ADV Films in September
ADV Films have sent through details on their UK Region 2 line-up for September 2005. They have seven new titles on the cards including the new limited run Spriggan: Special Edition and the premiere volume of Peacemaker, a new show from GONZO Digimation offering bloody samurai action with the Shinsengumi.
Arriving on 19th September 2005 priced at £19.99 each (unless specified otherwise) are...
Spriggan: Special Edition - Directed by Hirotsugu Kawasaki (Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, Castle in the Sky) and supervised by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Metropolis, Steamboy), Spriggan is based on the comic of the same name by Chu Takasige and Ryoji Minagawa, originally published in Shonen Sunday and subsequently released in the West under the title Striker. Teaming up with the acclaimed animators at Studio 4°C (The Animatrix), Otomo and Kawasaki have crafted a feature-length extravaganza that masterfully combines traditional cel animation with groundbreaking computer graphics.
This exclusive Special Edition release features a new state-of-the-art video remaster and the complete Spriggan Soundtrack on a separate CD, filled with the beautifully lush music featured in the film. The set is wrapped up in an embossed slipcase that is guaranteed to stand out on your shelves and features not one, but TWO BRAND NEW commentaries, one of them a UK Exclusive.
Priced at £21.99 features include the 90-minute cinematic feature presented in English 5.1, English 2.0 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. Extras include: UK Exclusive Audio Commentary from Anime Expert Jonathan Clements, co-author of The Anime Encyclopaedia; Audio Commentary with ADR Director Matt Greenfield and ADR Engineer Christopher Bourque; Audio Commentary with Voice Actors Chris Patton (Yu Ominae) and Kelly Manison (Margaret); the Spriggan Soundtrack CD; and ADV Previews.
Peacemaker Volume 1: Innocence Lost - Adapted from the popular manga, Peacemaker Kurogane, and declared by fans to hold the record of "most amount of blood from one sword slash," Peacemaker is set in 19th century Japan at the beginning of the Meiji period. Fans of samurai action and intrigue can expect a mix of merciless action and hilarious comedy, while world cinema fans will know, after seeing Gohatto and When The Last Sword Is Drawn (two very different looks at the legendary Shinsengumi), that tragedy must loom further down the road.
The DVD includes four episodes in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean open and close animation; production sketches; original Japanese television spots, reversible cover, production foldout insert; and ADV Previews.
The remaining titles for release in September include the latest volumes in five ongoing series...
Mezzo: Shell Two - The second volume in this new "girls with guns" series created by Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite) includes four episodes in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean open and close animation; production sketches; and ADV Previews.
Aquarian Age Volume 2: Troubled Dreams - The second volume in this must-see fantasy anime produced by Madhouse Studios includes four complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: reversible cover, 8-page production booklet, clean opening and closing animation, production sketches, original Japanese trailer & DVD spots, Behind the Anime feature and ADV previews.
Chrono Crusade Volume 4: The Devil To Pay - The fourth volume in the unique and thrilling new anime series that merges spectacular action with graphic horror includes three complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: clean opening/closing animation, production sketches, Azmaria's Extras Classes, character and settings information, and ADV previews.
Gad Guard Vol.5: Acquaintances - The fifth volume in this atmospheric and original electric fantasy includes four complete episodes, and includes English and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include an art gallery and ADV Previews.
Related reviews: Vol. 1
Get Backers Vol. 5: Virtual Apocalypse - The fifth exciting and comical volume in this action-packed series includes five complete episodes presented in widescreen anamorphic format, and includes English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include: Commentary with translator Sarah Alys Lindholm and ADR Director Lowell Bartholomee, clean opening and closing animation, and ADV Previews.
Related reviews: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4