ADV Films Sets Octover 5 Releases

Aug 27th 2004
ADV FILMS SETS OCTOBER 5 RELEASE DATES


HOUSTON, August 27, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced its October 5, 2004 street dates.


HELLO KITTY AND FRIENDS: HOLIDAY MAGIC

ADV Films is pleased to announce an October 5, 2004 street date for the DVD and VHS release of Hello Kitty & Friends: Holiday Magic, the sixth volume of this adorably cute series!

Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hello Kitty® with the sixth release in the new Hello Kitty & Friends series, Holiday Magic. Hello Kitty, the flagship brand of Sanrio, is loved and enjoyed by people of all ages around the world, and has a multi-million dollar retail presence with strong appeal for fans of Barbie Fantasy Tales Collection, Disney classics and Strawberry Shortcake.

The holidays are a special time, so celebrate with your favorite friends! Join Hello Kitty and Mimmy as they search for Santa's missing hat. Then discover the magic of the season when Keroppi and his friends help a lost little Christmas star. Fly away with Kuppi, the newest reindeer in Santa's sleigh team. It's a season of cheer and treasures with Keroppi, Kuppi, Pekkle and all of Hello Kitty's friends. Hello Kitty always says, “Friends make the season last all year long.”

Hello Kitty & Friends: Holiday Magic ($14.98 DVD, $9.98 VHS) is a DVD and VHS release, containing four complete episodes and two bonus mini-episodes. Episodes are presented for the first time ever on DVD and feature English 2.0-language audio.

Volume: 6 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: All
CAT: DHKW/006 (DVD), VHKW/006 (VHS)
UPC: 702727085628 (DVD), 702727084737 (VHS)
Pre-Book Date: 9/7/2004
Street Date: 10/5/04
Format: DVD, VHS
SRP: $14.98 (DVD), $9.98 (VHS)


KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: BATTLE OF THE AGES

ADV Films announced an October 5, 2004 street date for the DVD and VHS release of Knights of the Zodiac: Battle of the Ages, the seventh volume in this anime action series.

The series is produced by TV Asahi (Sailor Moon and Gundam Wing) and Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z).

Princess Sienna learns that she is the reincarnation of the Goddess Athena entrusted with protecting the world from the evil Aires and his Knights of Sanctuary. To stop them before they obtain the Gold Helmet, she must enlist the help of her loyal Knights of the Zodiac, but a new band has entered the arena – the Steel Knights! With the power of air, land and sea, Sky Cloth Sho, Land Cloth Daichi and Marine Cloth Ushio have come to join the battle. They may be just strong enough to tip the balance of this war… but whose side are they on?

Knights of the Zodiac: Battle of the Ages (SRP $14.98 DVD; SRP $9.98 VHS) is a DVD and VHS release, containing four complete episodes in English 2.0. Closed captioning is available on VHS and DVD releases. Includes ADV previews.

Volume: 7 of 10
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: N/A
CAT: DKZ/007 (DVD); VKZ007 (VHS)
UPC: 702727076824 (DVD); 702727080036 (VHS)
Pre-Book Date: 9/7/04
Street Date: 10/5/04
Format: DVD, VHS
SRP: $14.98 (DVD); $9.98 (VHS)


FARSCAPE™: SEASON FOUR BOX SET

The popular sci-fi series Farscape continues with the October 5, 2004 street date for the DVD Farscape: Season Four Box Set, including all 22 episodes of the fourth season of this astounding series.

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) and has been nominated again for 2004.

Since its debut in 1999, Farscape has built a large, devoted fan base. Farscape currently airs in countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, France and Australia. Farscape is also a successful merchandising franchise, with popular action figures, video games, comic books, novels, clothing and apparel, and other items currently being manufactured by top licensees.

Farscape: Season Four Box Set (SRP $149.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including 22 complete episodes of the fourth season on 10 discs in English 5.1 and 2.0 audio. Loaded with extras, including: deleted scenes; in-depth cast interviews; audio commentaries; cool Farscape facts by Paul Simpson (author of Farscape: The Illustrated Companion series guides); character histories; set, prop and costume galleries; TV promos; and official plot synopsis.

Running Time: 1100 minutes
Age Rating: All
CAT: DFS/BX4
UPC: 702727103322
Pre-Book Date: 9/7/04
Street Date: 10/5/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $149.98


WEDDING PEACH: RIVALS!

ADV Films is pleased to announce the continuation of the popular Wedding Peach series with an October 5, 2004 street date for the sixth volume in this love-struck magical girl series, Wedding Peach: Rivals!.

Based on the hit manga by Sukehiro Tomita (Sailor Moon), Nao Yazawa and Tenyu, Wedding Peach's animation was produced by KSS, known for such other vibrantly animated comedies such as Happy Lesson, Oh My Goddess! and To Heart.

The Love Angels play cupid as they try to hook their friends Akiko and Tajima up on a double date with Momoko and Yosuke! But the fire devil Igneous has other plans and unleashes a devil-wolf on our unsuspecting heroes. And as if fighting the devils wasn't hard enough, Momoko's got some new competition for Yosuke's love from the new transfer student…and boy is she jealous! Will she finally admit her true feelings? And who's that dressing up as Wedding Peach? Have the Love Angels secret identities finally been discovered???

Wedding Peach: Rivals! (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including six complete episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, a reversible cover and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The new Collector's Edition for Wedding Peach is now available! This collection includes Wedding Peach Volume 6, an attractive custom series art box to hold volumes 6 – 9 and Wedding Peach DX, and a bonus disc filled with extras ($39.98).

Volume: 6 of 10
Running Time: 150 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DWP/006 (DVD) / DWP/BX2 (Collector's Edition)
UPC: 702727074622 (DVD) / 702727069420 (Collector's Edition)
Pre-Book Date: 9/7/04
Street Date: 10/5/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98 (DVD) / $39.98 (Collector's Edition)



About ADV Films:

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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