Tartan go Blu-ray - Oldboy & Seventh Seal Update

Tartan Video will make the move into High Definition later this summer and have today announced their decision to go with the Blu-ray Disc format. Arriving on 24th September 2007 is Paul Verhoven’s war epic, Black Book followed a month later on 22nd October 2007 by Park Chan-Wook’s revenge thriller Oldboy. Then on 3rd December 2007 alongside the new DVD release Tartan brings you a special 50th Anniversary Edition of Ingmar Bergman’s classic, The Seventh Seal in high definition.

All titles are making their worldwide Blu-ray Disc debut and in an interesting move will come packaged with the DVD edition of each film to “allow consumers who have yet to invest in Blu-ray technology the opportunity to enjoy the films on existing players at no additional cost as they invest for the future. “

Retail is £29.99 each.

All discs will be encoded using the AVC video codec and on the newer titles you can expect DTS Master Audio. Extras from the DVD releases of Black Book and the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Seventh Seal should find their way onto the respective Blu-ray Disc editions, while Oldboy on Blu-ray Disc will have the commentary tracks along with the deleted scenes with optional commentary carried over. We can also confirm the discs will be coded for all regions (A, B and C).

More detailed specs follow...

Black Book

  • 1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Dutch 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Dutch DD2.0 and DD5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles
  • Paul Verhoeven Interview
  • Carice Van Houten Interview
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Korean 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Korean DD2.0 Stereo and DD5.1 EX Surround
  • English DD2.0 Stereo and DD5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Director and Cinematographer Commentary
  • Director and Cast Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
  • Trailer

Oldboy will also be released in the USA by Tartan US on 23rd October 2007.

The Seventh Seal - Disc specs are TBC, but in terms of extras you can expect the following...

Rare behind-the-scenes footage, from the set of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, will be presented for the first time. Shot on 8mm during the latter part of 1956, the silent footage offers a unique insight into the legendary director’s working methods, and includes on-set rehearsals featuring lead actors Max Von Sydow and Bibi Andersson, as well as evidence of the camaraderie of the remainder of his cast and crew. And, for this release, film historian and Bergman expert Ian Christie has recorded a commentary to accompany the footage, putting it in context and shedding light on Bergman’s cinematic craft.

Bergman’s little-seen short from 1984, Karin’s Face, is also presented for the first time. This beautiful and personal film is Bergman’s touching tribute to his mother, seen through the intimate photographic portraits from a family album. With its sumptuous black and white imagery and simple musical accompaniment, Karin’s Face is a film that reveals the director’s warmly instinctive love of humanity, and devotion to his mother. Tartan’s premiere presentation of this cinematic treasure has been mastered directly from a newly-restored print and is included on both released formats, presented in full High Definition resolution on Tartan’s Blu-ray Edition.

Further features on this 50th Anniversary Edition include newly-improved subtitles, an original trailer, an alternative English language feature audio option, and full HD resolution for the presentation of the film itself on Blu-ray Disc.

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