Credit: BCI Entertainment
NAVARRE CORPORATION’S BCI ANNOUNCES
THE HIT SCI-FI 70’S SERIES STARRING STAR TREK’S JAMES DOOHAN
JASON OF STAR COMMAND
The Complete Series
3 DVD Set Available May 8th For $29.98
Los Angeles, CA â€” BCI Eclipse, a Navarre Corporation Company, and the UK’s leading global media company and underlying rights owner, Entertainment Rights Plc (“ER”) announce the release of the live action series Jason of Star Command.
The complete series will be available on DVD for the first time and will be released on May 8th at a suggested retail price of $29.98. The 3 disc, 28 episode set is highlighted by a series of special features including a brand new documentary and a special effects commentary track.
“The anticipation of this long awaited release has been nothing short of spectacular” said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. “JASON OF STAR COMMAND holds a place in history as one of the most elaborate and special effects-heavy Saturday morning TV shows ever created, and both its cast and visual effects crews had worked on Star Trek and Star Wars in the past, and numerous famous genre films since then. Fans will be especially pleased with the terrific DVD set BCI has put together, which is loaded with stellar special features.”
The show starred notable actors James Doohan (Star Trek), Sid Haig (Kill Bill Vol. 2, The Devil’s Rejects) and Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones).
Working from within a secretive section of Space Academy, a daring soldier of fortune named Jason joins with his friends to combat the sinister forces that conspire to dominate the stars. Jason is aided on his missions by Commanders Carnavin and Stone, computer expert Nicole, strong alien Samantha, eccentric scientist Dr. E.J. Parsafoot, and two robots, Peepo and the portable W1K1. Together they face the evil machinations of Dragos â€” the self-proclaimed “Master of the Cosmos” â€” and his alien minions aboard the Dragonship.
JASON OF STAR COMMAND was a hit when it aired on Saturday mornings, beginning in 1978 on CBS. The most expensive children’s show on television, the series utilized sets and props from its predecessor, SPACE ACADEMY, and featured veterans of Star Trek among its cast, plus special effects personnel who had created the visuals of Star Wars! With its action-oriented serialized plots and a memorable space-age villain in Dragos, JASON OF STAR COMMAND was a hit for two seasons, and entertained audiences worldwide in syndication thereafter.
Special Features include:
o The all-new half-hour documentary, The Adventures of Jason of Star Command, featuring interviews with the producer, stars, and visual effects artists
o Two commentary tracks for season one episodes “Attack of the Dragonship” and “The Disappearing Man” with executive producer Lou Scheimer, and actors Craig Littler and John Berwick. Hosted by Andy Mangels
o Special effects commentary track for season two episode “Beyond the Stars!” with visual effects supervisor Chuck Comisky, stop motion animator Jim Aupperle, and live action creature effects artist John Carl Beuchler. Hosted by Andy Mangels
o Jason of Star Command â€” special effects demo reel
o Extensive gallery of promotional photos
o Extensive gallery of behind the scenes photos
o Gallery of cast & crew reunion photos
o Art gallery style guide for proposed Jason of Star Command animated series
o Booklet with episode guide and trivia
o DVD-ROM material: scripts
o Easter eggs
o More from Ink & Paint
Producing the special features, documentaries and all of the extra content is entertainment writer Andy Mangels, a best-selling novelist, and author of Animation on DVDâ€”The Ultimate Guide.
About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the Company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The Company currently provides its products to over 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI, and FUNimation. For more information, please visit the Company’s web site at www.navarre.com.
BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is an independent entertainment video and audio supplier. BCI has continually redefined the standards and concepts of this industry, often introducing national success categories through its intuitive mass marketing skills. Its vast collection of titles represents both exclusively licensed titles from around the world, as well as in-house produced CDs and DVDs.
About Entertainment Rights
Entertainment Rights Plc (“ER”) is the UK’s leading global media group specializing in the ownership of high quality children’s and family programming, characters and brands. ER owns or manages the rights to many global characters including Basil BrushÂ®, Postman PatÂ®, Jess the Catâ„¢, Little Red Tractorâ„¢, Rupert BearÂ®, He-Man and the Masters of the UniverseÂ®, Fat Albert and the Cosby kidsâ„¢, She-RaÂ®, Jim Jam & Sunnyâ„¢, Ghostbusters, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Felix the Cat and the award-winning VeggieTales. In January 2007, ER acquired Classic Media, the US-based owner of an extensive portfolio of children’s and family characters and brands including Lassie, Underdog, The Lone Ranger, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Big Idea Productions Inc, producer and creator of the award-winning VeggieTales series of programming which, to date, has sold over 50 million home videos. Since 1999, when ER owned rights to just 39 episodes of programming, ER’s library has grown to circa 8,700 episodes of high quality children’s and family characters and brands. This includes certain rights to global brands such as Mattel’s Barbieâ„¢, Scholastic’s Cliffordâ„¢ and Hasbro’s Transformersâ„¢. ER’s wholly owned subsidiary Tell-Tale Productions, created and produced The Tweenies, one of the UK’s most successful pre-school brands. ER has grown rapidly. Annual revenues have increased from $3.5m in 1999 to $60.2m in 2005, the last reported financial year.
Visit www.entertainmentrights.com .
Jason of Star Command â€” The Complete Series
Street Date: May 8th, 2007
Order Date: March 30th, 2007
Catalog #: 47244-9
Retail Price: $29.98