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    I think it is a matter of content, but even moreso a stylistic choice to show all the gore and shocks right front and center (instead of the more Hitchcockian angle that Ian posits), and I think most of the people who dislike the movie on those grounds don't really seem to get that.

    I mean, no one would say "I would have liked PLATOON more if they hadn't shown so much war. I prefer war movies where the fighting happens off-screen." For what this director was going for, it made all the sense in the world to show everything.

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    I have seen it several times now and while I think it's far from perfect, it is definitely one of the most interesting pieces of cinema I have seen for a long time. I was lucky to catch a screening of it here in Copenhagen at a local film festival half a year ago and it has (finally) been released on BD and DVD last week. I believe we and the Swedes are just about the only ones who get a completely uncut version. There haven't even been any fuss about it like there has been so many other places. I know the program director of that film festival, I mentioned, and he was sort of disappointed they did not get a single complaint. And though the distributor postponed the release of the DVD and BD some six months after all the trouble in Sweden, it's out now and even available for rent in Blockbuster (though they have placed a 'warning sticker' on the cover).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens Thomsen View Post
    it's out now and even available for rent in Blockbuster (though they have placed a 'warning sticker' on the cover).
    That's kind of mind blowing, right there. There's no way in HELL Blockbuster would carry an uncut version of this in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Bougie View Post
    I think it is a matter of content, but even moreso a stylistic choice to show all the gore and shocks right front and center (instead of the more Hitchcockian angle that Ian posits), and I think most of the people who dislike the movie on those grounds don't really seem to get that.
    I actually think it's quite restrained in its use of effects. Sure, the situations are gruesome, but much of it is implied by clever use of editing and sound. The gore is often only shown in brief insert shots and instead the camera tends to focus on Milos' reactions. That's why I have a hard time to take people serious who claim (as so many have done) that ASF is nothing but 'mere exploitation'. In my mind the visual strategies employed by the filmmakers are quite different from what one would usually see in exploitation movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    That's kind of mind blowing, right there. There's no way in HELL Blockbuster would carry an uncut version of this in the US.
    Haha, yeah, I know. I have been told that the Danish Blockbusters are also the only ones where you can rent porn. Apparently, we like our smut here.

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    Danish Blockbusters carry XXX? That's rad.
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    Yup. They are sort of hidden on a single shelve and behind some plastic cards that you have to lift to see what's behind. This is so the terrible images of naked people won't offend anyone. But at least they ARE available. If I remember correctly, Blockbuster was forced to do this when they entered the Danish market. They got too many complaints and lost too much business when they initially tried to remove the porn. :

    Btw, I just interviewed the CEO of Blockbuster Denmark about that warning sticker they have attached to 'A Serbian Film'. A local newspaper reported last week that someone had rented it, ignored the sticker because he thought it was in regard to gore effects, and got so offended that he now wants to report the movie to the police and demands that Blockbuster stops renting it out.

    The CEO told me they'd only gotten a couple of complaints in total and this was in no way special as they get complaints all the time for all kinds of movies (mainly in regards to the quality). He said they had answered all complaints that Blockbuster were not about to judge movies on a moralistic basis and would leave it up to the customers themselves to rent according to their own standards. He did admit that if they found themselves in a storm of protests they might consider pulling the movie, but he did not find that scenario plausible here.

    I found him to be pretty cool and, as I told him, their warning sticker is probably the best solution. It's definitely not a film for everyone and I can understand why people might offended by it. On the other hand, seeing as it does not break any laws, it should absolutely be available to customers who want to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens Thomsen View Post
    He said they had answered all complaints that Blockbuster were not about to judge movies on a moralistic basis and would leave it up to the customers themselves to rent according to their own standards. He did admit that if they found themselves in a storm of protests they might consider pulling the movie, but he did not find that scenario plausible here.
    That's interesting as it lies in direct contrast to the Blockbusters here that were at one point not carrying unrated films and requiring that certain harsher movies be edited for content in order to get placement on their shelves. Of course, now Blockbuster is bleeding money left, right and center in the US, and while I never want to see someone go out of business as it means people are going to lose their jobs, I can't say I'll miss Blockbuster as a corporation.

    While they've loosened up in recent years (I think because finances have forced them too), well, do a search on Blockbuster.com for A Serbian Film and see what you get. They're not carrying it here.
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    I still have not watched this. Nor have I read any of this thread. Nor do I know anything about the film.

    We should watch it tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens Thomsen View Post
    It's definitely not a film for everyone and I can understand why people might offended by it.
    Not me... People like to be offended about everything. A synopsis isn't written for nothing on a back cover and if a movie is in a special section without being a pornographic film usually this isn't for nothing. Nobody is force to rent a movie because a videoclub had it... it's not like if it was shown on TV at 9 in the morning (and even with that everybody can switch the channel).

    As usual here my order is delayed...

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