So are you saying the films are trash because they are foreign?Nick Cooper wrote:"Banned" in what sense? It got a BBFC cinema certificate here and was certainly screened in the US and released on DVD there. More to the point, how many other Turkish-language films get wide distribution in either country?Disco_Destroyer wrote:No one remember the Turkish film of a fictional character journying through war ravaged Iraq?
Kurtlar Vadisi Irak.
Even with Hollywood actors it was practicaly outright banned here and in the States!
Considering that Battle for Haditha, Redacted, The Mark of Cain, Rendition, Extraordinary Rendition, etc. have had much higher cinema, DVD and television profiles, there is little to suggest that the only issue with both Shoot on Sight and Kurtlar Vadisi Irak, is that they are simply not good enough commercial proposition to merit wider distribution than they actually got. As stated previously, Shoot on Sight was screened in cinemas, and you can bet your life that if it had been phenomenally successful, then its distribution would have been ramped up accordingly. There was ceratinly enough advertising and press coverage that many Londoners could not have failed to have been aware of it, but clearly not enough of them were interested in seeing it.
So what if Kurtlar Vadisi Irak had "Hollywood actors"? Plenty of high-profile actors appear in films that end up languishing in obscurity. In fact the DVD of Shoot on Sight demonstrates this quite well, as it also contains trailers for four film featuring fairly well-known actors, i.e.:
Stuck - Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea
Animal 2 - Ving Rhames
The Gene Generation - Faye Dunaway
Red - Brian Cox & Tom Sizemore
But how many of these films has anyone even heard of, let alone actually seen?
Anyway Kurtlar Vadisi Irak premiered to around 5 UK cinemas around a backdrop of Press Ridicule. It has never seen UK DVD release and if you can send links to any US release then fine. I never found any.
My copy came from Germany where it allegedly did well, but then there is a huge Turkish minority in Germany
Oh and it was a big budget film for Turkey, have you seen it?