Hong Kong's Celestial Pictures has signed distribution agreements with BCI, Media Blasters and Well Go USA to release Shaw Brothers martial arts titles on home video in the US and Canada.

The three partners, which specialise in distributing Asian-language content, have licensed the rights to 45 martial arts titles from Celestial's Shaw Brothers library, including The 14 Amazons, Heroes Two and Two Champions Of Shaolin.

They join Celestial's expanding list of distributors in the North America market, which also includes The Weinstein Company, Image Entertainment and Jaman.com.

'The alliance with these innovative partners will strengthen Celestial's retail distribution network in North America,' said Terry Mak, Celestial Pictures' executive vice president, distribution & TV networks.

'Currently we have 80 global strategic alliances in place, and we aim to reach new viewers around the world by aggressively expanding this formidable distribution network.'