Saturday, June 26, 2021

Incarnation – Jinga Films Ltd (DVD)

Theatrical Release Date: Serbia, 2016
Director: Filip Kovacevic
Writers: Filip Kovacevic, Masa Senicic, Ivan Stancic
Cast: Stojan Djordjevic, Dacha Vidosavljevic, Sten Zendor, Dejan Cicmilovic, Tihomir Stanic, Zarko Stepanov

Release Date: July 6th, 2021
Approximate Running Time: 81 Minutes 38 seconds
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Serbian, Dolby Digital Stereo Serbian, Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English
Region Coding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

"A man wakes up on a bench without any idea who he is until he is shot dead by four masked assassins. The man wakes on the same bench thinking his death was a dream until the assassins return and despite his attempts to escape, they kill him again. Stuck in this hellish loop, he tries to unravel the mystery and with each death he gets closer to the truth." - synopsis provided by the distributor

Video: 3.5/5

Incarnation comes of a single layer DVD.

Disc Size: 4 GB

This transfer generally looks crisp, colors and flesh tones look correct and black levels are serviceable.

Audio: 4/5

This release comes with four audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Serbian, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Serbian, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. All four audio mixes sound clear and balanced, and range wise ambient sounds are well-represented. Included with this release are removable English subtitles. It should-be noted that the subtitles directly translate the English language tracks.


Extras for this release include a trailer for Incarnation (2 minute 2 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Serbian with English subtitles) and three trailers for other films also released by Jinga Films Ltd. 


Content wise, Incarnation was clearly inspired by films like Looper and The Matrix. Incarnation features an interesting premise, a character who’s caught in a space-time continuum loop. And to further compound the protagonist's plight, the protagonist has no memory of who they are or their past. With the puzzle box narrative putting the viewer in the protagonist's point of view. That said, even when the protagonists moment of truth arrives, there are still many questions left unresolved.

Though there are some who will be dismissive of a narrative built up around a space-time continuum loop that’s essentially the same moment, albeit in longer duration or slight alterations as the protagonist starts to learn from their mistakes. Ultimately, the execution of the premise is very effective.

Jinga Films Ltd. gives Incarnation a strong audio/video presentation.

Written by Michael Den Boer

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