Kino Lorber to Distribute Palisades Tartan Content19 Feb, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
Independent distributor Kino Lorber has inked a multiyear distribution deal with fellow New York-based indie Palisades Tartan, with Kino handling North American disc and digital rights for approximately 90 titles, including the 2003 South Korean cult thriller Oldboy.
Kino plans on reintroducing much of Palisades Tartan’s library on Blu-ray Disc, and debuting many of the titles — including Tartan’s signature “Asian Extreme” films — on digital platforms.
“We are exultant to be able to bring the gems of the Palisades Tartan library back to market on all home entertainment physical and digital platforms,” said Kino Lorber co-founder Richard Lorber. “It’s why we exist as a company. These films define our mission.”
Included with Oldboy (which saw an Americanized remake released in late 2013), Kino Lorber has home entertainment plans for the second and third films in director Park Chan-wook’s “Vengeance” trilogy (Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). Other major Asian titles set for renewed distribution include Election, Triad Election, The Hidden Blade and Tetsuo: The Iron Man.
“I’ve admired the companies Richard has built over many years and we feel our carefully curated collection has now found the perfect home at Kino Lorber,” said Palisades Tartan CEO Vin Roberti. “They get it, and know how to connect with the audiences who do too.”