Press Release: Upcoming Filmation DVDs From BCI
NAVARRE CORPORATION’S BCI TO RELEASE
AN ADDITIONAL 18 TITLES FROM THE
Seven DVDs To Be Released Fourth Quarter 2006;
11 Additional Titles To Follow in 200
Los Angeles, CA – Not resting on the laurels of its successful launch of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® series on DVD, BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, will release 18 more classic titles from the Filmation Catalog, beginning with seven titles streeting in the fourth quarter of this year. Eleven additional titles will be released in 2007. All animated titles will be available from BCI’s Ink & Paint brand, and from media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc (“ER”). These 18 titles join a catalog of already announced BCI titles including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe®; She-Ra: Princess of Power®; Blackstar; Groovie Goolies; and Space Sentinels and Freedom Force. The announcement was made today by Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI.
“With the unprecedented success of the He-Man® series on DVD, we quickly realized that there is a vast audience, and strong hunger, for classic animated television series from the ’70s and ’80s,” said Hayne. “With these additional 18 titles from Filmation and ER, fans can expect an ongoing array of animated entertainment over the next year and a half.”
The seven titles to be released in the fourth quarter of this year include:
Journey Back To Oz
A magical, musical animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz, featuring an all-star voice cast including Liza Minnelli, Margaret Hamilton, Milton Berle and Mickey Rooney.
A Snow White Christmas
A charming holiday story featuring Snow White’s daughter, who must travel to the land of the Snow Giants to stop the wicked queen’s ice storms.
She-Ra®, Season I, Volume I
Princess Adora and the Rebels lead a fight against Hordak and his minions to free Etheria, in the first volume of the popular series.
Ghostbusters (live action)
Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Bob Burns star in this wacky live-action series about two bumbling detectives hunting spooks and monsters, with their trust, gorilla sidekick.
Ark II (live action)
In the year 2476, Earth is a wasteland, and the team of Jonah, Ruth, Samuel and their monkey sidekick, Adam, try to help what’s left of humanity.
Eighties pop superstar Rick Springfield sings in his first role as one of the cast members who takes magical trips through time.
The New Adventures of He-Man®
He-Man® and Skeletor travel to the future, entering new battles on the planet Primus, where meddlesome mutants terrorize the populace.
Additional titles to follow in 2007 include:
Space Academy (live action)
A group of young cadets at Space Academy face danger and adventure as they learn what mysteries lie within the galaxy.
The Cat Pack
Two feline comedy series in one set feature The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, where a cat daydreams of heroic deeds; and Fraidy Cat, with an array of hilarious nightmares from a feline friend.
Zorro and Lone Ranger
Two of the world’s most legendary heroes return, as they battle justice in the past. With his slashing sword, Zorro fights for freedom, while The Lone Ranger and his trusty sidekick, Tonto, keep the Old West safe.
The Legend of Bravestarr
In this feature film, cowboys and aliens mix it up on the planet New Texas in the year 2349, as Marshal Bravestarr and his robot horse “Thirty-Thirty” do battle with the evil Tex Hex.
The Ghost Busters Animated
This animated version of the hit film features the sons of the original Ghostbusters teaming up to fight more beasts, joined by their Gorilla sidekick and some new friends.
Snow White Happily Ever After
As her magical adventures continue, Snow White joins her Seven Dwarfellas to rescue her beloved from the Realm of Doom.
Jason of Star Command (live action)
Outer space adventurer Jason and friends must contend with the evil Dragos and an assortment of aliens in the ultimate spaceship battles.
Even superheroes have to go to school….but this high school has more than its share of wacky characters.
Out of the comic strips come the animated adventures of witchy Broom Hilda; young Nancy and Sluggo; wacky German rugrats The Katzenjammer Kids; and caveman hero Alley Oop.
This animated series features Marshall Bravestarr and his robot horse Thirty-Thirty tangling with zombies, aliens and the evil forces of Tex Hex.
The Secrets of Isis (live action)
One of television’s most popular superheroines returns as schoolteacher Andrea Thomas uses her magic amulet to become the powerful Isis, endowed with the powers of the gods and goddesses.
Each release will include a variety of special features, to be announced at a later date.
Under its Ink & Paint brand, BCI has to date announced the following titles from the classic Filmation library:
The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe®
[2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980's Series release]
Groovie Goolies—The Saturday “Mourning” Collection
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® Season One Volumes I & II
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® Season Two Volumes I & II
The Best of She-Ra, Princess of Power®
He-Man® and She-Ra®: A Christmas Special
Blackstar—The Complete Series
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force — The Complete Series
About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, VHS video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale clubs, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The company currently provides its products to over 18,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has recently expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore Software, Inc., BCI Eclipse Company, LLC, FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and The FUNimation Store, Ltd. For more information please visit the company’s web site at http://www.navarre.com.
BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is an independent entertainment video and audio supplier. BCI has continually redefined the standards and concepts of this industry, often introducing national success categories through its marketing programs. Its vast collection of titles represents both exclusively licensed titles from around the world, as well as in-house produced CDs and DVDs. Under its Ink & Paint brand, it releases classic animation on award-winning DVD sets. www.InkAndPaintDVD.com
About Entertainment Rights
Entertainment Rights Plc (ER) is one of the UK’s leading media groups, focused on the ownership of high-quality children’s and family programming, characters and brands. ER owns or controls the rights to many global characters including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe®, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids™, She-Ra®, Ghostbusters, Postman Pat®, Jess the Cat™, Basil Brush®, Little Red Tractor™, Rupert Bear® and Jim Jam & Sunny™. Since 1999, ER’s library has grown from just 50 to nearly 2,000 hours of entertaining and educational programming for children and families around the world. This includes certain rights to global brands such as Mattel’s Barbie™, Scholastic’s Clifford the Big Red Dog™, Hasbro’s Transformers™, Harveytoons’ Casper the Friendly Ghost and Classic Media’s Felix the Cat. ER’s wholly-owned subsidiary Tell-Tale Productions, created and produced The Tweenies, one of the UK’s most successful pre-school brands. Most recently, ER acquired the majority interest in Rupert Bear®, one of the most recognizable children’s characters in the world, which will appear on Channel Five’s Milkshake slot in the UK beginning Fall 2006. ER’s Jim Jam & Sunny is being produced by the creators of The Tweenies. Jim Jam & Sunny has been commissioned by the UK’s ITV and is set to air on ITV1 and the network’s new digital children’s channel, CiTV, in Fall 2006. www.entertainmentrights.com.