Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Vengeance Trilogy Box set info, plus October Tartan/Palasades releases and a contest!

There was a huge amount of release information from Palasades/Tartan released recently.

Just in time for Halloween, Palisades Tartan is pleased to present THE BUTCHER, a distinctive and bloody treat. Told entirely from POV camera shots, this film is set to shock and scare audiences October 27th in video stores across the country.

A small group of people lie battered and bound on the floor of a dirty slaughterhouse covered in blood. Scared and confused, they soon learn their captors are snuff film producers and plan to torture them as creatively and heinously as possible before brutally killing them off one–by-one. Each scene is shot from either the killer or victim’s point of view in order to fully capture the emotional torment of the prey and the unspeakable acts that will be perpetrated on their captive bodies.

An Official Selection of The New York Asian Film Festival, THE BUTCHER highlights the creative talents of Lee Chang Man one of the best special make-up artists in Korea. Lee and his team have worked on over 20 features, including Palisades Tartan’s BLOODY REUNION, R-POINT and WHISPERING CORRIDORS.

Tartan/Palasades has graciously provided me with two copies of the butcher to give away! Stay tuned here for contest information!

Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme
Genre: Horror/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language: Korean (English Subtitles)
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx 75 Minutes (Plus Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
Pre-Order Date: September 29, 2009
Street Date: October 27, 2009
Catalog #: TVD 3062
UPC Code: # 842498000052
Official Website: http://thebutcherfilm.com/

Also available and featuring some of the most twisted and perverse horror films from France, Denmark and Japan, Palisades Tartan’s TERROR PACK contains a brutal collection of spine-chilling thrillers from around the world. This 3-disc box set will be haunting DVD shelf space October 13th just in time for Halloween.

From France we have SHEITAN, starring Vincent Cassel (OCEAN’S TWELVE, IRREVERSIBLE) as Joseph, a creepy and mysterious man whose pregnant wife remains hidden in a large frightening house. When a group of teenagers visit the house, sex, satanic possession, and incest become the dinner topics and what follows is not for the faint of heart…

From Denmark comes the aptly named SLAUGHTER NIGHT. When a teenage girl loses her father in a brutal car accident she brings some friends to an abandoned mine in hopes of retrieving the last manuscript her father ever penned about nineteenth century serial killers. It’s rumored one spirit with a taste for young, pretty flesh and decapitations still hunts the old mine hungering for another Slaughter Night…

Finally from Japan, we have CARVED: THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN, a story about a beautiful bride who was grotesquely disfigured by a jealous husband. Pissed off and roaming the streets in a trench coat and surgical mask, her spirit is fond of children and punishing any who fail to find her pretty with fists, knives and one incredibly wicked pair of scissors…

SHEITAN played the Midnight Madness selection at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and screened at the 2006 Tribeca, Edinburgh and Melbourne Film Festivals. SLAUGHTER NIGHT made its North American premiere at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and CARVED was dubbed “An instant horror classic” from Screem Magazine. This boxset marks the first in what will a series of Terror Packs from Palisades Tartan, so be sure to look out for our next great mix of horror titles from around the world.

Palisades Tartan Video
Genre: Horror/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language: French, Danish, Japanese (English Subtitles)
Format: DVD Only (Boxset)
Running Time: Approximately 274 minutes (Not Including Special Features)
SHEITAN – 94 min (Not Including Special Features)
SLAUGHTER NIGHT– 90 min (Not Including Special Features)
CARVED – 90 min (Not Including Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99
Pre-Order Date: September 15, 2009
Street Date: October 13, 2009
Catalog #: TVD
UPC Code: # 842498000069

Palisades Tartan is proud to present P, our very first Asia Extreme release since acquiring the Tartan Films library in May 2008. Racy and sinfully entertaining, this horror film is set to scare audiences when it streets October 20th in video stores across the country.

While growing up in rural Thailand, a young and beautiful orphan girl is taught the mysterious art of dark magic by her grandmother. When her grandmother falls sick, young Dau travels to Bangkok looking for work in order to earn enough money for medicine. She lands a job as an exotic dancer at a go-go club. Hesitant at first and ridiculed by the other dancers, circumstances force Dau to become an adult before her time and ultimately becomes the most popular and eerily seductive dancer at the club. Jealousies ensue and as her magic gets darker, the young girl gradually loses control as something abhorrently evil and wicked takes over.

An Official Selection of the New York Asian, Chicago International, Fantasia (Montreal) and PIFAN (Korea) Film Festivals, P is directed by Paul Spurrier, a former child actor who appeared in popular US television shows Max Headroom and Anna Karenina.

Thai, with English subtitles, P is presented in anamorphic widescreen, with stereo sound. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound 5.1. Special DVD features include Director Commentary and Behind the Scenes Video.

Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme
Genre: Horror/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language: Thai (English and Spanish Subtitles)
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx 110 Minutes (Plus Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
Pre-Order Date: September 22, 2009
Street Date: October 20, 2009
Catalog #: TVD3061

Finally this is one that I have been waiting for (as I am sure many of you have been) The Vengenace Trilogy Boxset!

Tartan will release the most exciting, impressive and comprehensive Vengeance Trilogy box-set the world has ever seen! Featuring 8-discs and more special features then any other set on the planet (including the Korean version), celebrity essays as well as a few surprises, Palisades Tartan will release Park Chan-Wook’s VENGEANCE TRILOGY November 24th in DVD stores across the country.

SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is the first film in Park Chan-Wook’s acclaimed Vengeance trilogy. The sister of a simple and deaf factory worker, Ryu, falls ill and needs a kidney transplant, however he is not a match so he looks to the black market which he can’t afford. After being fired from his job, his rebel girlfriend suggests that he kidnap the child of his former boss, Park. When the girl accidentally dies, her father seeks vengeance for her death.

OLDBOY is 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 cell 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 regularly appeared in top ten best movie polls across the country and is listed as one of the all-time best films as rated by IMDB users.

LADY VENGEANCE, the final film in the trilogy was created by Chan-Wook for his daughter. After being wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young child, a beautiful young woman (Lee Young-ae) is imprisoned for 13 years. While in prison she gains the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, all the while plotting her vendetta on the man responsible (OLDBOY’s Choi Min-Sik). Upon her release she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution, but what she discovers is a truth so horrifying, even revenge doesn’t seem punishment enough.

Director Park Chan-Wook’s most recent film THIRST won the Jury Prize at Cannes (2009) and was released in the US earlier this year by Focus Features. All three films in his celebrated Vengeance trilogy collection have garnered an impressive 28 Film Festival wins at prestigious venues including Cannes, Venice, Chicago, Fantasia, Stockholm, Hong Kong and the Sitges International Film Festival to name a few.

Each film is recorded in their original language (Korean) and offer English and Spanish subtitles. Each title is presented in anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound 5.1.Special features include an essay on each film by celebrated filmmakers, actors and writers, including Eli Roth... Additional features include but are not limited to Audio commentary by Park Chan-Wook and actor Ryoo Seung-wan (SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE), Behind the Scenes, The Process of Mr. Vengeance, My Boksu Story, Storyboards, Photo Gallery, Filmographies, Film Notes, Crew Interviews, Three Audio Commentaries (OLDBOY), 5 Behind the Scene featurettes, Le Grand Prix at Cannes, Deleted Scenes with commentary, Regular and Fade-To-White versions (LADY VENGEANCE), Character Interviews – Lee Geum Ja, Prof. Baek, Prisoners, Families, Lady Vengeance at the 62nd Venice Film Festival, Trailer, Film Notes, Making of and Deleted Scenes.

Palisades Tartan Video
Genre: Thriller/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language: Korean (English Subtitles)
Format: DVD Only / 8-disc (Box-set)
Running Time: Approximately 361 minutes (Not Including Special Features)
MR. VENGEANCE – 129 min (Not Including Special Features)
OLDBOY– 120 min (Not Including Special Features)
LADY VENGEANCE – 112 min (Not Including Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $49.99
Pre-Order Date: October 27th 2009
Street Date: November 24th 2009
Catalog #: TVD8307
UPC Code: # 842498000076

That should be more than enough to wet your appetite for the next few months!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Marat Sade Journals back in print!

If you have followed this blog during it's last few years you may remember me going all gaga over the new published journal by Barron Storey who's work has influenced countless generation of artists (wether they realize it or not) and more importantly that a new edition of his very famous Marat/Sade Journals would go back into print.

Flash forward several years.

I just got an email from Carl Wyckaert (who runs the Graphic Novel Art blog stating that the new edition of the journal would be available October 17th!

136pages on 140gr paper

Reconstructed from the original Barron Storey journals

Introduction by David Mack

The book will be available in two editions:

A standard edition for USD $39.00

And a limited edition (of 100) signed and slipcased for USD $129

I think you can take a wild guess which edition I am ordering!

If you would like to place a pre-order for the book you can contact Car via the Graphic Novel Art page here.

I am terribly excited to see the new edition! I hope it opens up a whole new generation of fans to the book, and more so to the fantastic art of Barron Storey!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The contest you’ve been THIRST-ing for!

This is pretty friggin rad I have to say!

Palisades Tartan will fly two fans to London for the THIRST premier in October and
Introduce them to Director Park Chan-wook

LOS ANGELES —September, 11th, 2009 — For Immediate Release —Palisades Tartan has just announced the ultimate contest for fans of Asian Extreme films! Beginning September 11th 2009, US and UK residents can visit www.PalisadesTartan.com and sign-up for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet director Park Chan-wook in person, have their picture taken with the celebrated filmmaker and travel to the UK to attend the London premier of THIRST.

“We love the films we distribute and know the fans do too. We had always planned on throwing a contest to promote our new website, but wanted to create something really special and unique,” said Kevin Burns, President and CEO of Palisades Tartan. “This contest is the perfect way for us to thank fans who have really embraced the Asia Extreme genre and shown such strong support to our filmmakers, such as Mr. Park.”

Palisades Tartan will pay for the lucky winner and their guest to travel to London to attend the THIRST premier. This will be hosted by our theatrical partners, Metrodome Distribution, at the Curzon Soho on Monday October 5th 2009. Once the winner arrives, a personal driver will be waiting to chauffer them and their companion to a beautiful hotel located in the center of London. Park Chan-wook will be at the premier and lucky winners can look forward to enjoying lunch with him the following day. Meals will also be covered, but don’t expect live octopus on any of the menus.

The contest will run for approximately two weeks, from Friday September 11th to Wednesday September 23rd 2009 (it ends midnight EST) and is open to both US and UK residents and the Republic of Ireland. No purchase necessary and complete rules and regulations are available at www.PalisadesTartan.com.

About Park Chan-wook:
Park Chan-wook is best known for OLDBOY, which won the 2004 Grand Jury Prize in Cannes and was featured on over 50 “Best Of” lists in 2005 (including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and The Onion). In addition to OLDBOY, SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE was the first film in the acclaimed Vengeance Trilogy series and the final film LADY VENGEANCE, boasts the highest grossing opening weekend numbers in Korea’s history, generating $9.3 million US in sales. Since the release of his first feature film JOINT SECURITY AREA (JSA), Park Chan-wook has risen in stature, becoming one of the most exciting, inventive and scrutinized directors working today.

THIRST is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, LADY VENGEANCE). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea, THIRST was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. THIRST tells the dark story of Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host), a priest who reveres life and so selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine which is meant to eradicate a deadly virus. The vaccine fails and a blood transfusion is ordered. The lifesaving blood saves Sang-hyun but was infected, leaving him a vampire with a newfound carnal desire for blood. Sang Hyun quickly realizes that blood is not the only thing he craves when a friend’s wife comes to him for help and the priest fins his faith tested in ways he would have never imagined.

About Palisades Tartan:
Tartan Films was originally founded in 1984 in the UK and is credited with bringing Asian Extreme film to the West as well as some of the most compelling art house films of the last quarter century. In May 2008, Palisades Pictures acquired Tartan Films US library assets and two months later, acquired a majority of Tartan Films UK’s 400+ film library assets. The new company Palisades Tartan has operations both nationally and internationally. Palisades Tartan will continue to expand an already distinctive and provocative slate of films by focusing on quality film acquisitions, thus significantly increasing the size of their overall library in both territories. Palisades Pictures and its parent company Palisades Media Corp is a prestigious financier of print & advertising for the independent film market. Together with its affiliate, Palisades Media Asset Fund, Palisades has securitized and financed more than 550 films.