ADV Announces August 8 Releases

HOUSTON, July 12, 2006 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce three exciting new titles set to hit the streets on August 8, including the first volume in the new series Papuwa, a new Farscape Starburst Edition, and a thin-pack collection of the fan-favorite series Chance Pop Session.


For Fans of EXCEL SAGA and Other Weirdness

ADV is proud to announce the launch of a new six episode DVD series bound to delight all lovers of weirdness. The crazy, goofy, loopy fun begins when Papuwa: Wild Things hits store shelves on August 8!

Synopsis: Welcome to Papuwa Island. Check your sanity at the door! Led by a mysterious voice, Kotaro awakens from a long slumber and comes to Papuwa Island, a tropical paradise hidden away from the world of man. However, as soon as he arrives, a traumatic experience causes him to lose his memories and forget the horrifying secret that binds him to the strange island. Now, under the questionable care of the young Papuwa and his maid, Liquid, Kotaro begins his new life of bizarre adventures in a world of transvestite fish, fruity pink dinosaurs and hallucination-inducing poisonous mushrooms. Plagued by the island's wacky inhabitants and an army of assassins aimed at kidnapping him, Kotaro struggles to keep both his life and his sanity intact. Get ready for fun, sun and hermaphroditic snails in the first, hilarious volume of Papuwa.

Papuwa: Wild Things (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including the first five episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include translator notes, a character art gallery, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1of 6

Running Time: 125 min.
Age Rating: TV PG

CAT: DPA/001
UPC: 702727154225

Pre-Book Date: 7/11/2006
Street Date: 8/8/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


“The Best Sci-Fi on TV” (TV Guide)

ADV Films is proud to announce an August 8 street date for Farscape Starburst Edition 4.2, featuring loads of new extras at a fabulous low price.

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 4.2 (SRP $24.98 DVD) is an anamorphic DVD-only release presented in English 5.1, English 2.0, close captions and English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired. Farscape: Starburst Edition 4.2 is loaded with all the extensive, behind-the-scenes special features sci-fi fans want, including a commentary on the episode “Kansas” with Ben Browder (Crichton), Claudia Black (Aeryn), & David Kemper (writer), behind the Scenes Interview with Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), behind the Scenes Interview with Lani John Tupu (Crais & Voice of Pilot), Behind the Scenes Interview with David Franklin (Braca), a “Listening In” segment with Composer Guy Gross covering the episode “Terra Firma”, character histories on Scorpius, Braca and Grayza, the production design gallery, deleted scenes, more “Cool Farscape Facts,” and a new “Alien Encounters.”

DVD Product Details

Volume: 2 of 3

Running Time: 350 min.
Age Rating: N/A

UPC: 702727100024

Pre-Book Date: 7/11/2006
Street Date: 8/8/2006

Format: DVD

SRP: $24.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


The Entire Series In a Single Affordable Thin-Pack!

ADV Films is pleased to announce an August 8 street date for Chance Pop Session Complete Collection, collecting all 13 episodes of the fan-favorite series in a single attractive thin-pack. Chance Pop Session's “themes of perseverance and teamwork will appeal to many… one of the most heartwarming series to come out” (Anime News Network).

Synopsis: Three young girls, strangers to each other, share an instinctual passion and talent for music. Brought together from distinctly different worlds, they meet by chance at the concert of their idol. The concert strikes a chord in each of their hearts and unites them with a common dream of stardom. The girls each enroll in the same music school and are brought together again in a special class for exceptional talent. As their voices come together in harmony, the girls realize that they share more than just a passion for song. A mysterious blue stone, a hauntingly beautiful melody... what do these traces of the past have to do with the uncertain future of this gifted trio?

Chance Pop Session Complete Collection (SRP $44.98 DVD) is a Thin-Pack DVD-only release including all 13 episodes, presented in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 325 min.
Age Rating: TV PG

UPC: 702727155925

Pre-Book Date: 7/11/2006
Street Date: 8/8/2006

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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