ADV Launches "Essential Anime" Collection


ADV Films' First DVD Collection Dedicated Solely to Anime Classics Announces First Three Titles

HOUSTON, February 11, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime, today announced its new Essential Anime Collection, a must-have line-up of classic anime home DVDs showcasing top titles from the company's powerhouse anime library.

The first titles to be released under this exclusive, new ADV Films label include Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma; Ninja Resurrection; and Plastic Little. All have been digitally remastered in English 5.1 audio and are available at the low SRP of $19.98.

Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma

One lone warrior must seek out and destroy his former comrade in arms. But how does one slay the dead? Woven from strands of nightmarish battles in blood-soaked clay where demons await the fallen and seaside clashes with flesh-eating stallions, Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma tells the story of two young ninja whose friendship is sundered by the chasm that separates the living from the dead.

Extras include Dramatis Personae (cast of characters), original Japanese trailer (video), original U.S. trailer and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Running Time: 80 minutes Age Rating: 17+
Street Date: 3/16/04
Format: DVD
Essential Anime Collection SRP: $19.98

Ninja Resurrection

Join a nightmarish journey through faith and betrayal as the infamous warrior Jubei confronts the ultimate evil! Japan, 1614, the Tokugawa Shogunate bans the practice of Christianity and ruthlessly slaughters its adherents. The scattered survivors place their faith in a prophecy of salvation: a Child of Heaven will be born to deliver the faithful from their enemies. Yet hidden within the same prophecy is a dark omen. For it is written that, should the promised savior falter, he will be reborn as Satan.

Running Time: 80 minutes Age Rating: 17+

Street Date: 3/16/04

Format Essential Anime Collection SRP

DVD $19.98

Plastic Little

Plastic Little has it all, from epic undersea battles and entire cities collapsing, to a ruthless villain to end all villains and the roughest, toughest, tomboy heroine to ever strut her stuff in a spandex wet-suit! Plastic Little is set on the breathtakingly beautiful planet Yietta, which supports a thriving metropolis of colonists who make their living by exploiting tourists and by exporting the planet's unique resources to the omnipresent Galactic Federation. As our story begins, the citizens of Yietta are finally about to pay off their debts to the Federation and become an independent colony. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather not let control of the planet slip through their fingers, especially when there are military projects which exploit Yietta's resources...

Extras include original storyboards and production sketches, previews of upcoming ADV Films releases and a “Jiggle Counter.”

Running Time: 50 minutes Age Rating: 17+

Street Date: 3/16/04

Format Essential Anime Collection SRP

DVD $19.98

About ADV Films:

In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese animation (“anime”) by combining unique titles, outstanding production values and efficient large-scale distribution. Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the firm's holdings including such premier titles as NOIR, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Hello Kitty's Paradise, RahXephon, Spriggan, Robotech, Full Metal Panic and Neon Genesis Evangelion. In addition, ADV Films' product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming, including live-action science fiction programs Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Mutant X and The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, and classic science fiction such as the updated Gamera trilogy. ADV Films' parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc. also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly in the English-speaking world, and operates Anime Network™, broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV Films is fast becoming an international entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV Films on the web at

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