I remember seeing the original English dubs of Ultraman and Ultraseven as a kid, usually on random channels, and I never got to see all of them. Then the US series came out, and all the toys and the infamous video game for the SNES. Then, nothing. Nothing I've been aware of anyway. I guess it just wasn't that popular here in the US or something, but I've been trying to find all of the Ultraman series, and have only found the original on DVD on Amazon. It was amazingly cheap, being only around $7 plus shipping. However, nothing else is available except for some sort of rare box set of Ultraseven that is going for around $300 to $700, which is ridiculous.
I read something about a long legal battle over the rights to Ultraman in Japan and Thailand. It seems to me that it would be in their best interest to release these shows on DVD in other countries, with either subtitles or dubs, or both. However, I can't find any or any indication that they ever will. So I'm wondering why and what happened to the Ultraman franchise exactly. I've seen what TV-Nihon has as far as subs, which are all great, and I've seen clips on Youtube of some of the other series, but that's it. I know that some of these series have been licensed, so they can't be legally subbed and made available for download, but if they have the license, they should really do something with it. If all of the Ultraman series were made available on DVD, subbed or dubbed in English, at a reasonable price, I'd be more than happy to support their release and buy them. Otherwise, I have no idea how to find and watch them, but I want to. Everything from the original to now, I really want to see.
So, if anyone knows why they haven't been released, knows if they will ever be released, or if I can get them somewhere, please let me know. Thanks in advance!