ADV Films Announces February 8 Releases

Jan 18th 2005
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 8 RELEASES

HOUSTON, January 18, 2005—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., is pleased to announce the release of several exciting titles in its expanding library on February 8, 2005.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PLATINUM: 05

The titanic Eva units are back and ready to kick ass in the awesome re-mastered glory of Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition, and the fifth jaw-dropping volume of the mega hit series will hit the streets on February 8, 2005! Biblical prophecy, human drama and blistering hi-tech battle action collide as the award winning anime classic unleashes new fury with breathtaking re-mastered video and breath taking digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound, creating the ultimate Evangelion DVD experience.

This highly anticipated popular series is directed by Hideaki Anno (Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, His and Her Circumstances); produced by GAINAX (FLCL), NAS (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and TV Tokyo (Serial Experiments Lain); and animated by Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) and GAINAX.

The first test of the new Eva unit ends in disaster! As the giant bio-humanoid runs out of control, both Asuka and Rei fail to stop it, leaving, Shinji to face the berserk monster alone… but will his compassion for the fellow child trapped inside the monster become his undoing? As Gendo unleashes the monstrous power of Unit 01's dummy plug, it becomes horribly apparent that the Evas are far more than just machines. The truth behind the sinister mask of the Eva is revealed.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:05 (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles. The volume is housed in an exclusive metallic finish slipcover. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; commentary with Matt Greenfield and Sean McCoy; full length animatics for episode 18, 19 and 20, The Mythology of Evangelion, a 12-page profile booklet filled with screen shots and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum edition is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD with an exclusive metallic finish slipcover and an attractive custom series art box to house all seven volumes. Extras include: one-of-a-kind numbered decal; profile booklet filled with screen shots, Japanese commentaries and character profiles; Episode: 01 commentary by ADR director Matt Greenfield; Episode: 02 commentary by Matt Greenfield and Spike Spencer (“Shinji”); clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 5 of 7
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DNGE/005
UPC: 702727079023
Pre-Book Date: 1/11/05
Street Date: 2/8/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



GETBACKERS: BATTLES WITH THE PAST

The Door to Their Destinies? Or to Certain Death?

Ginji Amano and Ban Midou return to face the ghosts of their past on February 8, 2005 with the release of the fourth volume of the hip new series Getbackers: Battles with the Past.

Ginji and Ban, two continually broke guys who seem to always be down on their luck, have made it their calling to retrieve items that have been stolen or lost…. for a price of course. Though they appear to be a normal duo, Ginji and Ban both have powers that allow them to take on impressive enemies. They'll dodge bullets, defeat supernatural enemies, even risk their own deaths; whatever it takes.

Based on the hit manga by Rando Ayamine and Yuya Aoki, Getbackers' high stakes action scenes were animated by Studio DEEN (King of Bandit Jing, Cowboy Bebop).

The minute they entered the Limitless Fortress, the Getbackers were separated from each other. After roaming endless hallways and fighting thug after thug, they're finally back together again... only to find themselves stuck in a room with six exits. Which door should they choose, and what will be waiting for them on the other side? It's a one-on-one fight to the death as Ginji and Ban face off against both friends and foes from their past. And when the dust finally settles, who will be left standing?

Getbackers: Battles with the Past (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: clean opening and closing animation, behind the scenes: interviews with Dan Deitz (ADR Writer) & John Minnich (Makubex) and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume of Getbackers is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1: G & B on the Case DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house volumes 1-5 (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 4 of 10
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DGBK/004
UPC: 702727085024
Pre-Book Date: 1/11/05
Street Date: 2/8/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



MEZZO: SHELL 3

The curvaceous gun-bunny Mikura returns with smile on her face and a pistol in her hand as the third and final volume in the sizzling new series Mezzo hits the streets on February 8, 2005

Created by Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite), Mezzo is jam packed with hard-boiled action, sci-fi wonder, and kick-ass babes with guns.

Stay alive long enough in the danger business, and you'll get a reputation. The funny thing about that – the better your reputation gets, the more people want you dead. The DSA know this all too well. Every body blow, fireball, and ricochet lets Mikura, Harada, and Kurokawa know that they're doing something right. And, it must be something very, very right – because the line separating them from a closed-casket funeral keeps getting thinner. From the undead to the Black Scissors gang, from trained assassins to the boys in blue – with so many enemies, even the tiniest friend can mean the difference between life and death.

Mezzo: Shell Three (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: clean opening and closing animation, production sketches and ADV Films previews.

Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume, Mezzo: Shell One, is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $34.98).

Volume: 3 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DMF/003
UPC: 702727092626
Pre-Book Date: 1/11/05
Street Date: 2/8/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



WEDDING PEACH: WEDDING DAY
They're going to the chapel and they're going to get married…But guess who's coming to the reception???

Look for a February 8, 2005 street date for the ninth volume in the love-struck magical girl series, Wedding Peach: Wedding Day.

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 and Oh My Goddess!

Time is running out as the Dark Queen Raindevila has come down to earth to personally destroy Wedding Peach! Yes, everything seems to be falling apart—Yanagiba still can't remember who he really is, Celeste is unconscious and it's looking more and more like Yosuke is in fact really a devil! Sounds like the perfect time for a wedding! Can Momoko and Yosuke's love survive this final test? And more importantly, can it save the world??? Hold on tight, as the sparks begin to fly in this heart pounding conclusion!

Wedding Peach: Wedding Day (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 still 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: 9 of 10
Running Time: 150 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DWP/009
UPC: 702727074929
Pre-Book Date: 1/11/05
Street Date: 2/8/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



SISTER PRINCESS: SISTERS AND SUNSHINE

ADV Films today announced a February 8, 2005 release date for the third volume of the chaotic circus of siblings, Sister Princess: Sisters and Sunshine.

Based on a popular dating sim in Japan, Sister Princess follows the quirky story of a boy who discovers he has twelve sisters, all of whom are trying to win his undying affection. This situational comedy is great for fans of His or Her Circumstances and Azumanga Daioh!

School's out, but Wataru has the summertime blues - he's afraid of the water! Wataru needs to get some private swimming lessons, but it's anyone's guess if he'll sink or swim. Meanwhile, Yamada tries to join in on the fun at the pool by taking an hilarious “self-study” swimming course. Then, Wataru and the girls plan to take an exciting summertime trip – if only his sisters would tell him where they're going! Naturally, Yamada does his best to hitch a ride. However, it looks like a terrible storm may ruin their holiday plans… for good!

Sister Princess: Sisters and Sunshine (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: clean opening and closing animation, a reversible cover, behind the scenes with Mamoru, Haruka & Yamada and ADV previews.

Limited Collector's Edition Available!

The first volume, Sister Princess: Oh, Brother!, is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the volume 1 DVD, a book of postcards from each of the twelve sisters and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 3 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DSPR/003
UPC: 702727081927
Pre-Book Date: 1/11/05
Street Date: 2/8/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



SAINT SEIYA: FALLEN FRIENDS

ADV Films has set a February 8, 2005 street date for Saint Seiya: Fallen Friends, the tenth volume of the hit fantasy-action title. Saint Seiya is based on the manga by Masami Kurumada and produced by Toei Animation (Digimon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball). The DVD release of Saint Seiya accompanies the popular airing of Knights of the Zodiac, an edited version of the title, on the Cartoon Network.

The bronze saints continue their battle against the twelve houses of the Zodiac as the race to save Saori's life comes closer to a fatal conclusion. Each battle will test the saints in both physical prowess and mental fortitude as the twelve golden saints of the zodiac defend themselves. The power of the cosmos shines through as the battle to the death continues.

Saint Seiya: Fallen Friends (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes; English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include: “The Mythology of Saint Seiya,” clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

Part: 10 of 12
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DSE/010
UPC: 702727050121
Pre-Book Date: 1/11/05
Street Date: 2/8/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98



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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