Viz Media is going to have Warner Home Video handle its distribution of “new and catalog DVD releases” in the U.S. and Mexico. Great idea. From what little I’ve seen, Warner has an excellent structure in place. They have great cartoon coverage (with the DC properties, Popeye, and Peanuts, just to name a few), and they also distribute for BBC. The press release emphasizes anime, and I’m trying to find out if it also includes the Viz Pictures (live action) releases (which I have enjoyed).
Effective April 1, 2009, WHV will be the exclusive home entertainment distributor for new and catalog DVD content based on well-known franchises such as NARUTO, BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, and INUYASHA, as well as the POKEMON animated television series and catalog features. The first new DVD releases from VIZ Media and WHV are scheduled to be NARUTO Uncut Box Set 13, NARUTO Uncut Box Set 13 Special Edition, and HUNTER X HUNTER Box Set Volume 2 on April 7, 2009. …
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace.Ã‚Â WHV’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video, and New Line Home Entertainment.
Update: This does cover all Viz Pictures titles as well.