ADV Films Announces March 15 Releases

Feb 28th 2005
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES MARCH 15 RELEASES

HOUSTON, February 28, 2005—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the March 15, 2005 street date for four releases in its every expanding library of hot titles.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PLATINUM: 06

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 sixth jaw-dropping volume of the mega hit series will hit the streets on March 15, 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 digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound, creating the ultimate Evangelion DVD experience.

This mega-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 secret workings of NERV begin to become clear as SEELE mercilessly interrogates NERV's key personnel in a ruthless bid to uncover Gendo Ikari's real agenda! Later, Rei must make a terrible sacrifice in order to save NERV once more, but even as the survivors sift through the wreckage, a guilt-ridden Ritsuko summons Shinji and Misato to a secret chamber for an even more startling revelation!

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:06 (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including both the original television On-Air version as well as the new Directors' Cut for episodes 21, 22 and 23. The feature is presented 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, Tiffany Grant and Sean McCoy; full length animatics for episode 23, 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: 6 of 7
Running Time: 175 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DNGE/006
UPC: 702727079122
Pre-Book Date: 2/15/05
Street Date: 3/15/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


WANDABA STYLE: WARP SPEED

How far would you go to be a star?

The sky's the limit when a boy scientist decides to send a mission to the moon and inexplicably ends up with a crew made entirely of wannabe pop singers! No, this isn't what happens to the unfortunates who don't make it on American Idol TM, it's Wandaba Style: Warp Speed, the second volume in the hilarious new animated series from ADV Films!

In space, no one can hear you scream, but that doesn't take into account the incredibly lung capacity of the girls of Mixed Juice. Will they go around the world in a daze, will someone fly them to the moon, or will they finally realize that their unscrupulous manager might not be such a nice guy after all? Find out what happens when airheads meet vacuum in the second hot volume of Wandaba Style: Warp Speed, blasting off March 15, 2005.

This out-of-this world comedy pays tribute to the television classic Thunderbirds as the zany scientist Dr. Tsukumo tries to propel the girls to the fame they crave. Created by Junzo Mutusuki (Devil Hunter Yokho), this hilarious sci-fi series is filled with zany humor, wacky inventions, and out-of-this-world action that is perfect for fans of Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemy.

The “Mix Juice” girls are zooming faster than they ever anticipated – at WARP SPEED! Sassy Sakura, rocker Yuri, classical Himawari!, and folksy Ayame ride roller coasters and time machines to get a sneak peak at an uncertain future. Will the girls turn out to be just a one-hit wonder? Meanwhile, Dr. Tsukumo finds himself in a face-off against an unrelenting enemy: his own mother! It's the Tsukumo vs. Tsukumo space-race! And sleazy manager Michael Hanagata is playing both sides. Has he met his match or will he be the first manager on the moon?

Wandaba Style: Warp Speed ($29.98 SRP) is a DVD-only release including four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, commentary with Jason Douglas (Hanagata) & John Swasey (ADR Director), and ADV previews.

Volume: 2 of 3
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: TV PG (L)
CAT: DWS/002
UPC: 702727094422
Pre-Book Date: 02/15/05
Street Date: 03/15/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

PETITE PRINCESS YUCIE: LOVE & LIGHT

That Gainax gang is at it again with a maverick new series that ignores all the rules: Petite Princess Yucie, and it's only available from ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in North America! Cackling with fiendish delight, ADV representatives are pleased to announce a street date of March 15, 2005 for Petite Princess Yucie: Love &Light, the third volume in this incredibly hot news series!

Created by Takami Akai (Japan's mega-hit Princess Maker computer game,) with supervising direction by the legendary Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia,) and directed by Masahiko Otsuka (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Grrl Power), Petite Princess Yucie is a project so big that it required a joint venture of two of Japan's greatest animation powerhouses to realize: GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Nadia) and AIC (Tenchi Muyo!, Bubblegum Crisis , Dual!, Bubblegum Crisis 2040, El Hazard.) Now these two legendary groups are about to give the classical magical fantasy series a total face lift. With bizarre creatures, extraordinary characters and a basic sub-text of overcoming one's own limitations to achieve a dream, no matter what the cost, Petite Princess Yucie is a new anime classic in the making.

Yucie just can't stop thinking about Arc and Glenda is head over heels for a new boy named Amfy. Are our Princesses in love….or are they just finding distractions from their most recent trials? Whether searching for the Mermaid's Light, competing in the Heavenly Realm, or facing the Judgment of Light, our favorite Petite Princesses might just learn that they can work together…especially if faced with saving one of their own!

“The animation and character designs are stunning… and the writing tugs at your heartstrings…five stars.” – THEM

Petite Princess Yucie: Love & Light (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release with four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, production sketches, and ADV previews.

Volume: 3 of 6
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: 12+
CAT: DYC/003
UPC: 702727092923
Pre-Book Date: 02/15/05
Street Date: 03/15/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98


Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

SHINOBI: HIDDEN TECHNIQUES

Dark motives require even darker methods.

Get ready for the third action packed volume of the live-action epic Shinobi franchise with the March 15, 2005 release of Shinobi: Hidden Techniques. In this sword-frenzied ninja action/adventure, the blood doesn't stop flowing as long as someone's still standing!

Director and martial arts action guru Kenji Tanigaki (Princess Blade, Blade II) brings the legend and tradition of the ninja to life in the action-packed Shinobi series. With furious martial arts and sword-play that will you leave you breathless, this action-packed feature-length film is sure to bring you to the edge of your seat. And with ADV's exclusive bonus “Literal Translation” dub track (that lets you know what the characters are “really” saying,) you can get a glimpse of how things can get confusing and, as we found

out, rather humorous when all the grammar mistakes inherent in translation are gloriously mixed with completely inappropriate casting.

Kagerou and Aoi have managed to escape the powerful clutches of Shuuzan and his men as well as the vengeful rage of Jinsei – the Shinobi Murderer. But their troubles are far from over. The deceitful Rokkaku continues to slither and weave deadly plots serving no one but himself. Also, the battles for power within the region intensify as warriors from across Iga are now in flux – shifting sides in a myriad of fearful decisions and confused intentions. If Kagerou and Aoi are to have any hopes of survival, they must get out of Iga. But between themselves and the border stands a barrier of both friends and enemies – neither of which can they trust.

Shinobi: Hidden Techniques (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release containing a 80 minute feature-length film presented in letterbox format with English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles versions. Extras include a literal translation version of the film as well as ADV previews.

Volume: 3 of 4
Rating: 17+
Running Time: 80 minutes
CAT: DSNB/003
UPC: 702727101427
Pre-Book Date: 02/15/05
Street Date: 03/15/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

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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