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Versus (Director's Cut) back to product details

R-Rated Version, not Unrated/Director's Cut
written by Jihatsuteki January 29, 2007 - 2:16 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Greencine lists the film as being the unrated version (and given the bonus disc available for rental, everything should indeed be from the Special Edition set). However, the disc that I received (the first disc -- I did not rent the bonus one) was the R-RATED version. Perhaps it was just a stroke of incredibly bad luck, but I'll happily splurge $30+ if it means I get to see the film uncut and uncensored the first time around rather than see something that's incomplete.

Just a note for those as picky about film versions (and perhaps other things, though I'd hope not) as I am.

underbudget but interesting
written by JTabor March 2, 2006 - 8:46 AM PST
Versus was a good film that kept my interest the entire 2 hours. I wanted to like this movie more than I did. It had a good plot, almost believeable action, and zombies. In my book, that's usually a formula for success. I think if the film had a bigger budget, it would have been an 8 or 9. It wasn't exactly a horror movie which made it different than other J. Horror. I agree with the other reviewers as it was an action movie with zombies in it.

I now own this
written by JBellows June 14, 2004 - 4:24 PM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is totally sweet. Its an underbudget indie Japanese homage to all the horror films the directors and crew loved. Its a Japanese zombie movie with attitude. Must rent, and a must buy in my opinion.

Modern swordplay with zombies and campy humor
written by hneline1 February 1, 2004 - 10:09 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
If you like modern swordplay, samurai swordplay, zombies, bloody dismemberment, resurrection mysticism, and campy humor, watch Versus. It is so much better than Princess Blade. Sometimes the actors couldn't act, but so what -- they were certainly having fun. Sometimes the fight choreography wasn't extremely intricate, but so what -- they fought with zest, even if they missed each other by a mile. Sometimes the props were obviously fake, but so what -- it was part of the humor. C'mon, this is an independent film! They had no budget. I love the dizzy camerawork.

As much as I enjoyed the film, I think that the commentaries are even more entertaining and enlightening. The DVD has two commentary tracks under Setup. One is with director Ryuhei Kitamura and producer Keishiro Shin in English -- their English is very good, but there are too many pauses and the comments are too sedate, IMHO.

The other track is with Ryuhei Kitamura and five of the cast members in Japanese -- this commentary is hilarious and full of energy and insight. They poke fun at each other and crack jokes, such as commenting that the film is doing well overseas because foreigners don't understand Japanese so they can't tell that Tak Sakaguchi can't act. My favorite story is about the zombie extra who shaved his head for the film and his family asked him if he had joined a cult. Also, there is a long list of movies mentioned as influences for Versus, including Lone Wolf and Cub, Terminator 2, The Matrix, Reservoir Dogs, Mad Max, Highlander, Mission Impossible, 12 Monkeys and The Lion King. Yes, The Lion King. Listen to the commentary to find out where Disney caused inspiration in a Japanese hack and slash. :-)

Uber fanboy goodness
written by Tpfau714 October 31, 2003 - 8:47 AM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This genre-mixing goody combines elements of high flying martial arts, swordplay, kinetic gun fights with zombies, yakuza-style gangsters and really off-beat characters. The story is told with a tongue-in-cheek (heart-in-hand) attitude, and goes all out in its elevated level of violence. While the story line has its weaknesses, the high energy cinematics, the horror backdrop and the jaw-dropping action lend credence to this movie. If you are looking for a pure zombie flick, this isn't it. While zombies play a party in this movie, they are upstaged by the leads of the show. Don't expect any hidden social commentary like in other zombie flicks, this one is just pure blood, guts and gore with a splash of comedy and tons of action. Overall, fun to watch!

A true definition of a 'live' anime
written by FChan August 4, 2003 - 7:16 PM PDT
10 out of 11 members found this review helpful
This movie has a rare redeeming quality that few japanese b movies have. The story and action flows smoothly, while the cinematography depicting the constraint of the forest rivals Crouching Tiger. I've watched the rated version so I may have missed out on some of the wanton goodness, but even so, I haven't come across a movie this refreshing since Pistol Opera.
The fighting scenes are a mixed bag since the hand 2 hand seems a bit fake (they were obvious in not hurting each other in the filming), yet the sword techniques were masterful and exhilarating. My other gripe comes with the ending. I was left scratching my head at the logic the film-makers took. It is better ignoring it altogether.
A 9 may seem high, but the lasting factor is well worth it.

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