Battle Royale | Special Edition | Limited Edition

 Product Details

Product Type
DVD

Origin
United Kingdom

UPC/EAN/Barcode
5023965338426

Distributor
Tartan

Contents
» 2 Discs
» Keepcase
» Filmcell
» Chapter Index / Map
» 2 Page Booklet
» Tin Case

Limitation
Unknown amount

Out of Print
Yes

Still in Collection
Yes

Purchased At
www.ebay.co.uk


 Disc 1

Contents
» Battle Royale (Director's Cut) (movie)

Type
DVD, R0, PAL

Picture
1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio
Japanese DD 5.1

Subtitles
English (optional)


 Disc 2

Contents
» The Making of Battle Royale (50m 24s)
» Battle Royale Press Conference (09m 29s)
» Instructional Video: Birthday Version (02m 59s)
» Audition and Rehersal Footage (07m 09s)
» Special Effects Comparison (04m 15s)
» Tokyo International Film Festival 2000 (04m 11s)
» Battle Royale Documentary (12m 07s)
» Basketball Scene Rehersals (08m 21s)
» Behind-The-Scenes (10m 07s)
» Filming On-Set (10m 59s)
» Original Theatrical Trailer (01m 28s)
» Special Edition TV Spot
» - Original Version (29s)
» - Tarantino Version (30s)
» Director's Statement (3 pages)
» Kinji Fukasaku Filmography (6 pages)
» Beat Takeshi Filmography (3 pages)

Type
DVD, R0, PAL

Picture
4:3 Fullscreen

Subtitles
English (optional)


 Movie Details

Original Title
Batoru rowaiaru

Alternate Title
Battle Royale

Year
2000

Director
Kinji Fukasaku

Cast
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Chiaki Kuriyama, Sosuke Takaoka, Takashi Tsukamoto, Yukihiro Kotani, Eri Ishikawa, Sayaka Kamiya, Aki Inoue, Takayo Mimura, Yutaka Shimada, Ren Matsuzawa, Hirohito Honda, Ryou Nitta

IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/


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 Video Review

 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

Out of all the english friendly releases of Battle Royale, this is by far the best one in terms of packaging. Granted there are a few of other cool sets but if you want english subtitles this release is pretty much the best you can get.

With this said I'm not gonna name this the case of the year or anything. I mean let's be honest. Sure, it's an LE but it's not particularly luxurious. The discs are presented in a standard keepcase packaged in quite a delicate and easily dented tin.

The overall design is quite simple but still stylish. The tin is just typical silver-style (not chrome) with the logo printed in red on the front and a simple white sticker on the back listing the special features.

There's a small rating-logo on the front cover but this is just a sticker so you can easily remove it. Other goodies include a filmcell, booklet and some other flyer-stuff. So for short: quite a classic LE but by today standard I certainly think there should be something better on the horizon.


Disc contents / Extras

This is commonly considered as one of the best editions (extras wise) for Battle Royale if you're looking for an english friendly release. There's a massive making of documentary running around 50 min as well as several shorter featurettes.

Note however that there are several other collector's edition out on the market and from the looks of it extras are usually pretty different so a true fan might want to get several sets.

The film is presented in the 8 min longer director's cut version with an alternate ending. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and english subtitles are optional and easy to read.

All in all I think any fan of the film would want to pick this up. However, if you're not a big fan of special packaging I suggest you go for the re-released special edition (also from Tartan) as this adds better audio to the mix but still includes all the same special features.


Sidenotes

This set was only availble with the metal tin the first time around. It's now been re-released in an almost identical 2 disc edition presented in a standard keepcase with the collector's booklet and the map/chapter index. Most notably the audio on the re-release has been boosted to DTS 5.1 giving it a slight edge for that reason alone.


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