ADV Announces 4 New Release Dates

Dec 12th 2003
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR PRINCESS NINE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

ALL 26 EPISODES OF THIS SMASH-HIT ANIME SERIES AVAILABLE ON SIX DISCS; IN STORES JANUARY 13, 2004

HOUSTON, December 12, 2003-ADV Films today announced a January 13, 2004 street date for its release of Princess Nine: The Complete Collection, the engaging shoujo anime hit about a team of young girls and their dreams of baseball glory. The release will include all of the series' 26 episodes on six discs.

Nine young high school girls defy the male-dominated tradition of Japanese sports... not to create a League of their own, but to challenge the boys on their own artificial turf and prove there's nothing a man can do that a woman can't do just as well! The hallowed stadiums of Japanese baseball become a battlefield as the bats crack, the sweat flies and every hard-earned run becomes another step in the long road-trip to victory! Sizzling sports action and gripping drama intertwine as nine young women come together in the acclaimed series that has fans cheering around the world!

Princess Nine wowed both Japanese and U.S. audiences on its original release, while critics praised the series' sharp animation, energetic music, and engaging storyline. Amazon.com's Charles Solomon called the title, "One of the best series for girls in recent years." "Charming, compelling and utterly convincing ... should be part of every anime fan's library," enthused Anime on DVD.

Princess Nine: The Complete Collection (SRP $59.98) is a DVD-only release, containing 26 complete episodes on six discs. Includes both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: players statistics; a live action cooking show, entitled "Ode to Oden;" feature on the history of baseball in Japan; profiles of the Japanese- and English-language voice actresses; clean opening and closing animation; the original Japanese artwork; and ADV Previews.

PRINCESS NINE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Running Time: 650 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Street Date: 1/13/04
Format SRP
DVD $59.98



ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR RUNE SOLDIER: LOUIE PUNCH

CONCLUDING VOLUME OF HILARIOUS ANIME ADVENTURE SAGA TO BE AVAILABLE JANUARY 13, 2004

HOUSTON, December 12, 2003-ADV Films today announced a January 13, 2004 release date for Rune Soldier: Louie Punch, the sixth and final volume of the anime adventure tale, combining fantasy, magic, comedy and epic quests in one irreverent package. Rune Soldier was created by Ryo Mizuno, the mind behind the acclaimed Record of Lodoss War anime.

What happens when you put one finicky priestess together with the part-time work schedule from hell? Melissa reaches the end of her rope filling in for a fever-stricken Merrill. When Louie hears of her plight, he vows to help-that is, if Melissa's juniors will let him!

Then, disaster strikes when a partisan army invades Ohfun. Taking his most trusted advisors, the king leads his army to battle, leaving the capital open to a coup d'etat. It's up to all the adventurers to band together and rescue the country from a traitor's clutches!

Don't miss the climactic confrontation between soldiers and sorcerers alike! It's an all-out battle to decide the fate of a nation in this final, spellbinding volume of Rune Soldier!

Rune Soldier: Louie Punch (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, and English subtitles. Extras include: two poster art puzzle pieces; a production sketches insert; tattoos; clean opening and closing animation; and ADV Previews.

RUNE SOLDIER: LOUIE PUNCH
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Street Date: 1/13/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98



ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR ORPHEN SEASON TWO: REVENGE, VOLUME TWO

SECOND VOLUME OF THRILLING ANIME FANTASY SERIES' SECOND SEASON AVAILABLE JANUARY 20, 2004

HOUSTON, December 12, 2003-ADV Films today announced a January 20, 2004 release date for the second volume of Orphen Season Two: Revenge, a sequel season that maintains the first season's winning combination of stylish animation, exciting action and quick wit. Orphen is a spells-and-sorcery favorite based on Yoshinobu Akita's popular series of Japanese fantasy novels, which spawned both this anime series and the hit Playstation® 2 video game.

Two's company, three's a crowd... but what's four?

Now that the totally dependable Lycoris has joined the gang, you would think that Orphen would get into less trouble. But trouble seems to find him anyway.

Between a power-hungry sorcerer, two bumbling superheroes, a trio of bank robbers and a whole army of monsters, Orphen and his friends are lucky just to make it through another day alive.

Orphen Season Two: Revenge, Volume Two (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes. In both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, and English subtitles. DVD extras include: clean opening and closing animation; outtakes; and ADV previews.

ORPHEN SEASON TWO: REVENGE, VOLUME TWO
Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Street Date: 1/20/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98



ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR CRYING FREEMAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

ALL SIX EPISODES OF THE ACCLAIMED ANIME SERIES AVAILABLE IN ONE COLLECTION JANUARY 27, 2004

HOUSTON, December 12, 2003-ADV Films today set a release date of January 27, 2004 for the DVD release of Crying Freeman: The Complete Collection, which includes all six episodes of the gripping anime series on three discs. Crying Freeman tells the tortured story of a brainwashed contract killer, at once brilliantly lethal and stricken by remorse.

The talented artist Yo Hinomura is brainwashed into becoming an assassin in the employ of the sinister crime syndicate known as "The 108 Dragons." Yet his conversion into a heartless killer is incomplete: He manages to retain some small link to his humanity, epitomized by the silent tears he sheds for his victims. Filled with bold images of uncompromising violence, lively sensuality and pulse-pounding action, Crying Freeman remains the quintessential example of mature storytelling told through stylish animation.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga series written by Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub) and illustrated by Ryoichu Ikegami (Sanctuary, Strain), Crying Freeman's impressive production pedigree includes direction by Daisuke Nishio (Dragon Ball) and Shigenori Yamauchi (Saint Seiya).

Crying Freeman: The Complete Collection (DVD $44.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release, containing all six episodes of the series on three discs. ADV's release includes both English- and Japanese-language versions of the title, and English subtitles. Includes ADV Previews.

CRYING FREEMAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Running Time: 300 Minutes; Age Rating: 17+
Street Date: 1/27/04
Format SRP
DVD $44.98

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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 .

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