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The Mysterious Cities of Gold in March

Fabulous Films have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of classic eighties cartoon series, The Mysterious Cities of Gold on 24th March 2008. This HMV exclusive is set to retail for £54.99.

The full list of features is as follows...

  • All 39 Episodes with Fully Restored Picture & Sound
  • All 39 Original Live Action Documentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • English Dubbing Cast Documentary with the 4 Main Cast
  • The Dubbing Cast Recreate a Scene Featurette
  • Production Documentary with the Director Bernard Deyries, the Producer Jean -Chalopin & the Composer Shuki Levy
  • Phillip Schofield Broom Cupboard Singalong Clip
  • Karaoke Theme Tune Singalong
  • Crew Biographies & Dubbing Cast Biographies
  • Character Biographies
  • Series Synopsis
  • Episode Synopses
  • Original Storyboard Real-time Sequences
  • Original Episodic Production Drawings
  • Extensive Stills Gallery
  • 32 Page Collectors Booklet
  • 12 Page Historical Facts Booklet
  • 6 Exclusive Postcards
  • Double Sided Fold-Out Poster

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The full press release follows.

Mysterious Cites of Gold
Coming to DVD in 2008

Fabulous Films is pleased to announce that it has concluded the license to release the long-awaited and much-anticipated "Mysterious Cities of Gold". The series is due to be released for the first time ever on DVD in March 2008.

Plans begin in the U.K. where the unedited full 39 episodes will be released on 3 double-DVD sets with 13 episodes each (1-13, 14-26 and 27-39). They will be in a standard DVD case with a card outer wrap, a booklet inside with episode details and possibly a poster. The show will then be released on DVD in the USA later in 2008, and also in Australia. Fabulous Films is about to begin picture and sound restoration in London, and also plans to interview episode writer Jean Chalopin for this release and compile other extras as well.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold (often abbreviated as MCoG) is an animated television series which originally aired in Japan on NHK (the national public broadcaster) in 1982, and in France and Belgium in 1983 on Antenne 2. It aired in the United States for years on the Nickelodeon cable network in the latter part of the 1980s, in Australia on the public broadcaster ABC at about the same time (considered a Classic ABC program), and twice in the United Kingdom on Children's BBC, in 1986/87 and 1989. It also was shown on TV2 in New Zealand and several other countries.

In the year 1532, a Spanish orphan named Esteban joins a party of Spaniards in their search for one of The Seven Cities of Gold in the New World, hoping to find his father. He is joined on his quest by Zia, an Incan girl, and Tao, the last descendant of the sunken empire of Mu ("Hiva" in the English dub).

The series is a mix of ancient South American history, archaeology, and science fiction. The characters discover many lost technological wonders of the Mayans, Inca, and Olmecs, including a solar powered ship (the Solaris) and The Golden Condor, a huge solar-powered airship, capable of traveling considerable distances under the sun's power alone. They are constantly pursued by antagonists Gomez and Gaspard, who are also in search of the Cities of Gold.

The Cities of Gold, of which there are seven, were built by the Emperor of Mu out of fear of a global war which would destroy civilization. Such a war indeed broke out, destroying the empires of Mu and Atlantis when they used the "weapons of the sun" (implied to be thermonuclear weapons). The Seven Cities of Gold hold copies of books in their "Universal Libraries" as well as powerful artifacts, including the "Great Legacy", a portable fusion reactor. Other elements of this technology turn up in unexpected places, like the Solaris in Tao's home island, Esteban's and Zia's medallions as keys to the Cities, or Tao's jar as an important piece of the Great Legacy.

Fabulous Films Inc. is the content and DVD production division of Fabulous Rights Ltd., a U.K. TV, games, and production company. Its world headquarters are located in London, England. Fabulous Films holds the rights to many classic films and TV shows. Our U.K. library features many iconic programs including Monkey, The Water Margin, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, HR PufnStuf, The Racoons, Eerie Indiana, and its classic films include Sympathy for The Devil and High Hopes. The USA offices are based in Los Angeles, California.

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