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ADV Films sets street date for Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - The Secret Cave

    January 28, 2002

ADV FILMS has set a street date of April 23, 2002 for the home video release

of The Secret Cave - the eighth volume of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

This charming anime series was produced by Gainax, the creators of Neon

Genesis Evangelion, and loosely based on Jules Verne's classic tale, 20,000

Leagues Under the Sea. ADV FILMS plans a concurrent day & date release for

both VHS and DVD formats of this captivating title.



In this volume, Nadia, Jean, and the rest of the Nautilus have gathered

together on a beautiful, yet mysterious island in the South Pacific.

However, this tropical paradise turns out to be anything but -- while the

children try to find a way off the island, the adults are busy bickering

amongst themselves. And when Nadia and Jean venture deep into the heart of

the island, their entire world is turned upside down. Now, it's a race

against time to get off the island before disaster strikes and destiny

claims an innocent life. What will Nadia learn of her past, and what effect

will it have on her friends and shipmates? It's a thrilling adventure for

the whole family as Nadia continues!



ADV FILMS' VHS release ($19.98 SRP) of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water- The

Secret Cave will be the English-language version. The DVD release ($29.98

SRP) will feature the English-language version as well as the

Japanese-language version with English subtitles. DVD extras include an

interview with voice actress Meg Bauman (Nadia), a preview of Nadia: The

Secret of Blue Water- Nadia in Love, and previews of other ADV releases.



A.D. Vision (ADV) is a revolutionary force advancing the art of anime in

North America -- and across the world. Since its inception in 1992, ADV, its

labels and subsidiaries (including ADV FILMS) has broadened a once limited

niche market into a global industry with growing appeal. North America's #1

distributor of Japanese animation, ADV distributes premier titles, such as:

Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis

Evangelion. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com.



Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water - The Secret Cave

Running Time: 100 Minutes; Age Rating: 12+



Pre-Book Date: 3/26/02

Street Date: 4/23/02



Format SRP

VHS $19.98

DVD $29.98





Release Date Set for

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland



January 28, 2002



Houston, TX -



ADV FILMS has set a street date of May 7, 2002 for Miyuki-chan in

Wonderland, the DVD premiere of the beautifully animated retelling of the

classic Alice in Wonderland tale.



She's late, she's late, and you won't believe her fate! It's down the bunny

hole and through the looking glass as lovely young Miyuki takes a

mind-boggling trip through the wildest wonderland ever animated! The

fabulous artists of CLAMP, Japan's famous all-female art team, have created

an entirely new universe where everything from the dormouse to the door is

undeniably feminine. From the seductive Cheshire Cat to the S&M Queen of

Hearts, enjoy a dazzling array of femme fatales and sexy surrealism with

Miyuki-chan!



ADV FILMS' DVD release of Miyuki-chan in Wonderland ($12.98 SRP) marks the

first time this fan-favorite title from ADV's VHS catalog has been made

available in the DVD format. The DVD will feature the Japanese-language

version with English subtitles only. Extra features include scene selection

and previews of ADV releases.



A.D. Vision (ADV) is a revolutionary force advancing the art of anime in

North America -- and across the world. Since its inception in 1992, ADV, its

labels and subsidiaries (including ADV FILMS) has broadened a once limited

niche market into a global industry with growing appeal. North America's #1

distributor of Japanese animation, ADV distributes premier titles, such as:

Spriggan, Sailor Moon, Samurai X, Robotech, Gasaraki and Neon Genesis

Evangelion. For more information, visit ADV on the web at www.advfilms.com

.



Miyuki-chan in Wonderland

Running Time: 30 Minutes; Age Rating: 15+

Pre-Book Date: 4/9/02

Street Date: 5/7/02





Format SRP

DVD $12.98



PRODUCTION SET TO BEGIN ON ANIMATED FEATURE FILM ADAPTATION OF LADY DEATH





ADV FILMS has selected the production team that will be responsible for

bringing the long-awaited animated adaptation of Chaos! Comics' popular

character Lady Death to life. Co-producers Carl Macek and Andy Orjuela

will soon travel to Asia to work with artists at SunMin Image Pictures Co.,

Ltd. under the supervision of director Young H. Sang, to begin the arduous

process of creating the animation for this re-telling of the classic gothic

heroine's origin.



The original screenplay, written by Macek, revisits the origin of Lady

Death. The resulting script is a faithful adaptation of Chaos! Comics

founder Brian Pulido's original story. New plot elements have been

introduced and key characters have been re-designed by Orjuela to breathe

new life into the property.



Executive Producer John Ledford hopes to create a new production model with

LADY DEATH that redefines the relationship between Asian animation studios

and Western creators. To these ends, creative elements such as design and

storytelling are the domain of domestic talent while offshore "boutique"

animation houses handle animation production services. Where the difference

becomes most apparent is in the approach to animation.



"This is not an attempt to clone anime production techniques," Ledford said,

"but rather a genuine effort to develop a new working relationship that

respects the various talents of the entire creative team."



Macek, who has been a fixture in the animation industry for over 20 years

thanks to his work as President of Streamline Pictures and story editor for

Harmony Gold's influential eighties series, ROBOTECH, is putting his

considerable experience into the construction of this new animation model.

The goal for Macek, who also serves as the director of LADY DEATH, is to

define a production environment that draws from the best of both worlds.



"Over the last 10 years, Japanese animation techniques have become accepted

norms around the world," Macek said, "thanks to the success of various

television programs and video games, not to mention the huge number of

animated programming available on home video. But what is apparent in any

survey of anime is that, in many instances, it has become a case of style

over substance. Working to take projects out of clichd design cycles and

produce a unique vision based on subject matter and core audience is key to

ADV's plans."



Orjuela, who also served as co-producer and art director of ADV's first

animation co-production, SIN, is a key factor in this process. As

co-producer and art director of LADY DEATH, his responsibility is to fashion

an original environment populated by unique characters that are both fresh

and familiar at the same time.



"The fun part is getting to create a new world," Orjuela said, "and then

having a staff of artists halfway across the globe put their own spin on it,

with the resulting work strengthened and enhanced through genuine

intellectual co-production. It's an exciting way to work."



Korean based SunMin Image Pictures' previous work includes BATMAN: THE

ANIMATED SERIES for Warner Brothers, GARGOYLES, TIMON & PUMBA, 101

DALMATIONS, and HERCULES for Walt Disney, THE MAXX for MTV, and the Grammy

award-winning music video "Do The Evolution" for American rock group Pearl

Jam.



LADY DEATH tells the story of innocence betrayed and then reborn as a

powerful elemental force capable of challenging the very roots of evil

incarnate. Set in 15th Century Sweden, the film follows Hope, the beautiful

daughter of Matthias - believed to be a skilled mercenary, but who in

actuality is Lucifer, the Lord of Lies - who is accused of being the devil's

consort following a hellish incident witnessed by a local priest.

Ultimately, the mock inquisition sentences Hope to be burned at the stake.

Unable to think clearly, she accepts Lucifer's offer of life in Hell -

presented by the malevolent Pagan - over a hideously painful death.

Lucifer's grand plan to pervert a pure soul meets unanticipated resistance,

and Hope soon finds herself transformed into Lady Death. Together with the

valiant outcast, Cremator, Lady Death challenges Lucifer's hell-spawned

kingdom of darkness. The resulting conflict explores the depths of faith

and love as an alternative to the corrupting power of evil.



Drawing on elements of horror and heroic fantasy, LADY DEATH boldly presents

a unique and compelling world. This embrace of the dark side has been the

domain of literary writers such as Anne Rice and Clive Barker for many

years. It is a world that is ripe for visualization as animation. But

American animators have typically shied away from this dark vision in favor

of super-heroes and comic buffoons. This is where anime comes into play.

The use of animation to tell inherently dramatic stories has been a hallmark

of classic anime productions for nearly thirty years.



LADY DEATH will be produced as an all-digital, wide-screen feature-length

film. The production will be designed to appear as traditional cel

animation, but the work will be completed in a "paperless" environment. The

advantage of using this process is that the dark environments of the

underworld and the even darker demons that populate it can be visualized

with a palate of colors that are virtually impossible to achieve utilizing

traditional animation techniques. The goal will be to approach the color

palate seen in contemporary comic books and video games. Based on the

digital color printing revolution ushered in by software such as Adobe

Photoshop®, the ultimate palate becomes denser and more realistic.

Limitations exist in traditional animation due to the number of layers

required and the lighting necessary to expose film. By going digital, the

depth of color and design are limitless.



The actual production of LADY DEATH should take a year to complete. Along

the way, ADV plans to continually update fans and industry insiders with

glimpses of this unique production in various stages of completion.



"It's always interesting to get a peek behind the scenes of any production,"

Macek said. "It keeps interest high, and it creates a sense that something

cool is coming our way."



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