Geneon May Releases

Mar 2nd 2004
DEMON LORD DANTE – DANTE RESURRECTS

From nightmare to reality, the blood curdling anime thriller Demon Lord Dante – Dante Resurrects gushes onto DVD on May 25 from Geneon Entertainment. Mixing “Ice Age” with action-packed anime, Ryo Utsugi is transformed into a demonic beast that has been trapped inside ice for 2,000 years. Based on the popular hit Japanese comic created by GO NAGAI (Devil Man, Cutey Honey, Mazinger Z/Tranzor Z) and character designs by Toshimitu Kobayashi (El Hazard: Alternative World, Weiss Kreuz), the Demon Lord Dante DVD features an incomparable display of magical graphic animation and a modern day terror from Japan's premier master of horror. Available for the first time on DVD with a collector's box for the following three volumes, experience the unexpected twists and turns in Demon Lord Dante at the low price of $34.98 (with box) and $24.98 (DVD alone). The DVD also features bilingual audio and English subtitles.

Synopsis:
Ryo Utsugi has been disturbed by nightmares of being attacked by a gigantic, demonic creature with blood dribbling from its teeth. One day, he develops a mysterious power to hear voices and foresees horrifying images of women being killed. Then, at a cottage in the mountains, he hears the same voice. Ryo runs out of the cottage, jumps off a cliff following the voice, and gets transported to the Himalayas in a blink. There, he encounters the monster from his nightmare: Demon Lord Dante, who had been sealed in ice for 2000 years! Hideous murders, Satanists' black mass, the secrets of the Utsugi family… mysterious things await Ryo, who is transfigured into Dante.

Price w/Box: $34.98
Price w/out Box: $24.98
Street Date: 5/25/04
Pre-order Date: 4/20/04
Running Time: 100 min
Catalog Number: 12185 (Collector's slipcase box w/ Vol. 1 DVD)
Catalog Number: 12186 (Vol. 1 DVD)
Rating: 16 UP
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Language: English, Japanese

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HEAT GUY J - VOLUME 6 – Urban Corruption

Money laundering, murder, arson and corruption – the police and the Special Unit cross paths with Judoh's underworld seeking evidence to uncover the identity of the new Vampire and the mysterious Serge Echigo who's rumored to control the underworld! However, results come with a painful price when Edmundo's partner is killed, Edmundo loses his job and Monica's photo shop is burned to the ground. As they come to the Special Unit for protection, a new family forms.

DVD Features:
16:9 Anamorphic Video, Four bilingual (English & Japanese) episodes
DVD Extras:
Foil enhanced packaging featuring original art by Nobuteru Yuuki

Street Date: May 25, 2004
Order Date: April 20,2004
SRP: $29.98 DVD
Approx. Running Time: 75 minutes
Catalog Number: 12057
Rating: 13 UP

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L/R: Licensed by Royalty - MISSION FILES 4 - Assassinations

Jack disappears while investigating into DTI, leaving Rowe all alone to deal with their new assignment – to protect Noelle while she prepares for her Crowning confirmation ceremony. The intense media attention is difficult enough, but old royal power struggles and an ambitious agent create an overwhelming task! As Noelle prepares to use the ceremony to make a stunning revelation about DTI and the royal familiy, L/R receives a chilling new mission – assassinate Noelle during the ceremony!

Street Date: May 25, 2004
Order Date: April 20, 2004
LSRP: $29.98 DVD
Approx. Running Time: 75 minutes
Rating: 16 UP

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A LITTLE SNOW FAIRY SUGAR - SPECIAL

Heartwarming Sugar and her fairy friends take to the stage in A Little Snow Fairy Sugar – Special coming to DVD on May 4, 2004 from Geneon Entertainment. Under the art direction of Shichiro Kobayashi (Panda! Go, Panda!, Berserk, Utena, Kimagure Orange Road), this delightfully lush animation sparkles on the DVD as Sugar and her friend go under the spotlight to perform their own play. Even sweeter, Geneon releases a special limited edition DVD, packaged with two collectible shampoo bottles featuring star characters. Featuring a four-page insert with an illustration gallery by the series' creators, A Little Snow Fairy Sugar – Special DVD is available for $19.98 or $24.98 (limited edition). DVD bonus features also include a special textless ending, the original Japanese ending, animorphic widescreen and Geneon Animation previews.

Synopsis:
Back when Sugar was still an apprentice Snow Fairy… Saga has been chosen to star in the school play as a Princess! Sugar, Pepper and Salt become so excited over the news that they couldn't wait to go see the rehearsals. Unfortunately, Saga discovers she has stage fright and becomes nervous in the role. Will she be able to perform before an audience? Meanwhile, inspired by Saga, the fairies decide to perform a play of their own!

A Little Snow Fairy Sugar - Special
Price: $19.98
Street Date: 5/4/04
Pre-order Date: 3/30/04
Running Time: 48 min
Catalog Number: 12230
Rating: 3 UP
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Language: English, Japanese

A Little Snow Fairy Sugar – Special Limited Edition
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 5/4/04
Pre-order Date: 3/30/04
Running Time: 48 min
Catalog Number: 12229
Rating: 3 UP
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Language: English, Japanese

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ARJUNA – INTO THE ANOTHER WORLD, THE END OF EVANGELION, and GUNPARADE MARCH – SPIRIT OF SAMURAI
ANIME SOUNDTRACKS
From wildly creative musical minds and Geneon Entertainment comes a new slate of exciting anime music, spanning the ground-breaking classics as well as the hottest new series. Fan-favorite Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop) continues her legacy of capturing the elegant strains of adventure with her score to Arjuna, and the acclaimed Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Avalon) provides the sounds of heroism for Gunparade March – Spirit of Samurai. In addition, the classic soundtrack to The End of Evangelion, one of the great touchstones of the anime community, is available for the first time in North America. Each soundtrack features a full-color CD insert booklet, including English lyrics, forward introductions and phonetic Japanese lyrics for karaoke. Arriving on May 11, each is priced at $14.98.

Geneon Entertainment offers anime fans the chance to receive a bonus anime CD with its Anime CD Promotion. Fans who mail in proof of purchase cards from four Geneon Anime CDs released between January 2004 through August 2004 will receive a bonus CD of their choice. At the forefront of importing Japanese pop culture to North America, Geneon has released over two-dozen original anime soundtracks.

Arjuna Original Soundtrack – Into The Another World
Recognized as one of the most gifted and innovative anime composers, Yoko Kanno's list of eclectic and adventurous masterworks includes Macross Plus, Escaflowne, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Cowboy Bebop. For her latest musical triumph, she teams up with Maaya Sakamoto (Escaflowne, RahXephon, Card Captor Sakura), Tsuneo Imahori (Gungrave, Trigun) and Keishi Urata (Texhnolyze, Akira) to deliver a sumptuous, elegantly ethnic-sounding aural regale, with tribal and celtic pieces sprinkled in. The soundtrack features eight emotionally-stirring instrumentals and 13 must-hear vocal tracks including the opening theme, “Early Bird,” and ending theme songs, “Motor Bike,” “Mameshiba” and “Air & Stars.”

The End of Evangelion – Movie Soundtrack
The End of Evangelion is the shocking theatrical conclusion to Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of the most unpredictable and controversial anime series of all time. The movie's dramatic atmosphere is perfectly conveyed and intensified even further thanks to the grand-scale musical rendering of composer Shiro Sagisu, whose orchestral composition complements and beautifully contrasts the film's cataclysmic storylines. This movie soundtrack contains 12 superb instrumental tracks along with two notably moving English language songs, “Thanatos – If I Can't Be Yours” and “Come Sweet Death.”

Gunparade March Original Soundtrack – Spirit Of Samurai
More than just another sci-fi anime glamorizing giant robots, Gunparade March focuses on strong character-driven story-lines and utilizes an equally strong and thrilling musical score. Famed composer Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor WXIII: The Movie) draws from his instrumental versatility to skillfully create 34 tracks of high-quality, exhilarating music and vocals. This CD features 32 instrumental tracks and two songs, including the opening theme, “Door of Truth,” sung by fan-favorite Yoko Ishida (Ai Yori Aoshi, Texhnolyze) and the closing theme, “Over the Darkness.”

Title / Approx Run Time/ Additional Information
Arjuna Original Soundtrack - Into The Another World, 66 Minutes
The End of Evangelion - Movie Soundtrack, 57 Minutes
Gunparade March - Spirit Of Samurai, 52 Minutes
Street Date: 5/11/2004
Pre-Order Date: 4/6/2004
Label: Geneon Entertainment
SRP: $14.98 CD

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