Celestial Pictures will distribute Shaw Brothers library on iTunes Asia

9 August 2012 10 h 27 min Comments Off

Celestial Pictures Limited (CPL), the diversified Chinese media company, announced today that select titles from Celestial’s Shaw Brothers Film Library are now available on the iTunes Store.

The first titles to debut from the Shaw Brothers multiple genres catalogue are Leslie Cheung’s “Behind the Yellow Line”, Gordon Liu’s “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” and Stephen Chow’s “Out of the Dark”.

This announcement marks the first time iconic Shaw Brothers films will be made available on the iTunes Store in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine additional countries in Asia.

“We are very excited to showcase iconic titles from the world’s largest Chinese movie collection on the iTunes Store for the first time,” says Gigi Ko, Director, Distribution, Celestial Pictures. “Fans of Shaw Brothers movies can now enjoy our movies on iTunes through a Mac or PC, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. We also hope to attract a whole new group of fans by exposing them to these cinematic gems including some of the best Kung Fu movies ever.”

Known as the world’s largest Chinese film collection, Celestial’s Shaw Brothers Film Library consists of 760 films that have been remastered and preserved in digital format and are now available across multiple media formats for audiences to rediscover the golden age (1950s to the late 1990s) of Chinese cinema and some of the best martial arts movies in cinema history.

About Celestial Pictures Limited
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Celestial Pictures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd. Celestial Pictures is a diversified entertainment company bringing the best in Asian entertainment to the world. The company focuses on Asian-language film and television content origination, aggregation and worldwide distribution.
Celestial Pictures owns the Shaw Brothers Film Library, the world’s largest Chinese film collection, with over 760 feature films originally released over half a century’s time frame. These award-winning Shaw Brothers films have been digitally restored frame-by-frame, and distributed in cinemas and on home video, television, and new media markets worldwide. The company is also active in producing new filmed content, both original and based on the Shaw Brothers Film Library. Celestial Pictures also owns three leading Chinese movie channels, CELESTIAL MOVIES, CELESTIAL MOVIES ON DEMAND and CELESTIAL CLASSIC MOVIES. These channels are operated through Celestial Tiger Entertainment, its joint venture with Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate, which has in total six leading regional pay television brands including KIX, KIX HD and THRILL.

Source: Celestial Pictures (08/08/2012)

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