By far, Snowpiercer is one of the more original movies coming our way this year – hopefully – which is why it’s a downright shame The Weinstein Company and director Bong Joon-ho can’t resolve their differences over the U.S. release. This is especially aggravating when you consider the film released in Bong’s home country, South Korea last fall and to plenty of other, non-English speaking countries after that. And even more so when we’re continuously teased with sweet trailers like this one,
How is it this announcer can make “Snowpiercer” sound so damn cool?
As I’m sure you noticed, this trailer comes from Japan where it’s releasing soon. The hold up for us here in the States is The Weinstein Company fears “audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma” won’t understand it and would rather re-edit the film into something more akin to your typical action-thriller. Yes, let’s bleed any and all originality from this film because Americans are too dumb and won’t get it. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Weinsteins.
Adding insult to injury, Bong has stated his cut of the film has fared much better in American test screenings than The Weinstein Company’s re-edit. So sure, even when test audiences prefer the original they still can’t take the risk. That’s a solid business strategy.
With almost all of the film’s dialogue in English, and only a fraction in Korean, I’m not entirely sure what we wouldn’t understand, but it’s apparently a real deal breaker. But fear not! You will be able to watch Snowpiercer eventually. The Film Stage reports Amazon.fr is taking pre-orders for the release of the Snowpiercer Blu-ray on March 26th. Though you’ll need a region free Blu-ray player as what they’re offering is a Region B/2 Blu-ray, this at least bodes well for anyone desperate to get their hands on Bong’s intact, 130 minute cute of the film.
Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ah-sung Ko, and will hopefully be coming to a theatre near you very soon.