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Introducing Palisades Tartan

Tartan Films name and catalogue will return later this month – rebranded as Palisades Tartan. More details direct from the press announcement…

In July 2008, the highly respected US company Palisades Pictures and its parent company Palisades Media Corp acquired a majority of Tartan Film UK's 400-plus film library assets and branded their new division Palisades Tartan. Now bigger, better and bolder than before, Palisades Tartan will continue to expand on an already distinctive and provocative catalogue of films and to re-introduce the most popular elements of the former Tartan label to a whole new audience through DVD re-releases and exclusive DVD box sets, as well as through brand new releases in both the theatrical and home entertainment markets.

First of all, in late-September 2009, Palisades Tartan will be releasing the Andy Lau-starring Asian thriller "A World Without Thieves" (21st September 2009) and the New Queer Cinema classic "Swoon" (28th September 2009) on DVD. In the next few days we will announce the Palisades Tartan DVD and Blu-ray titles scheduled for release in October, November and December.

Additionally, in October, Palisades Tartan in association with Metrodome Distribution will be releasing Korean director Park Chan-Wook's Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner "Thirst" in UK cinemas. To coincide with the film's release, Palisades Tartan has launched a competition offering entrants the chance to win a trip for two to London to attend the UK premiere of "Thirst" and to have lunch with Park Chan-Wook.

You can enter the competition on the official website -

Details on the films out later this month follow...

A World Without Thieves - £17.99 RRP - Written and directed by Xiaogang Feng (Assembly; The Banquet) this crime caper stars Andy Lau and Rene Liu. Extras include:
  • Making of featurettes
  • Six deleted scenes
  • Photo gallery

Swoon - £15.99 RRP - Written and directed by first-time director Tom Kalin (Savage Grace) and starring Craig Chester (Adam & Steve; I Shot Andy Warhol) and Daniel Schlachet, the film is based on the true story of the notorious murderers Leopold and Loeb, whose heinous exploits famously inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 thriller, "Rope" and Richard Fleischer's "Compulsion" starring Orson Welles. The disc includes a commentary by Tom Kalin.

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