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    November and December 2009 DVDs from VIZ Media

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in the final two months of 2009. This includes the first NARUTO SHIPPUDEN MOVIE, the first box set of NAOKI URASAWA’S MONSTER, the next box set installments of HUNTER X HUNTER, NANA, and HONEY AND CLOVER, as well as the latest volumes of the popular BLEACH, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN and POKÉMON series.

    Also releasing is the live action feature film 20TH CENTURY BOYS: BEGINNING OF THE END from VIZ Pictures. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro. New NARUTO Releases Include: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN Available November 10 A powerful spirit that once threatened to destroy the world is back! Naruto`s mission is to protect a priestess named Shion, who is the only one with the power to seal away the monster. She also has the uncanny ability to predict someone`s fate. her latest prediction: Naruto will soon die. Naruto`s only hope is to abandon Shion, but that`s not Naruto`s style. He decides to face her fatal prediction head-on--and die! English, Japanese Audio English subtitles Original Japanese Movie Trailers Special Movie Version Music Videos Line Art 94 Minutes Rated `T+` for Older Teens

    NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, Volume 3 MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN Available November 24 Gaara of the Sand has been kidnapped, and Team Kakashi are on their way! Sakura uses her skills as a medic ninja to treat the wounded Kankuro, impressing everyone with her sure and steady hands. Granny Chiyo of the Sand decides to accompany Team Kakashi, but before they can get to Gaara and the Akatsuki lair, the team is confronted by a familiar enemy--Itachi Uchiha. Original and Uncut Episodes 9 – 13 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 100 Minutes Rated `T+` for Older Teens NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, Volume 4 MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN Available December 8 Two powerful jonin of the Leaf, Kakashi and Guy, have taken on their Akatsuki rivals Itachi and Kisame. While Guy battles to save his team from a water prison, Kakashi exhibits his genius ninja prowess by seeing through Itachi`s most subtle tactics. Turns out the battle wasn`t quite what it seemed, and Kakashi and Granny Chiyo are fearful of the implications. Naruto and the team are forced to face the bitter truth--they might already be too late!

    Original and Uncut Episodes 14-17 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 100 Minutes Rated `T+` for Older Teens NARUTO UNCUT Season 1, Volume 2 DVD Box Set MSRP: $39.97 US / $57.99 CAN Available November 24 Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura face deadly enemies and dark powers as the Chunin Exam continues in the Forest of Death. While they search for the Heaven and Earth scrolls, something evil is afoot, and it`s after Sasuke! Then the genin must take on each other in one-on-one battles. Does Naruto have what it takes to stand up to his peers--and win? Original and Uncut Episodes 26 – 52 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 650 Minutes Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens New BLEACH Releases Include: BLEACH UNCUT Box Set 4, Part 1 MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN Available November 3 Ichigo and his friends return from the Soul Society to the World of the Living and try to resume their normal lives. But when strange abductions start happening, it`s up to them to solve the riddle. More Soul Reapers arrive to help uncover the truth behind a mysterious clan known as Bounts. Will these allies be strong enough to stop the Bount leader from stealing human souls and feeding his dangerous ambition? Original and Uncut Episodes 64 – 79 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles Behind the Scenes of Bleach 425 Minutes Rated ‘T’ for Teens

    BLEACH Volume 22 MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN Available November 17 Rangiku Matsumoto and several other Soul Reapers arrive to help in the battle against the evil Bounts. Entering the cave hideout, they soon discover they`ve stumbled into a trap! Just in time to back up their comrades, Ichigo faces the Bount leader Kariya and must summon his bankai if he is to survive, while Uryu must rediscover his lost powers as well. Episodes 88 – 91 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 100 Minutes Rated ‘T’ for Teens BLEACH Volume 23 MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN Available December 15 Kariya and the Bounts arrive in the Soul Society and find themselves battling two Soul Reaper lieutenants, but the abundance of reishi in the Soul Society gives the Bounts a ready source of power, rendering them formidable opponents. Ichigo and friends arrive in the Soul Society, and when Rukia is injured in a fight, Ichigo follows her to the Kuchiki house, where he asks Byakuya to fight alongside him against the Bounts. Byakuya refuses and insists they leave it up to the 13 Court Guard Squads, but soon enough Byakuya finds himself in a one-on-one battle with Kariya.

    Episodes 92-95 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 100 Minutes Rated ‘T’ for Teens New POKÉMON Releases Include: POKÉMON: ELEMENTS, Volume 5: Ice MSRP: $9.98 US / $14.99 CAN Available November 24 Following the POKÉMON All Star series set, the POKÉMON: ELEMENTS collection consists of the most important episodes commemorating the different types of Pokémon characters. Each disc showcases a Pokémon type with three all-time favorite episodes. Collect them all! Includes 3 Ice–type episodes: 1. Freeze Frame 2. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snorunt! 3. Spring Fever English Audio 60 Minutes Rated `A` for All Ages

    POKÉMON: ELEMENTS, Volume 6: Dark MSRP: $9.98 US / $14.99 CAN Available November 24 Volume 6 Includes 3 Dark–type episodes: 1. Absol-ute Disaster 2. Pop Goes The Sneasel 3. A Bite to Remember English Audio 60 Minutes Rated `A` for All Ages New Shojo Releases Include: NANA BOX SET, Volume 2 MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN Available November 24 Careers, friendship, love--can two bright young women named Nana manage to have it all? Nana K.`s Tokyo experiment is in jeopardy when she finds herself strapped for cash and her relationship with Shoji on uncertain ground. Nana O.`s love life takes an unexpected turn when she`s reunited with her old flame, Ren from Trapnest. With such a close connection to her favorite band, will Nana K. get to meet the man of her dreams--Takumi? Sometimes dreams do come true...

    Episodes 12 – 22 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 268 Minutes Rated ‘M’ for Mature HONEY AND CLOVER Box Set 2 MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN Available December 15 Can life`s answers be found where the road ends? Shinobu has disappeared to America, leaving both Yuta and Hagumi with very mixed feelings. But talk about mixed up! If Takumi`s feelings are so tied up with Rika, why is he tied up in knots over his coworker Nomiya`s romantic pursuit of Ayumi? Plus, senior projects are getting everyone down, but none more than Yuta, who in a sudden burst of reckless abandon takes off on his bicycle on an epic journey of self-discovery...Ah, the enthusiasm of youth! Episodes 13-24 and Bonus Episode F English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 300 Minutes Rated `T+` for Older Teens New VIZ Pictures Releases Include:

    20TH CENTURY BOYS 1: BEGINNING OF THE END MSRP: $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN Available December 15 It all begins in 1969 when a young boy named Kenji and his friends write The Book of Prophecy in which they write about a future where they fight against an evil organization trying to takeover the world and bring about doomsday. Years later in 1997, a mysterious cult being lead by a man only known as "Friend" emerges and begins to gain strong influence over society. A series of catastrophic events begin to occur mirroring the prophecies made up by the young Kenji and the greatest fear is the climax of The Book becoming a reality; December 31st, 2000, a terrifying giant virus-spreading robot will attack the entire city of Tokyo leading to the end of mankind. The only people who know about The Book are Kenji and his childhood friends. Who is "Friend"? Will Kenji and his friends be able to save mankind and live to see the 21st Century? Special Features include a Chapter Card, Original Trailers, and Previews. Japanese Audio English subtitles 142 Minutes Additional Releases Include: HUNTER X HUNTER Box Set 4 MSRP: $49.95 US / $71.99 CAN Available December 1 Mito gives Gon an iron box that Gon`s father, Ging, left to him. But instead of providing clues to his father`s whereabouts, what`s inside only leads to more mysteries. While Gon and Killua head to Yorknew City, Kurapika gets a job with the mafia that soon brings him into conflict with the powerful Phantom Troupe at the underground auction. When Gon and Killua witness the members` overwhelming strength, they decide to shadow them to find out more, but the Phantom Troupe is one step ahead. Episodes 47-62 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 350 Minutes Rated `T+` for Older Teens

    NAOKI URASAWA’S MONSTER Box Set 1 MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN Available December 8 What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run to uncover the story of Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world. Conspiracies, serial murders, and secret government experiments set against the grim backdrop of the former East Germany are masterfully woven together in this compelling psychological thriller. Episodes 1-15 English, Japanese Audio English subtitles 325 Minutes Rated `M` for Mature

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