‘Ultraseven X,’ ‘Superior 8 Ultra Brothers’ Headed to Blu-ray April 5 From Mill Creek

Two Japanese Ultraman titles, Ultraseven X: The Complete Series and Superior 8 Ultra Brothers, are heading to Blu-ray Disc April 5 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Superior 8 Ultra Brothers unites three generations of Ultra Heroes for an interdimensional adventure. The story begins in 1966 as three boys named Daigo, Asuka, and Gamu watch the premiere of a new television series called Ultraman. Captivated from the start, they continue to follow and be inspired by the ongoing exploits of Ultraman and his fellow Ultra Brothers. Decades later, Daigo is working for the tourism board in Yokohama when he witnesses a strange mirage of a dying world ravaged by giant monsters.  Additional visions soon follow, including one in which the friendly shopkeepers Hayata, Dan, Goh and Hokuto transform into the famous Ultra Brothers from TV. Daigo confides in Asuka and Gamu, who begin to have similar dreams in which they become Ultramen called “Dyna” and “Gaia.” The sudden appearance of Monster Guesra and the hero Ultraman Mebius convince Daigo that his visions are coming true, and his world is in great danger.

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In Ultraseven X: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray and digital, a young man is awoken from a fevered dream and barely recognizes himself. A mysterious woman hands him a spectacles-shaped item, says the key holds tremendous power, and tells him it is his duty to save the world. Before asking any more questions, he and the woman are torn apart by a violent explosion. Soon, he is contacted by a secret organization named Deus. He is told he is Agent Jin and his job is to rid this world of vicious alien invaders.

‘Ultraman Gaia’ Available on DVD Dec. 7 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release “Ultraman Gaia,” the third series in the three-part “Ultraman” collection, on DVD Dec. 7.

The six-disc release sports part of the collectible spine mural showcasing “Ultraman Tiga,” “Ultraman Dyna” and “Ultraman Gaia.”

The series includes Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full episode guide.

“Ultraman Gaia” consists of 51 episodes plus special releases Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: The Battle in Hyper Space and Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Once Again. With a storyline centering on the fight between two Ultras with opposing ideas about defending mankind and the Earth, the show offers a fresh take on the long-running “Ultraman” series. A global defense force known as G.U.A.R.D is formed to resist the attacks when a wormhole emerges just outside the planet’s atmosphere, and monstrous creatures descend upon the world’s cities. Young Gamu Takayama acquires the ability to change into the massive superhero Ultraman Gaia and joins G.U.A.R.D’s frontline defense team, XIG. But Hiroya Fujimiya, a young man with the capacity to transform into Ultraman Agul, a huge warrior with his own agenda, appears. Is this new colossus an ally or an enemy? Gaia would also come face to face with the heroes Tiga and Dyna in the feature film The Battle in Hyper Space.

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The exclusive collection is made possible by Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions Co.

‘Ultraman Dyna’ Series Heading to DVD Nov. 16 From Mill Creek

“Ultraman Dyna,” the second series in the three-part “Ultraman” collection, will be released in a six-disc DVD collection Nov. 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The series includes Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full episode guide.

The exclusive collection is made possible by Mill Creek’s license of the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.

“Ultraman Dyna” features 51 episodes from season one and two specials “Ultraman Tiga” and “Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light,” and “Ultraman Dyna: Return of Hanejiro.” The series showcases the events seven years after “Ultraman Tiga,” where humanity has embarked on the Neo Frontier project of building settlements throughout the solar system. When a massive insect-like monster attacks the Martian village without warning, a colossal Tiga-like humanoid appears to fight the monster. Ultraman Dyna is the new warrior, a being of light born after a light joined with Agent Asuka of the Super GUTS Team, to wage war against the marauding aliens and monsters that threaten humanity. Tiga and Dyna would eventually team up in the theatrical movie Warriors of the Star of Light.

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‘The Ultraman,’ ‘Ultraman 80’ Collections Coming to DVD Sept. 14 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release “The Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80”  in their North American DVD debut Sept. 14.

Both collections will be on six DVDs at $34.99 each.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

“The Ultraman” is the eighth original entry in the “Ultraman” series. This DVD collection includes all 50 episodes. In the animated series, across the planet Earth, strange glowing objects in the form of an unknown language appear in the skies. In order to investigate these strange phenomena, the Earth Defense Forces form the Science Guard Agency led by Captain Akiyama. Akiyama immediately forms a top-rated team of scientific experts. Choichiro Hikari from the Earth Defense Forces space station is chosen to join the Science Guard Agency and begins making his way back to Earth. But as he is traveling through space, Hikari meets Ultraman Joneus. Ultraman Joneus tells Hikari that the Earth is in great danger. In order to defend the Earth, Ultraman Joneus says he must become one with an Earth man. Hikari agrees and he and Ultraman Joneus join forces. When danger strikes, Hikari is able to transform into the gigantic 40 meter tall superhero Ultraman Joneus.

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The ninth original series is “Ultraman 80.” This 50-episode series follows Takeshi Yamato, a 22-year-old young man who lives a double life. During the daytime, he is a rookie but popular science teacher at a junior high school in Tokyo. But after school and on Sundays he works as a member of the elite UGM (Utility Government Members), an Earth defense organization that tackles difficult situations such as alien invasion and attacks from monsters. When the situation gets out of control, Takeshi transforms into a 50-meter-tall mighty warrior, Ultraman 80, and knocks down the most terrifying monsters to save the day.

The “Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80” sets feature episode guides and audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles.

Shout! Factory TV Schedules ‘Ultraman’ Streaming Marathon

Shout! Factory TV and its Tokusatsu channel TokuSHOUTsu on July 10 will host an all-day streaming event featuring the series “Ultraman,” in celebration of the show’s 55th anniversary.

Starting at 7 a.m. “PT Ultraman Day: Ultrathon” can be viewed across TokuSHOUTsu and Shout! Factory TV platforms; on TokuSHOUTsu.com and ShoutFactoryTV.com or TokuSHOUTsu’s Pluto TV, Twitch and THETA.tv channels; Shout! Factory TV’s Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, and Roku apps; and digital streaming platforms including IMDb TV, Local Now, Pluto TV, Redbox, Samsung TV Plus, Sling TV, STIRR, Twitch, Vizio and XUMO.

The Ultrathon will feature 19 hand-picked episodes across nine “Ultraman” series, including “Ultraman,” “Ultraseven,” “Return of Ultraman,” “Ultraman Ace,” “Ultraman Leo,” “Ultra Q,” “Ultraman X,” “Ultraman Orb,” and “Ultraman Ginga.” They will stream alongside segments of a new “Ultraman” special, leading up to the 5 p.m. PT U.S. streaming debut of “Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial” as a grand finale. Additionally, the event will include exclusive giveaways of popular toys from Bluefin Brands, with promotional support from Marvel Entertainment, Factory Entertainment, VIZ Media, and Right Stuf Anime.

Following “Ultrathon,” “Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial” and “In Search of Ultraman! The Invasion from Another Space!” will join the catalog of “Ultraman” content also available for streaming on demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms.

‘Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman Collection’ Coming July 10 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment July 10 will release Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman Collection, a Blu-ray set containing nine exclusive episodes of the original “Ultraman” series featuring English dubs, collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions.

The $25.99 set will be exclusively sold (preorder here) on DeepDiscount.com as part of the launch of a dedicated “Ultraman” storefront that will offer all of Mill Creek Entertainment’s current Blu-ray/Steelbook releases in addition to other “Ultraman” related merchandise and products.

In the set, Ultraman and the Science Patrol will fight for peace against Kemular, Goldon, Seabozu, Skydon and more. Featuring art created by Arthur Adams on the cover from a collaboration of Marvel Comics and Tsuburaya Productions, the collection includes: episode three, “Science Patrol, Move Out”; episode 21, “Breach the Wall of Smoke”; episode 28, “Human Specimens 5 & 6”; episode 29, “Challenge to the Underground”; episode 30, “Phantom of the Snow Mountains”; episode 31, “Who Goes There?”; episode 34, “A Gift From the Sky”; episode 35, “The Monster Graveyard”; and episode 38, “Spaceship Rescue Command.”

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The set features the original broadcast edits fully remastered in HD and available for the first time ever with English dubs in DTS-HD Master Audio. Included in the exclusive Blu-ray release is a 12-page collectible booklet and episode guide. Also included is a new five-part bonus feature, “Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman,” made in collaboration with Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions. The video series takes place within the multiverse of the “Ultraman” series that explores the connections between the various television series and movies and the all-new storyline of the comics.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the “Ultraman” back-catalog from Tsuburaya Productions through international distribution partner Indigo Entertainment.

Netflix Developing ‘Ultraman’ CG-Animated Feature

Netflix is developing a CG-animated feature film Ultraman in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions and based on the iconic Japanese superhero.

In the film, baseball superstar Ken Sato returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman, but quickly finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe, a newborn Kaiju. Struggling to balance the roles of teammate and new father, Ken must confront his own ego, his estranged father, and the conniving Kaiju Defense Force to rise up and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman.

“Making this film is a dream come true. What began as an original story inspired by my love for Eiji Tsuburaya’s Ultraman somehow became an actual Ultraman film thanks to the incredible trust of the team at Tsuburaya Productions, and the support of the folks at Netflix Animation,” Shannon Tindle, who is directing the film, said in a statement. “We’ve assembled an all-star team and I can’t wait to share our unique take on Ultraman with the rest of the world.”

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“Ultraman was born in Japan 55 years ago,” Takayuki Tsukagoshi, CEO and chairman of Tsuburaya Productions, said in a statement. “This partnership with Netflix will be the first full-scale endeavor to reach the global market for Tsuburaya Productions. Ultraman, since it was created, has charmed many people around the world. And Shannon Tindle is one of those people. He was greatly influenced by Ultraman as a child, and he grew up to become a creator himself. I am delighted that families around the world will be able to  watch Shannon and his team’s vision for Ultraman on Netflix and foster feelings of courage, hope and kindness.”

“Having the opportunity to partner with our friends at Tsuburaya Productions to bring this beloved character to our members around the world is an honor,” Aram Yacoubian, Netflix’s director of original animated film, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be working with Shannon, John and an incredibly talented team of artists and lovers of Ultraman from around the world. We can’t wait to share our film with fans of this iconic Japanese hero and introduce a new generation to what’s sure to become their new favorite superhero.”

The project continues Netflix’s relationship with Tsuburaya Productions following the release of the “Ultraman” anime series which is currently in its second season.

Mill Creek Bowing Two More Ultraman Collections on Blu-ray June 15

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing two more collections from the Ultraman superhero library on Blu-ray June 15 — Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle, containing two complete TV series and a movie on five Blu-ray discs, at $45.99 and Ultraman Zero Collection, containing two movies and two specials across three Blu-ray discs, at $34.99.

The titles are available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

Originally released in 2007, the 13-episode “Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle” was linked to a popular Japanese arcade card game in which monsters from across the “Ultraman” series engaged in head-to-head combat. The show is set in the distant future, as the Earth organization Zap Spacy explores unknown planets for much-needed natural resources. Under the leadership of Captain Hyuga, the crew of the spaceship Pendragon crash lands on Planet Boris, a desolate world teaming with warring giant monsters. There they encounter a mysterious young man named Rei who uses a device called the Battlenizer to summon and control his own monsters. The story continues in the 2008 sequel series “Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle Never Ending Odyssey.” The Pendragon team are attacked by the Reionics Hunters, members of the alien Pedan race that seek to exterminate all of Rei’s kind. The conflict leads the crew to the monster-filled Planet Hammer and an encounter with Alien Reiblood, first of the Reionics.

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Rei and the Pendragon crew return in the 2009 theatrical feature Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy the Movie, a special effects extravaganza with nearly all of the Ultra Heroes. A terrifying threat returns to destroy the Ultraman homeworld, the Land of Light in Nebula M78, when the evil Ultraman Belial is released from centuries of imprisonment. Armed with a powerful Reionics weapon called the Giga Battlenizer, Bellial defeats one Ultraman after another and steals the Plasma Spark, the energy source for the Land of Light. Ultraman Mebius seeks out Rei to help rescue Ultraman and Ultraseven and recover the Plasma Spark. But will even the timely assistance of Ultraman Dyna and the powerful young fighter Ultraman Zero be enough to turn the tide against Belial and his army of monsters?

The Ultraman Zero Collection kicks off with Ultra Galaxy Legend Side Story: Ultraman Zero Vs Darklops Zero, a two-part special first released in 2010. Answering a distress call, Rei and Captain Hyuga become trapped in a pocket dimension where an unknown alien is creating evil imitations of the Ultras. When Ultraman Zero comes to their rescue, he is challenged by the black giant Darklops Zero, an armored warrior who looks just like him.

In the 2010 feature film Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial, the Ultra Heroes discover the Ultraman Belial still lives and is creating his empire by conquering planets in an alternate dimension. Dispatched to this new universe, Ultraman Zero encounters space pirates, a princess and her robot protector Jean-Bot, the hotheaded Glenfire, and the mysterious Mirror Knight, who must all join forces to put an end to Belial and his schemes.

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The two-part special Ultraman Zero Side Story: Killer the Beatstar (2011) follows the events of The Revenge of Belial. The Ultimate Force Zero team of Ultraman Zero, Glenfire and Mirror Knight come to the rescue when Princess Emerana and Jean-Bot are captured by the villainous Beatstar. Vowing to destroy all organic life, Beatstar sends the deadly robot Jean-Killer to crush his foes as plots to crash his artificial planet into an inhabited world.

The 2012 movie Ultraman Saga presents a team-up of Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Cosmos. The three heroes join forces with Team U (played by members of the J-idol group AKB48) to save children on an alternate Earth from the conqueror Alien Bat and his monster, Hyper Zetton.

All titles in the Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle and Ultraman Zero Collection sets feature DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles. The films Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy the Movie, Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial and Ultraman Saga also come with never-before-released English dubs.

‘Ultraman Leo’ Coming to Blu-ray May 25 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the classic Japanese series “Ultraman Leo” on Blu-ray as both a special-edition Steelbook and in standard packaging on May 25.

The seventh and final entry in the first wave of the “Ultraman” series premiered in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending the Earth from an invasion by the tyrannical Alien Magma. He is rescued by Gen Otori, a young Ultra warrior who had fled to Earth following the destruction of his home world, Planet L77 in the Leo constellation. Unable to return to his giant form, the injured Ultraseven resumes his human identity of Dan Moroboshi and trains Gen to become the next Ultra Hero — Ultraman Leo.

“Ultraman Leo” offered a more mature and often violent tone than its kid-friendly predecessor, “Ultraman Taro.” The show features a new Earth defense team; the Monster Attacking Crew; the return of classic Ultra Heroes such as Ultraman, Zoffy, Jack and Ace; and the introduction of three new Ultras.

The Steelbook and standard Blu-ray releases of “Ultraman Leo” include all 51 half-hour episodes in high-def with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.

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Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service movieSpree.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the entire available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

Shout! Factory to Roll Out ‘Ultraman’ on Streaming Platforms

Shout! Factory on Nov. 1 will release its first collection of films and series from Tsuburaya Productions’ iconic “Ultraman” library, including five complete television series and two films which span over 50 years of historic fandom.

The full offering includes the TV series “Ultra Q” (1966), “Ultraman” (1966-67), “Ultraseven” (1967-68), “Ultraman Orb” (2016) and “Ultraman Geed” (2017), alongside the films Ultraman Orb The Movie: Let Me Borrow the Power of Bonds! (2017) and Ultraman Geed The Movie: Connect the Wishes! (2018). The three classic Ultraman series also will premiere on Shout! Factory TV and TokuSHOUTsu in high definition, newly available for Shout! Factory’s expanding streaming audience.

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All Ultraman content will be available for streaming on demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms, on ShoutFactoryTV.com; on Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV branded channels including Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel.

Ultraman content can also be seen on TokuSHOUTsu, a linear channel (#848) in the Gaming + Anime section of Pluto TV. Pluto TV can be found on all leading digital streaming devices and services, including Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and more, as well as major smart TVs and game consoles.