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Battle Royale - Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama
  • Directors: Kinji Fukasaku
  • Writers: Kenta Fukasaku, Koushun Takami
  • Producers: Kinji Fukasaku, Chie Kobayashi, Kenta Fukasaku, Kimio Kataoka, Masumi Okada
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013YQEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,038 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The most controversial Japanese film of the millennium returns in a Special Edition version, featuring more violence, more characterization and an alternate ending that sheds fresh light on the events of the film. Comes in standard box packaging and now with additional DTS audio track.

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With the Japanese currently leading the way in thought-provoking cinematic violence it’s only fitting that Kenta Fukasaku’s Battle Royale is being touted as A Clockwork Orange for the 21st century. Based on the novel by Koshun Takami, the film opens with a series of fleeting images of unruly Japanese schoolkids, whose bad behaviour provides a justification for the "punishments" which will ensue. To be honest, anyone who has grown up with Grange Hill will view these aggressive teenagers’ acts as pretty moderate, but in the context of Japanese culture, their lack of respect is a challenge to the traditional values of respecting your elders. Once the prequel has been dispensed with the classmates are drugged and awaken on an island where they find they have been fitted with dog collars that monitor their every move. Instructed by their old teacher ("Beat" Takeshi) with the aid of an upbeat MTV-style video, they are told of their fate: after an impartial Lottery they have been chosen to fight each other in a three-day, no-rules contest, the "Battle Royale". Their only chance of survival in the "Battle" is through the death of all their classmates. Some pupils embrace their mission with zeal, while others simply give up or try to become peacemakers and revolutionaries. However, the ultimate drive for survival comes from the desire to protect the one you love.

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.


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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Boing TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar 2011
Format: Blu-ray
There was no way I was NOT going to like a Blu-Ray version of this masterpiece, but even so Arrow Videos absolutely wowed me with their considered and generous treatment of the Limited Edition release. Unfortunately even after the initial run of 5,000 copies was expanded to 10,000, the word is that they have run out. But don't panic! This 3 Disc Edition is nearly as comprehensive.

The packaging features a reversible sleeve, the video extras are numerous and non-filler, and the extra gifts ("Parents' Day" comic, collector's booklet, double-sided poster) are pretty good. The items you DON'T get are the second collector's booklet, the film stills, the numbered certificate (as this edition is not limited), and the fancy packaging. The actual VIDEO content of the three discs is the same as the Special Edition.

The Amazon product description actually does a good job of listing the content but the set specifications could be better. Specs are:

* Running time (theatrical) = 114 minutes;
* Running time (director's) = 122 minutes;
* Language/Subs = Japanese/English;
* Aspect Ratio = 1.85:1;
* Audio = DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Stereo;
* Disc Region B.

It's interesting to note that the subtitles for the Director's Cut have been entirely re-translated. This creates trivial semantic differences between many bits of dialogue in the two versions of the film, but puts an entirely new spin on a minority of other scenes. It's worth watching both films back-to-back to see how the feel of certain character interactions changes.

With regard to new footage, I don't want to spoil anything.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Magowan on 24 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
From what I'd heard prior to watching this film, I had expected little more than a couple of hours blood-letting and dismemberment. But I was pleasantly surprised upon watching Battle Royale.
The idea of the film is simple, if not slightly cliché. It's set in the near future of Japan and an age of rebellion has begun. School children everywhere are ditching school, attacking teachers and the like. The government eventually became desperate and so passed the "Battle Royale act". Every year, a class of children are chosen at random, drugged, placed on an isolated and empty island, and forced to kill each other until only one is left. The mayhem begins.
Most of the children are horrified, and the start of the action is greeted with a general feeling of confusion and disbelief; until the first killing quickly snaps us sharply into the horrible reality of the film. We quickly learn which children are the ones we should fear.
The best character in the game is undoubtedly the enigmatic Kiriyami, who seems to enjoy it all too much. His character is brilliantly directed, never saying a word and always wearing a very stylish suit.. He is the most fearsome character and our spines shiver whenever he walks menacingly onto the screen.
As well as all the killing, there is a small amount of comedy, notably the training video at the start of the game, and some of the "weapons" the children get given! Then there's also drama and character development thrown in. Some of the death scenes are definitely tear-worthy.
The acting is the only real weak point of the film. It's mostly very good, but at times the actors tend to over-do it and ham it up. However, the directing is flawless, with plenty of clever camera-angles and subtle lighting that makes Japanese cinema famous. This is definitely a film worth checking out, and with all the great extras in the special edition, its un-missable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "bottlebank2" on 10 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
I was excited when I heard about this film, apprehensive as to whether it would hold up to the good press it has received or just degenerate into another violence for kicks gore show. I was in for a shock. The film opens with a powerful introduction, dark, menacing and setting the tone of the film throughout. With teenagers behaviour crossing the line for the authorities action is taken in the form of a winner takes all competition. What initially appears to be a vague and outlandish plot with school children fighting for their lives, pitted against each other in a frantic tale of survival becomes a gripping and frightening tale of normal people pushed to far.
The films action sequences are many and varied, never loosing their originality or their power. The director produces an insightful cinematic production and a host of skilled young actors take challenging roles, which could have easily become farcical, and produce harrowing and realistic characters, each as engrossing as the others. The introduction of two unidentified characters (both outstanding performances) feel a little out of place early in the story but settle well as their backgrounds are developed.
Overall this is a violent and bloody story, it plot remains a step beyond the believable but this doesn't hamper the shocking and insightful nature of the piece. It will appeal to those who are looking simply for a fight flick with plenty of gore on show, but on another level it can become frightening, engrossing and truly original. To say any more about the plot would be to take away from the film; but if you can accept the violence necessary to the story line and like your pictures dark and sinister then this film is a must see. I look forwards to future works from the production team and actors alike. Excellent!
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