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Battle Royale: Special Edition (UK)

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One Dead. 41 To Go.
Certificate: 18
Running Time: 121 mins
Retail Price: £23.99
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At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation`s youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act.

Overseen by a former teacher, Kitano (`Beat` Takeshi), and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance. Likened to Stanley Kubrick`s A Clockwork Orange by many critics, this explosive film shocked a nation with its violent portrayal of a society in ruins. This special double DVD box set includes an extra 8 minutes of Battle Royale (including an alternative ending), a poster art collector`s card and a 4-page booklet.

Special Features:
The Making Of Battle Royale
Battle Royale Press Conference
Instructional Video: Birthday Version
Audition and Rehearsal Footage
Special Effects Comparison Featurette
Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
Battle Royale Documentary
Basketball Scene Rehearsals
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Filming On Set
Original Theatrical Trailer
Special Edition TV Spot
TV Spot: Tarantino Version
Director`s Statement
On-screen Filmographies

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese
DTS 5.1 Japanese

Subtitle Tracks:

Directed By:
Kinji Fukasaku

Written By:

Takeshi Kitano
Chiaki Kuriyama
Kou Shibasaki
Masanobu Ando
Taro Yamamoto
Aki Maeda
Tatsuya Fujiwara

Music From:
Masamichi Amano

Director of Photography:
Katsumi Yanagishima

Hirohide Abe

Production Designer:
Kyôko Heya

Masao Sato
Masumi Okada
Tetsu Kayama
Akio Kamatani

Tartan Video

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