Tartan Taps TLA for DVD/Video Business, More Than 35 Annual Releases Planned
by Eugene Hernandez
Tartan Video USA, the domestic DVD and home video arm of the U.K.-based distributor, plans to release as many as 35-40 films on DVD/video per year via a new partnership with TLA Releasing. TLA will serve as the sole U.S. distributor of DVD and video for Tartan, the companies have announced. Tartan plans U.S. theatrical runs for 10-12 of those titles per year, as part of Tartan's partnership with Dada Films.
Among the first releases for Tartan Video is Michael Paradies Shoob & Joseph Mealey's "Bush's Brain," the doc about Bush administration insider Karl Rove and the evolution of his powerful influence over the U.S. president. The title will be available on DVD and video on October 14, just in time for Election Day. Also that week, the company will release Carlos Reygadas' "Japón," which received a special mention from the Cannes Camera d'Or jury two years ago.
"We're delighted to be working with TLA Releasing to distribute Tartan films on video and DVD throughout the U.S.," said Andrew Schreiber, president of Tartan Video USA, in a prepared statement. "TLA Releasing has a stellar track record in video distribution and we look forward to a prosperous working relationship."
Other titles set for release by Tartan Video include Park Chan-wook's 2004 Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, "Old Boy," Eui-Suk Kim's "Sword in the Moon" from Cannes' Un Certain Regard section, Catherine Breillat's "Anatomy of Hell," Ji-woon Kim's "Tale of Two Sisters," Byeong-ki Ahn's "Phone," Chow Iok Yuen's "The Park," Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Doppleganger," and Tae-Yong Kim & Kyu-Dong Kim's "Memento Mori."
Tartan, formed by Hamish McAlpine in 1982 to release films in the U.K., recently expanded to the U.S. and will partner with Dada Films and Vitagraph, to acquire and distribute arthouse and foreign titles in the states.
The home entertainment deal with TLA will boost output by the Philadelphia-based company. TLA currently releases about two dozen international and queer cinema titles per year on DVD/VHS.