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At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence among the nation's youth is spiraling out of control. With schoolchildren boycotting their classes and physically abusing their teachers, a beleaguered and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act Overseen by their former teacher ( Beat Takeshi) Kitano and requiring that a randomly chosen school class is taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil is allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government is prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobedience. One of the most controversial films of all time, clever, creepy and ultra-violent, Battle Royale is the jewel in the crown of Japanese Shock Cinema.
3 DISC LIMITED EDITION SET FEATURES:
DISC 1 THEATRICAL CUT: SPECIAL FEATURES
DISC 2 SPECIAL EDITION [DIRECTOR S CUT]: SPECIAL FEATURES
DISC 3 SPECIAL FEATURES
32 PAGE COMIC
36 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING:
16 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING:
5X7 POSTCARDS OF STILLS FROM THE FILM [LE EXCLUSIVE]
FOLD-OUT REVERSIBLE POSTER OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK
The film looks like a war-flick on occasions, with intense Apocalypse Now-style imagery (check out the classical score blasted over the tannoys with sweeping shots of helicopters). Yet, Battle Royale works on many different levels, highlighting the authorities desperation to enforce law and order and the alienation caused by the generation gap. But whether you view the film as an important social commentary or simply enjoy the adrenalin-fuelled violence, this is set to become cult viewing for the computer game generation and beyond.
On the DVD: Battle Royale has been re-released in this new and improved version. Now offered in progressive scan, utilising NTSC technology which has enhanced the picture quality. Please be aware though that not all DVD players are compatible, if unsure your best to opt for the first release.--Nikki Disney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Arrived promptly. Bit blood thirsty, but a good movie non the less.Published 1 month ago by jeanmac58
Disturbing, scary, gory and fun! Hunger Games for people who don't think 'adult' is a dirty word!Published 1 month ago by BDW Ashley
The Japanese version of Hunger Games, but based on a more credible reality. Truly enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by MARCO BOLDRINI
A scary premise and intro but in the end it descends into a snorefest with no atmosphere and too many characters to feel anything for them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Giles
Yes, it has some interesting deaths and violence but none that stand out in the memory a week or so after viewing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Fleming