Hi, Bryan Here….

I’m so excited to get the ‘Battle Royale’ films on blu-ray.  I’ve owned bootlegs of these films, as well as a shitty official DVD version of these movies in the past.  Now, all will be right with these official bluray releases.  Over at Familyvideo.com (made me laugh), they have the set for only $17.99.  That is 64% Off.  Amazon.com is selling it for $31.99 right now.  So take advantage and get it for $17.99.  It comes out tomorrow.  Thanks for the tip, Joel.



In a future where society is on the verge of collapse, the government takes drastic action against the problem of rebellious teenagers in this violent sci-fi opus from Japan.

In the year 2002, Japan’s economy has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, and massive unemployment and inflation have thrown most adults into a state of chaos; the nation’s youth culture responds with unprecedented violence, delinquency, and truancy. Desperate to restore order, the Japanese parliament responds by creating the Millennial Reform School Act, in which groups of junior high students are selected at random, sent to an isolated island, and forced to play a rigorous war game, in which all but one of their number are killed.

Kitano (Beat Takeshi) is an embittered school instructor who guides the 44 students of the Zentsuji Middle School’s Class B through the deadly game known as “Battle Royale,” as they struggle to survive against the elements and each other.

BATTLE ROYALE proved to be both successful and highly controversial in Japan, where it set box-office records and prompted political leaders to call for stricter controls on violence in Japanese entertainment; the film was initially rated R-15 (no one under 15 admitted), unusual for violent films in Japan, though director Kinji Fukasaku later prepared a re-edited version that earned a more lenient classification.



Blu-ray Collection Features:

  • TV Spot: Tarantino Version
  • Special Edition TV Spot
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Battle Royale Documentary
  • Special Effects Comparison Featurette
  • Filming On-Set
  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • Audition & Rehearsal Footage
  • Instructional Video: Birthday Version
  • Battle Royale Press Conference
  • Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
  • The Making Of Battle Royale
  • Basketball Scene Rehearsals

By Bryan Kluger

Former husky model, real-life Comic Book Guy, genre-bending screenwriter, nude filmmaker, hairy podcaster, pro-wrestling idiot-savant, who has a penchant for solving Rubik's Cubes and rolling candy cigarettes on unreleased bootlegs of Frank Zappa records.

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