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Arrow Video’s Battle Royale LE Artwork Revealed!

Hey everybody, this may not be news to all of you but some may find it of interest. Possibly the most famous/infamous Japanese cult film ever made, Battle Royale (2000, Kinji Fukasaku) is heading to Bluray and DVD! Not that it hasn’t been widely available in the past, but this release certainly looks like one of the very best editions the film has seen yet. UK label Arrow Video are releasing the film on November 29th and here is the real kicker: both the Bluray and the DVD sets will be region free! So, if you don’t own a copy already and you’re tired of waiting for a US release (if you’re still waiting on that, I pity you) then this may very well be the perfect time for you! Remember, this release is going to be limited (10,000 copies on Bluray and 5,000 on DVD), so don’t sleep on this one!

Take a look at the amazing laundry list of special features after the jump!

3 DISC LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SET FEATURES:
– BRAND NEW RESTORED TRANSFER IN GLORIOUS HIGH DEFINITION 1080P OF BOTH FILMS
– BRAND NEW SUBTITLE TRANSLATION ON BOTH FEATURES
– LIMITED EDITION PACKAGING NUMBERED #/5000 WITH CERTIFICATE
– LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES
DISC 1 – THEATRICAL CUT: SPECIAL FEATURES
– ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
– THE MAKING OF BATTLE ROYALE: THE EXPERIENCE OF 42 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
– CONDUCTING BATTLE ROYALE WITH THE WARSAW NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
DISC 2 – SPECIAL EDITION [DIRECTOR’S CUT]: SPECIAL FEATURES
– SPECIAL EDITION TRAILER
– TV SPOT: TARANTINO VERSION
– SHOOTING THE SPECIAL EDITION
– TAKESHI KITANO INTERVIEW
– THE CORRECT WAY TO MAKE BATTLE ROYALE [BIRTHDAY VERSION]
– TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTATION
DISC 3 – SPECIAL FEATURES
– OPENING DAY AT MARU NO UCHI TOEI MOVIE THEATRE
– THE SLAUGHTER OF 42 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
– PREMIERE PRESS CONFERENCE
– THE CORRECT WAY TO FIGHT IN BATTLE ROYALE
– ROYALE REHEARSALS
– MASAMICHI AMANO CONDUCTS BATTLE ROYALE
SPECIAL EFFECTS COMPARISON
– BEHIND THE SCENES FEATURETTE
– FILMING ON SET
– TV SPOTS, PROMOS AND COMMERCIALS
– KINJI FUKASAKU TRAILER REEL
36 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING:
– ‘A BATTLE WITHOUT AN END’ BY TOM MES, AUTHOR OF ‘THE MIDNIGHT EYE GUIDE TO NEW JAPANESE FILM’
– PRINTED INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KINJI FUKASAKU
– ‘TODAY’S LESSON IS… YOU KILL EACH OTHER’ BY JAY MCROY, AUTHOR OF ‘JAPANESE HORROR CINEMA’ [LE EXCLUSIVE]
– EXTRACT FROM KOUSHUN TAKAMI’S ORIGINAL NOVEL [LE EXCLUSIVE]
– ORIGINAL PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL INCLUDING DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT, CAST AND CREW BIOGS [LE EXCLUSIVE]
16 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING:
– CONCEPT ARTWORK AND DRAWINGS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION SET [LE EXCLUSIVE]
5X7″ POSTCARDS OF STILLS FROM THE FILM [LE EXCLUSIVE]
FOLD-OUT REVERSIBLE POSTER OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK

DVD 3 DISC LIMITED EDITION SET FEATURES:
– BRAND NEW RESTORED HIGH DEFINITION TRANSFER OF BOTH FILMS
– BRAND NEW SUBTITLE TRANSLATION ON BOTH FEATURES
– LIMITED EDITION PACKAGING NUMBERED #/5000 WITH CERTIFICATE
– LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES
DISC 1 – THEATRICAL CUT: SPECIAL FEATURES
– ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
– THE MAKING OF BATTLE ROYALE: THE EXPERIENCE OF 42 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
– CONDUCTING BATTLE ROYALE WITH THE WARSAW NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
DISC 2 – SPECIAL EDITION [DIRECTOR’S CUT]: SPECIAL FEATURES
– SPECIAL EDITION TRAILER
– TV SPOT: TARANTINO VERSION
– SHOOTING THE SPECIAL EDITION
– TAKESHI KITANO INTERVIEW
– THE CORRECT WAY TO MAKE BATTLE ROYALE [BIRTHDAY VERSION]
– TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTATION
DISC 3 – SPECIAL FEATURES
– OPENING DAY AT MARU NO UCHI TOEI MOVIE THEATRE
– THE SLAUGHTER OF 42 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
– PREMIERE PRESS CONFERENCE
– THE CORRECT WAY TO FIGHT IN BATTLE ROYALE
– ROYALE REHEARSALS
– MASAMICHI AMANO CONDUCTS BATTLE ROYALE
SPECIAL EFFECTS COMPARISON
– BEHIND THE SCENES FEATURETTE
– FILMING ON SET
– TV SPOTS, PROMOS AND COMMERCIALS
– KINJI FUKASAKU TRAILER REEL
36 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING:
– ‘A BATTLE WITHOUT AN END’ BY TOM MES, AUTHOR OF ‘THE MIDNIGHT EYE GUIDE TO NEW JAPANESE FILM’
– PRINTED INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KINJI FUKASAKU
– ‘TODAY’S LESSON IS… YOU KILL EACH OTHER’ BY JAY MCROY, AUTHOR OF ‘JAPANESE HORROR CINEMA’ [LE EXCLUSIVE]
– EXTRACT FROM KOUSHUN TAKAMI’S ORIGINAL NOVEL [LE EXCLUSIVE]
– ORIGINAL PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL INCLUDING DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT, CAST AND CREW BIO’S [LE EXCLUSIVE]
16 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING:
– CONCEPT ARTWORK AND DRAWINGS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION SET [LE EXCLUSIVE]
5X7″ POSTCARDS OF STILLS FROM THE FILM [LE EXCLUSIVE]
FOLD-OUT REVERSIBLE POSTER OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK

So, everything appears to be identical other than the HD features that will only be found on the Bluray version, obviously. With all of that said, take a look at this spread and see if your mouth doesn’t water!

NEWS SOURCES: Twitchfilm, ArrowVideo Bluray, ArrowVideo DVD & Cult Labs

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