Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ultraman Ace and Ultraman X Announced for Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment!

The next two Blu-ray releases in the Ultraman franchise have been announced for release by Mill Creek Entertainment!
Ultraman Ace, which aired from 1972-1973 and is the fifth entry in the series following Return of Ultraman, will be available in both standard and Steelbook versions, both featuring the 52-episode series on six discs. Mill Creek Entertainment has posted the following synopsis:

"Alternate Dimension Being Yapool started invading Earth with an entourage of “Terrible-Monsters” that were more powerful than ordinary monsters. The Terrestrial Defense Force was annihilated by Terrible-Monster Verokron. Two youngsters, Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami, lost their lives trying to save people from the attack of Verokron. Ultraman Ace, who was sent from Nebula M78 Land of Light to stop Alternate Dimension Being Yapool’s malicious ambition, vested his life and power in Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami. Hokuto and Yuko, who received a new life, joined the Terrible-Monster Attacking Crew (TAC) that was organized in place of the Terrestrial Defense Force. When the Ultra Rings, the proof of membership of the Galactic Federation, glitter, after performing Ultra Touch, Hokuto and Yuko unite and transform into Ultraman Ace."
Ultraman X, which aired from 2015-2016, represents modern Ultraman, as depicted in shows like Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed. The series, which spans 22 episodes and three recaps, was also followed by a movie, Here He Comes! Our Ultraman. The six-disc set will feature the entire series and the movie.

ULTRAMAN X: The Complete Series

As Ultra Flares from the sun blanket the Earth, Spark Dolls that had been hidden underground and in the sea are turned into monsters. In order to deal with the sudden outbreak of invading aliens, humanity arms itself with machines of super science and forms the defensive team Xio. 15 years later ... A member of Xio, Oozora Daichi, hears a mysterious voice while in combat against a monster. "Unite ..." Just as Daichi is on the verge of being obliterated by the creature, he finds himself bathed in a radiant light.

ULTRAMAN X: The Movie - Here He Comes! Our Ultraman

When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem ... and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki's gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it! It's up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war!

Both Blu-ray sets are scheduled for release on April 21st! Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for breaking news, reviews, and pre-order links!

Review: The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

One of the many joys of discussing and reviewing pop culture through Cereal At Midnight lies in the simple aspect of discovery. I make the argument as often as I can that we're living in a golden age for cinema preservation; so much of our entertainment past is now at our fingertips, and in quality that blows away every previous release. With this unprecedented access comes the thrill of discovery, especially those pieces of work that might have fallen under the radar in the years and decades since their first appearance.

Prior to screening 1959's The World, The Flesh and The Devil via Warner Archive's fantastic new Blu-ray, the movie could not have been further off my radar. I honestly am not sure I'd even heard of it before. But through the discovery of the movie comes the joy of finding something that I've connected with and am so happy to have experienced.

On the surface, The World, The Flesh and The Devil would make a perfect double billing with The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 film starring Vincent Price as the last living human being on the face of the planet. In truth, I now see how The Last Man on Earth (based on the story I Am Legend by Richard Matheson) might very well have been influenced on screen by this 1959 predecessor.