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    March Anime Region 4 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Madman

    HALO LEGENDS on DVD and Blu-ray; DEATH NOTE RELIGHT and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Source: Madman Entertainment The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment is releasing the following anime titles this month on Blu-ray and Region 4 DVD...


    Go deeper into the Halo universe than ever before with HALO LEGENDS, an all-new, CG and traditional anime experience that presents enthralling new stories from one of the world`s most popular video game franchises. HALO LEGENDS is a seven-story anthology - told across eight spectacular episodes - that explores the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and its intriguing characters. Studios involved in the Halo Legends project include Bones Inc., Casio Entertainment Inc., Production I.G, STUDIO4°C and Toei Animation. Bones: Founded in 1998, Bones has become one of the top animation studios in Japan in less than a decade. The studio is best known for its incredible body of work on mega-hit franchises such as COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, SWORD OF THE STRANGER and EUREKA SEVEN. Casio Entertainment: Casio Entertainment was founded in 2004 and is renowned for its visual effects work on the movie DAI NIPPONJIN (BIG MAN JAPAN), which was officially invited to the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 2008 Asian Film Awards. Casio Entertainment is also known for its computer-generated animation support work on several top Japanese video games. Casio`s HALO LEGENDS episode, THE PACKAGE, was directed by Shinji Aramaki, director of APPLESEED: EX MACHINA. Production I.G: Production I.G has produced a number of acclaimed feature films, original video animation, TV shows and video games. For their storytelling and quality of animation, GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE and BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE have earned critical accolades in Japan and all around the world. GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, directed by Mamoru Oshii in 2004, was the first Japanese animation feature ever to compete for the Palme d`Or at the Festival de Cannes.

    STUDIO4°C: STUDIO4°C is one of the top animation studios in Japan. Founded by the industry veteran Eiko Tanaka and acclaimed animation artist Koji Morimoto, it has become globally known for its uncanny ability to marry the spirit of high art with mainstream anime aesthetic. STUDIO4°C is known for works including THE ANIMATRIX, MIND GAME, SPRIGGAN and BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT. Toei Animation: Toei Animation, established in 1956, is the oldest animation studio in Japan. Toei has produced the largest number of global hit TV anime series for kids, such as DRAGON BALL, DIGIMON, SAILOR MOON, ONE PIECE and many more. Release Date: March 3, 2010 Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround: English Languages: English Genre: Anime, Mecha, Science Fiction Number of Discs: 2 Runtime: 118 mins Format: DVD, (PAL) Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Widescreen (16:9) Contains 8 episodes Special Features The making of HALO LEGENDS Halo: The Story So Far Audio commentary with directors Frank O`Connor and Joseph Chou Halo Reach videogame trailer Special Features Exclusive to Blu-ray Halo: Gaming Evolved - Explaining the Halo Phenomenon From Its Inception as an Xbox Video Game to a Present-Day Entertainment Franchise

    NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Collection 01 (Eps 01-13)

    Naruto Uzumaki is back! After two and a half years of training on the road with Jiraiya of the Sannin, Naruto is back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves and he`s ready to show off his new skills. He and Sakura team up to take on their old master Kakashi, who`s pretty impressed with their progress. They`ll have plenty of opportunity to put it into action when news arrives from the Sand Village that Gaara, Naruto`s former rival and now Kazekage of the Sand, has been kidnapped! And the culprits are the very same group who are after Naruto - the Akatsuki! Release Date: March 17, 2010 Languages: English, Japanese Genre: Action/Adventure, Anime Subtitles: English subtitles Number of Discs: 2 Runtime: 325 mins Format: DVD, Region 4 (PAL) Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Original Aspect Ratio Contains 13 episodes DVD Special Features Voice actor featurette: Return of a Ninja Interactive character relationship chart: Team Kakashi Production art


    Light and L have battled to the bitter end over the Death Note - but what does the story look like from Ryuk`s point of view? Go back to where it all began and watch the epic battle from a new perspective - through the eyes of the one who started it all! Four years have passed since Light claimed his victory at L`s grave. Light has joined the National Police Agency and taken on the identity of the "new L." Kira`s judgments of the citizens of the world have intensified, and many nations have come to accept Kira, either from fear or adulation. Near, L`s successor, must ponder the question of how L was defeated if he is to succeed where his famed predecessor failed. At the headquarters of the anti-Kira organization the SPK, he proclaims that the new L is none other than Kira and calls upon the Japanese task force to declare war on Light. Release Date: March 17, 2010 Languages: English, Japanese Genre: Anime, Mystery/Thriller, Occult/Supernatural Subtitles: English subtitles Runtime: 90 mins Format: DVD, Region 4 (PAL) Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen Full Height Anamorphic

    About Madman Entertainment

    Madman is a leading independent entertainment distribution and rights management company specializing in wholesale distribution of video and DVD movies into retail and rental stores throughout Australia and New Zealand. Other rights management activities undertaken by Madman include theatrical distribution as well as licensing for television, VOD, hotel, airline and merchandising. Madman is strongly niche focused and driven by staff who are passionate about their products. They are Australia`s leading distributor of anime, Australian and global independent film, Asian cinema, Bollywood, action sports and other special interest genres.

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