Cinedigm to Bow 600 Anime Episodes on Disc, Digital26 Aug, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Distributor partners with 4K Media to offer anime series ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ in home entertainment channels
Cinedigm Aug. 26 said it has partnered with 4K Media to release noted anime series, “Yu-Gi-Oh!” into the home entertainment marketplace for the first time in five years. Plans include rollout of all 600-plus episodes of the popular series onto DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United States and Canada, followed by distribution on digital and video-on-demand platforms.
First announced at Comic-Con, the first DVD release, Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic: Season 1 boxed set, will be available Sept. 10. This marks an ongoing resurgence of the brand in the past year including expanded TV distribution and a renewed licensing program.
“There is no bigger name in the world of anime than Yu-Gi-Oh! and we are excited to bring this series to both its avid existing fan base and new viewers,” said Mark Kashden, SVP of acquisitions with Cinedigm.
The “Yu-Gi-Oh!” anime series originated from the “Yu-Gi-Oh!” manga series created by Kazuki Takahashi. The Japanese collectible trading card game, developed and distributed by Konami, has sold more than 25 billion cards.
The game and television series, features a strategic play pattern that incorporates a combination of monsters, spells and traps to defeat opponents, and is acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the best-selling trading card game of all time.
A long-running success on TV throughout the world, “Yu-Gi-Oh!” has aired domestically and internationally in more than 90 countries during the past 12 years.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Cinedigm to reach Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and support our other licensee partners by extending the brand’s reach. The DVD announcement at Comic-Con International is the first of many to come,“ Mark Kirk, SVP of digital operations with 4K Media, said in a statement.
The acquisition bolsters Cinedigm’s 20,000-title library, and plan to be the largest aggregator of digital content working with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, among others.