Tartan commit to DTS and reveals plans for a re-mastered Ring Trilogy box set!

Tartan Video have committed themselves to the DTS audio format this year and plans to release more than 40 titles with DTS during 2004. These will include new titles such as Wonderland and The Cooler, and most exciting of all for Asian movie fans, a re-mastered four-disc box set of the Ring Trilogy.

From the press release...

Tartan Video has commenced its strategy to add DTS Digital Surround™ as a core component of its DVD releases. With its wide catalogue of global and classic cinema, they plan to release more than 40 DVD titles with DTS during 2004.

To date, five Region 2 DVD-Video titles have been released: Dark Water (Hideo Nakata, 2003), Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2003, starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal), Belleville Rendezvous (Sylvain Chomet, 2003), A Snake of June (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2003), and Respiro (Emanuele Crialese, 2003). The release of Secretary in DTS was a special project that resulted in the Region 2 version being the only version globally to carry DTS.

Tartan recognises that consumers find DTS an attractive option and look for DTS titles, therefore the DTS logo is made very clearly visible on the front, back and spine of all their DVD releases.

Alan Partington, managing director at Tartan Video, enthuses, "As a well established, market-leading video label, our aim is to deliver DVD productions of the highest possible quality to our customers. Not only do we have a catalogue filled with some of the greatest classic and contemporary foreign and English language titles, but we also pay attention to the demands of the consumer. As a result, we have been including 5.1 audio tracks on our discs for some time now. We are extremely pleased to be working closely with DTS, and to be releasing DVDs that contain such high quality 5.1 surround mixes as the DTS format delivers."

With the recent successes of their early DTS titles, Secretary and the Oscar® nominated Belleville Rendezvous, firmly under their belt, Tartan Video plans to continue releasing titles with DTS. Their 2004 schedule features a host of great titles from a range of genres and countries. At a rate of four to five titles per month, it is estimated that at least 40 releases this year will feature DTS surround sound. Amongst these will be a re-mastered four-disc box set edition of the highly successful Asia Extreme Ring Trilogy, the gritty Wonderland (starring Val Kilmer) and the stylish gambling thriller The Cooler (with William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin), to name only a few.

DTS' Gerben Van Duyl, director of business development for content, comments, "DTS Europe is very pleased that Tartan Video is now releasing its 5.1 DVD titles with DTS. Tartan is known for its quality productions and they recognise the DTS format as the premium option for surround sound. The inclusion of DTS on their titles will help Tartan market their titles to consumers who are looking for a high quality DVD home entertainment experience."

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