NEW YORK -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema (NASDAQ: CIDM) is bringing the highly anticipated 3D animated movie Yu-Gi-Oh 3D!: Bonds Beyond Time to digital theatres across the nation for 4Kids Entertainment (PK: KIDE) and Nihon Ad Systems. Moviegoers at the four special event screenings will receive an exclusive Konami "Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon" Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading card from the legendary TRADING CARD GAME, as well as a mini-manga from Viz Media.
Bonds Beyond Time is the world's first full-length animated feature to be drawn by hand and then rendered into 3D for the big screen. This North American film version has a ten-minute back story on the three main characters, Yugi Muto (from Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic), Jaden Yuki (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), and Yusei Fudo (from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's) that incorporates scenes from all three animated series. Created by renowned manga artist, Kazuki Takahashi, Bonds Beyond Time benefits from the extremely targeted and efficient distribution model brought forth by digital cinema technology. Digital cinema provides moviemakers with a unique opportunity to bring their theatrical releases to screens while eliminating the cost of film prints and effectively reaching the fan base through social media, grassroots efforts and highly targeted media campaigns without the cost of a traditional national advertising campaign.
Bonds Beyond Time will be brought to 250 theatres for two consecutive weekends on February 26 & 27 and March 5 & 6 throughout the United States. Theatre locations will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Visit www.YugiohMovie3D.com for the trailer and more updates.
Already an international success, Bonds Beyond Time attracted more than 100,000 people at 124 3D theaters across Japan during its premiere weekend in January 2010. Tickets sold out almost instantly for the first two showings at United Cinema Toyosu, where the cast and creator, Kazuki Takahashi, made a special live appearance to greet the fans. In its limited three-week run, the film garnered nearly $3,000,000 in revenues.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is one of many recent live and alternative content programming releases by Cinedigm, including the ground-breaking, worldwide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band 3D concerts, and the sold out 3D PHISH concerts. Cinedigm has also released the KIDTOONS series for the past six years, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in over 165 theatres across the country.