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GREENCINE Offers Three Times More Anime Titles Than Its Competitors

With the best angle on DVD anime rental, GREENCINE Is the Number One Choice for Otaku

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2003 -- Online DVD rental service GREENCINE ( announced today it carries over three times the number of anime titles listed by its competitors. Other DVD rental sites such as Netflix, Wal-Mart and CafeDVD don't come close to GREENCINE's comprehensive selection of anime. The 1,050 anime titles in GREENCINE's catalog of 10,000 represents the majority of the 1,700 such titles available in print on DVD - more than three times the 300 anime titles in the Netflix catalog. With more titles added each month based on requests from its membership, GREENCINE isn't just the number one choice; it's the only true service for anime fans renting DVDs online. GREENCINE is committed to offering the most comprehensive anime collection on DVD available in the US, including rare titles made available at a premium level soon.

Elly Saperstein of North Lauderdale, FL, a GREENCINE subscriber who rents strictly anime, recently emailed the service to report that of the last 30 DVDs she rented from GREENCINE, only 4 were available from Netflix. "Anime fans like Elly are an under-respected and under-served DVD rental community," said Dennis Woo, Managing Partner of GREENCINE. "We support anime because we have otaku (anime fans) staff members at GREENCINE. We have a personal interest in anime as well as a business interest. We'd like all anime fans renting DVDs online to join GREENCINE to get in on our truly awesome collection." The US anime sales and rental market is estimated as a $75M+ growth industry, with over 100,000 fans attending anime-focused conventions last year. Yet, anime renters are marginalized as a niche market by chain video stores and online services focusing on blockbusters. "Anime may be number two elsewhere but at GREENCINE, we're giving anime and its fans number one treatment," adds Woo.

GREENCINE knows that fans want entire anime series available for rent, not just a spotty list of titles. For example, GREENCINE carries the complete collection of Sorcerer Hunters, Volumes 1 through 4. GREENCINE's biggest competitor carries only Volumes 1 and 4. FLCL (Fooly Cooly), His & Her Circumstances, Excel Saga, and GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka are other examples of collections that GREENCINE carries in their entirety, which competitors do not (as of 4/8/2003). Additionally, GREENCINE carries films from more anime distributors that any other online DVD rental service. In addition to ADV, Central Park Media, and Pioneer, GREENCINE also carries AnimEigo titles, such as Kimagure Orange Road, Oh My Goddess, and You're Under Arrest!, which are absent from the rental lists of the competition. GREENCINE also carries titles from other respected distributors VIZ Communications, Manga Entertainment USA, Right Stuf, Dark Horse and more.

GREENCINE has committed itself obtaining not only the more popular titles, but also rarities. Such collections as the Complete Speed Racer (limited to a pressing of 1,000 copies) are on order, and will be available to members at a premium level. GREENCINE hopes to introduce 25 or more rare titles each year, giving even the most seasoned fans a chance to see more anime in the format they love.

GREENCINE also carries coveted hentai titles for mature audiences, unavailable for rental elsewhere. 9 O'Clock Woman, The Adventure Kid, and Vanilla Series 1, 2 and 3 are just a few of the more popular titles in this sought after category.

GREENCINE is the #1 online DVD rental service for movies with an alternative edge, focusing on arthouse/indie, anime, foreign, documentary, classics, Asian action titles -- and even Hollywood blockbusters. Membership is subscription based with no dues dates, no late fees -- and GREENCINE pays the postage. New members can try the GREENCINE service for two weeks free. GREENCINE donates a portion of fees to film organizations such as the San Francisco Film Society and the Bay Area Video Coalition. To explore the complete catalogue of films GREENCINE offers, please visit

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