ADV Announces May 18th Releases



Farscape: Season Four Collection Four; Kino's Journey: Warning! Curves Ahead; Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition, Macross Collection 3; Saint Seiya: Silver Assassins; Steam Detectives: Case 6; and Soul Hunter: The Complete Collection

HOUSTON, April 7, 2004
— Today, ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., announced five home video titles that street on May 18, 2004.

ADV Films today announced a May 18, 2004 street date for the home-entertainment release of the two-DVD, four-episode Farscape™: Season Four, Collection Four.

TV Guide has hailed the award-winning series as “The Best Sci-Fi on TV,” USA Today called Farscape “TV's Best Space Series,” and Farscape received the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Series—the series' third win in a row and has been nominated again for 2004.

Episodes from Farscape Season Four: Collection Four:
"MENTAL AS ANYTHING" (Episode 415)
Scorpius takes Crichton, D'Argo and Rygel into an advanced training camp where students learn mental discipline. In the camp, D'Argo confronts Macton, the Peacekeeper who murdered D'Argo's wife, and then framed him for the crime. While Scorpius forces Crichton into torturous anti-Scarran training, D'Argo must face past demons... alone.

While purchasing a camouflage device for Moya, Aeryn and Sikozu witness the nearby landing of a Peacekeeper squad led by Grayza and Braca. Chiana and Noranti attempt to elude the searching Peacekeepers by undergoing genetic modification. When Aeryn learns that Grayza has convened a secret meeting with the Scarrans – a meeting that could have catastrophic consequences - Aeryn decides to take lethal action.

Sikozu overhears that the Scarrans intend to take their captive, Aeryn, to a secret base known as Katratzi. Though Moya's data banks have no record of the place, Crichton is sure he's heard the word “Katratzi” somewhere. Unable to sleep, he pores over a documentary intercepted from Earth that examines the visit by “aliens” – Moya's crew – and discovers that the documentary just might hold the key to locating Katratzi… and Aeryn.

"PRAYER" (Episode 418)
Aeryn is held captive by Scarrans who are determined to find out if she is carrying Crichton's child. To locate the base where Aeryn is being taken, Crichton and Scorpius travel through a wormhole to a mixed-up, “unrealized reality” version of Moya. While the rest of the crew waits for their return, the Peacekeepers draw closer.

Farscape: Season Four, Collection Four (SRP $39.98) is a DVD-only release containing four episodes on two discs (episodes 415 through 418) and presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Includes English 5.1, English 2.0, and closed captioning. DVD extras include: Behind the scenes: Wayne Pygram (“Scorpius”); Behind the scenes: David Franklin; From the Archives: Season 3 Bloopers; Cool Farscape facts by Paul Simpson, author of Farscape: The Illustrated Companion series guides; Aliens Encountered; sets, props and costumes gallery; deleted scenes; and ADV previews.

ADV Films has set a May 18, 2004 release date for the third volume of Kino's Journey: Warning! Curves Ahead.

The Story:
Kino's Journey tells the story of the young adventurer Kino, who travels the world on Hermes, a talking motorcycle, spending no more and no less than three days at each stop. Throughout their travels, Kino and Hermes are observers of new cultures, witnessing both the differences and the similarities of peoples around the world. Adapted from Keiichi Sigsawa's bestselling novels, this stylish, thought-provoking tale promises to grab hold of the audience's imagination, challenging expectations and stereotypes as it focuses on the discovery of beauty in things not beautiful.

Kino's Journey: Warning! Curves Ahead (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes. Presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Includes both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions and English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; production sketches; and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available! (SRP $39.98) A collector's edition of the series is available, which includes the first volume of Kino's Journey, an exclusive Kino's Journey mini license plate collectible, and a custom art box sized to fit the entire series.

ADV Films has set a street date of May 18, 2004 for Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition, Macross Collection 3. This newest release from ADV Films features a fresh, clean digital transfer of Robotech from the original 16mm film stock, returning the series to a lovely and near-pristine state without compromising the character of the original animation. New footage featuring scenes cut from the original broadcast version of Robotech has been added, including new opening and closing credits and eye catches, creating a never-before-seen version of this seminal adventure series.

Additionally, the audio has been restored and remixed to create the highest-quality sound experience available.

Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition, Macross Collection 3 ($29.98 SRP) will feature two new audio tracks: the original, classic English-language dub in glorious digital 5.1 sound and a Spanish-language digital 5.1 track. This volume includes twelve complete episodes on two discs; an art box fitting both discs; and an exclusive, limited edition Super Veritech Morpher collectible in red metallic which transforms from robot to spacecraft plus offers a power-packed pull back motor.

The Story:
It seems as if a peaceful outcome in the war between the Robotech Defense Force and the alien Zentraedi may finally be on the horizon. A historic wedding between one of Earth's greatest heroes, Max Sterling, and the ace Zentraedi fighter pilot, Miriya, opens the doors for coexistence between the warring factions. But that harmony is short-lived, as forces within the Zentraedi army would rather destroy the humans than live with them. Before all is said and done, heroes will die, villains will fall, and the first Robotech War will come to a bittersweet finale.

ADV Films has set a May 18, 2004 street date for Saint Seiya: Silver Assassins, the sixth volume of the hit fantasy-action title. Saint Seiya is based on the manga by Masami Kurumada and produced by Toei Animation, the animation studio that gave anime fans Digimon, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball. The DVD release of Saint Seiya accompanies the popular airing of Knights of the Zodiac, an edited version of the title, on the Cartoon Network.

The Story:
The sinister Ares has overthrown his brother and appointed himself Pope of Sanctuary. Using his evil mind-control powers, Ares has built a legion of vile assassins including several Silver Saints. All with orders – not only to capture the Golden Cloth, but to kill Seiya and the rest of the Bronze Saints. It's time to take the battle to the bad guys. The Bronze Saints attack! But not for long. The Silver Saints are strong and overpower our heros, putting both the boys and the safety of the world in grave danger. Shina hunts down Seiya, Soari gets kidnapped and two of the Bronze Saints will not be able to continue. Hampered with injury, aching with loss and perilously undermanned, the Bronze Saints will surely fail if they do not get some help. And quickly, at that.

Saint Seiya: Silver Assassins (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes; English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. DVD features include: “The Mythology of Saint Seiya,” clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available! (SRP $24.98) A collector's edition of Saint Seiya is still available and includes the fifth volume DVD and a custom art box sized to fit four volumes of the series.

ADV Films today announced a May 18, 2004 release date for the sixth volume of Steam Detectives.

Steam Detectives is the creation of the legendary manga artist Kia Asamiya (Martian Successor Nadesico, Silent Mobius), who, in recent years, has been working in the U.S. on graphic novels and sketches for such titles as X-Men, Star Wars and Batman.

The Story:
Steam City is under attack! A chance run-in with Dr. Guilty turns Ling Ling into a hostage. Narutaki springs into action, but when the doctor reveals the damage he intends to unleash, it becomes clear that much more than a friend is in danger.

Yet Dr. Guilty isn't the only one with Steam City in his sights. Knight Phantom emerges from the shadows and promises to destroy the entire town – unless Narutaki agrees to own up to a dark secret from the past. With the city's fate teetering on the edge, it's up to the boy detective to set things right. But will the burden be too much for him to shoulder?

Get ready to walk the mean streets with Narutaki as he squares off against madmen and megamatons alike! The forces of justice meet the forces of evil head-on in the final riveting volume of Steam Detectives!

Steam Detectives: Case Six (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes. In both English 5.1- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: staff comments; production sketches; Japanese opening animation; clean closing animation; Steam Detectives trailer; and ADV previews.

ADV Films today announced a May 18, 2004 release date for Soul Hunter: Complete Collection, featuring all 26 episodes of the captivating Soul Hunter series available together for the first time in this six-disc DVD collection.

Soul Hunter is based on a series of popular Chinese novels and an incredibly successful Japanese comic book and was directed by Junji Nishimura of You're Under Arrest! fame. Saddle up your favorite flying hippo and get ready to join Taikoubou, Sibuxiang, Kou Hiko and the others for one of anime's grandest, scariest and most hilarious adventures!

The Story:
Terrible, wicked spirits trod the ground searching for ways to annihilate mankind! The wise guardians in the sky know they need a brave, clever soldier to single-handedly send the evil souls to their doom! Unfortunately, they chose Taikoubou! (It's nice to know the forces of good still have a sense of humor during these dark times.)

Soul Hunter ($49.98 SRP DVD) is a DVD-only release featuring 26 complete episodes in both English 2.0- and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include translator notes; a “relationship tree”; character descriptions; historical background information; Soul Hunter U.S. trailer and teaser; a comprehensive glossary of terms; voice actor profiles, and ADV previews.

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