As previously noted, Harvey Weinstein and his Weinstein Company acquired both stateside distribution rights to the original film AND the English-language remake rights. There’s still no word on when/if they plan to release the original film in the USA, or if they purchased stateside distribution rights just so that no one else would release it in the USA, and instead go ahead with their American remake and release that instead as an original movie.
The film has opened in a few European territories (no English-language countries yet – at least according to IMDB and the film’s Facebook page), and if you just can’t wait to find out whether it’ll play in your city, wherever in the world you are, you might find this piece of news of use.
Announced this morning, the French comedy (aka Intouchables or Untouchables) that’s taken France by storn, burning up the historical box office charts and making its co-star Omar Sy a mega-star in that country, will be released on DVD on March 28 of this year – but in France of course, which means Region 2.
Although that shouldn’t be a problem for those with DVD/Blu-ray players that will read discs from just about anywhere in the world – hardware that’s become qiuite ubiquitous these days.
So, if the film isn’t release in your country (I’m in the US) you might be able to pick up the DVD online (assuming there’s a feature on it that allows you to turn on English subtitles).
Otherwise you’ll either have to go the torrent route (and I hear that the film is *out there*) or wait until a distributor releases it in your area.
As a recap, the film, which is said to be based on a “funny and moving” true story, centers on the relationship between a wealthy white aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, and the young “street-tough” black man he hires to take care of him.
It stars Omar Sy as our “street-tough” dude, Driss, while François Cluzet (one of France’s movie stars), plays Philippe the rich quadriplegic.
Since initial American awareness of the film, there has been some transcontinental disagreement about it – mostly French and American debates about its depiction of Omar Cy’s character, which I also expressed some concern over when I first wrote about it, and later, after seeing the trailer and several clips from it.