‘Ultraman’ and ‘Ultra Q’ Japanese TV Series Available on TVOD Site movieSpree

The “Ultra Q” and “Ultraman” Japanese TV series are available to purchase or rent in high-definition on movieSpree, Mill Creek Entertainment’s transactional streaming site.

The purchase price is $29.99 each for the two series.

The original series “Ultra Q” was one of the most expensive TV series ever produced in Japan.  Originally airing in 1966, it spawned a revolution in “Ultra” content that has spawned series after series, as well as movies and merchandising created.

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The “Ultraman” television series of the 1960s and 1970s, produced by Tsuburaya Productions, built a worldwide audience for the property. Hailing from the distant Nebula M78, Ultraman is a sleek silvery being who protects Earth and the human race from an endless array of invading aliens and terrifying monsters together with the crew of the Earth-based defense force using advanced high-tech weapons and vehicles. Ultraman battles monsters that cause endless mayhem and destruction on Earth. With the ability to extend his height to over 150 feet, Ultraman melds with a human and only emerges in times of extreme danger to save people and the Earth.

Mill Creek’s movieSpree TVOD Service Launching ’31 Nights of Fright’ Promotion

Mill Creek Entertainment’s recently launched transactional VOD service movieSpree has launched the 31 Nights of Fright promotion in October, offering a free horror movie a day to stream without any interruptions, commitments or ads.

Also, the entire bundle of 31 movies can be added to a consumer’s movieSpree library for a discounted price of $10.31.

The horror lineup includes:

Oct. 1  Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Oct. 2  Attack of the Monsters

Oct. 3  House on Haunted Hill

Oct. 4  Zombie Shark

Oct. 5  Ghostquake

Oct. 6  Did I Kill My Mother?

Oct. 7  Status: Unknown

Oct. 8  The Atomic Brain

Oct. 9  Monsters from a Prehistoric Planet

Oct. 10 Vipers

Oct. 11 The Stranger Beside Me: The Ted Bundy Story

Oct. 12 Sisterhood of Murder

Oct. 13 The Clown at Midnight

Oct. 14 The Manster

Oct. 15 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2007)

Oct. 16 Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart

Oct. 17 Attack of the Giant Leeches

Oct. 18 Ghost Shark

Oct. 19 Ghouls

Oct. 20 Eye of the Beast

Oct. 21 House of Bones

Oct. 22 House of the Living Dead

Oct. 23 Chrome Angels

Oct. 24 Silent Night, Bloody Night

Oct. 25 Santa Jaws

Oct. 26 Flora

Oct. 27 Gamera the Invincible

Oct. 28 Monsterwolf

Oct. 29 Arachnoquake

Oct. 30 Headless Horseman

Oct. 31 American Horror House

The movieSpree app is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android devices or on the website.

Consumers also can buy the entire collection of horror flicks now at https://www.moviespree.com/series/31-nights-of-fright.

More ‘Ultraman’ Series Coming From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing more series from the “Ultraman” superhero library recently licensed from Tsuburaya Productions for North American home entertainment distribution.

Due Nov. 17 are “Ultraman Orb” and “Ultraman Geed,” making their North American debut as Blu-ray combo packs that include the complete series and subsequent feature films that concluded each respective storyline ($39.98 each).

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On Dec. 10, the 1967 series “Ultraseven” will also be making its Blu-ray debut in limited edition steelbook packaging at $49.98 and as a standard Blu-ray release at $39.98.

“Ultraseven” is the third entry in the “Ultra” series. The show premiered in October of 1967 and appealed to a wider, adult audience with a greater emphasis placed on alien threats and social issues that were not as clear-cut as good and evil. The series questioned the actions of the Ultra Heroes as they fought against giant monsters and alien hordes bent on human domination.  The steelbook and standard Blu-ray releases will each contain 48 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service, movieSpree.

“Ultraman Orb” was originally released in 2016 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Ultraman and the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s relaunch with “Ultraman Tiga.” The series stars Hideo Ishiguro as Gai Kurenai, who calls upon the power of previous Ultra Heroes via a device called the Orb Ring to fight Demon King Beasts released by the mysterious Jugglus Juggler after they were sealed away by Ultra Warriors long ago.  Also included with the complete, 25-episode series is the theatrical feature film Ultraman Orb: The Movie — Let Me Borrow the Power of Bonds!, in which the titular hero joins forces with Ultraman Zero and Ultraseven to rescue the “New Generation Heroes” Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Victory and Ultraman X and prevent an unprecedented global crisis.

“Ultraman Geed” is the story of a young Ultra Warrior who carries the DNA of an infamous father, the evil Ultraman Belial, but fights his fate to become a hero of justice. The 25-episode series also includes the feature Ultraman Geed: The Movie — Connect the Wishes!, in which Earth is about to be swallowed up in the cyber subdimension and annihilated, but the power of “wishes” will cause Geed to undergo a further transformation and fight against an alien force threatening intelligent life across the universe.

‘Ultraman’ Library Licensed to Mill Creek and U.K.’s Indigo for North American Home Entertainment Distribution

Mill Creek Entertainment and the U.K.’s Indigo Entertainment have licensed the “Ultraman” superhero library from Tsuburaya Productions for North American home entertainment distribution.

Under the deal, Indigo, on behalf of Tsuburaya, with Mill Creek has both physical and digital distribution rights for the “Ultraman” catalog, which includes classic TV series newly remastered in high definition, recent theatrical feature films and “almost everything produced” throughout the last 50 years, according to Mill Creek.

Mill Creek Entertainment’s debut releases from this deal will be limited edition SteelBook and standard-packaged complete series releases of “Ultra Q” and “Ultraman” on Blu-ray Oct. 15. Each release will contain high definition video with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.

Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service, movieSpree, with a free 10-minute sample of the first episodes of “Ultra Q” and “Ultraman” available to watch now on the service.

The original series “Ultra Q” was one of the most expensive TV series ever produced in Japan.  Originally airing in 1966, it spawned a revolution in “Ultra” content that has seen the creation of many series, movies and merchandising.

The classic “Ultraman” live television series of the 1960s and 1970s, from Tsuburaya Productions, built a worldwide audience for the property. Hailing from the distant Nebula M78, Ultraman is a sleek silvery being who protects Earth and the human race from an endless array of invading aliens and terrifying monsters together with the crew of the Earth-based defense force using advanced high-tech weapons and vehicles. With the ability to extend his height to more than 150 feet, Ultraman melds with a human and only emerges in times of extreme danger to save people and the Earth.

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“These first two series are what kicked off the worldwide phenomenon of Ultraman,” said Jeff Hayne, VP of content acquisitions for Mill Creek, in a statement. “Ultraman’s success paved the way for other popular tokusatsu franchises including ‘Kamen Rider’ and ‘Super Sentai,’ which influenced the spawning of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.’”

“Ultra Q”

“We are excited to bring the Ultraman catalog to North American audiences through a multi-faceted release model spanning Blu-ray and DVD plus various TVOD, SVOD and AVOD digital outlets,” said Barrett Evans, VP of marketing for Mill Creek, in a statement. “In tandem with the classic series, we will also be releasing the more recent series and films to appease fans of both classic and modern Ultraman.”

“Ultraman is a revolution in television history — a landmark property and record-breaking global phenomenon. The original series heralded a new age of quality adventure and special effects for children’s entertainment.  Now, through Indigo’s unique relationship with Tsuburaya, we are delighted to be partnering with Mill Creek Entertainment in repositioning the legendary Ultraman for both new and old audiences alike,” said David Lawley, MD of Indigo Entertainment, in a statement.

“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to reintroduce the Ultraman series, with over 50 years of history, to the people of North America. We hope that we shall rekindle memories of the fans that enjoyed the series in the 70s and 80s and at the same time nurture a new fan base for the younger generation,” said Kei Minamitani, GM, international business at Tsuburaya Productions, in a statement.

Mill Creek’s movieSpree Streaming Service Adds Titles, Docs

Mill Creek Entertainment’s recently-launched transaction-based streaming service movieSpree July 10 announced the addition of 17 titles, including 14 movies and three documentaries.

Titles include:

Imax Space Station
Tom Cruise narrates a fascinating look at the high-flying International Space Station where developing technologies make possible future voyages to Mars and provide solutions to earthbound problems.

NASA – A Journey Through Space
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy pledged to send astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade. Eight years later, on July 20, 1969, Apollo commander Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module and made a giant leap for mankind – a step that symbolized one of the most remarkable feats in human history.

From that moment on, the exploration of our universe has achieved unimaginable feats with hundreds of missions stretching light years into the distant galaxy. This exciting documentary series takes you on the incredible journey of the past, present and future of NASA that shaped the 20th Century and will boldly go further in the 21st Century and beyond!

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“Forgotten Heroes – The Robert Hartsock Story” interweaves the story of Medal of Honor recipient Robert Hartsock with an overview of dog handlers in the Vietnam War.

This documentary carefully explains the major issues that America faced during this generally unpopular war. Despite a few negative elements related to the world of war, Robert Hartsock’s story is a shining example of courage and resolve in the face of certain defeat.

Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me – The Ted Bundy Story

Ann Rule (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Barbara Hershey, Beaches) is an ex-cop working the suicide hotlines in Seattle. To make ends meet, she indulges in another obsession — writing true-crime stories. She has a daughter, a fulfilling life, and a good friend in a man named Ted Bundy (Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell, Once and Again), a handsome and intelligent charmer who’s just been accepted into law school in Utah.

What’s captivating Ann’s attention now is a string of brutal murders—missing-women cases that have stretched from Utah to Seattle. It’s being called the most intriguing unsolved series of crimes since Jack the Ripper and she’s been offered the chance to turn her articles into a book. But the more she digs and uncovers, a dreadful and unavoidable truth is staring her directly in the face – her friend Ted.

Picasso Trigger
When agent Picasso Trigger is killed by arch-criminal Miguel Ortiz, the Agency decides to send a trio of female agents out with the task of bringing Ortiz down. Our agents must use all of their skills, specialized weaponry and their physical attributes in order to track down Trigger’s killer.

Savage Beach
Two female government agents transporting a vaccine are forced to land their plane on a remote island that houses more than palm trees and sandy beaches. A sunken WWII Japanese ship containing a fortune in gold is located nearby and the island is now the base for a nefarious group searching for it.

Shark-related documentaries:
Ghost Shark – 2013 – 87 min – Not Rated
Mississippi River Sharks – 2017 – 87 min – Not Rated
Ozark Sharks – 2016 – 87 min – Not Rated
Santa Jaws – 2018 – 88 min – Not Rated
Swamp Shark – 2011 – 89 min – Rated R
Zombie Shark – 2015 – 88 min – Not Rated
Alligator Alley – 2013 – 89 min – Not Rated

Disaster documentaries:
Tornado Warning – 2012 – 88 min – Not Rated
Judgement Day – 2010 – 95 min – Not Rated
Ghouls – 2008 – 91 min – R
Chrome Angels – 2009 – 94 min – Not Rated

Mill Creek’s movieSpree Digital Service Offers Miniseries Promotion

Mill Creek Entertainment’s transactional streaming service movieSpree is offering eight classic TV miniseries at a discounted price of $4.99 each or $29.99 for the entire collection, for a limited time.

The available miniseries include:

  • Lonesome Dove: Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Larry McMurtry, this sprawling epic of the Old West won seven Emmys and stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston and Danny Glover.
  • The 10th Kingdom: A star-studded fantasy adventure filled with action, romance and magic in which a fantastic land of fairy tale characters is brought to life and reinvented.
  • Cleopatra: Leonor Varela stars as the young queen of the Nile.
  • Scarlett: Based on Alexandra’s Ripley’s bestselling sequel to Gone With the Wind, the turbulent romance between Scarlett (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) and Rhett Butler (Timothy Dalton) continues.
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven: The adaptation of Mitch Albom’s bestseller explores the unexpected mysteries of the afterlife by reminding us what really matters here on Earth.
  • Moby Dick: Patrick Stewart plays Capt. Ahab in this adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic whaling tale.
  • The Titanic: This 1996 retelling of the story of the doomed ocean liner stars Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • The Odyssey: Armand Assante plays Odysseus in the adventure filled with exciting confrontations, dangerous monsters, angry gods and deadly sirens.

 

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A free 10-minute preview for each series is available at the recently launched service, which can be accessed at www.moviespree.com or via apps for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android devices. Viewers can access the preview here.