- Actors: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda, Yuichiro Arai
- Directors: Ryûhei Kitamura
- Writers: Ryûhei Kitamura, Yudai Yamaguchi
- Producers: Hideo Nishimura, Nobuyuki Takahashi
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Tartan
- DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
- Run Time: 120 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00009KOZN
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Versus [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
- Star and Director filmographies
- Scene selection
- Mark Wyatt film notes
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
- Behind Versus documentary
- The story of Versus
- Original trailers
- Asia Extreme trailer reel
DVD Technical Information:
- Video Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic 1.78:1
- Feature length: 120 minutes approx.
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Disc Format: PAL DVD 5
- Region Code: 0
From the Back Cover
There are 666 portals to the other side, and somewhere in Japan lies the home of the 444th. It is here that Prisoner KSC2-303 escapes from his fellow inmates to rendezvous with a group of men who will lead him to safety. After he realizes that the price of his freedom is the death of a female hostage, he refuses to comply with his rescuers plans and blood is spilled. But when in the aptly named Forest of Resurrection, long dead yazuka fighters come back to life to avenge their own deaths, a battle against these living dead assassins ensues. Soon his quest for freedom becomes a desperate fight to simply stay alive
A truly mind-blowing extravaganza of way-out set pieces, awe-inspiring fight sequences and deadly cunning zombies, Versus is a blur of ultra-kinetic violence that will leave you gasping for breath.
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The story is that two prisoners have escaped and are waiting for a getaway vehicle in the woods. However, when the getaway car arrives (Filled with really cool Yakuza) it also contains a woman, who, along with one of the prisoners, is the key to opening a portal in the forest. The forest they are in is known as `the forest of resurrection', because whoever dies there, comes back to life as a zombie. As the prisoner flees (the other prisoner is killed) with the woman into the woods, dead bodies that were dumped by the Yakuza come to `life' for some of the greatest and funniest action scenes I've seen in a long time. It turns out that the prisoner and woman are reincarnated people who are needed in some ritual to open the portal. (The problem with explaining all this is that none of the characters have names).
The characters are, in one word: cool. Tak Sakaguchi plays a great (and handsome) lead role as `the dark hero'- it's great to see a hero who isn't completely good. Hideo Sakaki is a great villain- strong and powerful. There are also Kenji Matsuda and Minoru Matsumoto who play the comical Yakuza who create a good few laughs. Kenji is particularly funny to watch when he has become a `hyper-zombie'- hilarious. Then, there are the two cops from which the prisoners escaped played by Shoichiro Masumoto and Yukihito Tanikado, who are entertaining as you watch them bumble about. I couldn't mention the word `cool' without talking about the character played by Yuichiro Arai.Read more ›
If the story feels like they were making it up as they went along - that's because they were. It was filmed over a long period because the budget kept running out and they could only afford to film in the ski resort off peak season. The cast took turns cooking, in between takes they wrapped themselves in blankets because it was so cold, the zombies are mostly the director's friends. The acting is...well, in the commentary, the director complains about his leading man - who is sitting next to him - but you can't deny the characters have personality.
So the film is mostly about fighting. It's called Versus, it does what it says on the tin. Samurai vs zombies, escaped criminals versus yakuza, yakuza versus zombies - all of it filmed with style. And it's the sort of film which divides opinion. You can complain about the plot, the acting or you can just enjoy the craziness of it all.
So what do you get for your extra cash? You get the dub (worth listening to in order to pick out the bits they didn't dub - Japanese guys do the best evil giggles) and a better version of the subtitles - no more "you have finished with your roll" - although part of the charm of the original was imagining the buffet just out of shot. You get ten extra minutes of footage - these aren't deleted scenes - those who were available went back to the forest and shot extra bits which they then slotted seamlessly into the original. Plus they added a bit of blood here, neated up an effect there, changed some of the music...Read more ›
Ryuhei kitamura, director of azumi and the pretty decent clive barker film midnight meat train mad his debut with this ultra low-budget action horror hybrid that hit dvd in the uk some years ago now. The film has built up a loyal fanbase over the years, with an 'ultimate cut' special edition released a few years back with additional scenes and boatloads of extras.The films popularity stems from it being really rather good with plenty of frantic action, boatloads of gore and some genuinelly funny humour. Now it seems, the film is due a blu-ray release, I can assure you the film is very good the question is, is the blu-ray?
The answer is a reserved yes. In terms of picture the whole package has definately been upgraded, showing up damage in the print and grain in the image. I always felt the tokyo shock discs never looked as good as the uk tartan one, but this is still better than the previous releases in spite of some of the faults. The version released is the 119 minutes theatrical verson (slightly longer for the uk before anyone comments) and this is a good thing for me as I never really cared much for the extended cut. Extras wise we get two commentary tracks, several documentary's and featurettes plus 'nervous' short film.
Overall if you like the film check it out, if the image had been somewhat sharper i'd have rated this five stars but it's still the best presentation of the film sofar.
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