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"Gigantor: The Collection" Vol. 1 Coming to DVD on May 5, 2009

E1 Entertainment has announced that Gigantor: The Collection vol. 1 will be released on May 5, 2009, bringing the first 26 episodes of the classic Japanese anime series to DVD. The 4-disc set will feature uncut episodes in their original (presumably U.S.) air-date order, along with commentary tracks for selected episodes, bonus interviews, six Gigantor comics on DVD-ROM, and a collectible booklet. Suggested retail price is $39.98.

The full press release follows:


HE’S BIGGER THAN BIG, TALLER THAN TALL,
QUICKER THAN QUICK, STRONGER THAN STRONG!
JIMMY SPARKS AND HIS REMOTE-CONTROLLED
GIANT ROBOT RETURN TO SAVE THE WORLD

GIGANTOR: THE COLLECTION – VOLUME 1

26 Episodes of the Classic Cartoon Series in their Original
Air-Date Order, Plus Fascinating Bonus Features, Issues 1-6
of the Gigantor Comic, and a 16-Page Collectible Booklet
Complete a Deluxe 4-DVD Set

IN STORES MAY 5

Port Washington, NY – Never fear, the great GIGANTOR returns this spring to save the world from evil criminals, enemy robots and hostile aliens. The influential cartoon series about a giant heroic robot and the young boy that controls him blazed a new trail for Japanese animation in America. Long unavailable on home video, E1 Entertainment presents the classic cartoon in a newly packaged 4-DVD collection of 26 uncut episodes in their original air-date order, with bonus interviews and commentary, six complete Gigantor comics on DVD-ROM, and a brand new collectible 16-page booklet. GIGANTOR: THE COLLECTION -VOLUME 1 arrives in stores May 5, for $39.98 from E1 Entertainment.

In the “future” year of 2000, young Jimmy Sparks has control of a virtually indestructible flying robot built by his father. Gigantor was originally designed as a weapon, but has been reprogrammed as the ultimate guardian of peace. With the help of Dr. Bob Brilliant, secret agent Dick Strong, and Inspector Blooper, Jimmy and Gigantor must battle to save the world from a never-ending assault by ruthless villains.

Gigantor began as the brainchild of Japanese cartoonist Mitsuteru Yokoyama (Giant Robo, Sally the Witch) who released 92 anime episodes in Japan in the mid ’60s as “Tetsujin 28-go.” The series was soon acquired for broadcast in the United States, adapted for U.S. audiences by producer Fred Ladd (creator of Pinocchio in Outer Space, “The Big World of Little Adam”), and aired for two seasons (52 episodes) starting in 1966. GIGANTOR: THE COLLECTION – VOLUME 1 features the first 26 of these uncut, black and white episodes, digitally transferred from the original 16mm film.

Enlightening extras include an in-depth interview and audio commentary on select episodes with director/producer/writer Ladd, and an interview with anime historian Fred Patten from Animation World magazine. In addition, this deluxe set features special DVD-ROM content – issues 1-6 of the Gigantor comic book series from Ben Dunn and Antarctic Press, published in 2000. The 4-disc set also includes a 16-page collectible booklet with a brief history of the series, episode summaries as well as rare archival press materials/photos.

About E1 Entertainment U.S.
E1 Entertainment U.S. (formerly KOCH Vision) is the U.S. home video label of E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO), a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. Boasting a diverse library of feature films, television series, award-winning children’s programs, live music concerts and more, E1 Entertainment U.S. is the home of such notable properties as Soundstage, McLeod’s Daughters, Wire in the Blood, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Best Years, Ballet Shoes starring Emma Watson and Nickelback Live at Sturgis. For more information on these and other releases from E1 Entertainment U.S., please visit www.kochvision.com.

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