Lost film containing 60 minutes of outtakes (aka “NG scenes”) from the original 1966-1967 Ultraman TV series was recently found at the home of a Tsuburaya Productions employee’s house, and Japan’s NHK-News was impressed enough to run a report on it!
Ultraman: not acutally from outer space, according to newly discovered film.
The missing footage gives valuable insight into how special effects techniques – ahem, tokusatsu -- were created in “them old days”. Here in the 21st century, a kaiju-on-fire can be created safely from behind a computer, but back then, some poor guy in a suit would have the pleasure of being doused in actual flame!
The NHK-News report on the found footage isn’t embeddable, but you can view it via THIS LINK HERE. Please enjoy the sight of Ultraman losing his balance, monsters missing their marks, and miniature buildings refusing to break!