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Naruto Feature Playing One Night in Canada, Rarely Seen Story Now on DVD

Cineplex Ent. and VIZ Media announced that advance tickets are on sale now for the special one-day-only Canadian event of the first NARUTO feature film, NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW, opening nationwide on Saturday June 23, 2007.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating Cineplex Ent. theatre box offices; admission for children is $8.95 + tax and general admission is $9.95 + tax.

"Cineplex Ent. is very pleased to provide this one-day-only Canadian screening of NARUTO THE MOVIE: CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW to our guests across the country," said Pat Marshall, vp, communications and investor relations for Cineplex Ent. "We wanted to offer our guests the opportunity to experience this animated movie on the big screen in high definition and surround sound."

The general storyline of both the NARUTO manga and animated series depict the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. Naruto, cursed with the spirit of the nine-tailed fox demon sealed within his body, is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. But Naruto is resilient and undaunted and his determination often inspires those around him. Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity and right vs. wrong.

The special theatrical release of the NARUTO feature comes on the heals of the DVD release of the NARUTO Uncut DVD Box Set Vol. 3 and a DVD of NARUTO THE LOST STORY - MISSION: PROTECT THE WATERFALL VILLAGE!, an self contained story that will include an exclusive Bandai NARUTO CCG trading card and a never-before-seen extended trailer for the upcoming NARUTO movie.

NARUTO THE LOST STORY - MISSION: PROTECT THE WATERFALL VILLAGE is rated "T" for Teens and sells for $12.98. The NARUTO Uncut Box Set Vol. 3 features three DVDs, is rated "T+" for Older Teens and sells for $49.98. A special Limited Edition box set will also be released retailing for $69.98 that features a NARUTO Sound Village Headband, Sound Village ID bracelet and a collectible NARUTO Sound Village bag.

The never-before-released DVD of NARUTO THE LOST STORY -- MISSION: PROTECT THE WATERFALL VILLAGE offers a rarely seen self contained adventure that takes place when Naruto and the others members of Team 7 arrive at the Village Hidden in the Waterfall on an escort mission for Shibuki, the young leader of the village. Shibuki is a coward, however, due to circumstances surrounding his father's death. Things seem peaceful until Kakashi leaves on urgent business and the village is attacked by Suien, a former Hidden Waterfall jonin, and his band of rogue ninja, who are after the village treasure, Hero's Water, which gives whoever drinks it a dramatic, but temporary, increase in chakra. Now Naruto must join forces with cowardly Shibuki and show him what it means to be a hero. Screened only once at the SHONEN JUMP Festa convention in Tokyo in 2004, NARUTO THE LOST STORY - MISSION: PROTECT THE WATERFALL VILLAGE! has never been released in Japan or North America until now.

The latest NARUTO Uncut Box Set edition picks up the unedited version of the popular anime series as Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura face their deadliest challenge yet with the Chunin Exam. Deep in the Forest of Death, they must battle rival ninjas to collect the scrolls of Heaven and Earth.

For more information, visit www.VIZ.com.

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