Battle Royale Limited Edition [4K Ultra-HD] [Blu-ray]

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Battle Royale Limited Edition [4K Ultra-HD] [Blu-ray]

Battle Royale Limited Edition [4K Ultra-HD] [Blu-ray]

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Also included in the set is the incendiary sequel Battle Royale II, the directing debut of Kenta Fukasaku (after his father passed away during production), in which a new class of delinquents are recruited by the government to hunt down the survivor of the deadly games of the first film. Having seen the film on both DVD and regular Blu-ray I can say that there is a definite difference here, and whilst some of the darker scenes do have a slight bit of grain to them, overall they look fantastic.

As much as the 4K restoration brings extra clarity and sharpness to the visuals, it can’t reveal shadow detail that has never been present.The film uses footage that was clearly shot on video as well—particularly in the Afghanistan settings. This Blu-ray release finally presents the film in high definition the way it deserves to be, with Arrow giving the film the kind of restoration that modern boutique labels are apt to do, with niche foreign cinema.

Presenting an alternate dystopian vision of turn-of-the-millennium Japan, Battle Royale follows the 42 junior high school students selected to take part in the government's annual Battle Royale programme, established as an extreme method of addressing concerns about juvenile delinquency.I have to say that there is an aspect of the film which does benefit from this, little moments of space to breathe between the mayhem, and more opportunities to touch base with the first film. When Battle Royale was released, the idea of teenagers having to kill each other until one of them is the only survivor caused controversy to the surprise of no one, primarily because I don’t think any other director has tackled a theme or concept like this before in a theatrical film format that would be seen by many people globally. Having been selected as this year’s participants, the class are taken to a remote island where they will be forced to fight and kill each other until only one remains. I was still in my twenties when I first watched Battle Royale, still of an age when its story and the social satire would be effective, and the world was a different place too, not as divisive or as reactionary. A sixth digipack isn’t actually a digipack, but a thin box which contains the Battle Royale Trump Cards.

Terrible storytelling, overly political to the point of distraction, Olympic medal-winning overacting, and overlong, with a broken premise, Battle Royale: Requiem is best avoided.Interestingly, there was an ad on the reverse of their included "Enter the World of 4K Ultra HD"-card for the little seen horror movie, The Deeper You Dig, released on blu-ray last year.

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