ADV Films June 13 releases--Farscape, Gilgamesh & more



Final Volume of Gilgamesh, New Farscape Starburst Edition, and Divergence Eve Complete Collection

Round Out Super DVD Tuesday

HOUSTON, April 26, 2006—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four brand new DVD titles set to hit the streets on June 13, beginning with the Japanese late night TV sensation Vermilion Pleasure Night. Also appearing June 13 are Gilgamesh volume seven, the first installment in the fourth season of the Farscape Starburst Edition, and the thin-pack release Divergence Eve Complete Collection.


“A Cult Hit” - Artforum

ADV is proud to present one of the strangest, most ambitious and downright entertaining programs to emerge from Japanese late night television. Vermilion Pleasure Night: Optic Erotica, the first of three DVDs collecting this groundbreaking series, is slated to hit store shelves June 13.

Often sexy, sometimes profane – but always provocative – Vermilion Pleasure Night is a variety show that stands out even by the offbeat standards of Japanese late night television. Directed by Fuccons creator Yoshimasa Ishibashi, the internationally acclaimed artist whose installations have graced New York's MOMA and London's Tate Gallery, Vermilion Pleasure Night is a mélange of strange and sometimes disturbing vignettes that holds up a cracked mirror to contemporary culture.

Synopsis: Tokyo pop (and Tokyo pop art) has made Vermilion Pleasure Night an international sensation—and landed its creator in such prestigious places as the Tate Modern in London and MOMA in New York. And now, finally, this cult art smash has arrived stateside. Gorgeous models and goofy mannequins. Claymation and stop-motion. From J-pop music videos to a pee-wee playhouse with violently desperate housewives. You've never seen or experienced anything like this rainbow-hued, mind-trip, sonic and sensual assault. A sumptuous visual feast. Comedy with an edge. An orgy of sight and sound. High art as low comedy. Avante garde en garde!

Vermilion Pleasure Night: Optic Erotica (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including Nights One and Two, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 3

Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)

CAT: DVP/001
UPC: 702727149023

Pre-Book Date: 5/16/2006
Street Date: 6/13/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“This is the anime to seek out and find this year.”—DVD Verdict

ADV continues to redefine anime June 16 with Gilgamesh: All Fall Down, the seventh and final volume in the innovative DVD series with a cool Goth edge. “Dark, cool and fast paced… Gilgamesh is one of our favorite contemporary anime series on the market” (

Gilgamesh is the sci-fi masterpiece from Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider). Ishinomori has created a dark, post-apocalyptic world where the sky has been turned into a psychedelic mirror, and civilization is only a shadow of its former self. Where beautiful assassins transform into terrifying winged creatures. Where children are born with amazing powers. And where a brother and sister are hunted by organizations with shadowy agendas. Gorgeous animation, breakthrough character designs, and stunning visuals make this suspenseful, addictive tale of mystery, magic, and espionage the first gothic masterpiece of the new millennium!

Synopsis: In the heavenly embrace of “mother”, Gilgamesh reunites and receives a gift—new power—a force that both resurrects and destroys, rebirthing the Professor's fallen children and fueling his grand plan. “A total cleansing of this flawed planet.” Yet Gilgamesh is not the only contingent amassing strength. Kazmatsuri has created a massive, devious machine that should ensure his victory over the deadly terrorists and, literally, bring them to their knees. So in the lush gardens of a glamorous hotel, blood spills, thunder pounds, and the cocooning sheltering sky shrinks to birth a new world order. But in the midst of the battle, new players arrive, revealing true motives, with surprising consequences, and revealing shocking truths. Who's really behind every sick and sadistic event of this battle—and who always has been! Don't miss the shocking, violent, and devastating conclusion to the year's most talked-about, critically-acclaimed thriller.

Gilgamesh: All Fall Down (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD release including episodes 24 through 26 presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include the original Japanese promotional video for the series, production sketches, an original segment entitled “Revelations: Final Secrets,” “The Music of Gilgamesh,” “Dark Diary: Lost Memories” and a glossary of terms, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Still Available!

Limited supplies of the Gilgamesh Collectors Box are still available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Gilgamesh in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire seven volume series (SRP $39.98).

DVD Product Details

Volume: 7 of 7

Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)

UPC: 702727122620

Pre-Book Date: 5/16/2006
Street Date: 6/13/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


Tenth Volume in the Popular Starburst Series

ADV Films is pleased to announce the tenth installment of its wildly successful Farscape: Starburst Edition series, with an expanded and updated volume that takes us through to the season finale of the third season in the classic sci-fi series. Farscape: Starburst Edition 4.1 will be available everywhere DVDs are sold on June 13.

Farscape is an adventure as broad and weird as the universe – full of strange creatures, bizarre twists, irreverent humor, raucous action, passion, and romance! Produced in Australia by The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment, Farscape has been called “The Best Sci-Fi on TV,” by TV Guide, and hailed as “TV's Best Space Series” by USA Today. Farscape also received the Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Series three years in a row (2001, 2002, 2003).

Synopsis: Look up… and share the wonders I've seen. Yes, astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder, Stargate SG-1) is still lost – somewhere in the universe. After all the chaos he's survived – the total mind-frell he's been through over the past four years – you wouldn't think anything could phase him anymore. But love moves in mysterious ways, even in the distant reaches of outer space.

It's all about the girl. Aeryn. Beautiful Aeryn (Claudia Black, Stargate SG-1), a renegade Peacekeeper commando… and the love of John Crichton's life. It seems these two lovers can never quite get it together to face the struggles of their own hearts, let alone a universe on the verge of destruction. But as powerful alien races steel themselves for the ultimate galactic war, Crichton, Aeryn, and the quarreling band of alien ex-cons who have become their friends must do something that doesn't come naturally – work together.

Farscape: Starburst Edition 4.1 (SRP $29.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD release including the first seven episodes of season four presented in both 5.1 and 2.0 sound. Farscape: Starburst Edition 4.1 is loaded with all the extensive, behind-the-scenes special features sci-fi fans want, including a “Farscape: The Story So Far” featurette, behind the scenes interviews with Jonathan Hardy (Voice of Rygel) and Rebecca Riggs (Commandant Grayza), “Inside Farscape” features on the series villains and the Season 4 visual effects, NEW commentary for “John Quixote” with Writer/Actor Ben Browder (Crichton) and Claudia Black (Aeryn), two “Listening In” segments with composer Guy Gross covering the episodes “Crichton Kicks” and “John Quixote,” deleted scenes, updated character histories for John Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Ka D'Argo, and Chiana, more “Cool Farscape Facts,” a new “Alien Encounters” segment, and a production design gallery.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 3

Running Time: 350 minutes
Age Rating: n/a

UPC: 702727099922

Pre-Book Date: 5/16/2006
Street Date: 6/13/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $24.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“A Joy Ride” –

ADV Films is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Divergence Eve Complete Collection, an attractive new thin-pack compilation of the fan-favorite series set to hit store shelves June 13.

Divergence Eve is a sci-fi horror adventure featuring bodacious babes battling beasts from beyond the stars. What more could you ask for than a bevy of beauties forced to put their lives on the line to answer the call of duty? Divergence Eve is a bold and imaginative voyage leading directly into the heart of evil – a dark tale enlivened by a shocking mystery that will have you guessing until the final fade out! And now the entire series is available in a single affordable thin-pack collection!

Divergence Eve Complete Collection (SRP $44.98 DVD) is a thin-packed anamorphic DVD release including the entire series presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 325 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)

UPC: 702727155024

Pre-Book Date: 5/16/2006
Street Date: 6/13/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $44.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About ADV Films:

In the 14 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. Always on the forefront, ADV is introducing North America to bold new anime franchises such as Gantz, Elfen Lied, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker and DNAngel. 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. In 2005 ADV Films was voted “Best Anime Company” in the SPJA awards, presented at Anime Expo, North America's largest anime convention. The readers of Anime News Network designated ADV Films “Overall Favorite Anime Company” in both 2004 and 2005.

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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