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GDH to Release Animation Title on HD DVD

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 optical disc format, HD DVD (*1).

As the era of high-definition video technology dawns, GDH will start releasing animation titles on HD DVD, 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). It will be on sale November 3, 2006 from GONZO's official shop "GONZO STYLE" (http://www.gonzo-style.com) and DVD on-line shop "G-mall" (http://www.g-mall.jp/) (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 HD DVDs 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 powerful and high-quality video images that are one of the hallmarks of GDH titles.

The HD DVD is a DVD specification endorsed by Toshiba, NEC, etc. It is approved as the next-generation DVD format by the DVD Forum, the international association that develops and defines DVD formats, comprised of over 230 electronics-related companies from over the world. It uses a blue-violet laser to read the data stored in high-density, and has a capacity of 15 gigabytes for single-sided single-layer discs, and 30 gigabytes for single-sided dual-layer discs, enabling users to enjoy contents of high-quality video and sound. The HD DVD has the same physical structure as the current DVD, which makes it highly compatible for video playback devices.

[ 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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