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Battle Royale II R3 DVD review

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>BATTLE ROYALE II</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/UKeighteen.php' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/cert18.gif' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='Certificate 18' BORDER='0'></A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed May 2004 by <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?dvdid=Andrew Smith">Andrew Smith.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale2R3.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE II" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>BATTLE ROYALE II (2003)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genre</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ACTION">ACTION</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=KENTA FUKASAKU">KENTA FUKASAKU</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=KINJI FUKASAKU">KINJI FUKASAKU</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TATSUYA FUJIWARA">TATSUYA FUJIWARA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=AI MAEDA">AI MAEDA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SHûGO OSHINARI">SHûGO OSHINARI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=AYANA SAKAI">AYANA SAKAI</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>3</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Toei</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">2</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">133 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">8</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Japanese <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> 5.1</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English, Chinese</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray in Slipcase</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Trailer<BR>Behind The Scenes<BR>Making Of BR II<BR>Gala Night and Concert<BR>Cast and Crew Filmography<BR>On Set Stills Photographs</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Battle Royale II is the inevitable sequel to the remarkable international hit Battle Royale. Directed once again by Fukasaku san (although his son took over half way through due to ill health) the story has been cleverly adapted and this time points an accusatory finger at the futility of war, and the needless loss of young lives. It tackles global terrorism, and the involvement of a certain superpower in civilian deaths. Like the original Battle Royale these themes are like fresh wounds in the public conscience.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Shuya is one of the survivors of the original BR Bill. He has rounded together a group of similar survivors and declared war on adults. The “bigwigs” to use the terminology of the movie, have therefore adapted the BR Bill. They have decided if Shuya and his terrorists want a fight they will give it to them by sending the next class of teenagers to do battle with them. This time everyone is teamed up with a member of the opposite sex, and if one of the partnership should die, the exploding necklace of the other will automatically detonate. Then it’s back to the island for another round of gloriously OTT Japanese overacting and a huge increase in blood-soaked deaths and exploding heads. Well, who said having a social conscience couldn’t be entertaining?</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Whilst clearly not as original as the first movie the director has decided that an increase in the frequency and violence of the death scenes is the way to go. Although this works well for the opening beach landing scenes, it quickly loses its appeal. On close scrutiny the movie lacks much of what made the original so appealing. It seems like this time we are here purely for the death scenes which become stale and tedious, and you quickly realise that the script and scenes play out exactly like BR 1. After an hour you, like I will probably become board.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The anamorphic print is very good. The gritty and grimy battle scenes are a challenge for any DVD encoder but much care has gone into the transfer and the results are very pleasing. Dark scenes retain detail well but don’t achieve the inky depths of the best transfers. Skin tones are good in daylight scenes but take on a blue tinge during night scenes, I suspect this is done artificially to indicate moonlight, but it just looks unrealistic. Colours generally are muted, but so is the colour palate. As with the first movie red is rich and vivid. The print lacks any disturbing digital artefacts, and only a little granularity is present to detract from a good picture</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale2_1.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE II"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Soundtracks are available in both Japanese DD and DTS flavours, as with the original. Unlike the original however the DTS track is a clear winner. The DTS track provides incredible amounts of bass varying from the deep to the subterranean. Hyperrealistic Foley effects are thrown around with the force of a thunderstorm. The score is once again a combination of classic and rock and the DTS track throws Verdi’s Requiem to every speaker with gay abandon making for an exhilarating audio experience. The downside is the dialogue, which is given a back seat. Whilst always clearly audible it lacks focus. This is less of a problem to a western audience who will no doubt be reading the subtitles.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The DD track is most definitely the weaker of the two. It seems as if they thought well we’ve put all that effort into the DTS track, and the DD was an afterthought. It lacks everything that makes the DTS track so good. The depth and range of the Foley work is lost. The score sound muffled and subdued, and the dialogue channel is still weak. You will definitely want the DTS track on this disc.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale2_2.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE II"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras are provided on disc two of the two disc set. As with Battle Royale they are presented in Japanese, but all the extra features have English subtitles, as a result this makes the disc that much more enjoyable. Once again we are taken behind the scenes with an excellent making of.. documentary from casting through to on-set action and finally to the movie’s premiere in Hong Kong. There is a brief tribute to Fukusaka san who died before the movie was completed. The extras are rounded off with the usual trailers and biographies</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale2_3.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE II"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">This nicely presented double disc set is a good but not great follow up to the original. Much of the shock and surprise of BR 1 is replaced by blood letting, and although you may think “Great”, ultimately this proves not to be enough to satisfy.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TR><TD ALIGN="CENTER">Review disc provided by <A HREF="http://www.discemporium.com"><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/DiscEmporium.jpg" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE"></TD></TR></TABLE>
     

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