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Korean Cinema from Tartan this Summer

Update: Tartan Films (which includes Tartan Video) went into administration in late June (report here) rendering all future releases cancelled. Therefore the releases originally planned for 28th July 2008 will no longer be released.

Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of several Korean titles over June and July. Look for Princess Aurora and Spider Forest on 23rd June 2008, then a month later on 28th July 2008 they will release The Uninvited and Blood Rain.

Princess Aurora - £14.99 - This revenge drama marks the directorial debut of Pang Eun-jin who has established a career as an actress in films such as Address Unknown.

Spider Forest - £14.99 - This psychological thriller from director Song Il-gon follows recently widowed TV executive, Kang Min who awakes in a mysterious forest where a grim discovery leads to mystery that must be pieced together in order for Min to prove his innocence.

---The titles below (The Uninvited, Blood Rain and A Bittersweet Life CE) have been cancelled---

The Uninvited - £15.99 - Jeong-won is a man with no memory of his childhood, and yet, when he witnesses the murder of two young girls, he keeps seeing their ghosts. When he meets the narcoleptic Yeon, he discovers she is also a psychic who can see the spirits too. She becomes the key to unlocking those lost memories, but is he prepared to face what he finds?

Director Su-Jeon Lee takes a more psychological approach to ghosts, exploring the way that trauma victims try to deal with events, often not coping.

Blood Rain - £19.99 - Set in 19th century Korea, Dae-sung Kim’s film is a traditional detective tale with a supernatural twist that is relocated to an earlier age when Christianity was banned and punishable by death.

All titles are presented in anamorphic widescreen and with the exception of The Uninvited are set to offer Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and DTS 5.1 Surround audio. The Uninvited is only listed with DD5.1 Surround audio.

Features are subject to change.

Also expected later this year is a new collector’s edition of Kim Ji-Woon’s A Bittersweet Life with a director’s commentary, cast and crew commentary, Cannes festival footage, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a documentary on the film’s style, a Q&A with fans, something called Sweet Sleep and the theatrical trailer. Initially planned for June, the release date has been pushed back until later this year (exact date and details all TBC).

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