A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel, Battle Royale II: Requiem, sacred cinematic classics. And now fans can own them on high-definition Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD!
On March 20th Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon - the three-disc Blu-rayâ„¢ plus bonus DVD set has an SRP of $49.99 and an SRP $44.98 for the four-disc DVD. Battle Royale will also be released separately on Blu-rayâ„¢ for an SRP of $29.99 and DVD for an SRP of $24.98. Battle Royale will be available digitally via select outlets including iTunesÂ® and Xbox LIVEÂ®.
42 Students, Three Days, One Survivor â€“ No Escape. Welcome to the World of Battle Royale!
In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nationâ€™s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Boiling Point, Brother) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Directorâ€™s Cut of Kinji Fukasakuâ€™s uncompromising masterpiece â€“ nominated for 10 Japanese Academy AwardsÂ® â€“ available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.
Battle Royale: The Complete Collection
In 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed Battle Royale, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of junior high students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It launched a global phenomenon and was banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America. Three years later, the equally disturbing sequel â€“ featuring a new class, new rules and a brutal terrorist plot by the first filmâ€™s young survivors â€“ triggered its own tragic firestorm around the world. Now for the first time ever, you can see it all: Experience the entire Battle Royale saga on four discs that forever blasts open one of the most potent, shocking and savagely influential sagas in motion picture history.
Special Features: Battle Royale: The Complete Collectionâ€™s Four-Disc Set
- Battle Royale Directorâ€™s Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
- Battle Royale Theatrical Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
- Battle Royale II with Japanese language and English subtitles
- Battle Royale Bonus Content with Japanese language and English subtitles
- The Making of Battle Royale
- Battle Royale Press Conference
- Instructional Video: Birthday Version
- Audition and Rehearsal Footage
- Special Effects Comparison Featurette
- Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
- Battle Royale Documentary
- Basketball Scene Rehearsals
- Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
- Filming On-Set
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Special Edition TV Spot
- TV Spot: Tarantino Version
Special Features Battle Royale Single-Disc Edition
- Directorâ€™s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles
With impeccable direction by three-time â€˜Director of the Yearâ€™ Kinji Fukasaku and featuring high-quality acting performances from every angle, Battle Royale: The Complete Collection is as cunning as it is ruthless, offering a unique and brutal depiction of what people are capable of when imminent death is everywhere you look.
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