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Battle Royale: Special Edition (dts) Region 2 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: SPECIAL EDITION</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 Andrew Smith.</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/BattleRoyaleSER2.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>BATTLE ROYALE (2000)<B> <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?compare=192"><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/comparedvds.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="18" BORDER="0" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" ALT="Comparison feature coming soon"></A><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA">DRAMA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=THRILLER">THRILLER</A>, <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=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=AKI MAEDA">AKI MAEDA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TARO YAMAMOTO">TARO YAMAMOTO</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MASANOBU ANDO">MASANOBU ANDO</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>2</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(UK)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Tartan Video. Released Tuesday 3rd February 2004</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Price</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">23.99</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">117 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">24</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 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 <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> 5.1<BR>Japanese Dolby Digital 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</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</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">Additional Footage<BR>Alternate Ending<BR>The Making of “Battle Royale”<BR>Press Conference<BR>Instructional Video: Birthday Version<BR>Audition and Rehearsal Footage<BR>Special Effects Featurette<BR>Tokyo International Film Festival 2000<BR>Battle Royale Documentary<BR>Basketball Scene Rehearsals<BR>Behind the scenes Featurette<BR>Filming On Set<BR>Theatrical trailer<BR>Special Edition TV spot<BR>Directors Statement<BR>On-Screen Filmographies</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>9</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">Set in the near future <b>Battle Royale</b> is director Kinji Fukasaku’s 60th movie. Well known for his visceral portrayal of violence on screen he has taken his inspiration from the novel of the same name by Koshun Takami. In the bleak future imagined by the movie we see a Japanese society in which law and order is on the verge of breakdown. The blame for this falls firmly at the feet of the modern teenager, and in particular grade 9 (15 year olds). The government sees the increase in petty crimes, property destruction and a lack of respect for authority figures and adults in general as the root cause of society’s ills. Their solution is to pass the BR Bill. In order to discourage disruptive behaviour and to teach teenagers a lesson the BR Bill dictates that each year a class of 15 year olds is taken to a remote island off the Japanese coast. They are supplied with basic survival gear and a weapon selected at random. The have a necklace placed around their necks, which will explode if activated, and they must fight and kill their classmates until only one is left standing. If this is not done in three days, all the necklaces will explode and everyone will die.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"><b>Battle Royale</b> is a thrilling modern take on William Golding’s <b>Lord of the Flies</b> a book I remember revelling in at school. Whilst lacking the structure and form of Golding’s classic novel it lacks none of the power to shock. Fukasaku has cast aside movie-making subtleties for a straight telling of love, friendship and morality wrapped up in a gloriously gratuitous smorgasbord of violence. There is none of the balletic beauty often associated with Japanese cinema. This is down and dirty, meat and two veg violence, anime like in its characterizations and depiction of death. Yet despite the violence it has an honest voice and the satirisation of an amoral, reality TV obsessed youth is pretty close to the bone. Could you kill your best friend in order to survive? Or would you commit suicide rather than be forced to murder your loved ones? We see these children struggle with these questions and while you may begin watching this movie for the thrilling violence, I guarantee you will end it empathising with the horror faced by the teenagers on the island. And how many movies can do that these days except maybe those by QT – who by the way is on this DVD fully endorsing <b>Battle Royale</b> as do I.</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>5</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 special edition is presented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 picture which is below average by the generally high standards of the modern DVD release. Picture detail is where the main problems are. The image is both grainy and at time extremely soft leading to a lack of fine detail. Colours are muted except red, which is vivid and rich. Many of the blood gushes are computer generated and this may account for the unnatural look. Digital artefacting is also present in dark scenes and large areas of uniform colour such as the sky, which has areas of smearing. Despite the picture flaws visible on my 8ft viewing screen it was only on a second viewing that I noticed them, so engrossed was I in the movie itself.</p>

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale_1.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION"></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">The Special Edition disc has both a DTS and DD track to choose from. Take your pick because apart from a higher volume level on the DTS track there is nothing to separate the two. Both provide a great experience. The strength of the tracks is in their presentation of the classically scored soundtrack, and the visceral, hyper realistic foley effects. Gunshots, axe swipes, and knife stabs are all delivered with audio ferocity. The Japanese dialogue track is a little strident and harsh by comparison, but then the same can be said of the voices on the verge of puberty that most of the performers have. Bass is present by the busload, which is good, but is maybe a bit boomy for purists.</p> </TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale_2.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION"></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>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">A second disc is provided which is packed with an exhaustive list of extras. See the top of the page for this list. However when push comes to shove the only one that can be fully enjoyed by a western viewer is the excellent <b>Making of Battle Royale</b> which is presented with English subtitles. This is an hour or so of on-set raw video footage with cast and crew interviews. All the other behind the scenes footage and documentaries are strictly Japanese only. From watching them most of the footage was present in the Making of… documentary anyway.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=BattleRoyale/BattleRoyale_3.jpg" ALT="BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION"></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>8</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 marvellous, yet violently controversial film is likely to have Daily Mail readers reaching for their Parker pens with cries of moral outrage, but beneath the violence is a social satire of modern moral decline that deserves to be seen. Anyway I bet we all know at least one teenager whose attitude would be improved if you could pop a cap in his ass!</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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