
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
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can remember watching Ultraman in grade two. We are talking about 1972. These are classic sci-fi adventures and I highly recommend getting the complete series.Published on February 19, 2014 by Peter Thrun
a great series from my childhood. Ultraman looks far worst for ware than I remember, the mask is horribly made. LOL! BUt still like to re-watch this, it was fun.Published on December 5, 2013 by Andre
Great quality video, took me back 40 yrs ago to when I was a kid.
I would purchase this video again,
I strongly recommend this dvd Set : the picture is clear with beautiful colors (Remastered stuff !) in English and Japanese language with subtitles. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by KOMIKMAN
I GREW UP WITH THIS SHOW AMONG OTHERS IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES A GREAT FANTISY SHOW A MUST HAVEPublished on September 5, 2013 by mark roskey
I really enjoyed this series. I am definitely an Ultra man fan. I hope tha there is a follow up series for this hero.Published on June 5, 2013 by Greogry L Crawford
My seven year-old son & I love Ultraman. He says, "Ultraman is not too violent and it's not too mean. And there is some silly stuff! Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Kari E. Gronros
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