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Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Year: 2012

Rating: NR

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.

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In case you're not familiar with this cult classic the story goes as follows:

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.

This might sound a bit like the new Hollywood film "Hunger Games" but only the idea of killing to stay alive is similar. This is a brutal, thought-provoking film that has taken way too long to make it to America but it's finally here in all it's glory.

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 was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards®, launched a global phenomenon, and 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 4 discs that forever blasts open one of the most potent, shocking and savagely influential sagas in motion picture history.

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The Battle Royale: The Complete Collection’s four disc set in collectible high-end packaging will include:

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 set also comees loaded with Special Features that include:


BATTLE ROYALE Press Conference

Instructional Video: Birthday Version

Audition & 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

The film is a disturbing look at what people will do when put in a live or kill situation, I loved this classic when I seen it so many years ago and the English Dubbed track is a welcome treat as well. The sequel that followed 3 years later wasn't as good and it didn't have the impact of the original but I still recommend checking it out as well. This is a must own film, Avail on DVD and Blu-ray and several different packages, I highly recommend getting the four-disc set which contains both films and tons of extras. You can order the packing of your choice HERE.

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***** Out Of *****