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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
 
MVM confirm July releases
MVM have confirmed their new releases for July. Out on the 5th will be:

Ninja Scroll volume 2: Three more episodes of the TV series, spun off from the popular movie. £19.99

Psycho Diver Soul Siren: A one-off 50 minute horror anime. £15.99

Kiddy Grade volume 1: First three episodes of "The most pre-release requested Anime tile of the year" (apparently). £17.99

Tenchi Muyo volume 2. Episodes 6-9 of the classic series. £19.99


Wednesday, June 16, 2004
 
Optimum expands
According to this report from DVD Times: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=11751, Optimum Releasing have created a new label Optimum Asia to release asia films in the UK. The list of titles mentioned include the Studio Ghibli film 'Grave of the Fireflies'.

Monday, June 14, 2004
 
Manga Entertainment changes hands
Last month, IDT Entertainment announced that they had acquired Manga Entertainment. They posted a press release about it here: http://www.idt.net/corporate/press/releases/1034.asp.

IDT already own the video company Anchor Bay, so Manga UK has become part of Anchor Bay UK. Unfortunately, this means all of Manga's current release plans have been put on hold while the transfer of the company takes place. Accordingly, none of the previously announced releases for the next few months are expected to go ahead.

 
MVM news
MVM have updated me with their planned release schedule for the next few months:
5th July:      Tenchi Muyo OVAs volume 2, Ninja Scroll volume 2, Kiddy Grade
               volume 1, Psycho Diver Soul Siren, Sailor Moon volume 13

2nd August:    Tenchi Muyo OVAs volume 3, Fruits Basket 3, Bubblegum Crisis
               Box Set, Golgo 13: Queen Bee, Sailor Moon volume 14
			
6th September: Love Hina volume 1, Kiddy Grade volume 2, Urusei Yatsura
               Complete OVAs Set, Fruits Basket volume 4, Tenchi The Movie -
               Tenchi In Love
				
4th October:   Kiddy Grade volume 3, Ninja Scroll TV volume 3, Love Hina
               volume 2, Love Hina Xmas Special, Tenchi The Movie - Tenchi
               Forever		

They have also have the following titles acquired for forthcoming release: Adventures Of Mini-Goddess, Full Metal Alchemist, Gestalt, Kodocha, Ranma Movies, Tenchi GXP, and Twin Signal.


Saturday, June 05, 2004
 
Steamboy in the UK?
Here is an article about Katsuhiro Otomo's latest anime movie 'Steamboy' (http://www.steamboy.net): http://www.nikkansports.com/ns/entertainment/p-et-tp0-040604-0007.html

Amongst a general hyping up of the film, is included the fact that a UK release is planned for October this year.


Tuesday, June 01, 2004
 
ADV announce July releases
ADV Films have sent me their press releases for July. Confirmed for release on 19th July are Rune Soldier vol. 1: Enter The Klutz, Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Phase 3, Pretear vol. 3, King of Bandit Jing vol. 4, Slayers Great, and Queen Emeraldas. Here are the details for the new stuff:
ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR RUNE SOLDIER VOL.1: ENTER THE KLUTZ

FIRST VOLUME OF ROLLICKING FANTASY ADVENTURE-COMEDY OUT 19th JULY 2004

LONDON, UK, 1st June 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 19th July 2004 release
date for the DVD release of Rune Soldier vol.1: Enter the Klutz.  This first
volume contains four complete episodes, and debuts complete & uncut on region
2 DVD.  

The talented crew behind this animated version of the original manga by Ryo
Mizuno (RECORD OF LODOSS WAR) include writer Katsuhiko Chiba (Gundam Wing,
Outlaw Star, Inu Yasha), animator-turned-director Yoshitaka Koyama (Dirty Pair
Flash, Dragon Ball Z - the Movie 3), character designer Kazunori Iwakura
(Burn up Excess, Slayers Great), animation director Takashi Wada (the upcoming
Azumanga Daioh) and prolific composer Kenji Kawai (Dai-Guard, Zaion: I Wish
You Were Here, Ghost In The Shell, Patlabor and the Ring movies).  The varied
humour will be appreciated as much by sitcom fans as role-playing aficionados,
running the gamut from verbal wit to slapstick.

Rune Soldier vol.1: Enter The Klutz (RRP 19.99) is a DVD-only release,
containing four episodes in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions,
with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animations,
and ADV previews.

Running Time: 100m approx.    BBFC Classification: 12
Street Date: 19/07/04         Cat#: DLR/001
Format: DVD                   RRP: 19.99


ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SLAYERS GREAT

MOVIE TIE-IN TO FAN-FAVOURITE FANTASY-ADVENTURE SERIES OUT 19th JULY 2004

LONDON, UK, 1st June 2004 - ADV Films today announced a 19th July 2004 release
date for Slayers: Great, the third movie tie-in (after Slayers: the Motion
Picture and Slayers Return) to the fan-favourite fantasy-adventure anime
series Slayers.

Slayers: Great brings back odd couple Lina Inverse and the buxom Naga the
Serpent to entertain fans with more (mis)adventures that are equal parts
action and comedy. The movie is based on a manga by Hajime Kanzaka (Lost
Universe) and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe (King of Bandit Jing, Orphen).

Slayers: Great (RRP £19.99) is a DVD-only release, letterboxed, including
both English and Japanese 2.0 versions, with English subtitles. Extras
include: Slayers trailers and ADV previews.

Running Time: 60m approx.          BBFC Classification: 12
Street Date: 19/07/04              Cat#: DSL/004
Format: DVD                        RRP: 19.99


ADV FILMS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR QUEEN EMERALDAS

COMPLETE SF ADVENTURE FROM INTERSTELLA 5555 CREATOR AVAILABLE 19th JULY 2004

LONDON, UK, 1st June 2004 - ADV Films today announced an 19th July 2004
release date for the DVD release of Queen Emeraldas, the complete tale of
space pirate Emeraldas from the universe of Leiji Matsumoto (Starblazers,
Galaxy Express 999, Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey,
Interstella 5555).

The production of this tale reflects the story - traditional animation is
mixed with modern CGI in the same way that Matsumoto's classic universe and
old-fashioned values are combined with a brand new adventure and story-telling
techniques.  

Queen Emeraldas (RRP 15.99) is a DVD-only release, containing the both
episodes in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English
subtitles. Extras include character profiles, a Scene Slide Show, and ADV
previews.

Running Time: 60m approx.      BBFC Classification: PG
Street Date: 19/07/04          Cat#: DVDQE/001
Format: DVD                    RRP: 15.99

 


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