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4 July, 2008

Tartan R.I.P.'d

Wow.  Tartan, the UK's leading, certainly most influential, independent film distributor, has gone into administration.

The Guardian's report suggests the company overreached itself and the result wasn't entirely unexpected within the industry, but from the point of view of a, er, viewer, I'm aghast: what am I going to do now? It's quite possible that Tartan has been the single greatest (okay, of several) provider of contemporary films to my DVD player.

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Just scanned my albeit meagre collection of DVDs and noticed that a good proportion are Tartan - never really payed attention before ... hope there's a good company to replace them... hmmm.... sometimes i wonder wether a 'survival of the fitest' attitude is a good measure of society...

Posted by JonP at July 6, 2008 12:49 AM

I hadn't thought to check....
I have six Tartan DVDs, amongst a total of about 100.

However, that doesn't disprove my point ;) since Tartan's releases are (were?) the more challenging ones (without being pretentiously obscure) which I'm more likely to rent without wanting my own copies.

That's what concerns me: I'm not sure another distributor would want to take risks in the same marginal market.

Posted by NRT at July 6, 2008 09:56 AM
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