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Ultraseven: The Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
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The mystical saviour from the outer Galaxy, called Ultra Seven, is one of the post WW2 major TV hits in Japan. The each episode is very profound, therefore, although this was broadcasted for the boys, eventually gathered large audiences including adults and overseas ones.
Under normal time, he is an ordinary Mr Hayata, a member of Earth Defence Forces. But when the Earth is attacked by the space Aliens, he secretly transform himself into the Ultra Seven, the super hero.
The end of story is so romantic and heart moving, you can watch this with your girlfriend or with your wife. This is meant for entire world who recognises that the hero or heroines never die but lives forever within our hearts.
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HASH(0x91e5ce4c) out of 5 stars Unique Series in the Ultraman Franchise 15 Sept. 2012
By Kevin Andrusia - Published on Amazon.com
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I was amazed to get Amazon's notification of the Ultraseven series coming to DVD. From my youth, I knew of Ultraman and only Ultraman. It would be years into adulthood before I knew there were any other series like this, much less finding out Ultraman was ALSO a sequel of its own from "Ultra Q" (aside from Johnny Sokko and the various Godzilla adventures that were shown endlessly in US syndication). It was my understanding that the original Ultraman series became too expensive to produce, thus it was only in production for one year. Evidently, with series still in production as of the date of this review, that may not have been the case.

I first became aware of "Ultra Seven" when it showed up in weekday morning syndication on the US TNT network mid-90's. They would run two half-hour episodes, which were HEAVILY edited and almost comedic in their English translations (dubbed in the mid-80's by Canadian outfit CINAR). Visually, the series looked a lot like the original Ultraman....but the tone took a different direction, bringing in heavier moral and ethical scenarios (even in the limp Canadian dubs). The creatures also became more outrageous (whereas many of Ultraman's foes appeared to be based on actual mutated animals). The series eventually shifted to weekend overnights, usually late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, for an hour...unless a movie ran late. TNT was good about posting schedules and episode titles.

I got ahold of an original DVD set of Ultraseven a few years ago. At the time, the going price was $500. You read that right. Five HUNDRED. Boxed set of 12 discs, with subtitles in other Asian languages, no English. It is still available here on Amazon, I think a new set is going for $1500 (add one THOUSAND to what I just quoted!) or something like that & used for about half. One thing I learned early, legitimate Japanese DVDs are not produced "en masse" and first runs tend to be very limited. For example, when the Godzilla franchise was rebooted in 2000 and the second film didn't come out over here, a Japanese DVD was almost $100, while a no-frills import from another Asian outlet was about $10. Same quality, just no extras. Many of the Ultra series have been released on either LaserDisc or DVD over the years. All very expensive.

There is another Asian set for Ultraseven out there for $20 or less that likely falls into the same category as the Godzilla films I mentioned, but it has recently disappeared from listings, so your best bet is likely going to be this set coming out in December. I cannot comment on the legalities of the parties producing the set, but it is widely available for research online. While the original Japanese set was 12 discs, this set advertised is six...so they obviously doubled up on each disc.

Ultraseven appeared later in Episode 18 of "The Return of Ultraman", which began the "guest star" episodes so popular in the rest of the series, most notably Episode 38 of "Return" with both Ultraseven AND the original Ultraman.

One thing all of these Ultraseven DVD sets have in common, the lack of infamous "Episode 12", YUHSEI YORI AI O KOMETE titled (and banned) "From Another Planet With Love" in Japan and dubbed "Crystallized Corpuscles" in Canada. Bootleg copies of the Japanese print are out there, but TNT did in fact air the episode once in 1997 and once more in 2000. At the center of the ban is the storyline, radioactive aliens that use wristwatches to suck the blood out of young women, storing it as crystals, to replace their own polluted blood. As the episode progresses, the aliens discover the blood of children to be "more pure". Also, the episode's Alien "Spell" (or "Spehl" in dub) is referenced as "Hibaku Seijin", a play on "Hibaku-sha", a term used for survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When it becomes giant-sized to fight against the backdrop of a setting sun, it has welts and lesions all over its body. A print article ran about it, calling Spell-seijin HIBAKUSHA-monsters. Complaints arose, citing the episode compared bombing victims to vampire aliens that use children's blood to cleanse their radioactive blood. Tsuburaya Productions pulled the episode from circulation and it is rarely referenced in Japanese archives of the series. Hiroko Sakurai, who played "Fuji" in Ultraman, has a role in this episode.

The two prior releases of Ultraman looked pretty good to me, both the multi-disc two-parters and the economy-packed set, and I used to have VHS tapes made from the 16mm films that were traded for so many years. I would expect this new release to follow in that range. I will update once I have my own copy to review.

**ADDED January 4** I logged in to update my review and am surprised to find the item unavailable from Amazon. It was shipped to me when it came out by Amazon, so there must be something I'm not aware of that has come about since shipment. As for the DVD set, it's certainly not the pricey Japanese treatment, but this is essentially all you need. The discs are kept in safe two-sided plastic trays that allow for all the discs to fit in the standard size DVD case. Extensive booklet is included and Episode 12, plus the lack thereof in the set, is covered equally extensively (including mentioning the airings on US television!). The picture quality is about as good as you will get anywhere else, I did note night time scenes occasionally have an "overprocessed" look to them (like punching up the saturation too much in PhotoShop on a frame), but it actually reveals small details in scenes I hadn't noticed before. Overall it's a worthwhile purchase.
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HASH(0x923ccb7c) out of 5 stars Seven - Seven - Seven - Seven !!! 29 Dec. 2012
By Louis A. Roi - Published on Amazon.com
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Unless you grew up in Hawaii, in the ‘70s, you probably discovered Ultra 7 in the ‘90s on TNT like I did. By the time I saw this particular production I was already in my late 20s, which was perfect due to the comedic treatment that the production team chose for this version of the show.

This DVD set is more pure in treatment to the original production. It is spoken in the original Japanese with English subtitles.

Sometimes, the subtitles are a bit inaccurate and the audio fades out in several occasions. However, this is not really that big of a deal unless you can actually follow the Japanese audio.

Ultra 7 is one of the most popular series of the “Ultraman” shows. In the US, we only ever had the first Ultraman series aside from the Hawaiian version of Ultra 7 that was cited above.

Ultra 7 was the last of the ‘60s productions; for this reason, it still has cool atmosphere, music, sound effects, cars, gadgets and uniforms. The productions of the ‘70s lost that feel and just don’t look as good.

Ultra 7 could have been my favorite series but it falls short on monster design; also, it seems that they didn’t take certain things as seriously in this show. The aliens have comical sounding voices and some of the concepts, even names of planets and aliens are a bit cheesy. In this sense, I still think the first Ultraman is the best that there ever was. It was more sober and the creatures were more convincing.

In other ways, Ultra 7 was more sophisticated, even to the point of being over-produced. I think the studios knew that they were going to market this series to death and therefore the production was sensationalized. The scenery and filming are the best of any Ultraman series. They really capitalized on the psychedelic imagery of the time.

I was anxious to read the subtitles to see how much the TNT version digressed from the original storylines – they were actually pretty faithful to the original scripts. Word of warning, reading the subtitles really starts to wear down the eyes after a while. I would like to watch the series again without reading the subtitles just to enjoy the scenery and imagery in a more relaxed setting.

The exposition is a bit poor at times. For instance, I don’t remember the Ultra Squad (Guard) naming Ultra 7 in the first episode as they did in the first Ultraman episode; however, from the second episode on, they just refer to him by that name with no further explanation. There are also some weird edits that I thought were poor edits on the part of the TNT production but they remain in this original, un-edited version. The most classic example is in the TNT episode, Wayne, Lord of the Universe. There is a scene where Ultra 7 is trapped in a circular opening that is closing in on him. The opening is a door panel to a saucer. The alien appears and starts to fire upon Ultra 7. In this TNT version they break to a commercial and when they come back Ultra 7 is free and flying outside of the ship – he becomes big and starts to push the ship. In all these years, I thought that was a bad edit only to find out that that is exactly what happens in the un-edited version.

By the way, Ultra 7 changes size but the original Ultraman did as well – it just wasn’t openly announced but it did occur at least a couple of times.

Also, it seems that they like to implement story ideas in pairs – they had two episodes back-to-back where a young girl steals Dan’s Ultra Eye. In another situation there is two episodes back-to-back where exploratory spacecraft are launched and alien worlds take it as an invasion of privacy and threaten violence – they just want the earthlings to leave them alone.

If you are an Ultra-Series fan this box set is a must – this is the best picture quality I have ever seen for this series (I have also seen 2 episodes of the Hawaiian series). I still think the first Ultraman series is better but I have grown very fond of Ultra 7 due to the TNT series – it was the proper series to have seen for my age at the time. This original series would have been great to see when I was a kid at the time when I was watching the original Ultraman along with Space Giants and Johnny Sokko.

I really wish that the Turner/TNT version could be released on DVD but I am certainly happy that I have this Set!
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HASH(0x92488bd0) out of 5 stars Seven... Seven... SEVEN! 24 Sept. 2012
By Robert Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only ever had the chance to watch the English dubbed version of Ultraseven when it first appeared on TNT many years ago, but I still have very fond memories of Ultraseven.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x931a7af0) out of 5 stars Ultra Seven dark but good.. 20 Dec. 2012
By Phazed.. - Published on Amazon.com
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It's really cool to see shout factory decided to remaster the Ultra Seven tv series which aired in the 1960s. I have always been a fan of Ultraman since I was a kid but I had to wait years later till the invention of the internet to finally be able to access all the varied Ultramen that have appeared from the 1960 to today. I have had access to this series in dvd-r form but the picture quality and sound were sorely lacking until now! Their have been huge improvements in both departments here… The sound (while definitely not hd quality) is surprisingly good considering that mono tracks were only available at the time of production. Shout Factory has created a pretty decent sound field But if you have a decoder or a 5.1 to 9.1 receiver I would highly recommend using PL2x movie for decoding the mono track into 5.1 it WILL make a big difference in over all bass and surround response.

Now..While the sound is pretty admirable the picture quality (while much better than the dvd-r copies) doesn't quite seem to be on par with the Golden Media Group/BCI remastered versions of The original Ultraman. Which in my opinion where great! You really see this in overall black level, The black level in the Ultra seven is well below NTS standards and had to be lightened up considerably on my plasma display. This is usually done to correct imperfection with the film or just plain hide them which is fine but it keeps the viewer from seeing details in areas that were intended to just be shadowed a not necessarily blacked out. I compensated by using one of my unused plasma viewing choices (custom) and lighted up the picture and reduced the contrast (that was a bit to high as well) after that was done everything looked much better.

So there you have it..Ultra seven is pretty darn cool and is definitely worth the purchase if you are a fan of the Ultraman saga you'll just need to make a few modifications to maximize the experience!

Seven! Seven! Seven!! - CHAAAAA!!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x921413a8) out of 5 stars Keep 'em coming, Shout Factory! 31 Dec. 2012
By Le Night Dominator - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first Amazon review, so I hope it's informative.

THE SHOW ITSELF:
This is the third "Ultra Show" from Tsuburaya Productions, although it's not really a follow up to any of them. The concept is very similar to the 1966 Ultraman show, except aliens are always the villians here. That is not necessarily a bad thing, although it loses points for variety. I'm only on disc three, but I already enjoy this show more than Ultraman. While Ultraman had better characters, monsters, music, and variety; Ultraseven pretty much excels everywhere else. The episodes are more compelling and it has better writing and plots. There aren't any annoying kids so far (a terrible early staple of the genre). In the original Ultraman series, Ultraman always felt like a Deus Ex Machina and you would always wait for him to defeat the monster. In this series, however, it gets more complicated. The monster isn't always the main conflict; sometimes Ultraseven has to save someone, uncover a mystery, prevent a major disaster, and even face a moral dilemma. Now THAT'S more interesting than your typical monster-of-the-week formula! If you're a fan of Godzilla, Gamera, or any other Japanese giant monster movie or TV show, you'll dig this.

THE DVD:
This DVD release of Ultra Seven is very well done. It's great to finally have these classic tokusatsu (Japanese special effects) shows on DVD in the U.S. for the first time. The picture quality is not perfect, but it's definitely watchable. I'd say it's a step up from BCI Eclipse/Mill Creek's flawed Ultraman DVD release. There are no video special features, but there is an excellent booklet with an essay on the history of the show written by August Ragone. It's such a detailed and interesting essay that I really don't mind any more special features on the discs. There are six discs in a standard-sized DVD case. This saves a lot of room on your shelf since it's not a big box set like BCI Eclipse's Ultraman set. Now I am aware that there is an episode missing, but it was banned and not even included in the Japanese DVD. That's a shame because it sounds like a really good episode. Despite some minor flaws, it's obvious that Shout Factory gave this DVD release their best effort and it really shows.

CONCLUSION:
This is a no-brainer for any kaiju/tokusatsu fan out there. I also highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, or just enjoys mid-century sci-fi in general. Shout Factory has been releasing quite a bit of tokusatsu shows recently, and I hope they don't stop here. I hear rumors that we may get a DVD release of Ultra Q soon. Maybe we can even get Zone Fighter eventually! Keep 'em coming, Shout Factory!
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