ADV Brings Gatchaman to America


The Series That Started It All, Available for the First Time Uncut and Unedited!

Featuring All New Artwork from Alex Ross

HOUSTON, March 26, 2005—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the anime event of the year! Gatchaman, the seminal anime series that was recut for broadcast as Battle of the Planets and later G-Force, will be released for the first time in North America in its entirety, uncut and unedited, featuring a brand new English dub track. Star comics illustrator Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Marvels) produced a brand new Gatchaman painting for the first Collectors Box, and Ross's artwork adorns each of the 18 individual DVD releases. The first Collectors Box and volumes one and two of the DVD series go on sale June 14, while the official Gatchaman website is up and live right now here!

“Obviously, Gatchaman has a nostalgic appeal for lots of people, like myself, who grew up when Battle of the Planets was practically the only game in town,” said ADV President John Ledford. “But there are many anime fans that didn't grow up with Battle of the Planets or G-Force who need to see this series. Gatchaman lays the foundation to so much that followed, you can't be a serious anime fan and not enjoy this series. Gatchaman is simply groundbreaking work, and it stands the test of time.”

“I'm really glad to be part of this project,” said Alex Ross, who may well be America's #1 Gatchaman fan. “Battle of the Planets was a strong influence on my career. The great character designs, the epic scope of the storylines, the team concept – it's all there. But the original Gatchaman has so much more to it that got cut out of the American broadcast version. There's the violence, of course, which was toned down a lot. But also the characters were richer, and the way they interacted with each other wasn't so black and white. I think fans seeing Gatchaman for the first time may be surprised just how over the top it is!”

Heightening Gatchaman's appeal to a contemporary audience is the all-new English dub in 5.1 sound, featuring some of the best voice talent in anime today, including Kim Prause and Luci Christian. The visual look of the series has been restored to its original glory, with rich, vibrant colors that pop off the screen. And the original Japanese soundtrack is also included in 2.0, available on every DVD with English subtitles.

Loads of extras have been developed for the Gatchaman DVD series – so many, in fact, that each Collectors Box includes a fully packed Bonus Disk! Extras on the first Bonus Disk include a documentary on Gatchaman producer Totsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Robotech), an extensive interview with ADR Director Charles Campbell, and even Gatchaman toy commercials, not to mention various character profiles, sketches, and other series artwork.

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Gatchaman: Collector's Box Vol. 1 ($34.98 SRP) is a three disc DVD-only release containing the first two volumes (The Legend Begins, Meteors and Monsters) with twelve complete episodes presented in English 5.1 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 commentary tracks with the voice talent and Gatchaman Karaoke plus clean closing animation. The Bonus DVD includes a profile of Ken, the Eagle, an interview with Leraldo Anzaldua (Ken), character sketches of Ken, a Gatchaman ModelLock Commercial, and much much more.

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

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 350 minutes (Collector's Box 1),
150 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: $34.98 (Collector's Box),
$14.98 each (Volume 1 & 2)

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

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