ADV announces release for April 27 and May 11

Mar 24th 2004
ADV SETS RELEASE DATES FOR FIVE DVD TITLES FOR APRIL 27 and MAY 11

Burn Up Excess; Happy Lesson; Mutant X; Saiyuki; and Slayers

HOUSTON, March 24, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced release dates for five titles that hit the streets April 27 and May 11.

BURN UP EXCESS: COMPLETE COLLECTION, “WARRIOR CASE FILES”

COMPLETE COLLECTION OF UPROARIOUS POLICE ACTION-ADVENTURE

ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., has set an April 27, 2004 DVD release date for Burn Up Excess: Complete Collection, “Warrior Case Files” with all thirteen episodes of the fan-favorite police action series, featuring an all-female squad of five officers—ravishing Rio, Machiavellian Maki, munitions-happy Maya, intellectual Lillica and slightly neurotic Nanvel—battling crime in Neo Tokyo.

Burn Up Excess was produced by AIC (Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Oh My Goddess!) and directed by Shenichiro Kimura (Handmaid May). The animation was directed by character designer Yuji Ikeda (Angel of Darkness) and produced by Magic Bus.

Burn Up Excess: To Serve and Protect!

Ready, aim, and fire up for another animated adventure with Team Warrior! Join rowdy Rio and her partners—the machine-gun maniac Maya, the lovely Lilica, tech talent Nanvel, guy Friday Yuji, and their boss Maki—as they take on their hottest cases ever! Mechanical insects, firefighting jewel thieves, panty raiders, sexy sheiks, and fawning fathers—there's never a dull moment when the babes of Burn Up Excess are on the job!



Burn Up Excess: Crimes and Missed Demeanors

When a famous pop star is being stalked, racy cop-for-hire Rio is ordered to protect her. But when the singer comes into possession of a mysterious DNA pen, they find a stalker is nothing compared to the pen's dangerous owner! Later, Maki remembers how she first came to meet the craziest cop on the Team. And when Maki takes a vacation, it's up to Team Warrior to solve a series of strange crimes on its own. But can they manage without their fearless leader?

Burn Up Excess: Under the Gun

When a group of killer drag queens get out of jail, they've got their eye shadow fixed on Nanvel's new “makeover” device that renders the wearer beautiful or, on high setting, invisible! Then, in an exciting cliffhanger, Rio and Team Warrior must escort a top-secret tank across the globe. But when the transport plane is attacked, Rio finds herself alone in a hostile desert, with the supertank as her only ally—and her only hope of survival! Don't miss the wildest, sexiest, strangest Team Warrior adventure yet!

The Case of the Black Diamonds

When an army of mecha cops are put on patrol, it looks as if the women of Team Warrior might be out of a job—until the electronic enforcers start breaking the laws they're supposed to protect. But while the cops are in for repair, the Team finds a connection to Maki's past. This mysterious link to the Black Diamond Case proves dangerous for the entire team as Maki discovers the truth about her team's emergence, and the girls face their most dangerous, deadly enemy ever!

Burn Up Excess: Complete Collection, “Warrior Case Files” ($59.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release including all thirteen complete episodes on four DVDs in English 2.0, Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles and Spanish 2.0 languages. Extras include production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, a Burn Up Excess trailer, ADV Previews and the famous Jiggle Counter™.

Running Time: 325 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 03/30/2004
Street Date: 04/27/2004
Format SRP
DVD $59.98

THIRD AND FINAL VOLUME OF HAPPY LESSON
HAPPY LESSON: MAMA-LAMA DING DONG ROCKS THE HALLS WITH ITS DRAMATIC CONCLUSION
ADV Films has set a street date of April 27, 2004 for the DVD release of Happy Lesson: Mama-Lama Ding Dong, the third volume of the light-hearted, laugh-out-loud anime series.

Happy Lesson tells the story 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!

Things really heat up as Happy Lesson comes to its rollicking conclusion! It's almost more than four episodes can hold. But as with everything in this hysterical series, the impossible is not only possible, it's as inevitable as the end of the school day. Poor Chistose is stuck in the middle of all the insanity once again. Mama Kisaragi has developed a split personality as if her regular old single personality wasn't scary enough! Kanna is discovering new and faintly disturbing feelings for our hero. And intrepid and terribly confused Fumitsuki has reached the point where she simply must know what Chitose's true feelings are. As if that wasn't enough, Chitose's worst nightmare finally comes true just in time for a slam-bang ending!

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

Happy Lesson: Mama-Lama Ding Dong ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing four 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; reversible cover; and ADV Previews.

Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 03/30/2004
Street Date: 04/27/2004
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

MUTANT X: SEASON 2, DISCS 1–2

SEASON TWO OF ACCLAIMED SCIENCE-FICTION TV SERIES

ADV Films today announced an April 27, 2004 street date for Mutant X: Season 2, Discs 1-2, a two-disc DVD release from the second season of the hit syndicated television series.

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 who are 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.

Hidden from the eyes of the world, the Genomex Corporation conducted radical genetic experiments. But something went terribly wrong. Now, the human results of the experiments are all grown up -- young mutants… with powerful abilities. There's Shalimar, a sensual and agile feral with human and animal DNA. Brennan, who can fire bolts of electricity from his hands. Jesse, who can instantly change his body from solid as a stone to intangible as air. Emma, a pretty "telempath" who can feel what you feel and turn your emotions against you. And there's Adam, their leader and, ironically, the scientist who created them.

The Stories:

“Past as a Prologue” (Episode 201)

In a desperate attempt to save his own life, evil mutant Gabrielle Ashlocke (Michael Easton) revives an ancient Egyptian alchemist who poses a lethal threat to the Mutant X team.

“Power Play” (Episode 202)

The Mutant X team struggles to take down a military colonel who's threatened a nuclear holocaust.

“Time Squared” (Episode 203)

The team must chase the evil Gabriel Ashlocke back in time in order to stop him from changing the present.

“Whose Woods These Are” (Episode 204)

The Mutant X team heads into the wilderness to stop a beast that has been killing hikers.

“The Future Revealed” (Episode 205)

Ashlocke threatens to destroy the Mutant X team and the entire city unless Adam finds a cure to save him.

Mutant X: Season 2 ($19.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release in English 2.0 audio, closed captioned. Includes five complete episodes. Presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Extras include: interview with John Shea (Adam); image gallery; original TV promos; behind the scenes: fight scenes, and special effects/makeup; 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.

Running Time: 250 minutes
Pre-Book Date: 03/30/2004
Street Date: 04/27/2004
Format SRP
DVD $19.98

SAIYUKI: TROUBLE IN PARADISE

ADV Films today announced a May 11, 2004 release for Saiyuki: Trouble in Paradise, the tenth volume of the hilarious, action-packed 50-episode anime saga.

In the words of the Merciful Goddess, “Things that don't change are so lame,” which is why eternal bliss could get a little boring. But 500 years ago, the Sanzo Party's alter egos were just the imperfection heaven needed to liven up the place. Trouble starts when an upper level bureaucrat named Konzen takes in a heretic monkey, whose curiosity is not always so welcome inside the pearly gates. Fortunately, Field Marshal Tenpou and General Kenren have rebellious streaks of their own. So at least one thing's for sure: eternity will never be the same!

ADV Films' release of Saiyuki is based on a manga by Kazuya Minekura and directed by Hayato Date.

The series is the latest manifestation of the 16th-century Chinese novel Xiyouji (Journey to the West) by Wu Cheng-En, which tells a time-proven story of a band of eccentric travelers bound for adventure. In the Saiyuki tale, a pistol-toting monk and his three eccentric companions are assigned the task of traveling to India from China to quash the resurrection of a sinister demon, encountering a few unsavory characters and experiencing a smattering of mishaps along the way.

Saiyuki: Trouble in Paradise (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, containing four complete episodes. Includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions. Extras include a Saiyuki trailer; production sketches; cultural background notes; Japanese opening and closing animation; and ADV Previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

Saiyuki: The Gods of War, the series' seventh volume, is available as a collector's edition, which includes a custom art box, sized to fit the last six volumes of the series. As a special bonus to fans, the Collector's Edition comes packed with four limited-edition Saiyuki pencil boards, created exclusively for this DVD set!

Running Time: 100 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 4/13/04
Street Date: 5/11/04
Format SRP
DVD $29.98

SLAYERS: PREMIUM

ADV Films today set a release date of May 11, 2004 for Slayers: Premium, the seventh tie-in (after Slayers - The Motion Picture; Slayers: Book of Spells; Slayers: Return; Slayers: Great; Slayers: Gorgeous; and Slayers: Excellent ) to the fan-favorite anime series Slayers, the action-comedy starring Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev.

Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev have teamed up again along with their friends from the original Slayers TV show to save an indulgent village from the wrath of an underwater nemesis. Lina thinks spending a little time by the seaside will afford her some much needed R&R, but little does she know the action is about to begin! After accepting their much awaited reward of seafood delights from a fishing village, Lina and Gourry discover that the village food supply has been cursed. Whoever eats the food loses their ability speak in anything but a bizarre aquatic language. Lina must brave the perils of the deep to get to the bottom of this mysterious hex on humanity.

And what would Lina say about the feeling Gourry is try to tell her – if she could only understand this strange tongue?

Slayers: Premium ($14.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release containing one complete episode. Available in both English 5.1- and Japanese 5.1-language versions with English subtitles. Video is anamorphic widescreen. Extras include: commentary by Cynthia Martinez (Lina) & Crispin Freeman (Zelgadis); behind the scenes with Crispin Freeman; Slayers: Premium trailer and ADV previews.

Running Time: 30 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 4/13/04
Street Date: 5/11/04
Format SRP
DVD $14.98

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, 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™, 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.

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