Battle Royale

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Steve Kramzer, Jan 10, 2002.

  1. Steve Kramzer

    Steve Kramzer Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2001
    Messages:
    114
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Has anyone heard anything about this movie getting a region 1 release? It was one of my favorite movies last year, and I was hoping that maybe some smaller company like Anchor Bay or Criterion would pick it up.
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 1999
    Messages:
    11,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Last I heard there are a few companies interested, but Toei wants a lot more than most of them are willing to pay. I just don't think they understand that the biggies have no more interest in the film due to Columbine.

    Until then, you have the following options:

    1- Hong Kong VCD- burned in Chinese/English subs, Japanese stereo-$8

    2- Hong Kong DVD(Region 3)- Japanese DD&DTS 5.1, non-anamorphic widescreen, English & Chinese DVD subs-$10

    3- UK DVD(PAL, Region 2)- Japanese 2.0, anamorphic widescreen, English subtitles-$25

    4- Japanese DVD (Region 2)- Dolby Digital 5.1, anamorphic widescreen-$40. Japanese subtitles

    5- Japanese DVD (Region 2) Special Edition Director's Cut: Coming soon. Basically more violent and some extra flashback scenes plus extras.
     
  3. Lannie Lorence

    Lannie Lorence Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2000
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Shriek Show announced last Sunday at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention that they have acquired the title. Shriek Show is the new horror subdividivision of Media Blasters who do a lot of anime DVDs.
     
  4. James_Kiang

    James_Kiang Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2000
    Messages:
    1,171
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Has there been any further information announced about a Region 1 release?
     
  5. Matthew Kiernan

    Matthew Kiernan Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2001
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Sorry, Lannie, but you're confused. Shreik Show announced VISITOR Q and FREEZE ME, but not BATTLE ROYALE. Apparently, what the previous poster said was on the money: The producers want way too much money (the film was a huge hit in Japan). They're also weary of any potential cuts that might be made in the film (I guess Miramax is out of the running).

    I will berate you about this in person at a later date.
     
  6. Lannie Lorence

    Lannie Lorence Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2000
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Perhaps you should consider berateing me here and now. It would be fun and amusing for everyone. And due to my self-imposed exile from someone we both now, who knows when I'll see you.

    Give it your best shot.
     
  7. John P Grosskopf

    John P Grosskopf Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2001
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Actually, I think the longer cut is less gory than the original cut. It supposedly has a longer running time due to the flashback sequences, but some violence and gore was cut so that more runs could be added in Japanese movie theaters to cash in on a younger section of the youth market than allowable in its first cut.

    I cannot confirm this, but seem to remember reading it on a board about non-region 1 DVD releases.
     
  8. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2000
    Messages:
    2,282
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    John, you are correct sir. [​IMG]
    The longer cut, aka the special edition cut, has 100 edits from the theatrical cut (gore and quite a bit of sound effects are gone), but adds in a few flashback scenes and a requiem. This edit was made so that people under the age of fifteen could see the film.
     
  9. John P Grosskopf

    John P Grosskopf Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2001
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Woo hoo! I knew I wasn't totally full of B.S![​IMG]
     
  10. Kai Zas

    Kai Zas Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2002
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I've been reading all of the posts about this movie, but still can't make up my mind about which one to get! And where.
    The R2 UK release is 109min, so I'm guessing this is the original uncut version running short because of the pal-speedup. This can't be good considering the already high-pitched japanese language. It's anamorphic, and has a DD 2.0 track.
    The R3 Hong Kong release is non-anamorphic but has a spiffy DTS track. I'm guessing this is uncut, but dddhouse.com doesn't mention this.
    The Japanese R2 release is anamorphic, DD5.1 and uncut. No English subs, so not an option.
    And finally the Japanese R2 Special Edition. Has this version arrived yet? How is the cut?
    Realy wanna buy this movie! HELP [​IMG]
     
  11. rutger_s

    rutger_s Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2000
    Messages:
    878
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    If you have a good PAL to NTSC convertor, you could opt for the R2 UK release. But it would be Japanese stereo only.

    The R3 Hong Kong release has dts, Dolby Digital, and stereo Japanese with English & Chinese(traditional & simplified) subtitles. This disc is compatible with NTSC televisions.

    The R2 UK, R3 Hong Kong, and current R2 Japanese discs are the original theatrical cut. Not the toned-down edited version of the film.

    The current R2 Japanese disc does not have English subtitles.

    The R3 Hong Kong DVD is a better buy over the Video CD.

    I, myself, have the R3 disc distributed by Universe Video & Laser Company Limited. The letterbox widescreen transfer is pretty good and the English subtitles are almost 99% gramatically correct.

    The only caveat with the R3 disc is that one scene is missing the English subtitles for some words written on a blackboard early in the film. However, it does not detract from the enjoyment of the film.
     
  12. Mark_Wilson

    Mark_Wilson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,800
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    ...not to mention the DTS track is pretty damn good on the R3 version.
     
  13. Kai Zas

    Kai Zas Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2002
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks, people [​IMG]
    Made up my mind, the R3 version is on its way from dddhouse.
    Btw, it's dirt cheap [​IMG]
     
  14. John P Grosskopf

    John P Grosskopf Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2001
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  15. rutger_s

    rutger_s Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2000
    Messages:
    878
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  16. John P Grosskopf

    John P Grosskopf Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2001
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  17. Robert Spalding

    Robert Spalding Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 1998
    Messages:
    484
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    apparently the R2 Japanese Special Edition version is coming out end of May.
    check here:
    http://www.battleroyale.allhere.com/
    by the way, why is the R3 version I got windowboxed?
     
  18. Mathias Klemme

    Mathias Klemme Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2000
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The R3 is only good for those who are watching on TVs. The picture quality is simply too bad to blow this up for projection. I had the R3 and replaced it with the far superior UK DVD (R2). Another DVD of BR will be released in Germany shortly, I hear.

    -Mathias
     
  19. Robert Spalding

    Robert Spalding Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 1998
    Messages:
    484
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Mathias, what is superior about the UK R2 version? is it anamorphic? I assume it's PAL, but I am playing my imports from a HTPC
     
  20. Robert Spalding

    Robert Spalding Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 1998
    Messages:
    484
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    for some reason, Bensonworld lists this as a region 0. is that correct?
     

Share This Page