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The Phantom Carriage in February

Legend says that whoever is the last person to die on New Year’s Eve will be destined to drive the Phantom Carriage, collecting dead souls for a year. When a drunkard is found at the stroke of midnight, the victim of a vicious fight, he is forced to relive his past to see how he and those around him have been destroyed by his selfish and destructive ways.

The Phantom Carriage is a classic supernatural tale by master film-maker Victor Sjöström, and was the inspiration for Ingmar Bergman’s career as a director (Bergman actually later cast Sjöström in Wild Strawberries). Made in 1920, it remains as a mesmerising and extraordinary film with still-outstanding special photo-effects and dramatic camerawork.

Tartan Video are releasing The Phantom Carriage on 11th February 2008 in two separate editions.

The KTL Edition (£15.99 RRP) features an atmospheric and evocative new score written and recorded by KTL, the unique sonic collaboration between Stephen O’Malley [SunnO)))] and Peter Rehberg [aka Pita], who have previously worked together soundtracking the bizarre theatrical production of Dennis Cooper’s ‘Kindertotenlieder’. A Limited Edition release, the packaging has specially created artwork by Stephen O’Malley and film notes by the Brothers Quay.

The film is presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame, tinted black and white with Uncompressed CD quality PCM Stereo audio mastering. Also included are Brothers Quay film notes.

The Image Makers Edition (£24.99 RRP) is a two-disc set that features The Phantom Carriage on the first disc with the Matti Bye score and on the second disc, The Image Makers (aka Bildmakarna), Ingmar Bergman’s affectionate tribute to Sjőstrőm. Defined as a TV-drama, the film is set in 1920s at Swedish Filmstudios where the great silent director is shooting Kőrkalen, an adaptation of a popular novel. He has invited the book’s authoress to look at early scenes but doesn’t expect intervention buy the actress. Both women feel they know the story and characters best, creating a psychological battle which threatens the whole project. An emotional storm of a movie with a mesmeric role from arguably Sweden’s greatest theatre actress, Anita Bjőrk. It proves that Bergman, even in his 80s, hadn’t lost his any of his dramatic power.

Both features are 1.33:1, and the set includes film notes by David Thompson.

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