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RELEASE DATE SET FOR GETTER ROBO: ARMAGEDDON POWER PACK

NOW FANS CAN GET THE ENTIRE SERIES IN ONE PACKAGE

HOUSTON, April 3, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of July 23, 2002 for the Getter Robo: Armageddon Power Pack, a comprehensive collection of the thirteen-episode Getter Robo: Armageddon series on four discs.

Getter Robo: Armageddon is the latest chapter in the more than two decades strong Getter Robo franchise Created by the legendary Go Nagai (Devil Man, Cutey Honey), Getter Robo blazed new trails in the world of anime when it originally aired on Japanese television in the seventies. Featuring three different vehicles that combined to form one massive robot, Getter Robo was the original transforming battle robot, spawning an entire genre of anime including Robotech and Transformers.

Key Facts: The Getter Robos were created to defend the planet from all that would threaten it. But the massive robot weapons were so powerful; those they protected began to fear them. A fear so great it drove humanity to destroy its saviors and their creator. But now a shadow has crept across the moon. The faint echoes of evil laughter can be heard. Terrified whispers tell of the Invaders. Mankind now cowers under the watchful eye of an extraterrestrial menace beyond their nightmares. Their only defenses are the Getter Robos, and the only man who can bring them back lies rotting in the Earth. Or does he?

ADV’s release of Getter Robo: Armageddon Power Pack ($59.98 SRP) contains the entire thirteen-episode Getter Robo series on four discs in one collector’s edition case. Episodes come in the English-language, as well as the Japanese language with English subtitles. DVD extras include behind the scenes features, clean credit animation, Japanese laser disc covers and insert materials, production sketches and ADV previews.

ADV Films is Anime-and more. In 1992 ADV Films (ADV) transformed a niche market into a global industry by bringing Japanese animation to North America and beyond. As the #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV’s holdings include such premier titles as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Medabots, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV’s commitment to genre programming, including popular science fiction programs such as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Farscape and Gamera: Guardian of the Universe has helped ADV become a burgeoning entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com.

GETTER ROBO: ARMAGEDDON POWER PACK Running Time: 325 Minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 6/25/02 Street Date: 7/23/02 Format SRP DVD $59.98

RELEASE DATE SET FOR PRINCESS NINE: STRIKE ZONE

CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SERIES CONTINUES TO DELIGHT ANIME FANS

HOUSTON, April 3, 2002 – ADV FILMS has set a street date of May 28, 2002 for the DVD release of Strike Zone – the fourth installment of the family-friendly anime series, Princess Nine, hailed recently by Ain’t It Cool News as being “simple, high energy, and full of likable characters.”

ADV launched an official Princess Nine website at http://www.advfilms.com/princessnine/. Featuring interviews with ADR Director Matt Greenfield, star Hilary Haag (“Ryo”), customized baseball cards featuring the characters from the show, desktop backgrounds and more. The site has proven to be a popular stop for anime fans, garnering thousands of unique page views per week since its debut in early March.

The Story: Just when it looked like Japan was getting ready to accept the Princesses, a maelstrom of tragedies tear the all-girls baseball team asunder! As the Parents Association attempts to shut down the baseball program, Yoko and Kanako are pulled from the team and the revelation of the secrets in Ryo’s past leave the young pitcher devastated and alone. Will the sins of her father drive Ryo to edge of destruction? The remnants of the team race to the rescue in the fourth explosive volume of Princess Nine!

ADV FILMS’ DVD release ($19.98 SRP) of Princess Nine: Strike Zone will feature the English-language version as well as the Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include voice actress profiles, textless open and close credits, outtakes and behind the scenes features, and previews of ADV releases.

ADV Films is Anime-and more. In 1992 ADV Films (ADV) transformed a niche market into a global industry by bringing Japanese animation to North America and beyond. As the #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV’s holdings include such premier titles as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Medabots, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV’s commitment to genre programming, including popular science fiction programs such as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Farscape and Gamera: Guardian of the Universe has helped ADV become a burgeoning entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com.

PRINCESS NINE: STRIKE ZONE Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+ Pre-Book Date: 4/30/02 Street Date: 5/28/02 Format SRP DVD $19.98

RELEASE DATE SET FOR 801 T.T.S. AIRBATS

ADV RELEASES 801 T.T.S. AIRBATS SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD

HOUSTON, April 3, 2002 – ADV Films has set the street date of June 11, 2002 for the DVD premiere of 801 T.T.S. Airbats, the popular anime series directed by Yuji Moriyama (All Purpose Catgirl Nuku Nuku). This is the first time the Airbats series has been available on DVD.

The Story: Meet the fighter pilots of the 801 Tactical Training Squadron, codenamed Airbats. With their sleek curves and lightning fast moves, they give new meaning to the term “the friendly skies” – and I’m not talking about their jets! The Airbats are the hottest, wildest team of female flyers you’ll ever meet, and when they climb into the cockpit, the clear blue skies of Japan aren’t big enough to contain all the aerial action these ladies get into! Whether it’s ghostbusting the spirit of a dead kamikaze Zero pilot, facing off against a team of world famous American aeronautical acrobats, or winning a year’s supply of noodles in a ramen-noodle-eating contest, you’d better believe the Airbats have the “right stuff” to get the job done!

ADV’s release of 801 T.T.S. Airbats ($34.98 SRP) is a two-disc set collecting all seven episodes of the popular anime comedy in the English-language, as well as the Japanese language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include production sketches, clean credit animation, the 801 T.T.S. Airbats trailer, Japanese cast “tidbits,” and ADV previews.

ADV Films is Anime-and more. In 1992 ADV Films (ADV) transformed a niche market into a global industry by bringing Japanese animation to North America and beyond. As the #1 distributor of Japanese animation, ADV’s holdings include such premier titles as: Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Medabots, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis Evangelion. ADV’s commitment to genre programming, including popular science fiction programs such as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Farscape and Gamera: Guardian of the Universe has helped ADV become a burgeoning entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com.

801 T.T.S. AIRBATS Running Time: 175 Minutes; Age Rating: 15+ Pre-Book Date: 5/14/02 Street Date: 6/11/02 Format SRP DVD $34.98

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