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You asked for it...we got it...BATTLE ROYALE
Topic by: Dwoodwoo
Posted: April 21, 2003 - 12:29 PM PDT
Last Reply: August 4, 2003 - 5:11 PM PDT

author topic: You asked for it...we got it...BATTLE ROYALE
Dwoodwoo
post #1  on April 21, 2003 - 12:29 PM PDT  
http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=30664

Fun for the whole family! Seriously, this title has been pushed to me since I saw it with the Jason and MLouv down in San Diego on VHS format. It's definitely "Rated GC." We have it in limited quantities so put some other stuff in your queue while you're waiting for it.

And we're looking into those Lynch shorts...

best regards--

dennis!
Dennis Woo
Managing Partner, GreenCine
ggsuperhero
post #2  on April 21, 2003 - 1:29 PM PDT  
Somewhat related to this topic: The Tenant (Polanski) is being re-released on DVD. Release date is July 1. You can now add it to your queue! Woo-hoo!
JBellah
post #3  on April 22, 2003 - 5:28 PM PDT  
Battle Royale is without equal, and it's definitely a good start, but since you're dipping your toes into the murky "region free" waters, why not stock a few of these titles and help get my eBay spending a bit more under control.

Princess Blade; I think Tartan puts out a decent version, but the bootlegs have little to no subtitles.

Uzumaki; Craziest Japanese horror flick ever.

Ju-Oh; Just the trailer gave me nightmares.

Junk; An American version is coming out soon. Japanese zombies kick ass.

Versus; Top 5 movie. If you love Evil Dead & Dead Alive, you'll love the undead kung-fu Yakuza movie of the century.

Ring Sequels; they probably suck, but I'd still like to check them out.

Suicide Club; Sort of along the same lines as Battle Royale.

Electric Dragon 80,000 v; This flick often gets compared to Tetsuo. Crazy cyberpunk madness.
underdog
post #4  on April 22, 2003 - 5:44 PM PDT  
> On April 22, 2003 - 5:28 PM PST JBellah wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Battle Royale is without equal, and it's definitely a good start, but since you're dipping your toes into the murky "region free" waters, why not stock a few of these titles and help get my eBay spending a bit more under control.
>
> Princess Blade; I think Tartan puts out a decent version, but the bootlegs have little to no subtitles.
>
> Uzumaki; Craziest Japanese horror flick ever.
>
> Ju-Oh; Just the trailer gave me nightmares.
>
> Junk; An American version is coming out soon. Japanese zombies kick ass.
>
> Versus; Top 5 movie. If you love Evil Dead & Dead Alive, you'll love the undead kung-fu Yakuza movie of the century.
>
> Ring Sequels; they probably suck, but I'd still like to check them out.
>
> Suicide Club; Sort of along the same lines as Battle Royale.
>
> Electric Dragon 80,000 v; This flick often gets compared to Tetsuo. Crazy cyberpunk madness.
> ---------------------------------

We're getting Junk so feel free to place it in your queue now...

Also ordering UZUMAKI.

I'm sure our dutiful shipping queen will be looking into the others when she can. Thanks for the tips!

C/U
NeilCresswell
post #5  on April 22, 2003 - 7:14 PM PDT  
Oh this is great! Thanks for getting this in. I wonder if the likes of NetFlix would be as brave. :p

I don't think I'll enjoy the movie but I've wanted to see it very much solely because other people don't want me to (a surefire way of making me want to see something!)

Oh, and re the mysterious hand-written note on my last rental envelope, I didn't drink the water and thanks for looking out for your customer's health as well as their rental needs. ;>
ColonelKong
post #6  on April 23, 2003 - 12:46 PM PDT  
Well, whaddya know? My DVD request was actually granted! This saves me from having to drop $30 on a copy of Battle Royale without seeing it first. Hopefully, it'll be "Available" for at least a few more days since I sent back a disc today and BR is at the top of my queue. It would also be nice if Happiness of the Katakuris went from "Short Wait" to "Available" one of these days.

Anything else directed by Kinji Fukasaku that GreenCine doesn't already carry would be nice too, of course, it would help if more of his films were on DVD, Message From Space and Black Lizard are two I'd love to have. I've never actually gotten to see Black Lizard (Yukio Mishima has a cameo in it), but Message From Space is a wondefully juvenile and stupid film that George Lucas probably saw before Return of the Jedi was made.
NeilCresswell
post #7  on April 23, 2003 - 1:09 PM PDT  
FYI Happiness of the Katakuris did make it to available (was on my list for a looooong time) and I saw it last week. I guess it's short wait as other have it rented out. For what it's worth, this was one of the rare movies where I didn't see it all the way through because it simply had nothing to entertain or educate me and was missing any saving graces. I've probably had more enjoyable times at the dentist. I hope this is just my weird sense of taste and you enjoy the movie though.

I also requested BR and put it on the top of my list the moment I heard GC had it. Race you to it! :>
JBellah
post #8  on April 23, 2003 - 6:43 PM PDT  
Thought of a couple more:

Dark Water - The latest Koji Suzuki / Hideo Nakata flick.

Kairo - This one is also referred to as Pulse.

BTW ColonelKong, if any movie is worth $30, it would be Battle Royale. If you are at all into the Japanese horror genre, you're gonna want to own a copy. Might as well save yourself the wait and pick it up at hkflix. Just make sure you get the Tartan version (it's the only one with decent subtitles.)
ggsuperhero
post #9  on April 23, 2003 - 7:07 PM PDT  
Hey y'all ... just want to let you know that for any requests, please send them to dvdrequest@greencine.com. I check the boards every now and then but I'm afraid I may miss some messages. If you send it to the email address above, it'll go directly to my inbox which guarantee's that you'll get my attention. Thanks!
ColonelKong
post #10  on April 23, 2003 - 9:13 PM PDT  
> On April 23, 2003 - 1:09 PM PST NeilCresswell wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> FYI Happiness of the Katakuris did make it to available (was on my list for a looooong time) and I saw it last week. I guess it's short wait as other have it rented out. For what it's worth, this was one of the rare movies where I didn't see it all the way through because it simply had nothing to entertain or educate me and was missing any saving graces. I've probably had more enjoyable times at the dentist. I hope this is just my weird sense of taste and you enjoy the movie though.

I liked Fudoh and Audition quite a bit (the only Takashi Miike films I've seen at the movie), did you? I just find the idea of him doing a musical irresistable. I think when people say that they "hate musicals", I think they fail to realize that there is a LOT of diversity within the genre of musicals. Speaking of weirdo musicals, where the heck is Ken Russell's Lisztomania?

I think I acually first heard about Happiness of the Katakuris about two years ago, so I've wanted to see it and Battle Royale for quite some time now. I don't really get why BR's violence is supposedly keeping it from being released in the US, I mean Hannibal got an R-rating after all. Maybe because it's about teenagers killing each other, which I happen to think would make it pretty relevant in the US.
chester
post #11  on April 24, 2003 - 5:04 AM PDT  
> On April 21, 2003 - 12:29 PM PST Dwoodwoo wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=30664
>
> Fun for the whole family! Seriously, this title has been pushed to me since I saw it with the Jason and MLouv down in San Diego on VHS format. It's definitely "Rated GC." We have it in limited quantities so put some other stuff in your queue while you're waiting for it.

Just wanted you to know that I am very disappointed in Greencine for posting this, as I have this at the top of my rental queue and now everybody will now it's here!

Just kidding, and thanks for keeping those odd, unusual and rare DVDs in stock (I finally get to see The Specials! Woohoo! I've been wanting to see that way before it had its limited theatrical release in LA and NY)

(I'm now at Greencine, transferring from Netflix for 2 months now...)
chester
post #12  on April 24, 2003 - 5:05 AM PDT  
> On April 21, 2003 - 1:29 PM PST ggsuperhero wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Somewhat related to this topic: The Tenant (Polanski) is being re-released on DVD. Release date is July 1. You can now add it to your queue! Woo-hoo!
> ---------------------------------

That's great, thanks! I can finally move it from my private "not yet at GreenCine" list :)
ColonelKong
post #13  on May 6, 2003 - 11:33 PM PDT  
I got my copy of BR today (and Happiness of the Katakuris, which I haven't had time to watch yet), I'll write a more in-depth review sometime soon (I rated it an 8), but by all means, click that rent button if you haven't seen it yet! (but not if you are squeamish). Despite the "for progressive-scan players only" warning, it played just fine on my nearly 4-year old non-progressive scan player (an RCA), whether it will play on other kinds of non-PS players, I don't know.

Even though Takeshi Kitano didn't write or direct BR (it was shot by a DP he's worked with), I'd highly recommend it to any fans of his films, as it some great moments of black comedy to match anything in the movies he's directed.

It'll probably be a while before we get to see BR2, I think it comes out in Japan this summer, and judging from the trailer, it probably has an even smaller chance of getting an US release than BR1. Tartan or someone else will probably do a BR2 disc eventually though.
Brujaria
post #14  on July 31, 2003 - 8:11 PM PDT  

Man, as much as I loved Nakata's The Ring and his excellent nail-biter Chaos, Dark Waters flat out sucks. I hate to use such harsh terms, but it is just like any number of crappy HK/Taiwanese rip-offs of The Ring. It's actually embarrassing. Maybe not as unbearable as The Ring 0, but just plain bad. Sorry, but it had to be said.

Kairo aka Pulse on the other hand is outstanding. Easily the best Japanese horror film since The Ring. It's impossible to describe, but it's sort of a sci-fi, ghost film. Eerie visuals, typically Kioshi Kirosawa ambiguity, great plot and more atmosphere than the last 50 US horror films combined.



> Dark Water - The latest Koji Suzuki / Hideo Nakata flick.
>
> Kairo - This one is also referred to as Pulse.


arotolante
post #15  on August 4, 2003 - 6:53 AM PDT  
Speaking of films off the beaten path....

Has anyone seen "The Eye"? I think this one is being remade in the States, a la "The Ring", sometime soon.

Just curious. I hear "The Eye" is another doozy of a film!

Cheers!
ggsuperhero
post #16  on August 4, 2003 - 10:59 AM PDT  
Just incase you didn't know The Eye is available for rent.




> ---------------------------------
> Speaking of films off the beaten path....
>
> Has anyone seen "The Eye"? I think this one is being remade in the States, a la "The Ring", sometime soon.
>
> Just curious. I hear "The Eye" is another doozy of a film!
>
> Cheers!
> ---------------------------------

larbeck
post #17  on August 4, 2003 - 1:09 PM PDT  
Interesting...

I see both a Region 0, progressive-only Battle Royal and a Special Edition. I assuming that the Special Edition is the usual Region 1 and NTSC, interlaced but I am wonder what else differeniates these two releases? And has anyone tried a Region 0, progressive only DVD with PowerDVD 3.0 and Windows 2000? And as for the bonus disc, Greencine did it's job well by giving me information to tell this language challenged American that I am not interested:

"Please note: The bonus disc is primarily in Japanese and does not have English subtitles, only removable Korean subtitles. The movie itself DOES have removable English and Korean subtitles"
glamarama
post #18  on August 4, 2003 - 5:11 PM PDT  
> On July 31, 2003 - 8:11 PM PDT Brujaria wrote:
> Man, as much as I loved Nakata's The Ring and his excellent nail-biter Chaos, Dark Waters flat out sucks. I hate to use such harsh terms, but it is just like any number of crappy HK/Taiwanese rip-offs of The Ring. It's actually embarrassing. Maybe not as unbearable as The Ring 0, but just plain bad. Sorry, but it had to be said.

---------------

I thought Dark Water was pretty good, and it was way better than The Ring. The production values alone were far superior. Yeah, it was predictable towrd the end, but I really enjoyed the tone and intense gloom (I'm a sucker for creepy little girls too).

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