ADV Films Sets September 21 Releases

ADV Films Sets September 21 Release Dates

HOUSTON, August 18, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced its September 21, 2004 street dates.

ADV Films has set a September 21, 2004 street date for the Spanish DVD and VHS release of El Paraíso de Hello Kitty: Diviértete con Amigos (Hello Kitty's Paradise: Fun with Friends), the second delightful volume in this animated children's series.

Hello Kitty, the flagship brand of Sanrio, is enjoyed by fans of all ages worldwide and has a multi-million dollar retail presence with strong appeal for fans of Barbie Fantasy Tales Collection, Disney classics and Strawberry Shortcake.

Follow the adventures of Hello Kitty, her twin sister Mimmy and their friends from school. Hello Kitty's Paradise is a joyful take on childhood adventures, with a healthy smattering of educational content about such important skills as sharing, having good table manners, writing letters and being polite.

El Paraíso de Hello Kitty: Diviértete con Amigos (DVD $14.98 SRP; VHS $9.98 SRP) is a DVD and VHS release, containing eight episodes in Spanish 2.0 language audio. VHS and DVD extras include loads of fun games throughout, including such diversions as “Nutty Numbers” and “Animals! Animals! The DVD edition also includes a free foldout coloring poster.

Volume: 2 of 4
Running Time: 90 minutes
Age Rating: All
CAT: DHKS/002 (DVD), VHKS/002 (VHS)
UPC: 702727091124 (DVD), 702727080531 (VHS)
Pre-Book Date: 8/24/04
Street Date: 9/21/04
Format: DVD, VHS
SRP: $14.98 (DVD), $9.98 (VHS)

ADV Films announced a September 21, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda™ Season Four Collection Two, a must-have for fans of the top-rated, nationally syndicated weekly sci-fi/action program starring Kevin Sorbo.

The Gemini award-winning, Saturn award-nominated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda features heroic stories, electrifying action, and spectacular special effects. A testament to the show's popularity, Kevin Sorbo was named one of the ten most bankable stars in national syndication for two consecutive years.

Based on writings of the legendary writer, producer, and creator of the enormously successful Star Trek franchise Gene Roddenberry, the series is produced by Andromeda Productions Ltd. in association with Tribune Entertainment Company and Fireworks Entertainment, Inc.

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Season Four, Collection Two episodes:
“Soon the Nearing Vortex” (Episode 406)
An encounter with ex-crew member Tyr Anasazi (Keith Hamilton Cobb) brings revelations about the universe.

“The World Turns All Around Her” (Episode 407)
Trance's true nature is finally revealed after the crew explores an ancient portal in space – the Route of Ages.

“Conduit to Destiny” (Episode 408)
Fate brings Dylan full circle to fulfill a planet's destiny three hundred years in the making.

“Machinery of the Mind” (Episode 409)
The crew thwarts an assassin's attempt to steal the minds of the Commonwealth's most brilliant scientists.

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Season Four, Collection Two (SRP $39.98) is a DVD-only release containing four complete episodes (episodes 406 to 409) on two discs. Presented in anamorphic widescreen in English 2.0 audio and closed captioning. Extras include: Meet the Cast: Steve Bacic (Telemachus Rhade); deleted scenes; behind the scenes: executive producer/ head writer Bob Engels; TV promos; bio: Bob Engels; Lisa Ryder's gags and bloopers; and ADV previews.

Running Time: 200 minutes
Age Rating: ALL
UPC: 702727064920
Pre-Book Date: 8/24/04
Street Date: 9/21/04
Format: DVD
SRP: $39.98

ADV Films announced a September 21, 2004 street date for the DVD release of Neon Genesis Evangelion – Platinum:02. Biblical prophecy, human drama and blistering hi-tech battle action collide as the award winning anime classic unleashes new fury with breathtaking re-mastered video and jaw-dropping digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound, creating the ultimate Evangelion DVD experience.

This highly anticipated popular series is directed by Hideaki Anno (Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, His and Her Circumstances); produced by GAINAX (FLCL), NAS (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and TV Tokyo (Serial Experiments Lain); and animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell) and GAINAX.

As if having to defend the Earth and mankind wasn't enough to cope with, Shinji Ikari now finds himself faced with something completely unexpected: competition. Not only is Rei's Eva back on the line, there's also a new giant robot defender that's being promoted by a group outside NERV! And to top it off, prepare to meet the third Eva pilot, the hottest ball of red-headed fury ever unleashed. And SHE's got Shinji in her cross-hairs! It's an all out battle royal with the entire planet as a war zone in the second stunning volume of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION - THE PLATINUM EDITION!

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:02 (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles. The volume is housed in an exclusive metallic finish slipcover. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; commentary with Tiffany Grant and Allison Shipp; full length animatics for episode 9; 12-page profile booklet filled with screen shots, Japanese commentaries and character profiles and ADV previews.

Collector's Edition Available!
The first volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum edition is available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD with an exclusive metallic finish slipcover and an attractive custom series art box to house all seven volumes. Extras include: one-of-a-kind numbered decal; profile booklet filled with screen shots, Japanese commentaries and character profiles; Episode: 01 commentary by ADR director Matt Greenfield; Episode: 02 commentary by Matt Greenfield and Spike Spencer (“Shinji”); clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 2 of 7
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
UPC: 702727078729
Pre-Book Date: 8/24/04
Street Date: 9/21/04
Format: DVD
DVD SRP: $29.98

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. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

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