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ADV Films Announces April 5th Release Dates

Date: 2005 March 14th Monday [16:11] | Posted By: Joe

The good folks from ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD releases. Out on April 5th are the following titles:

- Gantz Volume 3
- Get Backers Volume 5
- Saint Seiya Volume 11
- Sister Princess Volume 4

The Otaku News Crew recommend Gantz, because it's from Gonzo and is a bit different from the normal anime fodder. We also recommend Get Backers, because Spike likes it!
Full Story
Press release as follows:



HOUSTON, March 7, 2005 -- ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the North America, is excited to announce a flurry of hot new titles set to be unleashed April 5, 2005.


The nightmare is far from over!
The first brutal round may be over, but the sadistic game that has Kei trapped between life and death rages on in full force. Reality takes a turn for the worse as the third installment of the no-holds-barred thriller blasts its way to shelves everywhere on April 5, 2005.

"The animation, action, and sheer violence will grab you by the shirt collar and bit#h slap you silly." -DVDVisionJapan.com

"The show is just too cool for words though, and after watching the disc once it’ll leave you mouth agape and frothing for more." – Dub Review

Produced by animation powerhouse GONZO (Full Metal Panic!, Chrono Crusade, Peacemaker), Gantz proved to be far too intense and graphic for Japanese broadcast, with massive edits and digital re-cropping required in order to be aired. Now you can experience the mega-violent mindbender that took Japan by storm in its full uncut, no-holds-barred glory with ADV Films’ DVD release. Please be advised, however, that Gantz contains extremely graphic violence, language, nudity and frank sexual situations that may offend some viewers. Gantz is for mature viewers only.

The first game is over, but will the horrors committed be forever burned into the souls of those who remain "alive"? As new shocking developments rip the survivors’ "real" worlds to shreds, the sins of the flesh grow and spread, festering until the line between good and evil ceases to exist. In a world where the laws of life and death have been overturned, what other forbidden passions remain?

Gantz: Aftershocks, Volume Three (SPR $17.98) is a DVD-only release with 2 complete episodes presented in anamorphic widescreen in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening and closing animations, cast talk featuring Daisuke Namikawa (Kurono), Masashi Osato (Kato) & Hitomi Nabatame (Kishinoto), and ADV Previews.

Limited Collector’s Edition Available!
The first volume of Gantz is also available as a Collector’s Edition, which includes the Gantz: Game of Death, Volume 1 DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house the first six volumes of the series (SRP $27.98).

Volume: 3 of 13
Running Time: 50 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)
CAT: DGZ/003
UPC: 702727116421
Pre-Book Date: 3/8/05
Street Date: 4/5/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $17.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

Get Backers: Virtual Apocalypse

The search continues...
The quest to solve the mystery of the daunting Limitless Fortress presses on in the fifth volume of the high-stakes action extravaganza Get Backers. Look for this exciting volume as it hits the street April 5, 2005.
When the dust settles from the latest batch of battles, the Get Backers will be closer to the truth than ever before. But will the answers they find unlock the secrets of the Fortress, or only cause more trouble?

"Get Backers is like a cool buddy cop show without all the ancillary baggage...plus super powers."-Dave Halverson, Play Magazine

"Stylishly cool and action-packed anime that is a must see."-Beckett Anime

Get Backers is based on the hit manga by Rando Ayamine and Yuya Aoki as seen in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Japanese). The high energy action scenes were animated by Studio Deen (King of Bandit Jing, Cowboy Bebop).

They’ve fought their way through the maze of the Limitless Fortress. They’ve done battle with old friends and new foes. They’ve crept closer to the mastermind at the center of all the insanity: Makubex. But can the Get Backers possibly survive the final trials he’s got in store for them? Watch as the Get Backers make their final push into Makubex’s lair! Ban and Fudou face off for a deathmatch in a Roman coliseum. And assuming that the Lightning Emperor Ginji manages to survive his bout with Dr. Jackal, there’s a final enemy waiting for him...a boy who can send them all to oblivion with the press of a button.

Get Backers: Virtual Apocalypse (SRP $29.98 DVD) 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, commentary with Sarah Alys Lindholm (Translator) & Lowell
Bartholomee (ADR Director), and ADV previews.

Collector’s Edition Available!
The first volume of Get Backers is also available as a Collector’s Edition, which includes the Volume 1: G & B on the Case DVD and an attractive custom series art box to house volumes 1-5 (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 5 of 10
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Age Rating: 15+
UPC: 702727085123
Pre-Book Date: 3/8/05
Street Date: 4/5/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


Will they make it in time?
The race against time continues as Saint Seiya: The Battle for Sanctuary, the eleventh exciting volume of the epic mythological saga, hits the shelves on April 5, 2005. As Seiya and the Bronze Saints continue their grueling journey through the Twelve Houses of Zodiac, time continues to slip further towards impending doom.

"With the action and adventure that this series wields it’s very easy to see how this series has become a fan favorite the world around."-www.anime-reviews.net

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 airing of Knights of the Zodiac, an edited version of the title, on the Cartoon Network.

The Bronze Saints of Athena have made it through four of the Twelve Houses of the Zodiac. With Hyoga, dead, the remaining saints push on in hopes of saving the mortally wounded Saori. Seiya has made it to the Fifth House of Leo where he faces off against the Gold Saint Ioria. But no matter what happens, one thing is clear...time is running out!

Saint Seiya: The Battle for Sanctuary (SRP $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.

Part: 11 of 12
Running Time: 125 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
CAT: DSE/011
UPC: 702727050220
Pre-Book Date: 3/8/05
Street Date: 4/5/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


But is it more than just brotherly love?
That wacky family of fun-loving sisters is back for more crazy antics and sibling revelry in Sister Princess: Brotherly Love. The fourth volume of the zany comedy series will be available on April 5, 2005.

Based on a popular video game in Japan, Sister Princess follows the quirky story of a boy who discovers he has thirteen sisters, all of whom are trying to win his undying affection. This situational comedy is great for fans of His or Her Circumstances and Azumanga Daioh!

Wataru seems to be adapting well to life on Promised Island, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. With a heck of a lot of sisters to look after, Wataru always has his hands full. When Karen gets lost and then Aria seemingly disappears, it’s Big Brother to the rescue once again! Now that summer break is over, the kids are all back in school. And fall can only mean one thing – the Sports Festival! Although he’s terrified because he lacks athletic ability, Wataru must choose which event he will compete in. Whatever he decides, Kaho and the rest of the girls will try their best to cheer him on to victory!

Sister Princess: Brotherly Love (SRP $29.98 DVD) 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 Monica Rial (Sakuya), Shelly Calene-Black (Chikage) & John Swasey (Jeeves) and ADV previews.

Limited Collector’s Edition Available!
The first volume, Sister Princess: Oh, Brother!, is also available as a Collector’s Edition, which includes the volume 1 DVD, a book of postcards from the sisters and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Volume: 4 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 13+
UPC: 702727082023
Pre-Book Date: 3/8/05
Street Date: 4/5/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About ADV Films:
In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation ("anime") for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

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. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga™, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys™, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

Source: ADV Films

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