BCI Gets Prince Valiant12 Apr, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
BCI Eclipse, which has thrilled “He-Man” fans with its treatment of the classic Filmation animated series, is bringing another classic cartoon character to DVD — Prince Valiant.
BCI, in partnership with Hearst Entertainment, July 4 will release The Legend of Prince Valiant: The Complete Series — Volume One at $29.98. The five-disc set features 33 episodes of the series and kicks off the company's new “Ink and Paint” brand of DVDs.
A second volume of the series will be released later under the “Ink and Paint” moniker, which BCI will use to highlight its licensed animated content.
The supplier also will have more releases to come from the Hearst catalog. The July 4 release marks “Prince Valiant's” DVD debut in the United States.
“Prince Valiant is one of the most recognized names in the animation world, and the popularity of the character and classic nature of this series make it ideal to be the first entry from our Ink and Paint Brand,” said Jeff Hayne, director of acquisitions for BCI.
Prince Valiant first appeared as a comic book character nearly 70 years ago, and in a 1954 motion picture starring Robert Wagner.
“The Legend of Prince Valiant” TV series aired on the Family Channel from 1991 to 1993, and featured the voices of Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast) Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Alan Oppenheimer (“He-Man”), James Avery (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (“Babylon 5”).
DVD extras on the set include interviews and commentaries with the creators, a storyboard gallery, a user-navigated slideshow of character paintings and background drawings and DVD-ROM links to five episode scripts.