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post #1 of 46 Old 07-13-2007, 10:49 AM - Thread Starter
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http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=65295

Interesting information:

- Their Blu-Ray releases come packaged with the DVD edition of each film. Now that's a combo release I can live with for a change.

- They go with DTS-HD MA - which is quite a trend in Europe (see Studio Canal)

- Most interestingly - and this is a rumor probably never to be confirmed - the Blu-Ray authoring and AVC encoding is provided by Sony (rumor: at no additional cost in order to get "small studios" on board...)


Btw Tartan holds the domestic distribution rights to quite a lot of very intriguing titles - starting with their stellar (IMHO) selection of initial releases: Black Book, Ingmar Bergman's classic The Seventh Seal and Oldboy.

Discuss! (Especially the "Sony authoring rumor" is quite interesting - as is the "combo approach")
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Full press release:

As the home entertainment industry prepares to enter a new world of technology, Tartan Video announces the release of its first High Definition titles. Tartan has chosen three of its most enduring and popular titles to demonstrate the full power of the Blu-ray Disc (BD) format: Paul Verhoeven's stunning war epic, Black Book; the cult Asia Extreme revenge thriller, Oldboy; and a special 50th Anniversary edition of Ingmar Bergman's all-time classic, The Seventh Seal.

All three releases are worldwide Blu-ray premieres, the format with broader industry support, a picture quality six times that of current DVDs, and fully uncompressed audio all set to increase consumers' viewing pleasure beyond their wildest expectations.

Tartan Video's owner and self-professed early adopter, Hamish McAlpine, says, To go with Blu-ray was a no-brainer for Tartan. Not only is the format superior to HD-DVD, but also the fact that 7 out of 8 studios have chosen to release their films on Blu-ray means that this so-called format war' is over before it has really begun.

In an exciting move, Tartan Video's Blu-ray releases will be uniquely 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.

Both Oldboy and The Seventh Seal contain original English-dubbed soundtracks. All three titles receive their fist appearance on Blu-ray anywhere in the word!

BLACK BOOK
Paul Verhoeven's epic World War Two drama about a young Jewish woman who joins the Dutch Resistance and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing, betrayal and romance with a Nazi general. This is a stunning, sexy thriller from the internationally acclaimed director of Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, and Total Recall, featuring Sebastian Koch (The Lives Of Others) and a star-making debut from Carice Van Houten.

THE SEVENTH SEAL - 50th anniversary remastered edition
One the most influential movies of all time by one of the greatest directors of world cinema, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal is a timeless classic and this newly remastered version is an ideal way of celebrating the film's 50th anniversary. A battle-weary knight (played by Max Von Sydow) returns from the Crusades to find a land ravaged by plague. When Death appears and challenges him to a game of chess, it becomes a fight for survival and a search for the meaning of life.

Release date for both films: 27 August

OLDBOY
Park Chan-Wook's classic genre-defining revenge tale of a man who's wrongly been imprisoned for 15 years and is then suddenly released. Given money and a mobile phone, he's challenged to discover who incarcerated him in the first place, but he only has five days to uncover the truth. Even with a mysterious young girl to help him, his tortures have just begun. Cannes-winner championed by Tarantino, Oldboy has become a cult favourite, regularly appearing in top ten best movie polls. Brutal but imaginative story-telling.

Release date: 24 September


Black Book (BD/DVD) and The Seventh Seal: 50th Anniversary Edition (BD/DVD) are released on 27 August, whilst Oldboy (BD/DVD) is released on 24 September, 2007. All three titles retail at £29.99 each.
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Great ! Keep those studios coming
I don't mind the idea of them including a dvd version because this combo format actually will work on bluray players
Sony doing the encodes is alright with me too as they have proven lately that they are serious about PQ.
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Full press release:

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In an exciting move, Tartan Video's Blu-ray releases will be uniquely 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.

Interesting.
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$60 per title, holy c***.

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and fully uncompressed audio all set to increase consumers' viewing pleasure beyond their wildest expectations.

And yet they're encoding with DTS-HD MA. Maybe they can edit that or state that both PCM and MA are available otherwise it's just wrong.
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wasn't this already mentioned before?
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Edit: Here ya go

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ghlight=Tartan

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ghlight=Tartan


The exclusive Blu-Ray support is official as of today. Play.com already listed these titles some weeks ago for preorder.
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Yep, I think the owner is pretty clear on who he thinks will win the war.
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The exclusive Blu-Ray support is official as of today. Play.com already listed these titles some weeks ago for preorder.

Just out of curiosity, will the DVD and or the BD be region coded? Those of us in the US may want to know.
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Just out of curiosity, will the DVD and or the BD be region coded? Those of us in the US may want to know.
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Also would be good to know if the DVD is PAL.
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Their DVD versions of these films are region free so I don't see why the Blu-Rays wouldn't be either
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Their DVD versions of these films are region free so I don't see why the Blu-Rays wouldn't be either

You beat me to it.
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I'll be getting "Black Book" when Sony releases it here in the US. I think it comes out late September.
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I'll be getting "Black Book" when Sony releases it here in the US. I think it comes out late September.

I'm with you, Nick. 9/25/2007
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Well, that seals that.....quickly, start another HD DVD is dead thread.

This is great news for BD, especially with all of those blockbuster releases coming from Tartan..... tartar sauce.... Tartan video.

Now, I can finally get my hands on that classic: OldBoy.

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Hopefully Sony will pony up for a few more encoding sessions then the three for the three announced releases. If Tartan only releases these three this year I'm going to be mighty underwhelmed. But there is the holiday season, so more than enough time to pump out a good number more.
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$60 + import costs = WAY too much money for one disc.

Let's hope Tartan U.S. follows suit, so we can get Oldboy in BD here at a more reasonable price.

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Hopefully they can get the interactivity up and running before the release of Seventh Seal. It would be kind of cool to see an alternate scene where Death and the Knight are playing Grand Theft Auto or something else more contemporary instead of chess.

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Tartan is doing it all wrong... Bandai Visual is putting a Blu-Ray (or HD DVD) + DVD combo package on the US market for $80. Tartan will never see a return at those prices!

It's worth pointing out that in the UK DVD's often retail for about $40 a piece, so while $60 US is expensive, it's not as bad as it could be and they'll probably sell for less than that online. Play ships worldwide for free, and Xploited Cinema often sells European imports for below list price.

As it's a UK release, the DVD will be PAL almost guaranteed, though Tartan did release the theatrical cut of Battle Royal in NTSC eons ago. Tartan has a fairly large catalog of Japanese and Korean films, including the Chan-wook Vengeance trilogy, plenty of Takashi Miike films, and many others. Some of their DVD releases were deplorable, and who knows what titles we'll see, but this is good news none the less. Tartan also distributes many of their titles in the US, so if we're patient we may see many of these titles stateside in the near future.

Battle Royal, Oldboy, and Audition on BD? This arrangement has potential.
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Play.com lists Oldboy (and probably the others as well) for 23.99£, shipping included.
That's the same price as Shooter in the UK.
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$60 per title, holy c***.

Well you know... Tartan has to make up for a loss they will receive when Blu-Ray owners ebay the separate SD DVD that comes with the Blu-Ray.
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Combos... if you can't beat them and you can't make them, imitate them.

Waiting for the anti-combo BD fan hypocrisy train... any minute.
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$60 + import costs = WAY too much money for one disc.

Let's hope Tartan U.S. follows suit, so we can get Oldboy in BD here at a more reasonable price.

But I just realized that "In the United States, Tartan Films release their movies' DVDs through Genius Products, which is 70% owned by The Weinstein Company."

So is the Wikipedia (the source) correct, and if it is then what's going to happen in the USA, nothing since Weinstein is HD DVD exclusive?
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But I just realized that "In the United States, Tartan Films release their movies' DVDs through Genius Products, which is 70% owned by The Weinstein Company."

So is the Wikipedia (the source) correct, and if it is then what's going to happen in the USA, nothing since Weinstein is HD DVD exclusive?

Genius products just handles distribution of Tartan's titles. They have nothing to do with the actual production.
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Yeah!!!

Blu-ray is the way!
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"in the mood for love" in highdef would be fantastic! come on tartan, get yr rat out!
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tartan video`s titles do not sound like those to appeal to the ps3 crowd, the one that owns most bd players. maybe a few of those who bought it to play movies and won`t play games might spin a few of those titles. maybe tartan made a miscalculation ...
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tartan video`s titles do not sound like those to appeal to the ps3 crowd, the one that owns most bd players. maybe a few of those who bought it to play movies and won`t play games might spin a few of those titles. maybe tartan made a miscalculation ...

Oh they'll gobble up those Tartan blockbusters like hot cakes....

I mean....who wouldnt want B-level Korean horror films or other torture/exploitation movies with bad acting, bad direction, no plot, and extremely cheesey effects?

Im running out right now to grab the most expensive BD player I can find, I dont want to compromise anything with these juicy titles finally being available!

YESSSSSS!!!!!

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Combos... if you can't beat them and you can't make them, imitate them.

Waiting for the anti-combo BD fan hypocrisy train... any minute.

No train coming here. To have a DVD included is still dumb, whether it's glued to the back of an HD disc or not.
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