It’s had so much said about it, but it has not even had an official American release. Many people were able to import the R2 DVD or Blu Ray that came out last year, but despite all the controversy, most people have yet to see A Serbian Film. Already, it stands as one of the most controversial films of all time.
Now, Invincible Pictures is taking advantage of an unmet supply need, and they’ll be releasing A Serbian Film in the US on October 25th of this year. If you aren’t aware, here’s a quick plot synopsis:
“An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film. “
If you didn’t before, you’ll now understand the controversy. Yes, there is some of the most graphic violence ever committed to film, but the real kicker is the depictions of snuff, pedophilia, and necrophilia. Most of it is all too much for people to handle.
On the other hand, we have the people that dismiss it outright as torture porn, and the worst kind. I had the chance to see A Serbian Film and I have to say it’s easily one of the better shocking horror films I’ve ever seen. I don’t know that it’s a landmark film I’ll be revisiting time and again, but it’s surely something I’d like to own for my sick little collection.
For the purists, here are some specs: Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC presented in 1080p, in the original, super-wide 2:39:1 aspect ratio. It will have DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 in the original Serbian audio track.
Features and further specs have yet to be released, although Invincible Pictures lists the running time at 100 minutes, which is longer than the 96 minute cut Australia/UK versions, but shorter than the full 104 minute version listed on IMDB. I hope this means fully uncut, and the 100 minutes is sans credits (as often is the case with this type of thing). Only time will tell.
In the meantime: Have you seen A Serbian Film? Do you want to? Do you think it really lived up to the hype or was it just garbage?