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December 2002

PR: Japanese version of 'Robotech: The New Generation' comes to DVD in March
Posted Tuesday, December 31, 2002, 6:44PM CST by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON ? ADV Films today announced a release date of March 25, 2003 for the Genesis Climber Mospeada collection, containing all 25 episodes of the legendary series in one package. Never before released in the U.S., Genesis Climber Mospeada was the source material from which the third chapter of the ROBOTECH saga-ROBOTECH: The New Generation-was created. The ADV release of Genesis Climber Mospeada is available only in the original Japanese, with English subtitles.

While the directorial staff is led by none other than Katsuhisa Yamada (Battle of the Planets, Devil Hunter Yohko), Genesis Climber Mospeada is no slouch in the art department, either, with Yoshitaka Amano (1,001 Nights) and Shinji Aramaki (Gasaraki) among the designers.

The Story
The Earth has been invaded by the mysterious Inbit, and it's up to a handful of survivors from Mars Colony to liberate the planet. After an unsuccessful first attempt to retake the Earth, the inhabitants of Mars Base are ready to try again. Unfortunately, it's been many years since they have been to Earth and they miscalculate both the strength of the enemy and the strength of the Earth forces-with disastrous results. When the Second Liberation force is all but wiped out entering the Earth's atmosphere, the fate of the planet winds up in the hands of a single survivor, Stick Bernard. Joined by a bare handful of resistance fighters born on Earth, Stick must journey to the Inbit's headquarters at Reflex point in an attempt to discover the secrets of the Inbit and find a way to defeat them. Seven young warriors and their transforming planes and motorcycles are all that stand between the Inbit and Earth's freedom in one of the outstanding series that comprised the multi-generational favorite ROBOTECH.

Genesis Climber Mospeada (SRP $89.98) is a DVD-only release on five discs, including 25 complete episodes. In Japanese with English subtitles. Extras include character bios, clean opening and closing animations, production portfolios and ADV Previews.

Running Time: 625 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
Pre-Book Date: 2/25/03
Street Date: 3/25/03
Format SRP
DVD $89.98

Universal recalls 'Back to the Future' DVDs
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2002, 6:26AM CST by Franklin Harris
Universal will repress the second and third discs of its widescreen "Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy" DVD set to correct misframed scenes. DVD File reports:

Amid numerous consumer complaints over noticeably misframed shots in the widescreen edition of Parts II and III of the trilogy, Universal Studios Home Video announced ... that they will be repressing the discs with corrected framing, and these repressed versions will be included in all future runs of the box set.

While the shots - some of which ruin crucial jokes and visual gags - may be relatively minor to some, what to do if you've already picked up the set and want the corrected versions? A Universal spokesperson has told us that consumers unhappy with the current version (widescreen only - the full frame edition is not affected) can call the Universal Studios Home Video Consumer Hotline at (888) 703-0010 to request an exchange. While repressed versions of discs 2 and 3 (disc 1 remains unaffected) won't be available until February, Universal will provide corrected versions to those who have already purchased the set. Consumers will need to send the discs back to Universal at their own expense.

'G.I. Joe' comes to DVD on Feb. 11
Posted Thursday, December 19, 2002, 5:08PM CST by Franklin Harris
DVD Toons reports that the first two "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" animated miniseries (5 episodes each) will be released on DVD by Rhino Home Video on Feb. 11. The miniseries aired prior to the debut of the daily cartoon series.

Sci-Fi to adapt Marvel's 'Strikeforce: Morituri'
Posted Thursday, December 19, 2002, 4:55PM CST by Franklin Harris
Marvel Comics books continue to be hot properties in Hollywood, even ones that haven't been published in years. The Sci-Fi Channel is adapting "Strikeforce: Morituri" into a miniseries for air in 2003. The miniseries will be renamed "A Thousand Days," a reference to the life span of the genetically engineered super soldiers featured in the story.

DC rushes new 'Road to Perdition' graphic novels
Posted Thursday, December 19, 2002, 4:46PM CST by Franklin Harris
Newsarama reports that DC Comics is rush soliciting the first of three new graphic novels based on "Road to Perdition," the graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and recently adapted as a motion picture starring Tom Hanks. The new graphic novels will be set during the same period as the first.

The first new graphic novel, "On the Road to Perdition Book One: Oasis," will arrive in comic-book shops on March 5 with a cover price of $7.95.

'Gamera' comes to DVD on March 18
Posted Thursday, December 19, 2002, 4:31PM CST by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON ? ADV Films today announced a street date of March 18, 2003 for the first-ever DVD release of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. A hit in theatrical and VHS release, ADV's DVD release of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe will be available as a single disc, or as a single disc with a custom art box, designed to hold Gamera: Guardian of the Universe and the two subsequent titles in the series-Gamera 2: Attack of Legion and Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris (both forthcoming 2003 from ADV Films).

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe was directed by Shusuke Kaneko, from a screenplay by Kazunori Ito, screenwriter of the legendary anime film Ghost in the Shell. The cast includes Ayako Fujitani, daughter of action star Steven Seagal, in her motion picture debut.

The Story:
A plan to dump radioactive waste at sea is disrupted when a mysterious atoll appears at the dumping location. That atoll proves to be something altogether different when hideous flying reptiles, the Gyaos, attack a nearby island-and the atoll rises from the sea. It is Gamera! The super turtle combats both a misguided military and the man-eating Gyaos, with help from a courageous naval officer, an intrepid ornithologist and a beautiful young psychic. Don't miss the most incredible slam-bang, knock-down monster slug-fest ever as Gamera turtle-waxes the evil Gyaos through downtown Tokyo in GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE!

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (disc-only SRP $19.98; disc plus three-volume custom art box SRP $24.98) is a DVD-only release including English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles.

Running Time: 90 minutes; Age Rating: 12+
Pre-Book Date: 2/18/03
Street Date: 3/18/03
Format SRP
DVD only $19.98
DVD plus custom art box $24.98

Anime Network to debut as Comcast video-on-demand
Posted Friday, December 13, 2002, 5:13PM CST by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON ? After an initial news release that created a veritable storm of curiosity and speculation within the fan community and the industry at large, ADV Films today announced details about the impending launch of The Anime Network(tm). The network will go on the air in a series of stepped-up phases, with Phase One a mid-December launch as part of Comcast Cable's video-on-demand (VOD) initiative in the Philadelphia area, delivering programs directly to viewers, at their request, at any time.

Comcast's VOD service-including The Anime Network(tm)-is available to approximately 1.2 million customers in the Philadelphia area. The Anime Network(tm) is the first television channel in North America dedicated to anime (Japanese animation) and anime-related content.

Leadership at The Anime Network(tm) described the decision to launch Phase One via VOD service as one of complementary strengths. "We're very excited to have completed this deal with Comcast; their VOD functionality is a perfect fit for our first step. Plus, we believe that on-demand systems are going to be a strong and enduring element of the direct-delivered home entertainment industry," said John Ledford, President and CEO of A.D. Vision, Inc., parent company of The Anime Network(tm) and ADV Films.

"For our audience, a video-on-demand-based launch is quite perfect," Ledford continued. "Anime fans are really the ultimate early-adopters-they're very tech savvy, and will be quick to appreciate the benefits of on-demand functionality."

The Anime Network(tm) model is structured around four categorized content areas: Action Zone, Sci-Fi, Comedy, and Martial Arts. The mid-December launch of The Anime Network(tm) will include approximately 25 hours of available content, including both feature films and episodes from series. Titles will include "Spriggan," "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Excel Saga," "Martian Successor Nadesico," "Gasaraki," "Noir," "Dai-Guard," "Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040," "Orphen," Golden Boy," "Sorcerer Hunters," Kimera," "Ninja Resurrection," "Tekken," "Those Who Hunt Elves," "Gunsmith Cats," "Burn Up W" and "Samurai X: The Motion Picture." Viewers in the Philadelphia area wishing to confirm availability of The Anime Network in their specific areas can do so by visiting http://www.comcast.com.

The Anime Network(tm): Ongoing Plans
Leadership at The Anime Network confirms that the network will be going online with several other major national cable providers to bring The Anime Network(tm) to millions of viewers in service areas across North America. The Anime Network's web address is http://www.theanimenetwork.com.

'King Conan' lives again at Warner Bros.
Posted Friday, December 13, 2002, 12:58PM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons reports that "King Conan" is moving ahead once again, as Warner Bros. and Conan Properties have reached an agreement for Warner to renew its option.

Mel Gibson signs up for fourth 'Mad Max'
Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 8:19PM CST by Franklin Harris
Mel Gibson has agreed to reprise the role that made him a star, Mad Max, for a fourth film in the post-apocalyptic series, "Mad Max: Fury Road." "Mad Max" creator George Miller, who directed and co-wrote the first three films, will write and direct "Fury Road." Shooting is scheduled to begin in May.

TechTV announces anime line-up
Posted Saturday, December 7, 2002, 8:29AM CST by Franklin Harris
TechTV has officially announced its line-up of anime programming, which begins Dec. 30. According to a press release obtained by Anime News Network, the following anime movies and series are scheduled to air:

  • Series: Betterman
  • Series: Crest of the Stars
  • Series: Dual!
  • Series: Serial Experiments Lain
  • Series: Silent Mobius
  • Movie: Armitage III Polymatrix
  • Movie: Ghost in the Shell
  • Movie: Macross Plus
  • Movie: Patlabor I

New Episodes, Mon.-Fri., 1am-1:30am ET;
Additional Airings, Fri., 11pm-1am ET and 1:30am-3am ET
Format: Half-Hour Series and Movie Specials
Premiere Date: December 30, 2002

Will Smith to star in 'I, Robot'
Posted Thursday, December 5, 2002, 6:13PM CST by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, Will Smith has committed to star in Alex Proyas' big-screen adaptation of Isaac Asmiov's "I, Robot." Filming begins in April.

'Shazam!' movie in the works at New Line
Posted Thursday, December 5, 2002, 6:09PM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that New Line Cinema is in final negotiations to secure the movie rights to "Shazam!", based on the DC Comics book, which features Captain Marvel and the rest of the Marvel Family.

Cartoon Network picks up 'Trigun', more anime
Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2002, 6:57PM CST by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: Cartoon Network today announced the acquisition of three anime series that will air during Adult Swim, its highly rated late night block of animation for adults 18-34. The three series are "Lupin the Third," "Reign" and "Trigun."


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