ADV Films Has 6 New Titles on the Way

ADV Films will release six new titles on Feb. 8, 2005, including NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PLATINUM: 05, GETBACKERS: BATTLES WITH THE PAST, MEZZO: SHELL 3, WEDDING PEACH: WEDDING DAY, SISTER PRINCESS: SISTERS AND SUNSHINE and SAINT SEIYA: FALLEN FRIENDS.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PLATINUM: 05 is directed by Hideaki Anno (NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER, HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES); produced by GAINAX (FLCL), NAS (YU-GI-OH!) and TV Tokyo (SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN); and animated by Production I.G. (GHOST IN THE SHELL) and GAINAX.

The first test of the new Eva unit ends in disaster. As the giant bio-humanoid runs out of control, both Asuka and Rei fail to stop it, leaving, Shinji to face the berserk monster alone, but will his compassion for the fellow child trapped inside the monster become his undoing? As Gendo unleashes the monstrous power of Unit 01s dummy plug, it becomes horribly apparent that the Evas are far more than just machines. The truth behind the sinister mask of the Eva is revealed.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM:05 ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including three complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 language versions with English subtitles. The volume is housed in an exclusive metallic finish slipcover. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation; commentary with Matt Greenfield and Sean McCoy; full length animatics for episode 18, 19 and 20, The Mythology of EVANGELION, a 12-page profile booklet filled with screen shots and ADV previews.

Additionally, the first volume of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM EDITION is available as a Collectors Edition ($39.98), which includes the Volume 1 DVD with an exclusive metallic finish slipcover and an attractive custom series art box to house all seven volumes. Extras include: one-of-a-kind numbered decal; profile booklet filled with screen shots, Japanese commentaries and character profiles; Episode: 01 commentary by ADR director Matt Greenfield; Episode: 02 commentary by Matt Greenfield and Spike Spencer (Shinji); clean opening and closing animation; and ADV previews.

GETBACKERS: BATTLES WITH THE PAST is the fourth volume of the hip new series. Based on the hit manga by Rando Ayamine and Yuya Aoki, the show was animated by Studio Deen (KING OF BANDIT JING, COWBOY BEBOP).

Ginji and Ban, two continually broke guys who seem to always be down on their luck, have made it their calling to retrieve items that have been stolen or lost for a price of course. Though they appear to be a normal duo, Ginji and Ban both have powers that allow them to take on impressive enemies. They'll dodge bullets, defeat supernatural enemies, even risk their own deaths; whatever it takes.

GET BACKERS: BATTLES WITH THE PAST ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, behind the scenes: interviews with Dan Deitz (ADR Writer) & John Minnich (Makubex) and ADV previews.

In addition, the first volume of GET BACKERS is also available as a Collectors Edition ($39.98), which includes the VOLUME 1: G & B ON THE CASE DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house volumes 1-5.

MEZZO: SHELL 3 was created by Yasuomi Umetsu (KITE).

Stay alive long enough in the danger business, and youll get a reputation. The funny thing about that the better your reputation gets, the more people want you dead. The DSA know this all too well. Every body blow, fireball, and ricochet lets Mikura, Harada, and Kurokawa know that theyre doing something right. And, it must be something very, very right because the line separating them from a closed-casket funeral keeps getting thinner. From the undead to the Black Scissors gang, from trained assassins to the boys in blue with so many enemies, even the tiniest friend can mean the difference between life and death.

MEZZO: SHELL THREE ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, production sketches and ADV Films previews.

Moreover, the first volume, MEZZO: SHELL ONE, is also available as a Collectors Edition, (SRP $34.98) which includes the Volume 1 DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series.

WEDDING PEACH: WEDDING DAY is based on the hit manga by Sukehiro Tomita (SAILOR MOON), Nao Yazawa and Tenyu. The animation was produced by KSS, known for such other vibrantly animated comedies such as HAPPY LESSON and OH MY GODDESS!

Time is running out as the Dark Queen Raindevila has come down to earth to personally destroy Wedding Peach. Yes, everything seems to be falling apart Yanagiba still cant remember who he really is, Celeste is unconscious and its looking more and more like Yosuke is in fact really a devil. Sounds like the perfect time for a wedding! Can Momoko and Yosukes love survive this final test? And more importantly, can it save the world? Hold on tight, as the sparks begin to fly in this heart-pounding conclusion.

WEDDING PEACH: WEDDING DAY ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including six complete episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, a reversible cover and ADV previews.

In addition, the new Collectors Edition for WEDDING PEACH is still available for $39.98. This collection includes WEDDING PEACH VOLUME 6, an attractive custom series art box to hold volumes 69 and WEDDING PEACH DX, and a bonus disc filled with extras.

SISTER PRINCESS: SISTERS AND SUNSHINE is based on a popular dating sim in Japan and follows the quirky story of a boy who discovers he has twelve sisters, all of whom are trying to win his undying affection.

Schools out, but Wataru has the summertime blues - hes afraid of the water. Wataru needs to get some private swimming lessons, but its anyones guess if hell sink or swim. Meanwhile, Yamada tries to join in on the fun at the pool by taking a hilarious self-study swimming course. Then, Wataru and the girls plan to take an exciting summertime trip if only his sisters would tell him where theyre going. Naturally, Yamada does his best to hitch a ride. However, it looks like a terrible storm may ruin their holiday plan for good.

SISTER PRINCESS: SISTERS AND SUNSHINE ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animation, a reversible cover, behind the scenes with Mamoru, Haruka & Yamada and ADV previews.

The first volume, SISTER PRINCESS: OH, BROTHER!, is also available as a Collectors Edition ($39.98), which includes the volume 1 DVD, a book of postcards from each of the twelve sisters and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series.

On Feb. 8, the 10th volume of SAINT SEIYA: FALLEN FRIENDS will be released. SAINT SEIYA is based on the manga by Masami Kurumada and produced by Toei Animation (DIGIMON, SAILOR MOON, DRAGON BALL). The DVD release of SAINT SEIYA accompanies the popular airing of KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC, an edited version of the title, on the Cartoon Network.

The bronze saints continue their battle against the twelve houses of the Zodiac as the race to save Saoris life comes closer to a fatal conclusion. Each battle will test the saints in both physical prowess and mental fortitude as the twelve golden saints of the zodiac defend themselves. The power of the cosmos shines through as the battle to the death continues.

SAINT SEIYA: FALLEN FRIENDS ($19.98) is a DVD-only release, including five complete episodes; English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include: The Mythology of SAINT SEIYA, clean opening and closing animation and ADV previews.

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of anime for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the U.K. 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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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