TEARS FOR SALE dvd review

Australia PAL DVD

Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1

Dolby Digital 5.1 Serbian

Subtitles: English

IMDB

MOVIE: 9.5

VIDEO QUALITY: 7

AUDIO QUALITY: 9

ENGLISH SUBTITLES: 10

EXTRAS: 0

 

Tears for Sale (aka Charleston and Vendetta) was well worth the wait after discovering the trailer for it two years ago. This is the best Serbian film that I have ever seen (that wasn’t an Emir Kusturica film)! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a well-done male-fantasy film as in TEARS FOR SALE (not male-fantasy as in gay, but a total fantasy film for men). This movie just kills all those B-movies that star an all-female cast of hotties and ass-kickers. The sisters and the rest of this female-cast film are all hot! If I was a porno director, I would definitely steal the storyline from this film to make the best porno ever. Here’s the basic story to the movie: Due to the majority of men killed off during war after war, two cursed sisters have to bring a man back to their village so that the other village women can have sex with him anytime. The only way for the sisters to break their curse is to complete this mission, but of course, things go a bit off track during their search for a man.

Since this is a professionally-made, well-written great movie (rather than a porno), there are deeper themes in this film, which involve ideas about love and an anti-war theme (which is quite a popular theme in many former-Yugoslavian films). TEARS FOR SALE is fast paced, funny, and has an amazing filming style a la Jeunet and Gilliam with great music and special effects. Just a perfect movie!

After waiting forever for an English-subtitled DVD to be released, i’m not so disappointed that the Australian PAL DVD video quality turned out to be just okay. After all, the first DVD of this film released in Serbia was chopped up to be full screen and had no English subtitles, so the Australian DVD is better than nothing. The video quality is 2.35: 1 anamorphic widescreen, but it’s a bit washed out and full of ghosting. At least it’s not pixilated or interlaced looking, but the video quality isn’t that great for such a visual film like this. It’s not problematic enough to ruin the movie-watching experience, but if this movie gets a better DVD version elsewhere, I’ll be all over it. This movie was created for blu-ray – it needs a blu-ray release badly. As fair as the video quality may be, at least the Dolby Digital 5.1 Serbian audio option rocks! It has a totally immersive audio that fills the room very nicely. The English subtitles are perfect, but they are a bit small. You may have to squint, but once again it’s not a big deal since this DVD is the only way to watch this movie. There are no extras on either DVD.

The UK PAL DVD that is also available is exactly the same (same video/audio quality, same small English subtitles, and same lack of extras) as the Australian PAL DVD, only that the UK PAL DVD is cheaper.

This DVD is a definite blind-buy!

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2 Comments

  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

    • Hi Billy, thanks for the feedback! Let me know if you ever hear of Tears for Sale getting a release on blu-ray! And i’m new to blogging (I just noticed today that your comment and other comments were going to a spam folder) so it’s still in the early stages! I may add more photos in the future!


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