Viz Media Announces New DVD Releases for July 2009

Apr 29th 2009
San Francisco, CA, April 29, 2009 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in July 2009. These include the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO series. July DVD releases also include two new POKÉMON: ELEMENTS DVDs for the younger set. Viz Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro.

NARUTO Uncut Box Set Volume 15 • Rated 'T+' for Older Teens •
MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN • Available July 21
Ino faces an unusual exercise in royal etiquette when she is asked by an overweight princess to take her place and attend the first meeting with the young prince she adores. Then the Hidden Leaf Village comes under serious threat when important blueprints of the village are stolen! Naruto, Shikamaru and the others have their hands full finding and removing the massive numbers of paper bombs placed throughout the village. Can they save the Hidden Leaf Village from utter demolition?
Includes: 14 episodes, playing cards 37-45

New BLEACH Releases Include:

BLEACH Uncut Box Set 3 • Rated 'T' for Teens • MSRP: $69.97 US / $99.99 CAN • Available July 7
The day of Rukia's execution draws ever closer, and to save her, Ichigo and his loyal comrades must navigate the madness of a Soul Society on the brink of collapse. Ichigo and Renji face the most difficult training of their Soul Reaper careers as they struggle to achieve bankai, without which they have no hope against the most powerful captain of the Seireitei--Byakuya Kuchiki. While all the players converge at the site of Rukia's imminent execution, in the background, a group of Soul Reapers slowly uncover an unimaginable betrayal at the hands of one of their own--a betrayal that will shake the Soul Society to its very core.
Includes: Behind The Scenes of BLEACH, K-ON!'s US Tour original featurette, production art

BLEACH UNCUT Box Set 3 w/ Limited Collector's Hollow Mask• Rated 'T' for Teens • MSRP: $89.97 US / $129.99 CAN • Available July 7
Includes: Limited Collectible Hollow Mask (limited supply!)

BLEACH Volume 18 • Rated 'T' for Teens • MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN • Available July 14
The Bounts target Uryu and bring him before their leader, the megalomaniacal Kariya, despite all efforts to stop them. Kariya's goal is to gain the unique powers of a Quincy and use them for his own diabolical purpose. Members of both the Soul Society and the world of the living gather for a fierce face-off with the Bounts!
Includes: 4 episodes (72-75), original uncut episodes

New POKÉMON Releases Include:

POKÉMON: ELEMENTS Volume 1: Grass • Rated 'A' for All Ages •
MSRP: $9.98 each US / $14.99 each CAN • Available July 28

POKÉMON: ELEMENTS Volume 2: Fire • Rated 'A' for All Ages •
MSRP: $9.98 each US / $14.99 each CAN • Available July 28

Following the POKÉMON All Star series set, the POKÉMON: ELEMENTS collection consists of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon characters. Each disc showcases a Pokémon type with three all-time favorite episodes. Collect them all!

Volume 1 Includes 3 Grass-type episodes:
1. Grass Hysteria!
2. The Grass Root
3. Now That's Flower Power!

Volume 2 Includes 3 Fire-type episodes:
1. The Flame Pokémon-athon!
2. Good 'Quil Hunting
3. All Torkoal, No Play

About Viz Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., Viz Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact Viz Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

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