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Christopher Webster [DVD News 03.12.12] apocalyptic scifi horror

42 students, Three days, One survivor -- No Escape. Welcome to the world of Battle Royale.

So Suzanne Collins says she's never seen nor heard of Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale and that the similarity in plot to her uber popular books and soon to be the biggest box-office hit of the year, The Hunger Games is a total coincidence. Whether you believe her or not (which I do incidentally, as the author doesn't strike as someone too astute when it comes to cult cinema), the fact remains that the two films share a common theme - kids trying to kill each other in a futuristic society.

It's hard to believe that this new release of BATTLE ROYALE and BATTLE ROYALE: The Complete Collection from Anchor Bay marks the first time time the films have been available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD.

In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.

Chiaki Kuriyama and screen legend Takeshi Kitano star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director's Cut of Kinji Fukasaku's uncompromising masterpiece -- nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards -- available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.

You can Order Battle Royale here

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Alejandro24 (10 years ago) Reply

I can't see the video, Is not available in my country :( .

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