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    BATTLE ROYALE Finally Receives American Release

    The international cult classic BATTLE ROYALE will finally be released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. Photos courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. © 2000 The “Battle Royale” Production Committee

    Available for the First Time in North America on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Source: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Sue Procko Public Relations press release Special Thanks to Ed Peters and Eric Becker ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL FILMS IN HISTORY FINALLY ARRIVES!

    Satomi Noda (Sayaka Kamiya) unloads on her fellow students. Photo courtesy of The Associates. © 2000 The “Battle Royale” Production Committee

    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. The violently poetic epic about an innocent group of Junior High students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards, launched a global phenomenon, and banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel 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 (?????????, Batoru Rowaiaru, 2000) 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), Tatsuya Fujiwara (DEATH NOTE), Aki Maeda (GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS), Kou Shibasaki (DORORO), Masanobu Ando (SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO) 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, available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America. The BATTLE ROYALE release will include: • Director’s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles BATTLE ROYALE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Three years after BATTLE ROYALE, the equally disturbing sequel BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM (????????? II????????????, Batoru Rowaiaru II: Chinkonka)– 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 and English language tracks and English subtitles • BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM with Japanese language and English subtitles • BATTLE ROYALE Bonus Content with Japanese language and English subtitles

    The terrorist group Wild Seven targets the government responsible for the BR Act in BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM. © 2003 The “Battle Royale” Production Cmte.

    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 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.

    Specifications

    Cover for the BATTLE ROYALE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray. Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. © 2000 The “Battle Royale” Production Committee

    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 and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Subtitles: English Disc 3 – BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM Run Time: 133 minutes Rating: Not Rated Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) 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

    Cover for the BATTLE ROYALE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION DVD. Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. © 2000 The “Battle Royale” Production Committee

    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 and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Subtitles: English Disc 3 – BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM Run Time: 133 minutes Rating: Not Rated Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital 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

    Cover for the BATTLE ROYALE Director’s Cut Blu-ray. Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. © 2000 The “Battle Royale” Production Committee

    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


    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 is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).


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