Finally the Original Japanese Classic Battle Royale Officially Comes to U.S. Shores

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It’s been hailed as one of the most controversial films of all time. It’s guaranteed to make The Hunger Games along with everything else that has ever emulated it look like the kid’s stuff that it actually is. And now, after years and years, Battle Royale is officially hitting U.S. shores on Blu-ray and DVD!

From the Press Release
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-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray™ 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-ray™ 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-ray™ for an SRP of $29.99 and DVD for an SRP of $24.98. Battle Royale will be available digitally via select outlets including iTunes® and Xbox LIVE®.

42 Students, Three Days, One Survivor – No Escape. Welcome to the World of Battle Royale!

Battle Royale
In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’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 Director’s Cut of Kinji Fukasaku’s uncompromising masterpiece – nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards® – 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 – featuring a new class, new rules and a brutal terrorist plot by the first film’s young survivors – 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 Collection’s Four-Disc Set

  • Battle Royale Director’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

  • Director’s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles

    With impeccable direction by three-time ‘Director of the Year’ 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.

    As with all special joyous occasions, you know what it’s time for… That’s right, kids! It’s time for our trusty Impromptu Rapid Irish Jig of Joy and Mirth™ video! Check out the artwork and Battle Royale trailer beneath the festive young lads!

    Finally the Original Japanese Classic Battle Royale Officially Comes to U.S. Shores

    Finally the Original Japanese Classic Battle Royale Officially Comes to U.S. Shores

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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    • James Coker

      Im a little ashamed to say Ive never seen Battle Royale either

    • LSD Zombie

      I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never seen Battle Royale. As a huge fan of Japanese cinema though, that Blu-ray will be mine.

    • Sirand

      Never thought I’d see the day.

      Although which version of BR II are they releasing? There’s a big difference between the theatrical and director’s cut.

    • Masked Slasher

      Holy shit. YES!

      Can’t WAIT to get this.

    • The Buz

      I never thought I’d see the day. Easily one of the greatest films ever made. Cannot wait to pick this up on blu.

      And it’s absolutely IMPOSSIBLE not to be happy when watching that Irish jig video. When the rest of the customers just start dancing too….gold.

    • theGoldenSimatar

      I got both films on Korean DVDs from Xploited Cinema when they were still around. Only downside is very few of the special features have the English subs. Probably will pick up the Blu-Ray.

      Don’t mean to nitpick though; but it seems on the BR artwork that the shotgun is just floating in the air; not being held by anything.

      • jkincer

        Yeah that cover art is terrible, complete hack job. Oh well, I’ll take it if it means a full US release.

        I also have the Korean DVD’s and I am very interested to see how the subtitles compare. Most the other Korean discs I have do a terrible job on the subtitles.

        By the way, if anyone hasn’t read the Manga series yet it is even better than the movie. Highly recommend.