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ADV Films Announces February 1 Release Dates

Date: 2005 January 19 15:46

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ADV US have sent us the details for their DVD releases on February 1st. They'll be releasing volume 3 of the popular show Peacemaker along with a live action series Shinobi.

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HOUSTON, January 17, 2005 -- ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the latest batch of new titles to add to its extensive list of home video releases.


ADV Films proudly announced today a February 1, 2005 release date for Peacemaker: Gunning for Trouble, the third volume of the masterpiece by GONZO Digimation (Full Metal Panic, Chrono Crusade). Adapted from the popular manga, Peacemaker Kurogane, and declared by fans to hold the record of "most amount of blood from one sword slash," Peacemaker is set in 19th century Japan at the beginning of the Meiji period. Fans of samurai action and intrigue can expect a mix of merciless action and hilarious comedy.

Strange winds are blowing through Kyoto. A boisterous man sporting a gun, a cowboy hat, and a vocabulary full of foreign phrases breezes into town. Meanwhile, rumors are afoot about a fallen lord, a powerful mystic and their chaotic game that could threaten the capital. But trouble also comes in other guises. Seeing Tetsu falling farther into depression, Yamanami and Heisuke take it upon themselves to give him a vacation and an education that the young boy will not soon forget!

Limited Collector’s Edition Available with FREE Peacemaker Kurogane MANGA included!
The first volume, Peacemaker: Innocence Lost, is also available as a Collector’s Edition, which includes the Volume 1 DVD, volume one of the Peacemaker Kurogane manga, and an attractive custom series art box to house the entire series (SRP $39.98).

Peacemaker: Gunning for Trouble (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, production sketches, original Japanese TV spots, reversible cover, production fold-out insert and ADV Films previews.

Volume: 3 of 7
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: 15+
UPC: 702727077623
Pre-Book Date: 1/4/05
Street Date: 2/1/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98

Get ready for the second action packed volume of the live-action epic Shinobi franchise with the February 1, 2005 release of Shinobi: Runaway. In this sword-frenzied ninja action/adventure, the blood doesn’t stop flowing as long as someone’s still standing!

Director and martial arts action guru Kenji Tanigaki (Princess Blade, Blade II) brings the legend and tradition of the ninja to life in Shinobi: Runaway. With furious martial arts and sword-play that will you leave you breathless, this action-packed feature-length film is sure to bring you to the edge of your seat. And with ADV’s exclusive bonus "Literal Translation" dub track (that lets you know what the characters are "really" saying,) you can get a glimpse of how things can get confusing and, as we found out, rather humorous when all the grammar mistakes inherent in translation are gloriously included.

Former shinobi Kagerou and Aoi have become fugitives. Not only are they being pursued by the Shinobi of Shiroyama, they must also escape brutal and ruthless assassins hailing from all the families of Iga. Surrounded by betrayal and conspiracies, Kagerou and Aoi are must test the strength of their allegiance as well as alluding death at the hands of their hunters.

Shinobi: Runaway (SRP $19.98) is a DVD-only release containing a 75 minute feature-length film presented in letterbox format with English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles versions. Extras include a literal translation version of the film as well as ADV previews.

Volume: 2 of 4
Rating: 17+
Running Time: 75 minutes
UPC: 702727101328
Pre-Book Date: 1/4/05
Street Date: 2/1/05
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

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

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