ADV Films Announces Release of Gatchaman: Collector's Edition, Volume One


Now Available for the First Time on DVD in North America with Brand New Original Art by Famed Comic Book Artist Alex Ross

HOUSTON, February 24, 2005 – The fans were buzzing with excitement this past weekend at San Francisco's brand new WonderCon with some thrilling news from North America's number one producer-distributor of anime.

ADV Films co-founder Matt Greenfield made it known that Gatchaman, the classic series that spawned the hit television classics Battle of the Planets and G-Force, is set to launch for the first time ever in North America on June 14, 2005. The series that gave birth to a new generation of anime lovers worldwide is ready and eagerly awaiting to be unleashed in its original uncut and unedited glory!

In conjunction with the new North American release of Gatchaman, ADV Films is proud to announce that comic book guru and Gatchaman enthusiast Alex Ross will lend his artistic talents with brand-new original box artwork specially designed for this collection. Often called the “Norman Rockwell of comics,” Ross is widely revered for his work on DC and Marvel Comics and is considered one of the leading artists in comics today.

The original Japanese series Gatchaman inspired the creation and development of the hit animated American television series Battle of the Planets in the late 1970s and G-Force in the late 1980s. Gatchaman helped to launch the popularity of anime in both Japan and across the world and has served as the inspiration for countless anime in the years since.

Created by the award-winning Japanese animation house Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Robotech), the original Gatchaman series has never been aired or released on home video in North America in its original uncut form. ADV's brand new seven volume collector's series will contain all 105 episodes of the original uncut Japanese series with a brand new English dub, including 20 episodes never before seen in the U.S., along with newly released features and extras that any true fan of Gatchaman, Battle of the Planets, and G-Force cannot do without!

“Gatchaman is undisputedly one of the most influential anime shows ever and has had immeasurable impact on American anime,” said John Ledford, CEO and co-founder of ADV Films. “Having the original series means a lot to us and more importantly to our fans. We are thrilled to bring this anime classic to the North American home video market for the first time.”

The Story:

In the 21st century, the evil organization Galactor has its sights set on global conquest. Their use of tyrannical terrorism and high-tech mayhem has the world in the clutches of fear! The only thing standing in the way of complete global dominance is the International Science Organization (ISO) and its chief scientist, Professor Kozaburou Nambu. Dr. Nambu's primary weapon in the fight for freedom is his top secret experiment: the five kids who make up the Science Ninja Team. Bird, go!

Gatchaman: Collector's Box Vol. 1 ($44.98 SRP) is a three disc DVD-only release containing the first two volumes (The Legend Begins, Meteors and Monsters) with ten complete episodes presented in English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles along with a bonus DVD jam-packed with extra features and special behind the scenes looks at the series. Volume one and two extras include: clean opening and closing animation, episode commentary, Gatchaman Karaoke, and ADV previews. The bonus extras DVD includes: Ken, the Eagle profile, character sketches: Ken, episode sketches, interviews with the English staff and cast, and audition footage.

Each volume of five episodes is also available separately at an SRP of $14.98.

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

Running Time: 500 minutes (Collector's Box 1), 250 minutes (Volume 1 & 2 each)
Age Rating: TV PG
CAT: DGTM/BX1 (Collector's Box 1), DGTM/001 (Volume 1), DGTM/002 (Volume 2)
UPC: 702727134623 (Collector's Box), 702727111426 (Volume 1), 702727111525 (Volume 2)
Pre-Book Date: 5/17/05
Street Date: 6/14/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $44.98 (Collector's Box), $14.98 each (Volume 1 & 2)

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