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Press Release: "Space Sentinels" & "Freedom Force": The Complete Series

by on June 22, 2006





Two Complete Classic ’70s Animation Series Available on August 22nd in a Two-Disc Set for $19.98

Los Angeles, CA – Continuing its ongoing commitment to releasing classic Filmation animation series, BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, along with leading media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc (“ER”), head into space and beyond with the classic ’70s sci-fi animation series “Space Sentinels” and “The Freedom Force.” All episodes of both series will be available from BCI’s Ink & Paint brand in a special two-disc collection this August 22nd at a suggested retail price of $19.98.<O</O

“While Filmation made a name for itself with the iconic series’ ‘He-Man®‘ and ‘She-Ra®,’ there is a tremendous fan base that also remembers these classic sci-fi and super-hero programs,” said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. “We’re looking forward to sharing these titles not only with those fans looking to reminisce about shows from their younger days, but also with a new, younger audience that will surely appreciate the creativity and nostalgia of these shows.”<O</O

“Space Sentinels” stars super-strong Hercules, shape-changing beauty Astrea, and lightning-fast Mercury, three young Earthlings who were transported to an otherworldly domain centuries ago. There, the cosmic computer entity known as Sentinel One granted them astounding powers and eternal youth. Now, they protect the human race from super-villains, marauding aliens, tampering time-travelers, and vengeful deities. The trio of heroes have become legends, guarding mankind as… the Space Sentinels!

The series—which aired in the 1977-78 television season—was ahead of its time with its racially diverse cast of a Nordic male (Hercules); an African-American woman (Astrea) and an Asian male (Mercury). During the 1978-79 television season, an equally diverse set of heroes was created as “The Freedom Force.” That show included an animated version of ultra-popular live-action super-heroine Isis, star of “The Secret of Isis.”<O

“The Freedom Force” features five legendary heroes. Joining the returning strongman Hercules are the magician Merlin, super-adventurer Sinbad, armored giant of the East, Super Samurai, and the beauteous Egyptian heroine known as Isis! Headquartered in the sandswept Valley of Time, this powerful quintet defends humanity, using their awesome powers to defeat magical menaces, rampaging robots, and mythological threats. Together, they are The Freedom Force!<O</O

The two-disc collection features all 13 episodes of “Space Sentinels” as well as all five episodes of “The Freedom Force.” Special features include:<O</O

  • Interviews with creators Lou Scheimer, Buzz Dixon, Darrell McNeil, Michael Reaves, Robert Kline and David Wise.<O</O
  • “The Magic of Filmation” documentary tracing the history of Filmation, and its quarter century legacy of popular animated and live-action series<O</O
  • “Young Sentinels” audition tapes<O</O
  • Model Sheet Gallery—featuring original images from Space Sentinels and Freedom Force<O</O
  • Young Sentinels gallery – early presentation images for the cartoon that would become Space Sentinels<O</O
  • Spanish language tracks for all 13 Space Sentinels episodes<O</O
  • DVD-ROM features – scripts for all 13 episodes of Space Sentinels and 3 episodes for The Freedom Force<O</O
  • Trivia for both series<O</O
  • Digital remastering of sound and video<O</O

As with the best-selling He-Man® and She-Ra® releases, consulting with BCI on the project and producing the special features, documentaries and most of the extra content is entertainment writer Andy Mangels, www.andymangels.com, a best-selling novelist, and author of Animation on DVD—The Ultimate Guide.<O</O

Under its Ink & Paint brand, BCI has to date released the following titles from the classic Filmation library:<O</O
The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® <O</O
[2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980’s Series release]<O</O
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® Season One Volumes I & II<O</O
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® Season Two Volume I<O</O
The Best of She-Ra, Princess of Power®<O</O
Blackstar — The Complete Series<O</O
And now:<O</O
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force — The Complete Series
About Navarre Corporation<O</O
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:https://www.navarre.com.

About BCI<O</O
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<O</O
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.
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force<O</O
Street Date: August 22nd, 2006<O</O
Order Date: August 1st, 2006<O</O
Catalog #: 47213-9<O</O
Retail Price: $19.98<O</O

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