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Anime News Service – April 1-9 Anime News

4-9-03—- Manga And Skypilot Reveal Key DVD Summer Release: Kai Doh Maru

Skypilot Entertainment (http://www.skypilotentertainment.com/), producers of films and revised versions of international film properties, has announced the completion of audio and video post-production on the English language adaptation of the highly anticipated “Kai Doh Maru”, the forthcoming DVD release from Manga Entertainment (http://www.manga.com) on June 24th. “Kai Doh Maru” is the brand new anime production from Japan’s Production IG studios, creators of “Ghost in the Shell” and “Blood: The Last Vampire”. The story is set during Japan’s Heian era and follows the tale of Kai Doh Maru, a strong woman who is enlisted as a warrior with ‘the four knights’ to protect the capital city of Kyoto from warring enemies. The anime film combines traditional animation with stunning computer generated imagery.

Skypilot producer Peter Bavaro was chosen by anime distributors Manga Entertainment to spearhead the English production. “A variety of excellent source materials were made available to us” say Bavaro, “and the project remained 100% digital throughout production, preserved at 1:1 resolutions”. All audio services were performed using ProTools Mix 24 and video post was performed on Avid Symphony systems. Bavaro adds, “We chose to post on the Symphony to keep multiple methods of color correction available, allowing us to accurately preserve the original image and eliminate even the most subtle shifts in color when creating text treatments and other necessary paint-outs”.

For fans of the DVD format “Kaidohmaru” contains a variety of significant extras. In addition to the main program Skypilot revised character trailers, interviews, and spectacular 3D fly-throughs of rendered models used in the film. According to Mr. Bavaro “This is one of those works that subtly resets the frontiers of the art form, and the additional material helps exemplify the talent involved.”

Kevin Wilson, Skypilot’s audio engineer on the project adds, “When [Mr. Bavaro] first showed me the film I was completely blown away. The action scenes are incredible. With this kind of imagery it was essential to create custom tonalities for the voice performances. For the final mix we combined a variety of ambient “surfaces” within the digital environment to ensure the dramatic accuracy of voice placements and proximities”. Wilson continues, “Even the title track by Yutaka Fukuoka is in surround, and it’s one of the best examples to date of what’s possible with 5.1 music mixes. Basically, if you sprung for a surround setup at home, get this disc.”

According to Margo Coughlin, Production Manager for Manga Entertainment, “We are very excited about this project. Meshing 21st century animation technology with traditional artistry and story elements has resulted in a spectacular film. IG PLUS and Production I.G. have once again pushed the boundaries of imagination”. Additional information about the release can be found at www.manga.com.

Skypilot Entertainment continues to supply film dubbing, territory revision and placement services for entertainment released around the world. Skypilot has provided services on over 100 titles including previous releases by Manga Entertainment such as “Virus”, “Ghostsweeper” and the “RayEarth” series and continues to expand its reputation as a premier service provider for exceptional programming destined for release in North America.

4-9-03—- CPM July DVD Offerings

All new releases will be available on July 8, 2003.

Alien Nine From the creators of Excel Saga. From the screenwriter of Millennium Actress, Cowboy Bebop and Bubblegum Crisis, and the producer of Tenchi Muyo! Based on the best-selling manga by Hitoshi Tomizawa. Defense from Grade 6! Yuri is totally bummed. She just started 6th grade and has been elected to capture and eliminate the aliens that are constantly invading the school…a difficult and dangerous job! Even worse, she has to wear a creepy symbiotic alien helmet to get the job done…GROSS!

The Alien Nine DVD offers the following features: * Behind-the-Scenes Video (Making the English Dub) * Producer Taro Maki Comments on Alien Nine * Alien Nine Japanese Promos * Alien Nine Manga Preview * Art Gallery * Sketch Gallery * Alien Nine Trailers * Previews * English & Japanese with English Subtitles

TITLE: Alien Nine RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes RATING: Ages 13 & Up SRP PRICE: $29.99 GENRE: Science Fiction CATALOG #: USMD 2241 STREET DATE: July 8, 2003 PRE-ORDER DATE: June 9, 2003

Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection Terror stalks the night and only one man can save the innocent! Evil walks the earth and only supernatural detective Tsuzuki can stop it! Tsuzuki takes on vampires and demons with style and skill, but his afterlife has been haunted by the specter of the evil Dr. Muraki, a heartless immortal serial killer. Can Tsuzuki’s brash and beautiful new partner help him control his deadly supernatural powers and defeat the villainous Dr. Muraki before he kills again? Contains episodes 1-13. “Gripping” – NewtypeUSA Magazine. “Stunningly beautiful” – AnimeNewsNetwork.com

The Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection DVD offers the following features:

* Fun Facts Video * Virtual Tarot Card Reading * Music Video * Art & Sketch Gallery * Character Profiles * Descendants of Darkness Trailers * Previews * English & Japanese with English Subtitles * DVD-ROM Features: Art Gallery, Scripts, Cast & Production Credits…and more!

TITLE: Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection RUNNING TIME: 325 minutes RATING: Ages 13 & Up SRP PRICE: $99.99 GENRE: Action/Adventure, Supernatural CATALOG #: USMD 2220 STREET DATE: July 8, 2003 PRE-ORDER DATE: June 9, 2003

Descendants of Darkness: Demon’s Reckoning A Demon Snare! A mad scientist stalks Tsuzuki, seeking to cage him and clone his supernatural powers. Trapped in the diabolical doctor’s laboratory, Tsuzuki comes face to face with his oldest enemy, a vengeful immortal who has hunted him throughout his afterlife. Now, his brash young partner must rescue him from the killer’s underground lair, before Tsuzuki loses his soul and sanity to the demon, and is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice! Contains episodes 10-13.

The Descendants of Darkness: Demon’s Reckoning DVD offers the following features:

* Art Gallery * Character Profiles * The Legend of Suzaku Synopsis * Descendants of Darkness Trailers * DVD Previews * English & Japanese with English Subtitles

TITLE: Descendants of Darkness: Demon’s Reckoning RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes


Anime News Service: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION DVD-BOX Region 2

Anime News Service: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION DVD-BOX Region 2

Images Courtesy Yukio

Specifications (According to http://www.evangelion.co.jp):
Release: June 25th 2003 (reservation limited commodity)
Item #: KIBA – 91001 – 91010
Retail Including Tax: 41,790 Yen

10 DVD’S+Bonus Discs
920 Minutes Total Running Time
Color/Single Sided/ Dual Layer
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Rental Prohibition

Digitally Remastered Video
New masters have been created for this release. The Movies 35mm prints have been transfered to HD24P telecine. TV edition (16mm) 26 episodes have been cleaned up as well as image shaking. Supervised by Director Hideaki Anno, the color tone has been pured to original specs. Enormous time was taken to go through the frames and remove scratches and rubbish.

Digitally Remastered Audio
Supervised by the director, all TV episodes soundtracks have been remastered digitally including sound effects, music, the mixing etc. Original 2 channel audio included.

Bonus Disc Material’s:
Neon Genesis Evangelion Genesis 0:0 In the Beginning
Neon Genesis Evangelion Genesis 0:0′ The Light from the Darkness
Gekijoban # 26 Part (Live Action Video including Hayashibara Megumi, Mitsuishi Kotono and Miyamura Yuko)
Trailer Collection
Remastered OP and ED (minus credits)
AR Rush Film

Print Extras:
95-page explanatory book (Data of EVANGELION), and 14 reports for fan clubs.