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ADV Deploys Area 88 July 19


Anime's Answer to Top Gun

HOUSTON, June 22, 2005 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the launch of a great new anime DVD series July 19 when Area 88: Treacherous Skies hits stores everywhere. The series features meticulously rendered fighter planes and realistic dogfights that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

First broadcast on Japanese television a little over a year ago, Area 88 is based on the classic manga by Kaoru Shintani with a screenplay by Hiroshi Onogi (RahXephon, Macross Zero). It tells the story of Shin Kazama, an ace pilot on the verge of a comfortable life with a commercial airline. Tricked into joining a motley crew of mercenary fighter pilots, Shin's only way out is to complete the three year term or pay $1.5 million to break the contract.

Synopsis: Welcome to Area 88, a desolate outpost in the sun-blasted desert where mercenary fighter pilots risk their lives in service to the Kingdom of Alsam. Any skilled pilot will do - no questions asked. They literally kill for cash as they fight for the government of a country torn apart by a bloody civil war. The catch? Once you're in, the only way out is to serve your three year commitment, pay $1.5 million for breach of contract, or... face death as a deserter.

Who are these pilots and why do they suffer the pains of the desert to serve a country that isn't their own? Some fight because it's all they know. Some have nowhere else to go. Some fly for the thrill of the game. Shin Kazama, the only Japanese pilot on the base, is different from the rest. He may be the only pilot capable of earning enough money to buy out his contract... if he lives long enough. But Shin fights only to return to Japan, to a life and a love that was stolen from him in cruel act of betrayal.

Stunningly realistic animation and sound transport you into the soul of Area 88 where you can almost feel the jet wash on the desert wind. Once you're in, there's no going back.This is Area 88. In the desert the souls of men are either consumed by the fire or reborn from the ashes.

Area 88: Treacherous Skies (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes one through three, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include an extensive interview with screenwriter Hiroshi Ohnogi and the director, Isamu Imakake, aircraft specs, production sketches, and character bios, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Available!

An Area 88 Collectors Box is also available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Area 88 in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire four volume series (SRP $39.98).

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV PG

DAET/BX1 (Collectors Box)
UPC: 702727115820

702727137327 (Collectors Box)
Pre-Book Date: 6/21/2005
Street Date: 7/19/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

$39.98 (Collectors Box)

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 www.advfilms.com.

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