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Ark II - BCI issues Ark II press release

Posted by Gord Lacey

"ARK II" The Complete Series

All 15 Episodes Available in a Four-DVD Set on November 7th For $29.98

Los Angeles, CA - A fearless leader. A beautiful medic. A young genius. A talking chimp. These four futuristic scientists are on a mission to bring hope to a new world in the 1970s series "Ark II." BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, and UK media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER"), bring this classic series to DVD on November 7th at a suggested retail price of $29.98.

The year is 2476, and the Earth has become a biological wasteland. Three young scientists--Jonah (Terry Lester), the leader; Ruth (Jean Marie Hon), the medic; and Samuel (Jose Flores), the young, technological genius--are joined by their sidekick, Adam the talking chimp, as they scour the globe in the Ark II. Their mission: to bring hope of a new future to mankind, while teaching those remaining earthlings valuable life lessons about ecology and social justice.

The series features guest appearances by such stars as Jonathan Harris ("Lost in Space's" Dr. Smith); Robby the Robot ("Forbidden Planet") and a young Helen Hunt.

"Ark II" premiered on CBS in 1976, and aired through 1979. The show reached syndication in the 1980s, confirming its status as a pop culture classic.

Special bonus features include:

  • Brand new half-hour documentary: "The Launch of Ark II"
  • Two commentary tracks for episodes "The Flies" and "The Slaves," featuring producers Lou Scheimer and Richard M. Rosenbloom; actress Jean Marie Hon-Trager; director Henry Lange; and writer David Dworski. Hosted by Andy Mangels
  • Extensive photo gallery
  • Art Gallery for proposed "Ark II" animated series
  • Booklet with episode guide and trivia
  • DVD-ROM features, including scripts for multiple episodes and series Bible
  • Spanish language audio tracks
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.

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

About BCI
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 global 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 and Jim Jam & Sunny™
Since 1999, when ER owned rights to just 50 hours of programming, ER's library has grown to circa 2,000 hours of high quality children's and family characters and brands. This includes certain rights to global brands such as Mattel's Barbie™, Scholastic's CliffordTM, 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.
ER has grown rapidly. Annual revenues have increased from £1.8m in 1999 to £30.7m in 2005, the last reported financial year

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