ADV Films February 15 Releases

Feb 7th 2005
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 15 RELEASE DATES

HOUSTON, February 7, 2005— ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the North America, is pleased to announce street dates of February 15, 2005 for its three latest hit titles.

AURA BATTLER DUNBINE: FINAL FATE OF BYSTON WELL, VOLUME 12

Many will die! Few will survive...

The war for Byston Well concludes on February 15, 2005 with the final volume release of the epic war-torn drama Aura Battler Dunbine: Final Fate of Byston Well, Volume 12.

Inspired by the novel Wings of Lin by Yoshiyuki Tomino and adapted by the creators of Gundam and Robotech®, Aura Battler Dunbine is an epic science-fiction fantasy about love, duty and the tragic spoils of war. Long hailed as a “golden age” classic, Dunbine remains a perennial favorite among giant robot fans. Its innovative design work and creative storytelling techniques are the acknowledged inspiration for many of today's hottest anime releases. Aura Battler Dunbine is an epic, one-of-a-kind adventure that dives headfirst into a rich, fully defined world to create one of the most unique anime experiences ever envisioned.

The civil war in Byston Well comes to a cataclysmic end in this powerful heart-wrenching finale. No one is immune to the winds of war. Long time friends are forced to make life-and-death decisions to insure the fate of their respective worlds. For Show and the others, it comes down to raw courage and selfless sacrifice.

Aura Battler Dunbine: Secrets of Byston Well, Volume 12 (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release containing 4 complete episodes with both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, and ADV previews.

Volume: 12 of 12
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: 12+
CAT: DDB/012
UPC: 702727060823
Pre-Book Date: 1/18/05
Street Date: 2/15/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


BUBBLEGUM CRISIS TOKYO 2040: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION, VOLUME 3

From the ashes… Heroes are born.

If you thought the first two volumes were scorching, get ready for the inferno! The adrenaline rush of Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 reaches a spectacular climax on February 15, 2005 as the third and final volume is unleashed with a brand new 5.1 audio mix and never before included commentary tracks.

With a limited supply of power and oxygen, the Sabers must battle their way through a horrifying gauntlet of living machines and stop the Boomer plague before it can consume the entire planet! It's a suicide mission with the fate of the human race at stake.

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040: Essential Anime Collection Volume 3 (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a 2-disc DVD-only release, including eight complete episodes presented in English 5.1 as well as Japanese 2.0 and Spanish 2.0 with English Subtitles. Extras include: episode 25 commentary with Laura Chapman (Sylia), Christine Auten (Priss), Kelly Manison (Linna) & Hilary Hagg (Nene); episode 26 commentary with Laura Chapman (Sylia), Christine Auten (Priss), Kelly Manison (Linna) & Hilary Haag (Nene), clean opening and closing animation; interview with the voices of the Knight Sabers and ADV previews.

“Fluid and vibrant animation, solid scripting, interesting characters and a very stylized setting are rare to be seen this well done in a full length TV series this day. The music is terrific and the voice actors do a great job.” -- ANIME ON DVD

Volume: 3 of 3
Running Time: 225 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DBG/020
UPC: 702727099427
Pre-Book Date: 1/18/05
Street Date: 2/15/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98


LEGEND OF CRYSTANIA: CHAOS RING, ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION

A Message of Doom Carried on the Wind…

From acclaimed director Ryutaro Nakamura (Kino's Journey, Sakura Wars) comes a fantasy adventure story of mythic proportions. Jam-packed with swords and sorcery, this magical spin off of the Lodoss Wars epic is available for the first time on DVD on February 15, 2005.

The Seals that have protected the land of Crystania for countless eons are coming undone. Horrific evil forces have been unleashed; tornados, basilisks and Dragon Lords. This could only mean one thing…the return of the evil King Barbas. Village after village is destroyed, and the gods of Crystania are next. Only King Ashram, who has been trapped in the World of Chaos, provides a glimmer of hope. Can Redon's innocence and Priotesse's love provide enough power to get Ashram home?

Legend of Crystania: Chaos Ring (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release containing three complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0. Extras include the original opening animation and ADV previews.

Running Time: 135 minutes
Age Rating: 12+
CAT: DLC/004
UPC: 702727072024
Pre-Book Date: 1/18/05
Street Date: 2/15/05
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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