NAVARRE'S BCI LANDS DEAL WITH
HEARST ENTERTAINMENT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CLASSIC TELEVISION SERIES
First Official Release Under BCI's "Ink and Paint" Brand;
Volume One, Five DVD Set Available July 4th for $29.98
"...lush animation, great voices, soulful music...make this one a hit!"
--Amazing Heroes Magazine, Oct. '91
"...an appealing mix of dramatic entertainment and accessible animation."
--Animation Magazine, Dec. '91
Los Angeles, CA – One of the animation world's oldest, most classic characters is heading to DVD for the first time as BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, in its initial venture with Hearst Entertainment, will release "The Legend of Prince Valiant—The Complete Series, Volume One" on July 4th
, at a suggested retail price of $29.98. This 33 episode, five-DVD set is the first of two volumes (a total of 65 episodes) to be released under BCI's newly-created Ink and Paint Brand which will focus on licensed animated content, and is the first in a full line of titles licensed from the Hearst catalog. The announcement was made today by Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI.
"The Hearst animation library goes back to the early part of the 20th Century, and we're proud to be releasing this series on DVD for the first time in the United States," said Hayne. "Prince Valiant is one of the most recognized names in the animation world, and the popularity of the character and classic nature of this series make it ideal to be the first entry from our Ink and Paint Brand."
"The Legend of Prince Valiant" is based on the popular comic strip character created 69 years ago by Hal Foster, and continues to be a popular, weekly newspaper comic strip read by over 44 million people. The Prince Valiant character reached the big screen in 1954, starring Robert Wagner in the title role. The television series aired on the Family Channel, 1991-1993, and featured the voices of Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Alan Oppenheimer (He-Man), James Avery (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Babylon 5).
Volume One will include the first 33 episodes of the television series, and will also include special features produced by Andy Mangels, including:
- Interviews with the series creators and comic strip historian Rick Norwood
- Two episode commentaries with creator/producer David J. Corbett, writer Brooks Wachtel, and voice artist Noelle North, with moderator Andy Mangels
- Storyboard gallery (episode #32—"The Flute"), featuring a slideshow of approximately 170 images, set to music from the original soundtrack
- User-navigated slideshow of character paintings and background drawings
- DVD-ROM Feature: Five complete episode scripts
The Legend of Prince Valiant begins with the quest for Camelot, amidst a gallery of brave knights, shadowy practitioners of evil, high honor, deep magic, and a thrilling and treacherous journey from boyhood to manhood. In a time when people still believed in wizards, Prince Valiant fulfills his dream of becoming a Knight of the Round Table, as he has his friends uphold the ideals of Camelot.
"The Legend of Prince Valiant" won the 1993 Humanitas Award in the category of Children's Animation (awarded by The Human Family Institute in recognition of television shows that explore human values and enrich audiences), and a Silver Angel at the 16th Annual Angel Awards (recognizing productions that uphold the highest moral, ethical or social impact for families and children of all ages).
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 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 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 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/.