Six A D V Films Street-Date Press Releases

Sep 9th 2003
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: THE MOTION PICTURE-PRINCE OF DARKNESS

FEATURE-LENGTH FILM SEQUEL TO WILDLY POPULAR TV SERIES MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO

HOUSTON, September 9, 2003-ADV Films has set a street date of November 11, 2003 for the DVD-only release of Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture - Prince of Darkness, the feature film sequel to the smash hit TV series MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO.

On its 1998 theatrical release, Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture - Prince of Darkness received acclaim from Japanese fans and critics alike for being a true-to-form follow-up to the television series. MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO was renowned for being a thrilling futuristic adventure tale (including loads of explosive mecha action) with an underpinning of satire. Knowing that the film sequel stays on track, U.S. fans have been eagerly anticipating its stateside release.

The Story:
Two years have passed since the Great War. Akito and Yurika have vanished. The Jovians and the Earthlings have joined forces and Ruri is now captain of Nadesico B. As the popularity of Boson Jumping grows, a vast transportation network has been developed. Dubbed the Hisago Plan, this network of Chulip portals holds the answers to the mysteries behind Bose particles and their power. If those secrets should fall into the wrong hands, it could mean big trouble.

And big trouble there is. A Martian splinter group has launched an offensive, leaving the United Forces befuddled and desperate. So much so, in fact, that the former crew of the Nadesico is called back to active duty for a special unsanctioned mission-to save us all. Does this menagerie of misfits have what it takes? Who will win the race for the Boson technology? And what the heck happened to Akito and Yirika? The answers lie within-deep within-the Nadesico: Prince of Darkness.

Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture - Prince of Darkness ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release presented in letterboxed widescreen format with an English 5.1 language version and a Japanese 2.0-language version, with English subtitles. Extras include a reversible cover and ADV Previews.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: THE MOTION PICTURE-PRINCE OF DARKNESS
Running Time: 90 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 10/14/03
Street Date: 11/11/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR ZAION: I WISH YOU WERE HERE-DEVASTATION

SECOND AND FINAL VOLUME OF THIS TIMELY AND INTRIGUING TALE OF A LETHAL VIRUS OUTBREAK AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 11, 2003

HOUSTON, September 9, 2003-ADV Films today announced a November 11, 2003 release date for the second and final volume of the thrilling sci-fi anime series Zaion: I Wish You Were Here. Directed by Seiji Muzushima (Dai-Guard, Generator Gawl) and produced by Gonzo Digimation (Full Metal Panic!, Hellsing, Blue Sub No. 6), Zaion found success with Japanese fans not only through its 2001 television release, but also with a groundbreaking Internet broadcast of the first episode. Praise for the series has traveled across the Pacific, increasing U.S. anticipation for the four-episode series, praised for its plot, its character designs and its successful combination of CG and traditional cel animation.

The Story:
As the outbreaks of the M34 virus continue to worsen, the NOA soldiers face strengthening opposition. The virus continues to evolve, adapting itself against the nanotechnology, turning the very advantages of the NOA soldiers against themselves. The bond between Yuuji and Ai will be put to the test as the threat of the M34 virus brings havoc and death all around them.

Zaion: I Wish You Were Here-Devastation (SRP $24.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including two complete episodes presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, and English subtitles. Extras include: interviews with Director Seiji Mizushima, SF Setting Director Mitsuyasu Sakai, 3D Yasufumi Soejimi, Music Director Kenji Kawai, and Voice Actress Yukari Tamura ("Ai"); and ADV Previews.

Collector's Edition Available!
A Collector's Edition is also available, including the series' first volume, Zaion: I Wish You Were Here-Epidemic, and a custom series art box, sized to hold both volumes of the series (SRP $29.98).

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

ZAION: I WISH YOU WERE HERE-DEVASTATION
Running Time: 60 minutes; Age Rating: 13+
Pre-Book Date: 10/14/03
Street Date: 11/11/03
Format SRP
DVD $24.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE SET FOR NAJICA BLITZ TACTICS: VOLUME 3

CONCLUDING VOLUME OF RACY ACTION ANIME SERIES IN STORES NOVEMBER 11, 2003

HOUSTON, September 9, 2003-ADV Films has set a street date of November 11, 2003 for the release of the third and final volume of the thrilling and racy 12-episode Japanese animated series Najica Blitz Tactics.

Directed by Katsuihiko Nishijima (Project A-Ko, Labyrinth of Flames), and with animation direction by Noriyasu Yamauchi (Guyver: Out of Control), Najica Blitz Tactics is a fast-paced "spy-fi" thriller, packed with hard-hitting action and more than a little eye-candy for the fans.

The Story:
Super agent Najica Hiiragi and her Humaritt partner Lila have their hands full! Humaritts are androids trained for absolute obedience; but when the Humaritt Elith rejects a decision by her master , the rebel leader Athena, the CRI agents can't prevent the tragic results. Then a call from Gento's long-lost friend Yoshiki has Najica and Lila racing to save the scientist and his lover, the Humaritt Serina, from the forces of Dr. Renika Ren (the creator of all Humaritts). The greatest danger, however, just might be Serina's desire to protect Yoshiki!

To end the Humaritt threat, Shinba Industrial attacks Dr. Ren's secret underground laboratory in an abandoned city. A massive battle erupts with Dr. Ren's android army, including the awesome Humaritt X. Inside the lab, Lila befriends a mysterious boy called Alpha, and Najica suspects Dr. Ren isn't what she appears to be. But time is short: a military air strike is set to level the city. Don't miss the awesome conclusion of Najica Blitz Tactics!

Najica Blitz Tactics: Volume 3 ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes, in both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. DVD extras include audio commentary by David Williams, Kira Vincent Davis, and Monica Rial; a Delinquent Circle of Ekoda music video; production sketches; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV Previews.

Pantyriffic Collector's Edition Available!
Volume 1 of Najica Blitz Tactics is still available in a collectors' edition including the DVD and a custom series art box, sized to hold the entire series AND an exclusive pair of white cotton Najica Blitz Tactics bikini-cut panties! (Sorry, gents; still one size only...)

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

NAJICA BLITZ TACTICS: VOLUME 3
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 17+
Pre-Book Date: 10/14/03
Street Date: 11/11/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR ORIGINAL DIRTY PAIR: FLIGHT 005 CONSPIRACY

THE ORIGINAL GIRLS WITH GUNS RETURN FOR ANOTHER ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE; AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 4, 2003

HOUSTON, September 9, 2003-ADV Films today announced a November 4, 2003 street date for the OVA Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy, another segment in the fan-favorite Dirty Pair franchise.

The Dirty Pair brand, with its proven and rewarding combination of excitement, mayhem and sexy heroines, appeared in several manifestations in the 1980s and 90s, including numerous anime series and successful manga and comic adaptations on both sides of the Pacific. Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy, released originally in 1990, is in true "girls with guns" form, loaded with thrilling action and comic mishaps.

The Story:
It's Chief Gooley's worst nightmare come true. The Lovely Angels are back on the job, but this time the 3WA's Central Computer has assigned them two cases at the same time: investigate a space liner explosion in which three hundred people died, but no one's come forward to claim any insurance money; and find a missing scientist and his family. Could the two cases be connected? Only the Central Computer knows and it's not talking. So it's up the Dirty Pair to get down and dirty and solve the puzzle before time runs out for a grieving grandfather, his family and the universe!

Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release of the OVA, including both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions of the title, and English subtitles. Includes ADV Previews.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

ORIGINAL DIRTY PAIR: FLIGHT 005 CONSPIRACY
Running Time: 50 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 10/7/03
Street Date: 11/4/03
Format SRP
DVD $19.98

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SAKURA WARS TV: STAGE FRIGHT

FIFTH VOLUME OF THE HIT ANIME TV SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 11, 2003; TIES IN TO POPULAR SAKURA WARS OVA, VIDEO GAMES

HOUSTON, September 9, 2003-ADV Films today announced a November 11, 2003 release date for Sakura Wars TV: Stage Fright, fifth volume of ADV's DVD release of the title.

Well known for its enthusiastic genre hopping, including robot combat, musical theatre, romance, a dose of history lesson and more, the Sakura Wars franchise-including video games, OVAs and this television series-has proven an enduring fan favorite.

The Story:
Sakura finally realizes her dream of starring in the Imperial Flower Combat Troop's new show, but the devious Satani has more than a bouquet of roses with which to reward our star. What will the team do when their key player is running plays for the other side? And how can they win if their coach is missing in action? Will the old traditions prove to be the way to a new victory?

Based on the video game that took the world by storm, Sakura Wars TV brings you even more of the beautiful warriors made popular in Sakura Wars. This volume takes you four episodes closer to the exciting conclusion of the epic battle between our high-strung heroes and the tireless shadow dwellers. Things will get a lot worse before they get any better.

Sakura Wars TV: Stage Fright ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing four complete episodes. It includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, and English subtitles. DVD extras include: an 8-page printed booklet including production sketches; production notes; clean opening and closing animation; character bios; and ADV previews.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

SAKURA WARS TV: STAGE FRIGHT
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 10/14/03
Street Date: 11/11/03
Format SRP
DVD $29.98



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RELEASE DATE SET FOR MEDABOTS: MEDABOTS FOREVER!

TWELFTH HOME-VIDEO VOLUME OF THE TOP-RATED ABC FAMILY SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 4, 2003

HOUSTON, September 9, 2003-ADV Films has set a street date of November 4, 2003 for the home video release of Medabots: Medabots Forever!, the twelfth and final volume of the must-see ABC Family animated series. ADV plans concurrent release of both VHS and DVD versions of Medabots: Medabots Forever!

Medabots, directed by Katsuhisa Yamada (Battle of the Planets, Devil Hunter Yohko) is a major franchise in Japan, with sales of comic books, toys, video games, and other licensed merchandise in the millions.

The Story:
Ikki and Team Japan have reached the final round of the World Robattle Tournament. Now all that stands between them and the championship is Victor and Team Kenya. But what are the rumors that have surfaced lately about the disastrous final round of the tournament eight years ago? What happened to make the Medabots go berserk? Will history repeat itself? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in the final action-packed volume of Medabots!

Medabots: Medabots Forever! (SRP $14.98 DVD; $9.98 VHS) includes episodes 48 through 52 of the highly-rated ABC Family children's television series. Episode titles are: "The Calm Before the Storm," "Taking the Victor Out of Victory," "Altered States," "Waking to a Dream," and "Metabee's Last Stand." DVD-only extras include character descriptions, a Medabots A to Z special feature, and ADV previews. With English 2.0 audio.

About ADV Films:
In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic! and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network(tm), broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at http://www.advfilms.com.

MEDABOTS: MEDABOTS FOREVER!
Running Time: 125 Minutes; Age Rating: All
Pre-Book Date: 10/7/03
Street Date: 11/4/03
Format SRP
DVD $14 .98
VHS $9.98

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