NAVARRE'S BCI INTRODUCES THE LAST 32 EPISODES OF THE CLASSIC ANIMATED SERIES
Available in Five-Disc Set on April 3rd For $34.98
Los Angeles, CA - Experience the climactic conclusion of the iconic "Defenders of the Earth," the animated series originally created by Marvel Productions. BCI Eclipse, A Navarre Corporation Company, and Hearst Entertainment, are proud to announce the final DVD release of "Defenders of the Earth: Volume Two," will be available April 3rd at a suggested retail price of $34.98. The five-disc set featuring the last 32 episodes of the series will be released under BCI's Ink & Paint brand.
"Defenders of the Earth" features Flash Gordon, who was created for comic strips in 1934 by Alex Raymond. Soon launched into Hollywood and beyond, Flash Gordon became one of the most popular and well-known space heroes ever created. The Phantom debuted in 1936 from creator Lee Falk, and the purple-clad "Ghost Who Walks" has been published worldwide ever since, as well as starring in feature films and animation. Mandrake the Magician (with sidekick Lothar) debuted in 1934, also the creation of Lee Falk, and his suave adventures were translated into film, radio, and a stage musical. When the quartet of heroes was united in the 1986 series by Marvel Productions — the creative minds behind Spider-Man, the Hulk, and X-Men — the result was "Defenders of the Earth." Over the course of 65 syndicated episodes, the series led to a 1987 comic book adaptation published by Marvel, a line of books, and a popular toy line from Galoob.
An abundance of special features will include:
- Interviews with the creators including Bryce Malek, David Wise and Michael Swanigan
- Full episode audio commentary track for episode #41 "Return of the Sky Band" with supervising producer David J. Corbett, story editor Bryce Malek, voice actors Loren Lester and Peter Mark Richman, writer David Wise and line producer Bill Hutten. Hosted by Andy Mangels
- Bonus movie: Defenders of the Earth 90 minute feature "The Story Begins"
- Bonus episode: Flash Gordon episode #1 "A Planet in Peril"
- Detailed character profiles
- Original model sheet gallery
- Two exclusive collectible 4x6 "Defenders of the Earth" art cards by acclaimed comic book artists Mike McKone and Stephen Sadowski
- DVD-ROM Features -scripts and storyboards (PDF format, PC/Mac readable)
- Episode guide booklet with trivia and fun facts
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
Flash Gordon - The Complete Series
The Legend Of Prince Valiant Volume 1
Blackstar - The Complete Series
Space Sentinels & The Freedom Force — The Complete Series
Defenders of the Earth - Volume 1
Groovie Goolies - The Saturday "Mourning" Collection
Journey Back to Oz
Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Series
She-Ra Princess of Power®, Season 1, Volume 1
The New Adventures of He-Man® Volume 1
The Legend of Prince Valiant Volume 2
Ghostbusters Volume 1
Cool McCool - The Complete Series
She-Ra Princess of Power®, Season 1, Volume 2
Defenders of the Earth - Volume 2
The entire line of Ink & Paint titles can be viewed at www.inkandpaintdvd.com.
About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR) is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD and 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 club, 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 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 stores, Ltd. 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 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 Hearst Entertainment
Hearst Entertainment has an extensive award-winning movie library, representing the work of more than 75 top independent producers in more than 250 films. In addition, Hearst has a variety of reality and lifestyle series and specials and an animation catalog of over 600 half hours of programming including such classic characters as Popeye, Flash Gordon, Prince Valiant, Betty Boop and Blondie. Hearst Entertainment Productions has become one of the leading producers of documentary and reality programming producing over 100 hours of award-winning and highly rated shows each year. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Actuality Productions, HEP has structured a creative unit that produces top-flight entertainment in a number of genres. Among the new projects on the company's slate are "The Big Build," and "Sahara," for The History Channel, "The Newspaper" for Bravo, "Garden Police" for Discovery Home and "Anatomy of a Natural Disaster" for The National Geographic Channel. Returning shows include The History Channel's "Modern Marvels," one of the networks highest rated series and "Engineering Disasters." For more information, please visit http://www.hearstcorp.com/.