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ADV Swoops In, Rescues CPM Titles

Sweet!

I don't know if there will be a mass rescuing of Central Park Media licenses like FUNimation did with Sojitz and Geneon licenses, but there's still some good news: ADV has picked up the first few of what will most likely be many Central Park Media anime rescues. These titles are: Now and Then Here and There, World of Narue, Grave of the Fireflies, and MD Geist.

These titles will all be released on DVD in July 2009-- which leads me to think that they were picked up before CPM's official announcement of bankruptcy, although I'm not sure if the licenses expired prior to that or were declared void at that point.

That said, there are still plenty of pickin's from CPM's library, particularly classics like Here is Greenwood, Dominion Tank Police, and Revolutionary Girl Utena-- the last of which I expect there to be some serious competition for. The original manga was published by Shogakukan, which makes VIZ seem like the obvious home-- but we'll see.

Thanks to user dream for the tip!
rocketbomberon May 5, 2009 at 6:21 p.m.
Utena!  

Nothing against the original dub (well... I doubt I heard more than 5 minutes of the original dub, since I rapidly switched to the Japanese audio track) but I would love a new production, relaunch, and 3 disc special soundtrack release for this.
paplooon May 5, 2009 at 7:24 p.m.
FYI--- Media Blasters license rescued Here is Greenwood awhile ago, and released it in a 2 disc set with a new dub. They also licensed and re-released IRIA and Angel Sanctuary, both titles which CPM's license had expired on.
JELEINENon May 5, 2009 at 7:48 p.m.
MD Geist?  Dear Lord, why?
Count_Zeroon May 5, 2009 at 7:52 p.m.
I'm a little suprised that ADV grabbed Grave of the Fireflies. If you had asked me to bet money on this, I would have suspected that Disney would have gone after it, especially considering their ties with Studio Ghibli.
Netstrykeon May 6, 2009 at 12:08 a.m.
Let's face it, ADV is trying to rebuild after the financial a** kicking it took. Rescuing the CPM titles is a good sign. They are trying to play keep up with FUNi and once they get some success with the CPM titles THENNNN they can get the new Licenses. It's all about strategy.
Dream moderator on May 6, 2009 at 2:58 a.m.
@Count_Zero: Disney's contract to distribute Ghibli titles only allows them to distribute titles Ghibli made under the publishing company called Tokuma. A company called Shinchosa produced Grave back in 1988 when the movie was made as a double feature with My Neighbor Totoro. Unless the terms of the Disney-Tokuma Deal change, Disney can't claim rights on Grave.
rocketbomberon May 6, 2009 at 9:16 a.m.
Disney can't claim rights... But I'm shocked they didn't buy them.  Maybe they had no idea the title was available again -- despite the success of the Ghibli DVDs, anime still seems like something of a blind spot for them.
JELEINENon May 6, 2009 at 9:38 a.m.
I don't really see Disney being interested in Grave.  It would have to be released under one of their child companies, and it has limited appeal and little profitability. 
Dream moderator on May 6, 2009 at 10:11 a.m.
@Jeleinen: Grave's received praise from some well known movie critics, including Roger Ebert, which would give the movie a good amount of appeal. But yeah, I would agree Disney would have signed it off to one of their sister companies since the movie doesn't meet Disney's family friendly image, which could explain why Only Yesterday hasn't seen an American release.

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