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Blackstar - John Blackstar Gains The Star Sword This August With New Filmation DVD Release!

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All 13 Episodes From Original Animated Sci-Fi Series
Available in Two-Disc Set on August 22nd for $19.98

Los Angeles, CA, June 22, 2006 – BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, continues releasing 1980s animation titles from the Filmation Library of classic contemporary programming with the upcoming release of the ground-breaking animated adventure series "Blackstar." Originally aired in 1981, "Blackstar" follows the fantastic tale of an astronaut sucked through a black hole, who finds himself stranded on a faraway planet, facing enchantment and danger! This two-disc, 13-episode set, from BCI's Ink & Paint brand, and media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER"), will be available on August 22nd at a suggested retail price of $19.98.

"Filmation released an eclectic array of animated titles throughout the '80s, and 'Blackstar' was one of the more cult-type series adored by fans," said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. "Mixing sword-and-sorcery elements with science fiction, the show was very popular during its original run in 1981, and its creators at Filmation credit it as a direct precursor to the popular series 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.' We're fortunate to be able to release the entire 'Blackstar' series on DVD for its loyal fan base."

In "Blackstar," when his space shuttle is pulled through a black hole, astronaut John Blackstar finds himself crash-landing on the distant planet Sagar. There, he is rescued by the gentle Trobbits, a race small in stature but big in courage. Sagar's inhabitants are threatened by the brutal tyranny of the Overlord, a dark magician who possesses the Power Sword, one half of the powerful Powerstar. Blackstar soon gains the other half of the weapon, the Star Sword, and allies himself with others - the shape-shifter Klone, the sorceress, Mara, and a dragon named Warlock - to bring freedom and peace to Sagar.

Special features include:
  • Interviews with creators Lou Scheimer, Michael Swanigan, Marc Scott Zicree, Michael Reaves, Robert Kline, Robby London and Ted Field.
  • "The Magic of Filmation" documentary tracking the history of Filmation, and its quarter-century legacy of popular animated and live-action series
  • Full episode audio commentary track for Episode 2 - "Search for the Starsword" featuring producer Lou Scheimer and animator Mike Bennett. Hosted by Andy Mangels.
  • Full episode audio commentary track for Episode 13—"The Zombie Master"— featuring creators Michael Reaves, Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Swanigan. Hosted by Andy Mangels
  • Image gallery of original "heroes and villains" model sheets and sketches, plus a gallery of presentation artwork and backgrounds uses in the series
  • Spanish language tracks for all 13 episodes
  • DVD-ROM features – scripts for all 13 episodes, 5 complete storyboards
  • Trivia
  • Digital restoration

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, a best-selling novelist, and author of Animation on DVD—The Ultimate Guide.

Under its Ink & Paint brand, BCI has to date released 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]
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Season One Volumes I & II
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Season Two Volume I
The Best of She-Ra, Princess of Power
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force — The Complete Series

And now:
Blackstar — 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

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 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.

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.

Street Date: August 22nd, 2006
Retail Price: $19.98

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