ADV Announces May 17 Releases

Apr 20th 2005
ADV ANNOUNCES MAY 17 RELEASES



HOUSTON, April 20, 2005—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce three exciting titles and a brand new collectors box hitting store shelves May 17: Sister Princess 5, the Asian live action thriller No Blood No Tears, and the smash-hit Getbackers 6 (also available in a special Collectors Edition).





GET BACKERS: BACK IN BUSINESS



6th Volume Also Available With Artbox Celebrating Second Half of the Series



The fan-favorite anime series passes its midway point when Getbackers: Back In Business hits retailers May 17. And to celebrate, ADV Films is making a brand new Collectors Box available!



Combining goofy good humor with crisp dialogue and supernatural action, Getbackers is based on the original manga series by Rando Ayamine and Yuya Aoki, which was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and is now a top-selling manga in the States from Tokyopop. Getbackers follows the adventures of two resourceful knuckleheads who will dodge bullets, confront evil doers, and risk their lives for their clients. Their company motto: “If it was taken, get it back.”



Animated by Studio DEEN (King of Bandit Jing), the Getbackers anime has picked up steam with American fans. As one reviewer at Anime News Network recently explained, the series develops over time: “Getbackers has really transformed from a fairly pleasurable show to something a lot darker, a lot more complex, and a lot more intriguing. At this point, it's hard not to clamour eagerly for the next disc. Take a chance and reach for this series.”



Synopsis: After hunting down a boy genius bent on destroying the world, the Getbackers deserve a few simple, in-and-out recovery jobs, right? But with Ban and Ginji doing the recovering, “easy money” is anything but! First stop: a hot springs vacation. But between a jewelry thief and Natsumi's demonic ping pong playing, this vacation looks more like a study in stress. Then it's off to find a stolen briefcase with the help of a cute little high school girl…from hell! Assuming Ban and Ginji can survive her brutal put-downs, their next recovery request will be even trickier: get back a man's memory! Finally, Clayman returns and sends them on a quest for the lost arms of the Venus de Milo.



Can Ban and Ginji get it all back? Will they go crazy in the process? And will they ever manage to make a buck?!



Getbackers: Back In Business (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 26 through 30 of the series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include Behind the Scenes interviews with Travis Dean (Ryuu), Ben Wolfe (Shakuryuu), and Jenny Larson, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



New Collectors Edition Available!



Getbackers: Back In Business is also available in a special Collectors Edition, including the first sixth volume of Getbackers plus a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the last five volumes in the ten volume series (SRP $39.98).



DVD Product Details



Volume: 6 of 10
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DGBK/006

CAT w/ box: DGBK/BX2
UPC: 702727085222

UPC w/ box: 702727087028
Pre-Book Date: 4/19/2005
Street Date: 5/17/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

SRP w/ box: $39.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.







NO BLOOD, NO TEARS



Asian Action Thriller Barks With Excitement



ADV Films is proud to announce that No Blood, No Tears, a razor-sharp crime drama and one of Korea's top-grossing pictures, will finally be available to American audiences when the DVD hits stores May 17.



This high-stakes heist thriller, which follows two women determined to rip off an underground dogfight, is from acclaimed director Ryu Seung Wan and features a cast of Korea's most popular action stars, including Jeong Jae Yeong (Guns and Talk). The Tarantino-like action is accented by the most viscious dog fighting scenes ever captured on film.



Synopsis: Gyungsun is a washed out taxi-driver dragged down by the gambling debts of her deadbeat husband. When her taxi is wrecked by gangster moll Sujin, the two women conspire to get out of their dead-end rackets once and for all. Sujin's notorious boyfriend, however, has double-crossing plans of his own! They all have pasts: ex-thief, ex-ring girl, ex-boxer. They all have dreams: going straight, becoming a pop star, money and power. But for this trio, reconciling the past with the present in the hopes of a new future is going to take more than hard work and ingenuity.



No Blood, No Tears (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release presented in both English 5.1 and Korean 2.0 with English subtitles.



DVD Product Details



Running Time: 120 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L)
CAT: DNBT/001
UPC: 702727119828
Pre-Book Date: 4/19/05
Street Date: 5/17/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.





SISTER PRINCESS: GIFTS FROM THE HEART



13 Girls and One (Un)Lucky Boy



ADV Films is pleased to announce that the DVD Sister Princess: Gifts From the Heart is set to hit stores on May 17.



Based on a popular dating sim, the Sister Princess anime was consistently a top ten seller in Japan. Given the hilarious premise, it's no wonder that it has become a hit with anime fans in the States as well: A typical horny teenager stranded on a tropical island with thirteen beautiful young women – who turn out to be his sisters! What's a boy to do?



Synopsis: Wataru tries hard to be a good big brother, which means spending a lot of quality time with thirteen younger sisters! He's found that his sisters have a lot to teach him, and Haruka shows him that a girl who knows martial arts can come in very handy! As an eventful year draws to a close, Chrismas time comes, which can only mean that Wataru needs to buy his sisters a gift! In the end, Wataru discovers that the best gift of all is love.



Sister Princess: Gifts from the Heart (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 17-20 of the anime series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include Behind the Scenes interviews with Jessica Boone (the voice of Shirayuki) and Mariela Ortiz (Aria), plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.



DVD Product Details



Volume: 5 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
CAT: DSPR/005
UPC: 702727082122
Pre-Book Date: 4/19/05
Street Date: 5/17/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98



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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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