New R2 Battle Royale

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  1. Paul D G

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    So, now that I'm multireigon I'm all set to buy Battle Royale. I was all set to buy the R3 from DDDHouse (where surround sound beats anamorphic) but I see that there is a new R2 edition out this week.

    Amazon does not list any details. I assume this is the extended version, but is it still on 2.0? Anamorphic? Can anyone provide any details or perhaps link me to a site for R2 DVDs?

    A dream would be Extended cut, 5.1, and anamorphic...

    -paul
     
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    Tartan (a UK company) is re-releasing the film in NTSC, and not PAL. The disc will contain 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 (this hasn't been announced), and the trailers from the previous Tartan DVD. Also, it might be R0 since the previous Tartan DVD of the film was R0, but nobody knows anything at this point. Check an eye out for news on the DVD at Battle Royale Online.
     
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    This appears to be the version I am asking about. Amazon.co.uk now states that it as both R0 and R2 depending on where you look, and in NTSC, but no technical specs (extended version, audio formats, anamorphic, etc). Battle Royale Online does not seem to have any information about this release (site hasn't been updated since the 22nd of May). This disc came out on the 27th.

    -paul
     
  4. NilsV

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    There's a review up at Bullets'n'Babes:
    http://www.bulletsnbabesdvds.com/mod...ews&file=index
    It is region 0 NTSC, progressive and with removable english subs, using the same master as the excellent japanese disc, minus the extras and therefore only single layered. The resulting quality seems to be excellent nonetheless. Also, audio elements are updated to the original 5.1 soundtrack as opposed to the weak 2 channel mix of the first Tartan release.
     
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    Well, I'll be picking the new Tartan for the R0 encoding (my multi-code player is pretty crappy) and the anamorphic transfer to replace my R3 disc (nice DTS track though!). This way I can watch it anywhere!
     
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    Is the Tartan release the extended re-cut version or not. I'm way confused.
     
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    Nope.
     
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    It's either R0 or R2 NTSC.

    But, if you are multi-region PAL Converting capable, then the R's really don't matter.

    I am contemplating getting it since they say that the transfer is the same as the R2 NTSC Japanese Release.
     
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    If it is indeed R0, I'm buying it. It's an upgrade over the VCD and the R3 DVD.
     
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    Arggh, now I'm worried. Can anyone confirm that this new disc will indeed be R0? Amazon UK lists it as Region 2 NTSC under a "Please Note" section, but on the same page under Edition details and the Region Format frame it lists it is Region 0. [​IMG] I'm not going to reorder it if it's not R0, since I already have the R3 version and I want to play it on my other R1 machines.
     
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    No one will be able to confirm it until the disc arrives

    Knowing Japanese licensor's usual policies, I wouldn't count on it being R0, and I wouldn't be suprised if it becomes R2 down the line if/when Toei gets wind of it and gets pissed
     
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    Hmm, that review listed it as R0, and I'm guessing they have all kinds of players to review all those different copies.

    I think the please note section is misprint, I think.

    Could be a R2 disc, as well.
     
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    Well, Bullets 'n Babes seems pretty adamant that it's R0, but then they also claim that the original UK release was R0 as well when it was actually R2.
     
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    Rodd,
    The review you mention http://homepage.eircom.net/~screama...ersiondvd01.htm
    is actually a review of the Japanese Special Edition R2 which features an extended cut of the movie (and NO English subtitles). Believe the topic at hand is the new Tartan European R2 release. This has yet to be reviewed on Battle Royale Online (the site you are linking to.)
     
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    Where's a good place to order the R0 disc from? Anywhere besides Amazon UK?
     
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    Todd, Amazon.co.uk is the cheapest. After they remove VAT and adding shipping its 19.24lbs. for roughly $27. You can order it via email from Benson's but its 19.99lbs. with free shipping.
     
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    Tartan is notorious for mislabeling it's DVDs. So, let's wait for a review.

    I don't know if I'll upgrade my $10 R3 version for a $25 R2...
     
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    Considering that the new Tartan disc is basically the Japanese disc with on-board subtitles, and the Japanese disc runs about $45, I'd say that it's a deal

    The HK disc, while adaquate is non-anamorphic, and the J disc is definately superior
     

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