|New Century Ultraman Legend|
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|Japanese Title: Shin Seiki Urutoraman Densetsu (“New Century Ultraman Legend”)
Director: Kiyoshi Suzuki
Original Release Year: 2002
Running Time: 15 minutes
DVD Released By: Unknown; there is no company information on the packaging. There are two email addresses printed on the disc: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video: Widescreen (the box is labeled 16x9, but it’s NOT anamorphic)
Audio: Japanese 2.0
Extras: Music video
Subtitles: English, Chinese
Closed Captions: None
UPC #: 4988102822712
Catalog #: D0553
Status: Out of print
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|The Film: An Ultra-obsessed family (Mom, Dad, and one Kenny) excitedly prepare for a viewing of Ultraman Cosmos on TV. Dad even wears a Super-GUTS jacket with “Papa” emblazoned on the back! The boy, Kanchi, folds a paper airplane. It promptly grows large enough to seat him and his father, and the two are whisked off through their TV screen into Ultra-land!
They fly through stock footage of various Ultramen battling monster foes. They shout encouragement to the Ultra-heroes, and sometimes throw things at the monsters. The TV / film clips are randomly interspersed with scenes of the many Ultramen doing an aerobics-like dance routine! There are also flashing super-deformed Ultras, and title screens from the various Ultra series.
The father & son TV travelers re-emerge into their living room. Mom seems surprisingly unfazed by the whole thing. Then, an evil face appears in the sky! Kanchi summons the Ultramen (all 28 of them) to vanquish it. Family TV night is saved!
New Century Ultraman Legend is a short film that played in Japanese theaters with Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet. It is one strange little movie. The scenes of many Ultramen dancing in unison give the impression that the crew at Tsuburaya Productions got really stoned one day and decided to film something while under the influence. Even some of the stock clips included are kind of trippy (one shows Ultraseven being “crucified”). The battle at the end is anticlimactic. The “Face in the Sky” is a cheaply animated thing. At one point, it spits out a bunch of Ultra-kaiju, but there is no big battle between the assembled Ultras and the monster swarm. While the end credits play, Mom and Dad lead a field full of children (and some other parents) in doing the Ultra dance. The whole affair is likely to leave sober viewers dumbfounded. Grade: C
Video: The non-anamorphic widescreen image is soft throughout, especially during the older clips. The older films are in good shape. They are free of speckles, lines, and other film damage. The colors aren’t very vivid, though. The stock clips include scenes from the final battles of Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Gaia: The Battle In Hyperspace. They don’t look as good as on Image’s DVD editions of those films. The dancing scenes are the brightest and clearest. Overall, the image is mediocre due to muted colors, softness, and lack of anamorphic enhancement. Grade: C
Audio: No complaints here. The Japanese stereo track sounds good. All of the insipid music, and the shouts of the Ultramen, are well reproduced. Grade: B
Extras / Menus: The only extra is a music video for the catchy Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet theme song. It appears to be a part of the main feature, as it plays right after the credits roll. However, it is listed as an extra supplement on the region 2 Ultraman Legend DVD, so I’m going to count it as one. It runs about 5 minutes, and consists of clips from the Cosmos 2 movie. This segment has non-removable Japanese subtitles, over which the English or Chinese subs are imposed (if selected). The menus feature a bit of this same music. The main menu has some minor animation. Grade: C+
Final Analysis: New Century Ultraman Legend is likely to be of interest only to hardcore Ultra fans, the very young, and the very stoned. I neither encourage nor condone the use of controlled substances. However, they may contribute to your enjoyment of this program. I’m sure they contributed to making it. Ultraman Legend should have been included as a supplement on the Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet DVD. Be warned: The 2003 feature Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle was also preceded by a short, New Century Ultraman Legend 2003: The King’s Jubilee. Start rollin’ them now. Final Grade: C
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