Earlier this week, it was announced that Palisades Tartan would be continuing the Asia Extreme line of DVDs, and the first release since Palisades Media purchased the shuttered Tartan Video will be P, which has long been in the pipeline.
Here is the synopsis from the Palisades Tartan website:
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."
Spurrier, a former child actor whose credits include Max Headroom and The Wild Geese, moved to Bangkok and immersed himself in the language and culture of Thailand, becoming the first Westerner to make a Thai-language film. P was shot in Bangkok around 2005 and it hit the festival circuit.
But it was never released in Thailand. There was a DVD release in Australia, and I do have an all-region player, but I never got around to getting the disc.
Then Spurrier made history again by self-releasing P on a lovingly packaged Blu-ray disc -- another first for Thailand.
It's taken forever for the film to make it to DVD in the U.S., and with Tartan Video closing shop, there was concern that P would never make it.
But Bloody Disgusting says Palisades Tartan's P DVD will have English subtitles, naturally, plus a director's commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette. It'll be in stores in the U.S. on October 20.
Hit Bloody Disgusting for a really great gallery of stills and bloody huge DVD cover image.
Update: It's up for pre-order on Amazon (thanks Logboy).
Update 2: I should add that the Blu-ray has many features that won't be found on the DVD. The BRD can be ordered direct from Films.in.th.
(Via Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop, 24 Frames Per Second)