Battle Royale, the seminal and brutal societal commentary starring Beat Takashi, based on the controversial novel by Koushun Takami is available to pre-order now in a special edition.
About the Film:
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 one 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.
Also included in the set is the incendiary sequel Battle Royale II, the directing debut of Kenta Fukasaku (after his father passed away during production), in which a new class of delinquents are recruited by the government to hunt down the survivor of the deadly games of the first film.
4K ULTRA HD LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 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
4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation of both versions of Battle Royale in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Battle Royale II: Requiem theatrical cut and the Battle Royale II: Revenge extended cut
Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo audio
Optional English subtitles
Original soundtrack CD for Battle Royale [Limited Edition Exclusive]
Kinji Fukasaku: Man of Rage, an exclusive 120-page monograph on the director by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes [Limited Edition Exclusive]
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Matt Alt and Anne Billson and archival articles
Exclusive Battle Royale collectors’ Trump Card set [Limited Edition Exclusive]
Reversible poster with new artwork [Limited Edition Exclusive]
DISC ONE – BATTLE ROYALE: ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION (4K UHD BLU-RAY)
Brand new audio commentary by critics Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp
Battle Royale at 20: Back to School, an exclusive new 42-minute documentary about the legacy of Battle Royale
Bloody Education: Kenta Fukasaku on Battle Royale, a brand new exclusive 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 (4K UHD BLU-RAY)
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