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Blood Fastest Selling Title in Manga's History

posted on 2001-10-20 13:08 EDT
Manga Entertainment has released a press release to celebrate the numerous acomplishments of Blood: The Last Vampire. Here on ANN, the Blood review was our most read review ever, even now, 15 months after being posted, the review remains in our top 10 requested pages list every month. Click to read Manga's Press Release.

Manga Celebrates 2001 with Record Breaking Year - Blood: The Last Vampire is the fastest selling title in Manga's history

"She {Saya, the slayer} makes Buffy look like a bed-wetting Girl Scout." - SPIN

Chicago, IL - Honored as Winner of Best Theatrical Film by this year's World Animation Celebration film festival, Manga's new vampire anime thriller Blood: The Last Vampire, is the fastest selling title in the company's 8-year history - selling over 120,000 units during the first month of release.

Blood: The Last Vampire is now competing for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Feature Film at this year's Annie Awards in Hollywood alongside Osmosis Jones, Shrek and The Emperor's New Groove.

"Akira meets Buffy"- WIRED

After breaking the record for the most successful video broadcast in sputnik7's history, on Halloween night (from dusk till dawn), Blood: The Last Vampire will have another video-on- demand streaming broadcast on www.sputnik7.com (6pm-9am EST), which is available to sputnik7 newsletter subscribers.

'Blood' also remains in theatrical release since August, and has been held over in many theatres. 'Blood' is currently touring as a feature film in RESFEST, the international digital film festival (www.resfest.com).

"We are very excited to bring a film like 'Blood' to America and present the newest digital film technology to all entertainment platforms." "Its success has proven to be a landmark time in the history of Manga Entertainment," stated Marvin Gleicher, President.

Blood: The Last Vampire debuted at #10 in Video Business's Top 20 DVD Sales, #14 in Billboard's Top 40 Overall DVDs, #12 in Video Store Magazine's Top 25 DVD Sellers List and #10 in Entertainment Weekly Top DVD Sellers List.

U.S. critics have praised Blood: The Last Vampire with Top Critics Pick in Time Out New York calling the film "Extraordinarily Beautiful." The Los Angeles Times calls it "Eerie, compelling...rendered in a stunning photo-realistic style!" and Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+.

Manga Entertainment Inc., a division of Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures, specializes in the production and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga's cutting-edge film catalog also features Asian live-action, cult, pop-culture and international animation. Manga films are distributed in the U.S. through Ryko Distribution and Sony Music Video distributes Manga Video throughout Canada. The company has offices in London and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Chicago. www.manga.com

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