ADV Announces Happy Lesson volume 1

Dec 19th 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE DATE SET FOR HAPPY LESSON

FIRST VOLUME OF BRIGHT ROMANTIC COMEDY TO BE AVAILABLE IN STORES FEBRUARY 3, 2004

HOUSTON, December 19, 2003-ADV Films has set a street date of February 3, 2004 for the DVD release of Happy Lesson: Mom-Ageddon, the first volume of the light-hearted, laugh-out-loud anime series that follows the beloved shounen tradition of Oh My Goddess! and Love Hina. Happy Lesson tells of Chitose, a teenager who suddenly finds himself surrounded by a bevy of beauties. But these ladies aren't vying for Chitose's romantic affection-they all want to be his mother!

What teenage boy wouldn't want to spend his days surrounded by a pack of beautiful women? Chitose, that's who! He just moved out of the orphanage and back into his deceased parents' house. But instead of lounging around the ultimate bachelor pad, he's dodging discipline from his five new mothers! His high school teachers have adopted him, and the only thing that overshadows their good looks is their near-psychotic maternal zeal.

Just look at what they've got in store for him. When Chitose starts failing his classes, Mutsuki dons a sexy tutor outfit and beats the knowledge into him. Then Yayoi detects a spirit of misfortune inside Chitose's body, and decides to remove it-by force. And of course, there are the contests in which his mothers compete to win Chitose like some kind of grand prize. How could any young guy hope to survive all this?

Happy Lesson was produced by KSS (Wedding Peach, Oh My Goddess!) and directed by Akira Suzuki (Blue Submarine #6, MAZE).

Happy Lesson: Mom-Ageddon ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing five complete episodes. It includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. DVD extras include: character sketches; clean opening and closing animation; a mini poster; a printed insert with character profiles and voice actress/actor interviews; and ADV Previews.

HAPPY LESSON: MOM-AGEDDON
Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Street Date: 2/3/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

ADV FILMS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR LEGEND OF THE MYSTICAL NINJA: THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

SECOND VOLUME OF ANIME TIE-IN TO HIT VIDEO GAME TO BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 10, 2004

HOUSTON, December 19, 2003-ADV Films today announced a street date of February 10, 2004 for the Legend of the Mystical Ninja: The Fight for Justice, second volume of the zany anime tie-in to the immensely popular Nintendo video game from Japanese game-maker Konami. The Legend of the Mystical Ninja anime stays loyal to the colorful characters and wacky sense of humor that attracted so many to the game. Using a television as a portal, the brightly coiffed Goemon, hero of both the game and the series, crosses from the game world to the human world to save humankind from an invasion of the video game world's most undesirable citizens.

Goemon, Ebisumaru, Yae, and the rest of the video game gang continue to fight to protect the human world and are constantly amazed at everyday things we humans take for granted. Tsukasa and his family and friends don't quite understand what the big deal is. Things that we think are boring-riding the train, camping and television-offer the evil master Seppukumaru more ways to wreak havoc on humans and fill the "rage gauge" to unleash an endless stream of cyber monsters. If Seppukumaru and his minions, the Four Tsugigiri, can keep the rage index high enough, Lord Makuamuuge can enter through the cyber-tunnel and rule the human world. But not if Goemon and friends can help it!

Legend of the Mystical Ninja: The Fight for Justice (SRP $19.98) includes five complete episodes. In both English 2.0-language version, and Japanese 2.0-language version, with English subtitles. Includes interviews with the English cast and ADV Previews.

LEGEND OF THE MYSTICAL NINJA: THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 13+
Street Date: 2/10/04
Format SRP
DVD $19.98

DATE SET FOR RELEASE OF FARSCAPEÔ : SEASON FOUR, COLLECTION TWO

TWO-DISC COLLECTION IN STORES JANUARY 27, 2004

HOUSTON, December 19, 2003-ADV Films today announced a street date of January 27, 2004 for the home-entertainment release of the two-DVD, five-episode Farscape: Season Four, Collection Two. Farscape's original, often surprising storylines and its strong, sexy characters, including its star Ben Browder as "John Crichton," has appealed to a global audience, with passionate and committed fans from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, France and Australia.

TV Guide has hailed the award-winning series as "The Best Sci-Fi on TV," USA Today called Farscape "TV's Best Space Series," and Farscape received the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Series-the series' third win in a row!

Episodes from Farscape Season Four: Collection Two:
"Natural Election" (Episode 406)
Crichton predicts a wormhole's appearance near Moya, but just then a giant space plant captures the Leviathan. D'Argo attacks the plant in his ship, sending it into Moya's conduits, making it even more difficult to kill. Finally, an agent is found to repel the plant, but it exists only in Scorpius's cooling rods. To save Moya, Crichton will have to trust his enemy.

"John Quixote" (Episode 407)
Chiana and Crichton are sucked into a game world ruled by a virtual Stark, who sends Crichton on a quest to "Kiss the Princess." To escape the game, they must battle old friends and enemies in fantastic guises. Meanwhile, onboard Moya, Scorpius escapes and brings the crew under his control.

"I Shrink Therefore I Am" (Episode 408)
When Moya is raided by bounty hunters working for the Peacekeepers, all the crew is captured except for Crichton and Noranti. The armored intruders shrink their captives, and imprison them in holding cavities... inside their bodies. If Crichton kills the intruders, he risks killing his friends as well.

"A Prefect Murder" (Episode 409)
The crew lands on a planet divided by generations of clan war. After experiencing strange hallucinations, Aeryn is subliminally coerced into assassinating a clan leader. When Crichton also starts having hallucinations, they realize that someone is using both of them.

"Coup by Clam" (Episode 410)
While in quarantine above the planet Khurtanan, the crew shares a meal of alien mollusks and suffers a violent physical reaction. Each crew member becomes bodily linked to one of the others, Crichton to Sikozu, Aeryn to Rygel, and so on. It soon becomes clear they have been deliberately poisoned by the local doctor and are being blackmailed in exchange for the cure.

Farscape: Season Four, Collection Two (SRP $39.98) is a DVD-only release containing five episodes on two discs (episodes 406 through 410) and presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Includes English 5.1, English 2.0, and closed captioning. DVD extras include: a printed insert with official episode synopses and updated character histories of Ka D'Argo and Chiana; a behind-the-scenes interview with Jonathan Hardy (Voice of "Rygel"); Inside Farscape: Villians; From the Archives: "Revenging Angel" animatics; Cool Farscape Facts; Alien Encounters; Sets, Props, & Costumes Gallery; deleted scenes; Farscape trailers; and ADV Previews.

About The Jim Henson Company:
The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for more than 45 years, is a multimedia production company; one of the top character licensors in the industry; a leading publisher of children's books and home to Jim Henson Television, Jim Henson Pictures, Jim Henson Interactive, Jim Henson Home Entertainment and Jim Henson's Creature Shop(tm). The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and production facilities in New York and London. The Jim Henson Company website is located at: .

FARSCAPE: SEASON FOUR, COLLECTION TWO
Running Time: 250+ minutes
Street Date: 1/27/04
Format SRP
DVD $39.98

ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR MUTANT X: SEASON 1 DISCS 8-9

TWO-DISC RELEASE FROM SEASON ONE OF THE ACCLAIMED SCIENCE-FICTION SERIES; IN STORES JANUARY 6, 2004

HOUSTON, December 19, 2003-ADV Films today announced a January 6, 2004 street date for Mutant X: Season 1 Discs 8-9, a two-disc, DVD release from the first season of the hit syndicated television series Mutant X. The release initiates new packaging for the series, bringing greater value for the buyers. Now, Mutant X will be released in two-disc, four-episode volumes at a suggested retail price of $19.98.

Produced in association with Tribune Entertainment, Marvel Studios and Fireworks Entertainment, the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X stars John Shea as "Adam," leader of a group of reluctant heroes, unwitting victims of genetic experimentation with astonishing, and sometimes deadly, powers. They are thrust into situations and secret missions to help others when conventional methods have failed.

The Episodes:
"Lazarus Syndrome" (Episode 115)
Emma falls prey to a deadly handsome modern-day vampire who must feed on the life force of mutants to survive.

"Interface" (Episode 116)
Emma finds herself in grave danger when she is reunited with an old high school friend... who now uses her mutant ability to interact with computers using only her mind to help the GSA.

"Presumed Guilty" (Episode 117)
Adam finds himself framed for murder after encountering a mutant who can steal people's memories.

"Ex Marks the Spot" (Episode 118)
It's bad news when Shalimar's former boyfriend joins the Mutant X team in order to steal a secret genetic formula.

Mutant X: Season 1 Discs 8-9 ($19.98 SRP) is two-disc, DVD-only release in English 2.0 audio. Includes four complete episodes: "Lazarus Syndrome;" "Interface;" "Presumed Guilty;" and "Ex Marks the Spot." Presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Extras include: an image gallery; Adam's Notes-Comlink Rings; Reports from Genomex-General Advisory: Personnel Notice; Original TV promos; and ADV Previews.

About Tribune Entertainment:
Tribune Entertainment, a subsidiary of Tribune Broadcasting Company, is involved in the production and distribution of an extensive slate of television programming. Programs distributed by the company include the weekly action adventure hours "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda," starring Kevin Sorbo, "Mutant X" and "BeastMaster"; game show strip "Family Feud"; weekly "Soul Train" and "U.S. Farm Report" series; and numerous telefilms and television specials. Recently, Tribune Entertainment acquired the exclusive domestic distribution rights to Hearst Entertainment's program library. The deal includes more than 250 movies-of-the-week and feature films, as well as approximately 1,000 episodes of live action series, including the returning first-run lifestyle programs "B. Smith with Style," "Famous Homes & Hideaways," "Ron Hazelton's HouseCalls" and "Pet Keeping with Marc Morrone." For more information on Tribune Entertainment, please visit the company's web site at www.tribtv.com .

About Fireworks Entertainment:
Headquartered in Toronto and operating internationally with offices in Los Angeles, London and Dublin, Fireworks develops, produces, acquires and distributes an extensive slate of feature films and television programs throughout the world. The Fireworks library includes the action-hour series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and Mutant X, Relic Hunter, starring Tia Carrere, the children's programs 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd and Caitlin's Way, both for Nickelodeon, Black Hole High for NBC/Discovery Kids, and the upcoming mini-series produced by BLT Productions in association with Fireworks and Miramax, A Wrinkle in Time. Fireworks feature films include Rat Race, Who is Cletis Tout?, Hardball, and the award winning films The Believer, and An American Rhapsody. For more information on Fireworks Entertainment, please visit the company's web site at http://www.watchfireworks.com .

MUTANT X: SEASON 1 DISC 8-9
Running Time: 200+ minutes
Street Date: 1/6/04
Format SRP
DVD $19.98

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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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