French label Carlotta Films has revealed a large list of titles that will enter its catalog in 2014. Amongst them are a number of films which have already been pre-announced for Blu-ray release, including Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine (1998), John Carpenter's Dark Star (1974), Joe Dante's The 'Burbs (1989), and legendary director Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond the Door (1947) and Max Ophüls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948).
Other titles on Carlotta Films' list include Ivan Passer's Cutter's Way (1981), Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1982), Orson Welles' Macbeth (1948), and Koreyoshi Kurahara's Antarctica (1983).
In addition to releasing films on Blu-ray and DVD in France, Carlotta Films also distribute theatrically classic and contemporary films.
Earlier this year, the Paris-based label also launched a U.S. distribution company, Carlotta Films U.S. The first two films from its catalog to be screened theatrically in the U.S. were restored prints of Leos Carax's Mauvais sang a.k.a The Night is Young (1986), starring Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, and Denis Lavant, and Charles Lane's Sidewalk Stories (1989), starring Charles Lane, Nicole Alysia, and Tom Alpern. In 2014, Carlotta Films U.S. will also screen theatrically a new restoration of Leos Carax's Boy Meets Girl (1984), starring Denis Lavant, Mireille Perrier, and Carroll Brooks.
It'd be nice if Secret Beyond the Door has a better sound mix than the Olive release, which is surprisingly dull and low. Hopefully someone will pick up Antarctica in the US and UK so an English-friendly version will be available.
Welles' Othello was one of my most wanted titles so I'm over the moon that it's coming in 2014. Roll on Chimes at Midnight now!
I said this on the forum but it would be great if this site could secure an interview with Vincent Paul-Boncour of Carlotta. This is a very interesting time for the company, with the expansion into the US.
Macbeth is the title that is confirmed on Blu-ray. Othello is featured on a list of both theatrical and video releases for 2014. North by Northwest (La Mort aux trousses) is a Warner Home Video title in France, Carlotta just got the theatrical rights for the 4K transfer.
Tati's Playtime is similarly a StudioCanal title for video exploitation. Carlotta most likely got theatrical rights for the new digital transfer, after they released Jour de fête last year.
And don't forget about the multiple versions of Othello, and the kerfuffle created by Beatrice Welles. If it's Welles' Othello, and if it's indeed coming, you can bet I'll be among the first to check if it's the better version...
It's certainly Welles' Othello - they've confirmed that they're releasing it theatrically in both France and the US. While home video hasn't been specified, unlike North by Northwest and Playtime there's no reason why they couldn't negotiate the home video rights to Othello - it's not in print in either the US or France. I'd be surprised if they didn't.
At the risk of sounding dumb, that headline picture...are they doing a new restoration of North by Northwest?
Any knowledge if their US releases will look IDENTICAL to the French ones? I would hope so.