|SMC Press Release and Box/Cover Art (April 17th, 2003)|
Finally, the long awaited press release is out! As shown on ADV's site:
ADV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SAILOR MOON: SEASON ONE UNCUT
NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE IN U.S., ADV FILMS RELEASE INCLUDES PREVIOUSLY CENSORED CONTENT; TO BE AVAILABLE JULY 15, 2003
HOUSTON, April 17, 2003?ADV Films today announced a July 15, 2003 release date for Sailor Moon: Season One Uncut, a huge DVD collection of the uncensored original source material for the breakout U.S. hit children?s hit Sailor Moon. In this English-subtitled, Japanese-language release, ADV Films has returned to the original masters, which include mature content that was excised from the U.S. children?s release, and the original graphic title treatment. The result is a far more sophisticated series, with significantly broadened appeal for mature anime fans. The release (46 episodes, over 1000 minutes total running time) is on eight DVDs in two cases, which are in turn packaged in a handsome, high-quality (?hard?) foil-stamped custom art box.
The first season of Sailor Moon was directed by noted anime fantasy creator Junichi Sato (creator of the forthcoming ADV co-production Kaleido Star), with character designs by Kazuko Tadano (Wedding Peach).
The Story: Based on a manga by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon is the story of a teenage girl who meets a magical cat who gives her super powers. She becomes the leader of a team of brave girls, known as the Sailor Warriors. Sailor Moon has long been justifiably renowned for the strength of its plot, its direct and honest treatment of romance and, in this uncut version, a realistic and unflinching acceptance of death as a necessary possible consequence of a righteous fight.
Sailor Moon: Season One Uncut (SRP $149.98) is a DVD-only release, including 46 complete episodes on eight DVDs. In Japanese, with English subtitles. DVDs in two four-disc cases, packed in turn in a high-quality (?hard?) foil-stamped custom art box. Includes a printed episode guide and ADV previews.
With this press release, comes the cover art as well. The art released is the outer box, and the covers for the two DVD cases. (DVD Box larger image update 24 hours later)