BATTLE ROYALE fans will blow their loads!

Battle Royale Blu-ray Anchor Bay Press Release:

ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL FILMS IN HISTORY FINALLY ARRIVES!

BATTLE ROYALE

Available for the first time in North America on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital download on March 20th from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Beverly Hills, CA – Battle Royale.  A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences.  A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics.  And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray™ and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon – the three disc Blu-ray™ plus bonus DVD set has an SRP of $49.99 and an SRP $44.98 for the four disc DVD.  Battle Royale will also be released separately on Blu-ray™ for an SRP of $29.99 and DVD for an SRP of $24.98.  Pre-Book on both is February 22.  Battle Royale will be available digitally via select outlets including iTunes® and Xbox LIVE®.

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

Battle Royale

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 (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Boiling Point, Brother) 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.

Battle Royale: The Complete Collection

In 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed Battle Royale, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of Junior High students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards®, launched a global phenomenon, and banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America. Three years later, the equally disturbing sequel – featuring a new class, new rules, and a brutal terrorist plot by the first film’s young survivors – triggered its own tragic firestorm around the world. Now for the first time ever, you can see it all: Experience the entire Battle Royale saga on 4 discs that forever blasts open one of the most potent, shocking and savagely influential sagas in motion picture history.

Battle Royale: The Complete Collection’s four disc set in collectible high-end packaging will include:

  • Battle Royale Director’s Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
  • Battle Royale Theatrical Cut with both Japanese language tracks and English subtitles
  • Battle Royale II with Japanese language and English subtitles
  • Battle Royale Bonus Content with Japanese language and English subtitles

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • The Making Of BATTLE ROYALE
  • BATTLE ROYALE Press Conference
  • Instructional Video: Birthday Version
  • Audition & 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

The Battle Royale release will include:

  • Director’s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles

With impeccable direction by three-time ‘Director of the year’ Kinji Fukasaku, and featuring high-quality acting performances from every angle, Battle Royale: The Complete Collection is as cunning as it is ruthless, offering a unique and brutal depiction of what people are capable of when imminent death is everywhere you look.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment:

Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children’s entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on Blu-ray™ and DVD formats. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

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BATTLE ROYALE: The Complete Collection Blu-ray (3 disc plus bonus DVD)

Genre:                         Action/Drama, Thriller
Street Date:                 March 20, 2012
Pre-book:                     February 22, 2012
SRP:                            $49.99
Cat #:                          BD24401
UPC:                           0 1313 24401-9 4

Disc 1 – Battle Royale Director’s Cut:
Run Time:                   122 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                       Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                         Japanese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Disc 2 – Battle Royale Theatrical Cut:
Run Time:                   113 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                      Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                         Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Disc 3 – Battle Royale II: Requiem
Run Time:                   133 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                      Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                        Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Disc 4 – Battle Royale Special Features DVD:
Run Time:                   194 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                       Full-Frame (1.33:1)
Audio:                        Japanese Dolby Surround 2.0
Subtitles:                     English

BATTLE ROYALE: The Complete Collection DVD (4 disc)
Genre:                         Action/Drama, Thriller
Street Date:                 March 20, 2012
Pre-book:                    February 22, 2012
SRP:                            $44.98
Cat #:                          DV24566
UPC:                           0 1313 24566-9 0

Disc 1 – Battle Royale Director’s Cut:
Run Time:                   122 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                      Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                        Japanese and English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Disc 2 – Battle Royale Theatrical Cut:
Run Time:                   113 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                      Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                        Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Disc 3 – Battle Royale II: Requiem:
Run Time:                   133 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                      Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                        Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Disc 4 – Battle Royale Special Features:
Run Time:                   194 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
Format:                      Full-Frame (1.33:1)
Audio:                        Japanese Dolby Surround 2.0
Subtitles:                     English

BATTLE ROYALE Director’s Cut Blu-ray
Genre:                         Action/Drama, Thriller
Street Date:                 March 20, 2012
Pre-book:                   February 22, 2012
Cat. #:                         BD23767
UPC:                          0 1313 23767-9 0
Run Time:                   122 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
SRP:                            $29.99
Format:                        Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                         Japanese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

BATTLE ROYALE Director’s Cut DVD
Genre:                         Action/Drama, Thriller
Street Date:                 March 20, 2012
Pre-book:                     February 22, 2012
Cat. #:                         DV23762
UPC:                           0 1313 23762-9 5
Run Time:                   122 minutes
Rating:                        Not Rated
SRP:                            $24.98
Format:                        Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio:                         Japanese and English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                     English

Also, BATTLE ROYALE will be hitting the big screen in a very limited run at select theaters.

Participating Venues

  • 2/24: Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin Madison (Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee) (free to campus)
  • 2/24–2/25: Tulsa, OK – Circle Cinema
  • 3/11–3/11: Cambridge, MA – Brattle Theater / Seattle, WA – Northwest Film Forum (late Fridays in March)
  • 3/2–3/3: Portland, OR – Hollywood Theater
  • 3/2: Spokane, WA – Magic Lantern
  • 3/8-3/9: Winchester, VA – Alamo Drafthouse
  • 3/9-3/10: Minneapolis, MN – Landmark Lagoon 5
  • 3/9–3/15: Tucson, AZ – Loft Cinema 2 (10pm)/
  • 3/10: Providence, RI – Arkham Film Fest (no fee) / Huntington, NY – Cinema Arts Center
  • 3/16-3/17: Denver, CO – Denver Film Center
  • 3/18: Houston, TX – Alamo Drafthouse
  • 3/16-3/18 & 3/20: Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse
  • 3/19: Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Film Society/The Trocadero
  • 3/23-3/24: Seattle, WA – The Egyptian Theater
  • 3/30-3/31: Washington, DC – E Street
  • 4/6-4/7: Dallas, TX – Inwood Theater
  • 4/13: San Francisco, CA – The Castro Theater
  • 4/20-4/26: Seattle, WA – SIFF Cinema
  • 4/21: Columbus, OH – 28th Annual Ohio Science Fiction Marathon
  • 4/22–TBD: Columbus, OH – Drexel Theater / New York, NY – IFC Center
  • 5/24: Chicago, IL – University of Chicago

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