Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966–1967)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller


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A human member of a defense force is given the life and ability to change into a giant super-hero to battle the monsters that wrecks havoc on Earth.


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  • Akiji Kobayashi in Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966)
  • Akiji Kobayashi in Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966)
  • Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966)
  • Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966)
  • Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966)
  • Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966)

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29 April 2005 | ChungMo
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| Sublime Wacked Out Monster Show - That's a Compliment!
The first giant robot Japanese Sci-Fi TV show has something that all the others (Ultraman sequels included) never achieved. It's set in a world of bizarre logic and weird film making that is hard to describe. Unlike American television shows, Ultraman seemed to be played for laughs, very strange laughs, but laughs none the less. Don't expect the self-conscious humor of Batman but a world where people say and do odd things, the plot lines take goofy turns and characters will suddenly turn to the camera and talk to you as if nothing strange is happening at all.

In one episode, the main characters (members of the "Science Patrol" in the Amrican translation) are sent out to find nuclear bombs that fell off a wayward space mission (!) and sank to the bottom of the sea. Unfortunately a sea creature found one of the bombs first and mutates into a giant monster (resembling the Creature from the Black Lagoon) that sinks boats and attacks ocean resorts. All the time a nuclear bomb is stuck on the monster's shoulder. The Science Patrol has the brilliant idea to sooth the enraged beast with music so they get the Japanese Coast Guard to play classical music from a destroyer! This has the opposite effect as the monster rips up and hurls trees around. One member of the Science Patrol make the incredible observation, "The monster doesn't like music, turn it off!". The show stops as the main characters try to figure out why their plan didn't work since "all wild beasts are soothed by music"! It's decided that radiation is the cause of the monster's inability to appreciate fine music!

If you are looking for "rational" entertainment, run far as you can from Ultraman. For the rest of us who enjoy goofy fun, you can't get better then this. The new DVD set has the original Japanese track which has increased my admiration for this show.

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Genres

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Release Date:

10 July 1966

Language

English, Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan

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