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GDH to Release Animation Title on Blu-ray Disc

High-quality video and sound to be distributed via
next-generation optical disc format
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced it will release an animation title produced by one of its group companies on the next-generation high-definition format Blu-ray Disc(*1). The videogram will be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) lnc. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President & Representative Director: Ken Munekata).

As the era of high-definition video technology dawns, GDH will start releasing animation titles on the Blu-ray Disc, one of the next-generation video disc formats expected to play a central role in the consumer packaged-media market in the near future. The first title is Project PAPO, a cutting-edge video series created by fusing animation and music. The title is produced by GDH's group company G-creators K.K. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Hiroyuki Nakaki), and will be released on November 3, 2006 (26 episodes, JPY 7,140 tax incl.)

GDH, known for producing novel animation titles using advanced CG technologies, currently releases videograms of its titles on DVD, VHS, and UMD formats. By adding Blu-ray Discs to this line-up, GDH will be accommodating to high-definition formats as well. GDH will be releasing more titles on next-generation high-definition optical discs, which are capable of reproducing the high-quality video images that are one of the hallmarks of GDH titles.

The Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format using a blue-violet laser that enables high density recording of data. This allows Blu-ray Discs to store approximately 50 gigabytes of data, which is about 6 times as much as a dual-layer DVD can store, although the physical size of the discs are the same 12cm in diameter as CDs and DVDs. It also has a maximum data transmission rate of 40Mbps, and is capable of playing back high-definition videos together with high-quality audio tracks. The Blu-ray Disc format is supported as the next-generation video media format possessing various technical advantages, by major electronics companies such as Sony, Panasonic, etc., as well as 7 of the major Hollywood studios (comprising 90% of the US market as of 2005).

[ About Project PAPO ]
PAPO is a mysterious robot that also functions as a speaker. People who become mesmerized by PAPO's mystifying music experience various bizarre but unique events. What could the true identity of PAPO be?
Project PAPO was distributed through shockwave.com in 2000 as a webisode animation series, attracting one million hits. It is a new-type animation title in which sound and image are combined and rendered in 720p high-resolution video and high-quality 5.1 surround sound.
Official home page: http://www.project-papo.com

[ About GDH K.K ]
GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the recently launched GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.
For additional information, visit www.gdh.co.jp (for GDH) and http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html (for GONZO).

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