Cinedigm and 4K Media Inc. joined forces to bring the massive Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise into the home entertainment marketplace for the first time in five years. Plans include a strategic rollout of all over 600 episodes of the animated series onto DVD and Blu-ray in the US and Canada, followed by distribution on digital and VOD platforms.
Cinedigm and 4K Media officially launched the home entertainment program for Yu-Gi-Oh! during Comic-Con International: San Diego. The first DVD release, Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic Season 1 Box Set, will be available September 10, 2013.
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 over the past 12 years.
Mr. Shinichi Hanamoto, 4K Media, Chairman and President Corporate Officer said, “This deal continues an exciting year for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Cinedigm is the perfect partner to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand back into the home entertainment market.”
The Yu-Gi-Oh! acquisition is part of Cinedigm’s push to continue building its 20,000 title library. The company has existing programming partnerships with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. For more info, visit www.cinedigm.com.