ADV Films announces July 20 and 27 release dates

May 19th 2004
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES JULY 20 AND 27 RELEASE DATES

HOUSTON, May 19, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced its July 20 and 27 street dates.


AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: MYSTERIES OF BYSTON WELL

ADV Films announced a street date of July 20, 2004 for the DVD release of Aura Battler Dunbine: Mysteries of Byston Well, the seventh volume in this popular series, and the Aura Battler Dunbine: Collector's Edition box set.

Inspired by the novel Wings of Lin by Yoshiyuki Tomino and adapted by the creators of Gundam and Robotech® comes an epic science-fiction fantasy about love, duty and the tragic spoils of war. Anime fans recognize it as one of the classics from the “golden age” of televised anime.

Massive Aura Ships and squadrons of Aura Battlers take to the sky as Drake Luft and King Bishott accelerate plans to conquer their complex and diverse home world. The rebels have no choice but to bring out their ‘big guns’ as well. So now, what was once a small-scale attempt at territorial expansion has become a deadly global war.

Aura Battler Dunbine: Mysteries of Byston Well (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: production portfolio, clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The seventh volume of Aura Battler Dunbine also is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 7: Mysteries of Byston Well DVD and a custom series art box sized to fit volumes 7-12 (SRP $24.98).

Volume: 7 of 12
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DDB/007 (DVD), DDB/BX2 (Collector's Box and DVD)
UPC: 702727041020 (DVD), 702727056826 (Collector's Box and DVD)
Pre-Book Date: 6/22/04
Street Date: 7/20/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98 (DVD), $24.98 (Collector's Box and DVD)


AZUMANGA DAIOH: RIVALS!

ADV Films announced a July 20, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Azumanga Daioh: Rivals!, the third volume in this hysterical series.

Produced by GENCO (Serial Experiments Lain) and J.C. Staff (Excel Saga), this acclaimed anime series premiered in early 2002 in Japan. ADV Manga released the popular Azumanga Daioh manga series late last year to the delight of anime fans.

Pair off and square off. This year the classroom is a battlefield! Who will come out victorious when it's classmate vs. classmate; Sakaki vs. the killer kitties; and teacher vs. teacher? Don't skip class because you won't want to miss the hilarity that these girls ensue all in the name of good old rivalry.

Azumanga Daioh: Rivals! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: a bonus cloisonné pin, production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, reversible cover, 12-page booklet with translator notes and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Azumanga Daioh also is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Entrance! DVD, a custom series art box sized to hold the entire six volume series and the first two of five limited edition character collector's pins. The third character pin will be packaged with volume three, the fourth in volume five and the fifth in volume six ($39.98 SRP).

Volume: 3 of 6
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DAZ/003
UPC: 702727067921
Pre-Book Date: 6/22/04
Street Date: 7/20/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


GRAVION: KNIGHTS OF GRAVITY

ADV Films, announced a July 20, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Gravion: Knights of Gravity, the second action-filled volume in this stunning series.

The new anime series produced by Gonzo Digimation (Full Metal Panic!, Hellsing), Imagica (Azumanga Daioh) and Lantis (Heat Guy J) will have anime fans on the edge of their seats with excitement.

So far, Gravion has been able to hold back the Zeravire invasion, but each new wave of invaders grows more powerful. That doesn't mean the Gran Knights couldn't use a little time off. But it's never possible to rest for too long. The next attack is always right around the corner, and only the Gran Knights have the wherewithal to stop them! Get ready for another all out, high-tech battle of strength.

Gravion: Knights of Gravity (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: exclusive static cling decals, design sketches, insert with extra Gravion story, Japanese TV and DVD spots, clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Gravion is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: Divine Steel DVD, a custom series art box sized to fit volumes 1-3 and exclusive Gravion window clings featuring different characters (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DGV/002
UPC: 702727059421
Pre-Book Date: 6/22/04
Street Date: 7/20/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


ORPHEN 2 REVENGE: REDEMPTION

ADV Films announced a July 20, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Orphen 2: Redemption, the dramatic conclusion to the sequel that stayed loyal to 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.

With seemingly impossible odds stacked against him, Orphen will need all his prowess as a sorcerer to save the world from the most destructive force he's ever fought. His journey is almost over, but will it be his last?

Orphen 2 Revenge: Redemption (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: fold-out poster, clean opening and closing animation, outtakes and ADV previews.

Volume: 6 of 6

Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DOP/012
UPC: 702727047022
Pre-Book Date: 6/22/04
Street Date: 7/20/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



PANYO PANYO DI GI CHARAT: NYU!

ADV Films announced a July 20, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat: Nyu!, the second volume in this delightfully funny children's series.

This series began with manga artist Kage Donbo drawing the main character, Dejiko, as a small, big-eyed adorable girl. Soon she became the mascot of a popular Japanese retail chain. Today Dejiko's face is probably one of the most recognizable characters ever created in the world of anime.

Once again, Princess Dejiko is on a mission to make the people of Di Gi Charat happy. And as usual Deji Devil and Piyoko are there to stir up trouble. Don't miss a minute of the second installment of madcap adventures that are sure to make you giggle and keep you in suspense to the very end!

Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat: Nyu! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including 12 mini episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: voice actor commentary, production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, Japanese voice actor interview, a sticker sheet with 10 colorful stickers and ADV previews.

Volume: 2 of 4
Running Time: 85 minutes
Age Rating: ALL
CAT: DDC/002
UPC: 702727073724
Pre-Book Date: 6/22/04
Street Date: 7/20/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA™ SEASON 2 COLLECTION

ADV Films announced a July 27, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda™ Season 2 Collection, a must-have for fans of the top-rated, nationally syndicated weekly sci-fi/action program starring Kevin Sorbo.

The Gemini award-winning, Saturn award-nominated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda features heroic stories, electrifying action, and spectacular special effects. A testament to the show's popularity, Kevin Sorbo was named one of the ten most bankable stars in national syndication for two consecutive years.

Based on writings of the legendary writer, producer, and creator of the enormously successful Star Trek series franchise Gene Roddenberry, the series is produced by Andromeda Productions Ltd. in association with Tribune Entertainment Company and Fireworks Entertainment, Inc.

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda™ Season 2 Collection (SRP $69.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including all 22 complete episodes of the second season on five dual-sided discs. Presented in anamorphic widescreen in English 2.0 audio and closed captioning. Extras include: five full-length audio commentaries with cast and crew; five in-depth cast interviews with Kevin Sorbo (Captain Dylan Hunt), Lisa Ryder (Beka), Keith Hamilton Cobb (Tyr), Laura Bertram (Trance), Gordon Michael Woolvett (Harper) and Lisa Doig (Andromeda); 10 episode-specific design galleries; 11 behind-the-scenes features; alternate takes and deleted scenes; hilarious bloopers and gags; original Andromeda TV and ADV previews.

Running Time: 1100 minutes
Age Rating: ALL
CAT: DAN/BX2
UPC: 702727040122
Pre-Book Date: 6/29/04
Street Date: 7/27/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $69.98


BASToF Syndrome: RIDDLE'S INTERVENTIONS

ADV Films announced a July 27, 2004 street date for the DVD release of BASToF Syndrome: Riddle's Interventions, the third volume in this riveting series.

ADV Films' first Korean-produced anime series. This captivating series is sure to be the ultimate hit for anime and video game fans across the board.

Set in the high-tech world of virtual gaming, the Spearhead Dream Team works diligently to stop the out of control Lemon Game now that its popularity has increased… Each online session brings more devastating destruction to the city Xenon. The young gamers are able to defeat the forces within the game and find the secret location of the game's server, but can they find more answers in time to keep the city from total destruction!

BASToF Syndrome: Riddle's Interventions (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Korean 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Volume: 3 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DBLM/003
UPC: 702727069925
Pre-Book Date: 6/29/04
Street Date: 7/27/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


About ADV Films:

ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market with best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh. ADV Films' product line also includes live-action science fiction programs including The Jim Henson Company's Farscape. Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and operates Anime Network™, broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston and with additional offices in Europe and Japan, the company operates ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels, and ADV Toys, a new division that creates exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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