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Battle Royale

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Released: 19th June 2023. The kids of Third Year Class-B Shiroiwa Junior High School are back, in a 4K restoration of the classic cult shocker adapted from the controversial novel by Koushun Takami. Presenting an alternate dystopian vision of turn-of-the-millennium Japan, Battle Royale follows the 42 junior high school students selected to take part in the government’s annual Battle Royale programme, established as an extreme method of addressing concerns about juvenile delinquency. Dispatched to a remote island, they are each given individual weapons (ranging from Uzis and machetes to pan lids and binoculars), food and water, and the order to go out and kill each other. Every player is fitted with an explosive collar around their neck, imposing a strict three-day time limit on the deadly games in which there can only be one survivor. Overseeing the carnage is ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine, Hana-bi, Zatoichi) as the teacher pushed to the edge by his unruly charges. Playing like a turbo-charged hybrid of Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game, the final completed work by veteran yakuza-film director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles without Honor and Humanity, Graveyard of Honor) helped launch a new wave of appreciation for Asian cinema in the 21st century. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS 4K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version and Special Edition Director’s Cut of Battle Royale from the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by Kenta Fukasaku  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of both versions  Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo audio on both cuts  Optional English subtitles on both cuts  Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options DISC ONE – BATTLE ROYALE: ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION Audio commentary by critics Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp  Coming of Age: Battle Royale at 20, a 42-minute documentary about the legacy of Battle Royale  Bloody Education: Kenta Fukasaku on Battle Royale, an interview with the film’s producer and screenwriter  The Making of Battle Royale: The Experience of 42 High School Students, documentary featuring footage from the shooting of the film and cast and crew discussions  The Slaughter of 42 High School Students, a look behind the scenes of the shoot  Behind the scenes footage with comments from the cast and crew Filming on Set, a look at the shooting of key scenes from the film  Conducting Battle Royale with the Warsaw National Philharmonic, archive footage of Masamichi Amano conducting the soundtrack rehearsal DISC TWO – BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR’S CUT Shooting the Special Edition, on-location featurette with footage of the cast and crew reuniting for the shoot of the Special Edition Royale Rehearsals, featurette on Kinji Fukasaku directing the film’s young cast  Masamichi Amano Conducts Battle Royale, archive featurette Takeshi Kitano Interview, filmed on location with the Japanese star  The Correct Way to Fight in Battle Royale, instructional video explaining the rules of the game  The Correct Way to Make ‘Battle Royale’: Birthday Version, a new version of the original instructional video made to celebrate Kinji Fukasaku’s birthday  Premiere Press Conference, preceding the film’s first public screening  Tokyo International Film Festival Presentation, with footage from the gala screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival  Opening Day at the Marunouchi Toei Movie Theatre, archive footage of the Japanese opening  Special Effects Comparison showing how the film’s violent killings were created  Original Trailers and TV spots Kinji Fukasaku trailer reel, a collection of original trailers for Fukasaku’s classic yakuza films from the 70s  Image Gallery

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  • Details

    Released:
    19th June 2023
    Category:
    World Cinema
    Format:
    Blu-ray
    Barcode:
    5027035023809
  • Description

    The kids of Third Year Class-B Shiroiwa Junior High School are back, in a 4K restoration of the classic cult shocker adapted from the controversial novel by Koushun Takami.

    Presenting an alternate dystopian vision of turn-of-the-millennium Japan, Battle Royale follows the 42 junior high school students selected to take part in the government’s annual Battle Royale programme, established as an extreme method of addressing concerns about juvenile delinquency. Dispatched to a remote island, they are each given individual weapons (ranging from Uzis and machetes to pan lids and binoculars), food and water, and the order to go out and kill each other. Every player is fitted with an explosive collar around their neck, imposing a strict three-day time limit on the deadly games in which there can only be one survivor. Overseeing the carnage is ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine, Hana-bi, Zatoichi) as the teacher pushed to the edge by his unruly charges.

    Playing like a turbo-charged hybrid of Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game, the final completed work by veteran yakuza-film director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles without Honor and Humanity, Graveyard of Honor) helped launch a new wave of appreciation for Asian cinema in the 21st century.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
    • 4K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version and Special Edition Director’s Cut of Battle Royale from the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by Kenta Fukasaku 
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of both versions 
    • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo audio on both cuts 
    • Optional English subtitles on both cuts 
    • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

    DISC ONE – BATTLE ROYALE: ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION
    • Audio commentary by critics Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp 
    • Coming of Age: Battle Royale at 20, a 42-minute documentary about the legacy of Battle Royale 
    • Bloody Education: Kenta Fukasaku on Battle Royale, an interview with the film’s producer and screenwriter 
    • The Making of Battle Royale: The Experience of 42 High School Students, documentary featuring footage from the shooting of the film and cast and crew discussions 
    • The Slaughter of 42 High School Students, a look behind the scenes of the shoot 
    • Behind the scenes footage with comments from the cast and crew
    • Filming on Set, a look at the shooting of key scenes from the film 
    • Conducting Battle Royale with the Warsaw National Philharmonic, archive footage of Masamichi Amano conducting the soundtrack rehearsal

    DISC TWO – BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR’S CUT
    • Shooting the Special Edition, on-location featurette with footage of the cast and crew reuniting for the shoot of the Special Edition
    • Royale Rehearsals, featurette on Kinji Fukasaku directing the film’s young cast 
    • Masamichi Amano Conducts Battle Royale, archive featurette
    • Takeshi Kitano Interview, filmed on location with the Japanese star 
    • The Correct Way to Fight in Battle Royale, instructional video explaining the rules of the game 
    • The Correct Way to Make ‘Battle Royale’: Birthday Version, a new version of the original instructional video made to celebrate Kinji Fukasaku’s birthday 
    • Premiere Press Conference, preceding the film’s first public screening 
    • Tokyo International Film Festival Presentation, with footage from the gala screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival 
    • Opening Day at the Marunouchi Toei Movie Theatre, archive footage of the Japanese opening 
    • Special Effects Comparison showing how the film’s violent killings were created 
    • Original Trailers and TV spots
    • Kinji Fukasaku trailer reel, a collection of original trailers for Fukasaku’s classic yakuza films from the 70s 
    • Image Gallery
    Region Code:
    Region B
    Duration:
    114 minutes
    Original Language:
    Japanese
    Extras:
    Language(s): Japanese, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Screen ratio 1:1.85, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Stereo, Behind the Scenes, Bonus Footage, Commentary: Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp (critics), Documentaries: 'Coming of Age: 'Battle Royale' at 20'; 'The Slaughter of 42 High School Students'; 'Conducting 'Battle Royale' With the Warsaw National Philharmonic'; 'Shooting the Special Edition'; 'Royale Rehearsals'; 'Masamichi Amano Conducts 'Battle Royale''; 'The Correct Way to Fight in 'Battle Royale''; 'The Correct Way to Make 'Battle Royale': Birthday Version'; 'Special Effects Comparison', Image Gallery, Interviews: Kenta Fukasaku (producer/screenwriter); Takeshi Kitano (actor), Making of Documentary, Original Theatrical Version and Special Edition Director's Cut included; Reversible sleeve; Premiere Press Conference; Tokyo International Film Festival Presentation; Opening Day at the Maunouchi Toei Movie Theatre, Trailers
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