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Teens versus teens in the trailer for Battle Royale DVD

01.12.2012

Even if you haven't managed to see it for yourself in the decade since its original Japanese release, you're probably at least moderately familiar with the notoriously brutal BATTLE ROYALE.

Like a futuristic hardcore variation of "Survivor", the 2000 movie (the last finished film of director Kinji Fukasaku) stars "Beat" Takeshi Kitano as a teacher in charge of the "Battle Royale" program, which brings entire classes of troublesome students to an island and forces them to slaughter one another until only one remains. Anyone who refuses to participate gets a brand new hole in their carotid artery courtesy of an explosive necklace, but at least they get nifty items like handguns and pot lids to assist in the massacre.

The planned Hollywood remake from FAST AND FURIOUS producer Neal Moritz thankfully never happened, but the controversial movie (which also brought the oddly attractive Chiyaki Kuriyama to the attention of Quentin Tarantino for his KILL BILL bodyguard Go-Go Yubari) is finally getting a home release in the US on March 20th, to conveniently coincide with the theatrical premiere of the similarly themed THE HUNGER GAMES. You can check out the trailer below and pre-order HERE.

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Extra Tidbit: Supposedly THE HUNGER GAMES author Suzanne Collins had never seen nor heard of BATTLE ROYALE. Suuuuuuure.
Source: Yahoo

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12:19PM on 01/13/2012
It's about time!

Oh, and anyone who hasn't yet seen it should make a point to do so. It's absolutely fantastic in every conceivable way.
It's about time!

Oh, and anyone who hasn't yet seen it should make a point to do so. It's absolutely fantastic in every conceivable way.
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9:55AM on 01/13/2012
Comparing this to the hunger games is like comparing Twilight to Daybreakers. Sure, they are both about vampires but two very different movies.
Comparing this to the hunger games is like comparing Twilight to Daybreakers. Sure, they are both about vampires but two very different movies.
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7:27AM on 01/13/2012

Sounds horribly violent and unentertaining....

Someone skip past the plot summary and tell me what redeems this movie. Right now, all I'm getting is "kids slaughtering kids".
Someone skip past the plot summary and tell me what redeems this movie. Right now, all I'm getting is "kids slaughtering kids".
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8:23AM on 01/13/2012
Beat Takeshi
Beat Takeshi
6:36AM on 01/13/2012

extra tidbit...

I don't find that incredibly hard to believe. Its a pretty broad plot, and the similarities end with it. Either way...BR to blu ray is awesome.
I don't find that incredibly hard to believe. Its a pretty broad plot, and the similarities end with it. Either way...BR to blu ray is awesome.
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1:04AM on 01/13/2012

Blu-Ray It Is!

Damn that was a very well cut trailer. I saw this movie online and couldn't stop to do anything else and is my all-time favorite foreign film ever. I just pre-ordered my copy and March 20th couldn't be further away.
Damn that was a very well cut trailer. I saw this movie online and couldn't stop to do anything else and is my all-time favorite foreign film ever. I just pre-ordered my copy and March 20th couldn't be further away.
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11:53PM on 01/12/2012
Battle Royale came out when I was about 13 and it was the first and only time I was denied the entrance to a movie theater because I was a minor. I few months later I rented it on vhs and it blew away. Whith the sequel, on the other hand, happened the exact opposite. Saw it on theaters and hated it.
Battle Royale came out when I was about 13 and it was the first and only time I was denied the entrance to a movie theater because I was a minor. I few months later I rented it on vhs and it blew away. Whith the sequel, on the other hand, happened the exact opposite. Saw it on theaters and hated it.
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11:28PM on 01/12/2012
Definitely getting the Battle Royale complete collection bluray
Definitely getting the Battle Royale complete collection bluray
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11:27PM on 01/12/2012

re: extra tidbit

Having seen both, I can believe it. Suzanne Collins claims she was inspired by ancient Athens' yearly tribute to Crete which eventually went on to inspire the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. The basic premise of both properties is very similar but it's a concept that's been kicking around for a long time, and the execution is very different.
Having seen both, I can believe it. Suzanne Collins claims she was inspired by ancient Athens' yearly tribute to Crete which eventually went on to inspire the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. The basic premise of both properties is very similar but it's a concept that's been kicking around for a long time, and the execution is very different.
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10:15PM on 01/12/2012

Tidbit....

Riiiiiiiiiiiight!
Riiiiiiiiiiiight!
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10:12PM on 01/12/2012
One of my favorite films of all time, can't wait to finally own on Blu-Ray.
One of my favorite films of all time, can't wait to finally own on Blu-Ray.
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