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ADV July Anime & Sci-Fi Releases

ADV Films released a six new titles on July 13, 2004. The DVDs include BIRTH; FARSCAPE: SEASON FOUR, COLLECTION 5; HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS: TIMELESS TALES; KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: PIRATES FROM THE ISLAND OF SPIRITS; ROBOTECH REMASTERED: MASTERS COLLECTION 1; and WEDDING PEACH: SUMMER FLOWER.

BIRTH was animated by Kaname Prods. The new cover art was illustrated by well-known character designer and animation director Iko Kanada (WINDARIA). Aqualoid was a prosperous planet, but an attack from a mysterious life force, the Inorganics, transforms it into a post-apocalyptic shell of its former self. When Nam finds a mysterious sword, he is suddenly the object of a planet-wide chase. With the Inorganics closing in, will Nam and his friends discover the secret of the sword and save their world?

BIRTH ($24.98) is a DVD-only release, including an 85-minute featurette in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include art gallery and ADV previews.

FARSCAPE: SEASON FOUR, COLLECTION FIVE includes five new episodes of the cult sci-fi series, such as "We're So Screwed, Part I: Fetal Attraction," "We're So Screwed, Part II: Hot To Katratzi," "We're So Screwed, Part III: La Bomba" and "Bad Timing."

FARSCAPE: SEASON FOUR, COLLECTION FIVE ($39.98) is a DVD-only release containing four episodes on two discs (episodes 419 through 422); presented in anamorphic widescreen format; and includes both English 5.1 English 2.0 language versions and closed captioning. DVD extras include: behind the scenes: Anthony Simcoe ("D'Argo"); Inside FARSCAPE: Beyond Hope - The End of FARSCAPE or Not; From the Archives: On the Last Day - FARSCAPE wrap speech from David Kemper; Cool FARSCAPE facts by Paul Simpson, author of FARSCAPE: THE ILLUSTRATED COMPANION series guides; and ADV previews.

HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS: TIMELESS TALES is the third volume of this series. The story follows Kitty as she enters a magical wonderland in ALICE AND WONDERLAND, skips through the Swiss mountainside as Heidi, explores a world of flying carpets and genies with Pekkle the duck in ALADDIN AND HIS MAGIC LAMP and discovers an island of little people with Keroppi the frog in THE ADVENTURES OF GULLIVER.

HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS: TIMELESS TALES ($14.98 DVD, $9.98 VHS) is a DVD and VHS release, containing four episodes. Episodes are presented for the first time ever on DVD and feature English 2.0-language audio.

KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: PIRATES FROM THE ISLAND OF SPIRITS is the fifth volume in this anime action series, which is produced by TV Asahi (SAILOR MOON, GUNDAM WING) and Toei Animation (DRAGONBALL Z, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). Evil Docrates has managed to steal every piece of the magical armor, save one. Now all that stands in the way of his world domination is the gold helmet, so he kidnaps Princess Sienna and holds her for ransom. Can Seiya and his Bronze Knights battle phantom pirates, keep the golden helmet out of Docrates' hands and save the princess in time?

KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: PIRATES FROM THE ISLAND OF SPIRITS ($14.98 DVD; SRP $9.98 VHS) is a DVD and VHS release, containing four complete episodes in English 2.0. Closed captioning is available on VHS and DVD releases. Includes ADV previews.

MEGAZONE 23 PART 2 is the second volume in this series. Produced in the 1980s, MEGAZONE 23 was anime's first successful OVA (original video animation) release and was used by Harmony Gold to create ROBOTECH THE MOVIE in the eighties. Charged with a murder he didn't commit, Shogo Yahagi is once again on the run from the military and the police. But this time he's not flying solo - guided by the artificial intelligence EVE and surrounded by a gang of renegade bikers.

MEGAZONE 23 PART 2 ($24.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release, including an 85-minute feature in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions with English subtitles. Extras include: poster, production artwork and ADV previews.

In addition, the first volume of MEGAZONE 23 is now available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the VOLUME 1: PART 1 DVD, a custom series art box sized to hold the entire three-part series and an exclusive MEGAZONE 23 mouse pad. It's priced at $34.98.

ROBOTECH REMASTERED: MASTERS COLLECTION 1 VOLUME 4 is the fourth volume in this newly re-edited and re-mastered series that includes an exclusive action figure. It features never before seen footage and a clean digital transfer of ROBOTECH from the original 16mm film stock.

Fifteen years after the conclusion of the first Robotech War, the proud tradition of honor and valor begun by the crew of the SDF-1 is carried on in the first graduating class of the United Earth Forces Military Academe. So begin the new battles to save the Earth.

ROBOTECH REMASTERED: MASTERS COLLECTION 1 VOLUME 4 ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including 12 complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Spanish 5.1 in a two-disc set, which includes an art box fitting both discs and an exclusive limited edition Super Veritech Morpher collectible that transforms from robot to spacecraft plus offers a power-packed pull back motor. The audio has been restored and remixed to create the highest-quality sound experience. New footage featuring scenes cut from the original broadcast version of ROBOTECH has been added, including new opening and closing credits and eye catches, creating a never-before-seen version of this seminal adventure series.

WEDDING PEACH: SUMMER FLOWER is the fourth volume in this girl series. It is based on a manga by Sukehiro Tomita (SAILOR MOON), Nao Yazawa and Tenyu, with animation produced by KSS, known for animated comedies such as HAPPY LESSON, OH MY GODDESS! and TO HEART. The stellar staff also includes POKÉMON films' director Kunihiko Yuyama and character designer Kazuko Tadano of SAILOR MOON fame.

One by one classmates begin to disappear, ghosts emerge out of nowhere and poor little Jama-P is kidnapped by the devil Sandra. In comes the Love Angels to battle devil after devil sent down to Earth by the wicked queen Lady Raindevila.

WEDDING PEACH: SUMMER FLOWER ($29.98) is a DVD-only release, including five 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 first volume of WEDDING PEACH is also available as a Collector's Edition, which includes the VOLUME 1: LOVE WAVE DVD, an attractive custom series art box to house volumes 1-5, inflatable beach ball featuring character art and a bonus DVD filled with extras. The title will sell for $39.98.

ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation ("anime") for the North American market. Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., publishes NEWTYPE USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and operates Anime Network, broadcasting anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day. Headquartered in Houston and with additional offices in the Europe and Japan, the company operates ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels, and ADV Toys, a new division that creates exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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