Battle Royale – The Ultimate Box Set [REVIEW]

So today I received this magnificent box-set in the post – Arrow’s Limited Edition to 10,000 copies of Battle Royale (Blu Ray). As soon as I opened it, I knew I had to do some kind of review, because to me, it’s literally the best box-set (both in content and value) for any film I’ve ever seen.
IMG02823-20130412-1536The cover of the box is a brand new design, not on any of the other Battle Royale DVDs/Blu Rays, which is definitely a good start.

IMG02824-20130412-1536From the side, you can see that there are five different sections; Directors cut (Blu Ray), Theatrical Cut (Blu Ray), Special Features (Blu Ray), Booklets, and Comic & Postcards.

IMG02825-20130412-1537After taking out the five sections, I was confronted with these super awesome artworks on each of them. From top left, to bottom right; Comic & Postcards, Booklets, Theatrical Cut, Directors Cut and Special Features. I was kind of expecting one of the three featured characters to include Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara), but alas, these three characters are all pivotal to the plot and I especially like Kiriyama, so it’s all good.

IMG02826-20130412-1538Here is the certificate I got stating that this is my limited edition copy, and that I got #6867 out of 10,000. Such an amazing addition to this box set.

IMG02828-20130412-1539This is the 32 paged comic book, named ‘Parent’s Day’. I was surprised not to see it in the same style as the original manga, but the drawings aren’t too bad it’s a good little read.

IMG02829-20130412-1539Inside the comic book! The basic premise of the plot is that two students find out that their school is going to be part of the next Battle Royale Program, so they decide to run away. But will they survive? You’ll to buy it and read to find out!

IMG02830-20130412-1540Next is the doubled sided poster. This is one is the new artwork version…

IMG02831-20130412-1540And this is the original artwork one (which I’ve already put up on my wall because it’s one of my favourite film posters ever!)

IMG02832-20130412-1541Next we have the amazing 5×7″ postcards (the smaller one, out of place is the front of the Limited Edition certificate). I was gutted to see no Kiriyama in this selection, but the shots they have chose to include are all great ones!

IMG02833-20130412-1545Here is one of the pages from inside the concept art and drawings booklet. This is one of my favourite parts of the box set, I just wish there was a chance to get the image on the left blown up, as i’d LOVE it as a poster.

IMG02834-20130412-1545Two more pieces of artwork from inside the concept art and drawings booklet.

IMG02835-20130412-1546A couple of pages from inside the essays and commentary booklet. This is a list of everything featured inside of it;

  • Today’s Lesson is you Kill Each Other by Jay McRoy
  • A Battle Without an End by Tom Mes
  • Kinji Fukasaku Interviewed by Tom Mes
  • Director’s Statement
  • Cast & Crew Biographies
  • Kinji Fukasaku Complete Filmography
  • Battle Royale, A Novel by Koushun Takami (Extract)

Disk 1: Theatrical Cut & Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • The making of Battle Royale: The experience of 42 high school students
  • Conducting Battle Royale with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Disk 2: Special Edition (Director’s Cut) & Special Features

  • Special Edition Trailer
  • TV spot: Tarantino Version
  • Shooting the special edition
  • Takeshi Kitano interview
  • The correct way to make Battle Royale (Birthday version)
  • Tokyo International Film Festival presentation

Disk 3: Special Features

  • Opening day at Marunouchi Toei movie theater
  • The slaughter of 42 high school students
  • Premiere press conference
  • The correct way to fight in Battle Royale
  • Royale rehearsals
  • Masamichi Amano conducts Battle Royale
  • Special effects comparison
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Filming on set
  • TV spots, promos and commercials
  • Kinji Fukasaku trailer reel

All in all, this is literally the box set I’ve ever seen, and a definite must have for fans of Battle Royale. What’s even more amazing about this, is that it only costs £19.99 to buy – with free postage! You can buy it direct from Arrow’s site; HERE. You should all probably get this now, sooner than later as it’s a limited edition and it’s been out for a little while, so there’s probably not too many of them left.

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