Malchik wrote:Inferno Rodan wrote:Iron King and Red Baron are FAR more obscure and also lack the draw of Godzilla (5 eps is 5 eps), and they still managed to get DVD releases.
Did Mill Creek (or preexisting distributer) buy the rights to both of those series through TBS & Nippon respectively? Or did they just buy the rights from an American distributer who's rights have yet expired?
I'm seriously asking this question because that's where the probability of this series being released on R1 lies.
BCI licensed RED BARON and IRON KING from Senko Kikaku, the owners of Senkosha Productions. Mill Creek acquired the shows when they purchased some of BCI's library after that company folded.
JVM wrote:I can see the ZF episodes with Godzilla being released as special features in a movie-based DVD but I can't see a whole series release but hey, I'm in support of it
I think ZONE FIGHTER would be a natural for a US release. Several distributors (Media Blasters, Shout! Factory, BCI, Mill Creek, Joyplex, AnimEigo) have released complete series in North America, and that includes a lot of shows that are more obscure/less marketable than a Toho monster series. All of Toho's monster movies (not counting some co-productions) have been released in the US either theatrically, on TV, or on video, so there's clearly a long established market for that product here. I would just pitch ZONE FIGHTER as the only live action Toho production featuring Godzilla and other Toho monsters that has never been released in this country.