Long Forgotten Ultraman Animated Series Gets A Blu-ray Release

I was a teenager in the 80s and I honestly never heard of this. (Or maybe I'm just so old now that I forgot about it?)

From Crunchyroll

Tsuburaya Productions announced today that a Blu-ray disc of Ultraman USA, its co-production anime film with Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1987, will be released on September 26, 2018.

The film was inspired by the concept of Tsuburaya's long-running Ultraman tokusatsu superhero franchise,but its story was set in the US and featured three American protagonists, who transform into Ultraman Scott, Ultraman Chuck, and Ultrawoman Beth. Mitsuo Kusakabe (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!) served as director.

Under the title Ultraman: The Adventure Begins, its English-dub version was first aired in the US in October 1987, then its Japanese-dub version was screened as part of the "Ultraman Festival" event along with two episodes of Ultraman and Ultraman A in April 1989. Short introduction anime footage of Ultraman Kid were also attached to the beginning of each episode.

Its VHS was released in September 1989, then its laser disc was added in July 1991, but no DVD or Blu-ray have been officially released. The film's original 35mm film is digitally remastered in Hi-Vision resolution for the Blu-ray, and both the 75-minute Japanese and 78-minute English versions are included in the disc. In addition, the Ultraman Kid anime footage used in "Ultraman Festival" also comes as a bonus content. The price is 7,800 yen (about 72 US dollars).
I wonder if we will be able to get this here in America? I will have to see if I can dig up anything on that.



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