Press Release: BCI Presents Animated Classic "Journey Back to Oz" on Oct 24
TRAVEL BACK OVER THE RAINBOW AS
NAVARRE’S BCI PRESENTS THE ANIMATED CLASSIC
“JOURNEY BACK TO OZ”
Special Edition DVD Available October 24th For $14.98
Los Angeles, CA – There’s perhaps no greater fantasy film than “The Wizard of Oz.” In the early 1970s, the brilliant creators at Filmation Studios updated this movie classic, incorporating their magical animation skills, and created “Journey Back to Oz.” This animated film classic, featuring the voices of such legendary stars as Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Danny Thomas and Milton Berle, will be available on October 24th at the suggested retail price of $14.98, from BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, and UK media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc (“ER”).
Liza Minnelli recreates the role of Dorothy made famous by her legendary mother, Judy Garland. Joined once again by the Scarecrow (Rooney), Tin Man (Thomas), The Cowardly Lion (Berle) and new friend Pumpkin Head (Paul Lynde), Dorothy travels back to Oz, and encounters a whole new set of adventures when she meets up with Mombi (Merman), the cousin of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Making a cameo voice appearance as Aunt Em is Margaret Hamilton, the original Wicked Witch of the West.
“Journey Back to Oz” features songs and music by Walter Scharf and Academy Award® and Emmy Award winners Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen.
Special features include:
∑ Feature length audio commentary
∑ Interviews with creators Lou Scheimer, Hal Sutherland and Fred Ladd
∑ Behind the scenes photo gallery
∑ Image Galleries
∑ Sing-along feature
∑ First Draft Script
∑ DVD-ROM – script & sheet music
Producing the special features, documentaries and most of the extra content is entertainment writer Andy Mangels, a best-selling novelist, and author of Animation on DVD—The Ultimate Guide.
Under its Ink & Paint brand, BCI has to date announced the following titles:
The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe®
[2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980's Series release]
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
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force — The Complete Series
Blackstar — The Complete Series
Defenders of the Earth — Volume One
Dungeons & Dragons
Groovie Goolies — The Saturday “Mourning” Collection
She-Ra: Princess of Power, Season One, Volume One
Journey Back to Oz
The entire line of Ink & Paint titles can be viewed at www.inkandpaintdvd.com.
About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD 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 club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The Company currently provides its products to over 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI, and FUNimation. 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 intuitive mass marketing skills. Its vast collection of titles represents both exclusively licensed titles from around the world, as well as in-house produced CDs and DVDs.
About Entertainment Rights
∑ Entertainment Rights Plc (“ER”) is one of the UK’s leading specialist 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 classic characters including Basil Brush®, Postman Pat®, Jess the Cat™, Little Red Tractor™, Rupert Bear®, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe®, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids™, She-Ra®, Ghostbusters, Fun Song Factory, Boo! and Jim Jam & Sunny
∑ Since 1999, when ER owned rights to just 50 hours of programming, ER’s library has grown to over 2,000 hours of high quality children’s and family characters and brands. This includes selected rights to global brands such as Mattel’s Barbie™, Scholastic’s Clifford™, 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
∑ In October 2005 ER acquired the majority interest in Rupert Bear®, one of the most recognizable children’s characters in the world, from Express Newspapers. Rupert will appear on Five from Autumn 2006
∑ Jim Jam & Sunny was commissioned by ITV in December 2005 for ITV1 and their new digital children’s channel, CiTV
∑ ER has grown rapidly. Annual revenues have increased from £1.8m in 1999 to £25.5m in 2004, the last reported financial year