Ultra Q: The Complete Series (Steelbook) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Eiji Tsuburaya
STARRING: Kenji Sahara, Hiroko Sakurai, Yasuhiko Saijo
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:33/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 4
AVAILABLE FROM Mill Creek Entertainment
After co-creating the iconic movie monsters Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra for Toho Studios, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya launched his own company, Tsuburaya Productions. The first production under his new label was ULTRA Q, a 28-episode series that brought the theatrical spectacle Tsuburaya had become known for to television. The black & white sci-fi drama focused on Mainichi Shimpo photojournalist Yuriko Edogawa (Hiroko Sakurai, Ultraman), Hoshikawa Airlines pilot/SF writer Jun Manjome (Kenji Sahara) and his co-pilot Ippei Togawa (Yasuhiko Saijo), who partnered to investigate mysterious events occurring in and around Japan. These phenomena often involved aliens and giant monsters, many of whom would return in future Ultraman shows and movies.
Ultra Q differs a bit from the later Ultra Man series. Instead of things going to earth and usually battling Ultra Man, in Ultra Q we see investigations of strange things happening in the universe. It seems to have more in common with other black and white anthology shows of the time rather than what would come later. Still, we get fun Japanese sci-fi action with is probably some of the best sci-fi action. We also do get weird creatures and giant monsters and that is always a major plus with me. It is hard to get tired of watching a show like this because every episode can feel really different and it makes for a fun watch that doesn’t get dull just as long as you are into this type of stuff. And I will admit upfront here that it might be an acquired taste for some.
As far as the Blu-ray here goes, this is a black and white show but it looks great. I think this is one of the better-looking clean-ups I’ve seen on a show of this nature and mixing that with the awesome steelbook package makes for one of the cooler releases of the year next to the Ultra Man release that is also in a steelbook and from Mill Creek Releasing. If you like the more geeky side of television but still one of the more fun sides of it, I think you’ll dig Ultra Q. I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into having only seen Ultra Man but I dug and think most will as well.
– Complete, original Japanese broadcast edits – fully remastered and restored in HD
– Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio
– 28-page collectible booklet
– Digital Redemption on movieSPREE!
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%