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ADV Releases Venus vs. Virus, Xenosaga, Get Backers DVDs

ADV Films presents three new titles for Jan. 15, including volume two of VENUS VERSUS VIRUS, the third volume of XENOSAGA, and the massive GET BACKERS Seasons 1 & 2 Collection.

From veteran director Shinichiro Kimura (MABURAHO, BURN UP EXCESS) and the production team at Studio Hibari (NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS) comes VENUS VERSUS VIRUS: EPIDEMIC, which first aired on Japanese television in Jan. 2007.

Based on the hit manga series, the story continues as the battle for human souls rages on. Newer and more powerful Virus demons arise to confront mankind's last line of defense, the Venus Vanguard. To make matters worse, one of the newest demons seems completely immune to the Vanguard's weaponry, and it's taken a personal interest in destroying Sumire.

VENUS VERSUS VIRUS: EPIDEMIC ($29.98) is a DVD-only anamorphic release including episodes 5-8, presented in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

A limited-edition Collectors Box for VENUS VERSUS VIRUS is available. This special collectors edition contains the second volume of VENUS VERSUS VIRUS in a custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire three volume series ($39.98).

From Toei Animation, XENOSAGA: FREE WILL is the epic science-fiction adventure based on the beloved videogame trilogy. The XENOSAGA games gained great acclaim, ranking as one of the most popular role-playing game series of its generation.

Widespread panic erupts as the merciless Gnosis are drawn to the Kukai Foundation en masse. But even as the Song of Nephilim is sung, the battle continues. As Shion and his allies organize a desperate evacuation of the civilian population, Albedo uses the ensuing terror to advance his own agenda with the capture of MOMO.

XENOSAGA: FREE WILL ($29.98) is a DVD-only release including episodes 9-12, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening animation, clean closing animation and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

GET BACKERS SEASONS 1 & 2 COLLECTION contains all 1,225 minutes of the fan-favorite series in a single compilation. GET BACKERS, animated by Studio Deen (JING -- KING OF BANDITS), is the story of Ginji Amano and Ban Midou, two chronically broke but supernaturally empowered youths who run a "recovery service."

GET BACKERS SEASONS 1 & 2 COLLECTION ($89.98) is an anamorphic DVD-only release including the entire series, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.

For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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