Battle Royale Finally Getting a Proper U.S. Release on DVD and Blu-ray in March

After over a decade of being forced to watch it via bootleg, import or BitTorrent, soon U.S. fans of Kinji Fukasaku’s Japanese cult classic Battle Royale will finally be able to own the movie on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray. Based on the book by Koushun Takami, this gory action flick drew a ton of controversy when it was initially released because of the fact that it pits a class of high school students against each other in a brutal fight to the death. Clearly it shares many similarities with The Hunger Games, which would seem to be the main motivating factor for Anchor Bay to finally give the movie a proper U.S. release this March.

Battle Royale will be available in a single-disc edition and also a four-disc set that includes the Director’s Cut, Theatrical Cut and the sequel, Battle Royale II, plus a bonus disc that contains the following extras:

  • 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

I haven’t seen the movie in quite some time and I’m definitely curious to see if it still holds up. Something tells me that it will probably seem pretty tame by today’s standards. Still, it is supposedly Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movie of all-time, and that’s gotta count for something, right? Battle Royale hits stores on March 20th; check out a new trailer for the DVD and Blu-ray release below.

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  • wayno

    The Hunger Games must have lit a fire under their ass.

  • Sam

    omigod omigod omigod

    I saw this at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2001, and it remains the most amazing movie-going experience of my life. It played at Cinerama, on a 90 ft. screen with an equally great sound system. Right after the shot of the smiling, blood-soaked winner of the previous battle, Dies Irae kicked in over the opening credits, and hundreds of people leapt to their feet. I still get chills thinking about it.

  • Indianamcclain

    I thought The Good The Bad and The Ugly was Tarantino’s favourite film.

  • James Laczkowski

    Rio Bravo is Tarantino’s favorite film. Unless it changed

  • Darth_Siskel

    well…atleast it aint a remake