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Below par Bluray and the movie hasn't aged well,
This review is from: Battle Royale 3 Disc Edition [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
I remember watching this on a DVD import many years ago, and it was about time I watched it again. I was looking forward to seeing it in HD, but before I come to the BluRay, a brief word on the movie itself.
I won't go into the plot as other reviews cover it in detail. What surprised me second time round, was just how badly Battle Royale seems to have aged. The movie is only 12 years old but feels alot older. Fair to say that I'm alot older too, but what struck me was how poor much of the acting is. It contains the hammiest, over-acted performances of teenagers that I've ever seen, with almost all dialogue screeched at the camera. Sure it's alot of fun (in a bizarre, disturbing way), but the exaggeration begins to grate after a while.
Not only that, but I was disappointed at the bland characterisation. There was a huge opportunity here to explore the different emotions and human side of the situation the students find themselves in, but it feels like a rush to get to the gory bits. I also couldn't quite suspend my disbelief at the Uzi with the endless supply of bullets, the terrible aim at point blank range on numerous occasions, and the added CGI just jarred.
Sure, it's still an entertaining movie, but whereas I'd always remembered it as not-quite-a-masterpiece-but-still-good, now I can't help but see the flaws as glaring weaknesses, and certainly not enough to warrant a third visit.
In terms of the BluRay, I'm sorry to disagree with the reviews which say the audio and video quality are great - because they're not. For sure, the image is an improvement over the DVD release (and thankfully no more blocky subtitles to put up with!), but it's one of the worst BluRays I've seen. The image is soft and almost looks like SD - particularly on the long distance and dark scenes - and the detail is poor. Audio-wise, again it's poor as it's so unbalanced. If you love any old bass so long as there's plenty, you'll be happy. But otherwise you'll find the bass bloated and heavy, and completely at odds with the action on the screen (as one example, there's a scene near the beginning where Kitano kicks a chair and it has a deep bass punch which simply sounds ridiculous). Aside from the overcooked LFE, both the midrange and top end just sound dull and lack detail.
Sad to say I was really disappointed with this, although it's still an entertaining movie. It's just one I won't be revisiting again.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2012 22:48:15 BDT
It's your age...
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2012 00:35:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2012 00:36:52 BDT
No it's not, the film hasn't aged well at all and the BluRay is terrible. Anyone who thinks this is a good bluray presentation needs a trip to the opticians, and while they're there a quick go on the Specsavers free hearing test.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2012 13:50:04 BDT
Book Beaver says:
Amusing comments - sometimes the reviews & associated comments are better than the actual products themselves!
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