Ultraman Orb Movie - The Power of Bonds! [Blu-ray]
(Hideo Ishiguro, Miyabi Matsuura, Naoto Takahashi, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / NR / (2017) 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: A mysterious item is delivered to paranormal investigators SSP. SSP members Naomi, Jetta and Shin determine that it is a transformation device ... the X Devizer that housed Ultraman X both during and after his merging with Xio agent Daichi Oozora (Kensuke Takahashi).
Gai Kurenai (Hideo Ishiguro), the human form of Ultraman Orb returns from his wanderings to search for X ... unaware that this is just the first sign of a new threat to the Earth.
The villainous space witch Murnau has allied with Ultraman Orb's arch enemy Jugglus Juggler to use the Dark Ring she now possesses.
Blu-ray Verdict: Without a shadow of a doubt, 'Ultraman Orb Movie - The Power of Bonds!' is a really great movie to top off the Ultraman Orb series!
Also featuring Ultraman X, Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Victory, and a brief battle appearance by Ultraman Zero, I used to only be into Godzilla and Gamera, but these newer Ultramen are proving to be almost as good!
Orb, in particular, is so good, especially in this film, that in an upcoming fanfiction I will be writing I am casting him as the wayward Ultra Prince, son of the Ultra King; and the last hope of saving planet Ultra from an ultimate threat!
Anyway, getting back on track, and Gai is, as always, an absolute pleasure to see on-screen and blends seriousness and humor well, particularly when he rolls up from Hawaii playing his trademark song on the ukulele rather than harmonica.
But it’s the SSP who really get to shine in the film – moving beyond their role of bystanders and getting to be part of the main action.
At its core the film is all about Gai learning to accept help from others/the SSP and it does a great job of selling that message, proving that even without the manpower and gadgets the SSP are just as valuable a “science patrol” as all the other various versions in the Ultraman universe. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Ultraman Orb Movie - The Power of Bonds!' [Blu-ray] is out March 17th, 2020 via Mill Creek Entertainment.