Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Serbian Film (2010)

Movie: 4/5
Video: 5/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 0.5/5
Overall: 4/5

A *Censored* Film.

NOTE: Movie score is from how I originally saw the uncut version.

A Serbian Film, a highly controversial film that mixes hard sex and violence to give off a political message. However, in the German version, most sex and violence is removed. The censored German release of the film clocks in at 1:30:02 whereas the uncut version clocks in at about one hour forty-four minutes. The story is that Milos is a pornstar who has settled down but is given an offer by an old co-star who tells him that something big is happening in the porn industry in Serbia. However, horror ensues as Milos is dragged deep into something he cannot simply walk away from.

The film is heavily cut in the final act where is about one minute in length in the German release whereas in the screener, it was several minutes long. This really causes disruption in the score as it jumps shot to shot due to censorship. One cut that I am pleased with in this censored version is the "Newborn" scene. We do not see it but you do hear Vukmir screaming the line. Now, if this wasn't in the film at all, even in the original cut, I wouldn't mind at all as I do feel this is the central nerve for people being disgusted with the film. To the people that have seen the film, with all the sex and violence removed, you can get a good idea of what is missing.

The video presentation is superb. One of the best transfers I have ever seen as this was shot on the same equipment that such films like "District 9" was shot on. I award the video a 5/5. The audio, which is mislabeled on the box art is Serbian and German (Dub) in DTS-HD MA 5.1 and accompanied with removable German subtitles. The audio is like the video, SUPERB, 5/5. Only extra on the release is a trailer dubbed in German which is 576i.

Overall, the release gets a 4/5, but I cannot recommend this release due to the harsh censorship of the film. The disc is Region Free with the only problematic feature being the theatrical trailer. But, don't waste your time with it if you look to see a more complete cut like the US or Swedish or UK releases.

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