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January 11, 2007
Woodland Hills, CA On January 30, 2007, BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE, the premiere Anime release under the new partnership between Illumitoon Entertainment Ltd. and Westlake Entertainment, will arrive on DVD. Featuring four 30-minute episodes, the disc will be available for $24.98 SRP. Based on the comic serialized in the popular Shonen Jump manga, BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE debuts on DVD for the first time in North America and includes the episodes The Dream Catcher, The Sacrifice, Bog of the Dead and The Burning Lance. Originally airing in Japan against ³Yu-Gi-Oh!² with comparable ratings, Westlake Entertainment will eventually distribute all 78 episodes of the 2004/2005 television series in subsequent volumes.
BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE was created by the animators of ³DBZ,² ³DBGT,² ³One Piece² and ³Zatch Bell² and was produced in the United States by the same US Producer of ³DBZ,² ³DBGT² and ³Full Metal Alchemist.² The DVD also features the design staff best known for monster design on the popular ³Digimon² series. BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER Volume II will be released in March 2007.
Darkness and despair have overtaken the Earth as a demon race known as Vandels roam freely and terrorize mankind. The Zenon Warriors, Earth¹s greatest Vandel Busters, struggle against the tyranny of the Vandels, along with Zenon¹s determined younger brother, Beet. In a dramatic showdown, the Dark Overlord of the Vandels, Beltorze faces off against the Zenon Warriors in an epic battle to save Beet¹s home village. But when Beet¹s actions compromise the team, Zenon is forced to make a decision that will affect Beet and the Zenon Warriors forever! Meanwhile, Beet¹s childhood friend Poala braves the Bog of the Dead and gets the attention of a new Vandel, Mugine, who initiates a vile plot to destroy her.
About Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd.
Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. is a newly formed collaboration of
and creative professionals focused on delivering customized, quality
entertainment to the North American markets. The company¹s principals
more than 20 years combined experience in acquiring, producing, and
distributing anime, as well as creating original productions for the
Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the
online at www.illumitoon.com
About Westlake Entertainment
Westlake Entertainment is a fully integrated, independent entertainment
distribution company. Primarily engaged in licensing and distributing
feature films and television programs, Westlake specializes in bringing
release content to retail. Westlake serves as a distributor for the
following labels: Rigel Entertainment (theatrical features), Illumitoon
Entertainment (Anime), Phoenix Entertainment Group (Urban and Latino),
Bull USA (Extreme Sports) and Cineville Films (theatrical features).
more information regarding Westlake Entertainment¹s product, visit