A SERBIAN FILM U.S. Release Details & Red Band Trailer

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A SERBIAN FILM U.S. Release Details & Red Band Trailer
The most controversial movie of the last year is finally getting a US release.  A Serbian Film was first shown at SXSW in March of 2010.  Since then is has scarred audiences at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film and Fantasia in Montreal, and has been making its way around the world in various forms since then.  Now, Americans will get the chance to see for themselves what all the fuss is about.

Invincible Pictures, of whom I knew nothing before this, have picked up the film for theatrical and home video distribution in the US.  They are taking an interesting approach toward the marketing and distribution, since this film has turned out to be not only controversial, but has also gotten at least one person arrested. 

A Serbian Film
will open on May 13th.  In theaters, audiences will see an edited version that was recently passed with an NC-17 rating.  The list of theaters is not yet available, though I'm assured that I'll get it as soon as it is.  They will be starting with a limited opening with hopes for a wider opening as demand increases.  The same day, Invincible Pictures will offer a VOD version via FlixFling with a much stronger cut.  I'm told that the VOD version still has two "minimal" cuts that amount to less than one minute.  The NC-17 version will run 98 minutes, while the FlixFling version will run 103 minutes. 

I have also seen rumors that A Serbian Film won't get a home video release due to the controversial nature of the film.  I am assured that A Serbian Film will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD later in the year. From what I understand the Invincible Uncut version will be available exclusively on Blu-ray, while the DVD should be the same as the theatrical NC-17 version of the film.  This is still a bit up in the air, we have no date nor strong confirmation of home video details yet, but it WILL be out.

I have not had the opportunity to see this film yet, and I am cautiously looking forward to seeing it.  I've had people tell me everything from "it's not as bad as I'd imagined" to "its something you can't unsee".  I'm not a timid soul, but this one certainly has me interested and a bit nervous about my own reaction.  I kind of know what to expect so far, I've read the spoilers, but somehow I imagine it will be different seeing it onscreen.

The new US Trailer is embedded below.  Grown-ups only, please.
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skinnyboy23April 15, 2011 12:34 PM

It is a sad sad world we live in if we can not get a uncut version of this film out. Yes it is bad and Yes it wasn't AS bad as I thought it was going to be but it still will stick in any normal persons mind some pretty horrific images for some time. I think if you have a family this film will affect you more then someone that is single.
With that said I don't see why this won't get a uncut release especially on BLU/DVD. I will be extremely disappointed if the only way to get this uncut is with the version that is being torrented .. I would rather not have to stoop to that level to get a film UNCUT.

Ard VijnApril 15, 2011 1:14 PM

To add insult to injury, "A Serbian Film" is available completely Uncut on Blu-ray in Sweden, but not English-friendly (only subs included are Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish). It's available here for those interested:

Actually, this follows the same pattern as with "Ichi the Killer" ten years ago, where the only uncut versions were released in The Netherlands and Scandinavia with all other countries gnashing their teeth for years. Nowadays Ichi is available uncut virtually everywhere, so that at least gives some hope for the future...

hiroaki.jApril 15, 2011 1:15 PM

Evidently U.S. residents sleep on blankets made of unicorn vaginas and are thus too delicate to make adult choices about the films they see.

It's a monumental degree of horseshit in my opinion.

arturoApril 15, 2011 5:32 PM

It's amazing how much fuss a film can create, i saw the uncut version and yes its one of the most extreme films you will see.. True horror fans don't want to see a film that has been censored, society won't crumble if they release it uncut..

ShinobiApril 18, 2011 10:44 AM

I absolutly agree. I also saw the uncut version and if you explain to someone what the movie is about and they don't like what they hear, cut or uncut, they won't watch it so why edit it if your only viewers are fans of extrem cinema, it just doesn't make any sense to me.

If they don't put the uncut version on Bluray then they shouldn't even bother releasing it because once people see it and know it has been edited they'll all go on seek torrents of an unedited version. I personally saw a downloaded copy of the movie, I don't like to do that but I never thought I'd be able to see it uncut here and looks like I was right.