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Monday, July 28, 2003
Spirited Away release details
I have obtained some further details of the forthcoming theatrical release of Spirited Away. The film is being released by Optimum Releasing ( on 12th September. 50 prints of the film are being produced for the UK, enough for a natiowide release at a mixture of art house and mainstream cinemas. Both English dubbed and Japanese dubbed (subtitled in English) prints will be available.

Optimum will also be publishing the DVD version of Spirited Away, the release of which is currently planned for February next year.

Saturday, July 26, 2003
Spirited Away gets a release date
According to the Film Distributors Association, the UK theatrical release of Spirited Away will be on 12th September. I will try and find out more details next week.

Thursday, July 24, 2003
Out this week and next.
With apologies for the lateness of the notice, here is a list of the ADV Films titles that successfully hit the shops this week: Dragon Half, Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 04, Martian Successor Nadesico Volume 04, Dai-Guard Volume 3 : Checks and Balances of Terror, Noir Volume 2 : The Hit List, Excel Saga Volume 2 : Missions Improbable, and Hellsing Volume 1 - Impure Souls are all available now.

The six new 'Manga: The Collection' titles from Manga entertainment that were originally due out last week are now due on 28th July (this Monday).

Monday, July 21, 2003
More new titles from ADV
ADV Films UK have posted a series of announcements on their website ( listing several new series that they have acquired for UK release. The titles are Kino’s Journey, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Pretear, Magical Shopping Street Abenobashi, Zaion (I Wish You Were Here) and Najica Blitz Tactics.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Manga Entertainment news
Manga Entertainment have completed a revamp of their wesite at The other news from them is that the release date of the new DVD edition of Ghost in the Shell has been put back until 22nd September, with still no news of what extras this edition will contain.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003
MVM/Funimation news
A chat with MVM today revealed the following:

The first volume of Vampire Princess Miyu TV will be released on VHS and DVD on 11th August. Further volumes will be released monthly, with a total of six volumes in all.

Starting with Vampire Princess Miyu, all MVM and Funimation DVDs will include the Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles along with the English soundtrack. They have been able to do this because they are now sharing the mastering costs with an Australian distributor, which has halved the cost.

The sixth volume of Sailor Moon, containing episodes 31 to 36 will also be released on 11th August. A seventh volume will follow in September, which will complete the first set. MVM have the rights to be able to release a further forty two episodes of Sailor Moon if they decide to, but this depends on how well the existing releases sell.

MVM have now signed the contract with Pioneer to publish Serial Experiments Lain in the UK. They hope to start releasing the series later in the year.

Yu-Yu-Hakusho is another title MVM have the rights to, but they will not be releasing it until they know whether it will be shown on UK terrestrial TV.

Spirited Away premiere details
The full program for the Cambridge Film Festival has been published, and it turns out that Spirited Away is to be shown three times during the festival: on Thursday 10th July at 8:30pm, on Friday 11th July at 11:00am, and on Saturday 12th July at 11:15pm. All showings will be at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.


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