FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2006
SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER MAKES
DVD DEBUT THIS SUMMER
BCI To Release All 93 Episodes of Classic Animated Series
Two Disc, Five-Episode "Best Of" Collector's Edition To Be Based On Fan Voting, Available July 18th and Premiering at San Diego COMICON
Los Angeles, CA – Following the tremendous success this past year of the DVD distribution of "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
," BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, entered into a long-term distribution agreement with Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER") for certain titles within its Filmation portfolio of classic contemporary characters. The first release in this new agreement will be the popular girl brand "She-Ra: Princess of Power
." A two-disc "Best Of" collection, featuring the top five titles that will be voted on by fans, as well as the 1985 feature film "The Secret of the Sword
," will be available July 18th
, and premiering at San Diego COMICON. The releases will continue over the next 12 months, as BCI releases three additional volumes of the "She-Ra
" series, covering all 93 original episodes.
"The fan reaction to the He-Man
series over the past nine months has been nothing short of extraordinary," said Glass. "They have consistently conveyed two defining messages: ‘your He-Man
releases are top-notch' and ‘when will you be releasing She-Ra
In addition to the feature film "The Secret of the Sword
," "The Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power
" will feature the five best episodes of the series, as voted on by fans that visited www.he-man.org
, and will include:
- Ep #56 – Of Shadows and Skulls
- Ep #85 – Sweet Bee's Home
- Ep #18 – Horde Prime Takes a Holiday
- Ep #21 – The Stone in the Sword
- Ep #29 – The Price of Freedom
Special features will include:
- A brand new documentary featurette with a variety of talent involved in the making of the original animated series, including the creators, producers, writers, voice over actors, animators and others working behind the scenes
- Feature length audio commentary with Lou Scheimer, Larry DiTillio, Gwen Wetzler and Alan Oppenheimer
- "I Have the Power" music video featurette with new storyboard comparison and new sheet music sing-a-long
- Two exclusive collectible art cards by popular award-winning comic book artists
- Triva/Fun facts
- DVD-ROM – scripts for all 5 episodes
- Easter Eggs
- Spanish Language Audio Track
Beginning in the fall, BCI will start releasing the complete, 93 episode series in three separate volumes, each containing a variety of extras.
Working alongside ER, BCI will implement an innovative marketing and promotional campaign throughout 2006, capitalizing on the popularity of the She-Ra
brand. This program follows the successful promotion and marketing of He-Man, which has been released on DVD as well as Universal Media Disc ("UMD") for Sony "PSP." BCI will be expanding the reach of She-Ra
beyond that of He-Man
by tapping into its large female fan base.
BCI has once again retained the services of two prominent consultants, best-selling author Andy Mangels and MVCreations' Val Staples and his team, who were highly instrumental in the production of the He-Man DVD, specifically the added collectible features.
"She-Ra: Princess of Power
" first aired on television in 1985, as a female-directed spin-off of the popular "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
," which was into its second season.
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 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 classic 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, Fun Song Factory, Boo! and Jim Jam & Sunny
- Since 1999, when ER owned rights to just 50 hours of programming, ER's library has grown to over 2,000 hours of high quality children's and family characters and brands. This includes selected rights to global brands such as Mattel's Barbie, Scholastic's Clifford, 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
- In October 2005 ER acquired the majority interest in Rupert Bear, one of the most recognizable children's characters in the world, from Express Newspapers. Rupert will appear on Five from Autumn 2006
- Jim Jam & Sunny was commissioned by ITV in December 2005 for ITV1 and their new digital children's channel, CiTV
- ER has grown rapidly. Annual revenues have increased from £1.8m in 1999 to £25.5m in 2004, the last reported financial year