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Box Front Japanese Title: Urutoraman Teiga & Urutoraman Daina:  Hikari No Hoshi No Senshi Tachi (“Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna:  Warriors Of The Star Of Light”)
Director: Kazuya Konaka (Ultraman Gaia:  The Battle In Hyperspace, The Dimension Travelers)
Original Release Year: 1998
Running Time: 68 minutes

DVD Released By: Image Entertainment
Video: Anamorphic widescreen
Audio: Japanese 2.0, Japanese 5.1, English 2.0, English 5.1
Extras: Isolated music score, trailers
Subtitles: English
Closed Captions: None
Region: 1
Format: NTSC
Chapters: 11
Packaging: Keepcase
MSRP: $24.99
UPC #: 014381038729
Catalog #: ID0387TPDVD
Status: Available


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The Film: The members of Super-GUTS (Super Global Unlimited Task Squad) track a monster to the moon, where it battles Ultraman Dyna.  This creature proves resilient to Dyna’s usual finishing moves.  The fight is cut short when the monster is suddenly vaporized by a huge spaceship!

Upon returning to Earth, the Super-GUTS team goes to a secret island base.  Here they discover that TPC (Terrestrial Peacekeeping Commission), the organization they work for, is also responsible for building the battleship.  The ship is called Prometheus, and its devastating main weapon is the Neo-Maxima Cannon.  The project leader, Dr. Kisaragi, explains that Super-GUTS has been summoned so that their brainwaves can be used to program the battle computer of Prometheus, making it an even more effective weapon.  The cocky young Asuka (Ultraman Dyna’s human alter ego) doubts that Prometheus can ever be as effective as Dyna at defending the Earth.  He accepts the challenge, and his thoughts are fed into the ship’s computer.

When Asuka regains consciousness, the base is attacked!  Asuka transforms into Ultraman Dyna to face the alien UFO.  Prometheus is also launched, but to destroy Dyna, not assist him.  Dr. Kisaragi announces that both she and Prometheus are under the control of the Monela aliens!  (“Monera” is probably a better translation, but oh well.)  Prometheus undergoes a stunning transformation and becomes the towering robot DeathFacer!  Since being programmed with Asuka / Dyna’s brainwaves, DeathFacer is able to anticipate and counter all of Dyna’s moves.  The one-sided battle ends when the Neo-Maxima Cannon devastates the island.  Dyna disappears and is presumed dead.

While Super-GUTS regroups (they have all survived, including Asuka), the Monelans announce that they will begin exterminating humanity at noon the next day.  After talking with the original GUTS’ Captain Iruma, Asuka regains his confidence.  This time, Dyna is ready for DeathFacer and shows the robot some devastating new tricks!  However, the Monelans aren’t going to give up.  They combine their bodies to form the gigantic Queen Monela.  This powerful creature captures Dyna and instantly devastates the city!  With Dyna’s energy running out, the mighty warrior may be finished.  Can even the reappearance of the mighty Ultraman Tiga save the Earth now?

Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna is a fun, colorful movie.  It’s got some great action scenes, and at just under 70 minutes, it moves along at a quick pace.  The special effects are bright and colorful, and very well done.  While some of the CGI is apparent, it works fine in the techno-fantasy universe of Ultraman.  DeathFacer is one of the coolest kaiju ever.  It’s a humanoid robot with an extendible claw on one arm, and a gatling gun on the other.  Its sinister face is a translucent plate with flashing red LED lights.  Ultraman fans are sure to be pleased with the return of Captain Iruma from the Ultraman Tiga TV series.  The rest of the GUTS team (except for Tiga’s alter ego Daigo) also have cameos at the end.  This enjoyable movie is recommended for interested kaiju fans.  Grade:  B

Video: The best word to describe this transfer is “sparkling.”  The print is clean and free of defects.  The anamorphic widescreen image is sharp and clear.  There are a few scenes with some minor grain, but it’s not a problem.  Where this transfer really shines is color reproduction.  All of the bright rays and explosions look great.  Excellent!  Grade:  A

Audio: This disc includes both the original Japanese language, and an English dub, both in 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround.  Both of the Japanese tracks sound good.  All of the music, dialogue, and sound effects come through loud and clear.  As for the English tracks, well, the music and sound effects sound good.  The dialogue is another story.  This movie has some of the worst English dubbing you’re likely to hear.  The English voice providers (they can’t be referred to as actors or performers) simply read off their lines with the conviction and enthusiasm of junior high school students reading Shakespeare.  The dialogue is ripe with awkward pauses and repeated words.  Little effort has been made to match the words to the Japanese actor’s lip movements.  This dub job is worse than the Heisei Godzilla dubs and the Sandy Frank Gamera dubs.  Grade:  B+ (Strictly on the basis of the Japanese.)

Extras / Menus: There are two slightly different trailers for Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna.  The first is the original Japanese trailer.  The second one appears to be an international trailer.  The dialogue is in Japanese, but it is narrated in English.  There is also one trailer for Ultraman Gaia:  The Battle In Hyperspace, in Japanese.  All three are in non-anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, and feature optional English subtitles.

The other extra is the isolated score.  This is a separate 2.0 audio track featuring Tatemi Yano’s music score only (with no dialogue or sound effects).  Quality is equivalent to the other tracks.  There are many kaiju fans for which the music is a major attraction to the genre.  This track is sure to be a boon for them.

The main menu is animated, the scene selection menus feature animated movie clips in the selection windows.  The audio and trailer menus are still images.  All of the menus feature background music. 
Grade:  B-

Final Analysis: A great-looking disc with some diverting extras.  The specs, features, and quality are identical to Image’s Ultraman Gaia:  The Battle In Hyperspace disc.  By presenting these enjoyable movies in anamorphic widescreen and including the original language audio, Image have made their Ultraman DVDs ones that all kaiju fans should have on their shelves.  Final Grade:  A-
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