If there is a true “master of horror” working in the comic book industry right now then it would have to be Stefan Hutchinson (“HALLOWEEN: NIGHTDANCE”, “DAY OF THE DEAD: DESERTION”). The scribe has been on fire in 2010 covering such beloved classics as Romero’s “DAY OF THE DEAD”, to writing sequels to cult hits like “DEMONS”, and now he is back again with yet another fan favorite title in “BATTLE ROYALE”. The original limited edition comic book will be packaged inside of the special edition DVD set that hits stores on Decemeber 13th from Arrow Video, and even though the set will be a Region 2 offering, the writer assures us that the DVDs will be completely region free! Inside you can get ALL the details as well as a 6 page preview! Read on for the skinny!
“Arrow Video’s Battle Royale Limited Edition DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on 13th December 2010. This release will also come with an exclusive all-new comic book:
BATTLE ROYALE: PARENTS’ DAY
A previous year, a previous Battle Royale. Class 3E from Zentsuji High School has been chosen for the year’s game of carnage. However, two students, Takashi and Tomomi, hve found out in advance that they are to be entered into the program and have planned an escape. As they go on the run in their home city, who can they trust and what fate awaits them for daring to break the rules?
BATTLE ROYALE: PARENT’S DAY is an original, exclusive 32-page comic book written by Stefan Hutchinson and Barry Keating (‘DAY OF THE DEAD: DESERTION’ and ‘DEMONS 3′) and illustrated by Steph Stamb (‘SILENT HILL’).
BATTLE ROYALE: PARENT’S DAY is available ONLY in the Arrow DVD and Blu-ray Limited Edition release of BATTLE ROYALE. The full story on the release and the build up is covered on Cult Labs – http://www.cult-labs.com/forums/battle-royale/
Both format releases feature brand new restored high definition transfers of both the Theatrical Cut and Director’s Cut, brand new subtitle translations, limited edition packaging numbered and a whole host of new and exclusive extra features.
Previously released information:
Battle Royale Limited Edition (cert. 18) will be released on Blu-ray (£29.99) and DVD (£24.99) by Arrow Video on 13th December 2010.
Theatrical Cut; original theatrical trailer, the making of Battle Royale: The Experience of 42 High School Students, conducting Battle Royale with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Special Edition (Director’s Cut); 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.
Special Features; Opening day at Maro No Uchi Toei movie theatre, the slaughter of 42 high school students, premier 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 Fukasaky trailer reel
32 page comic – BATTLE ROYALE: PARENT’S DAY
36 page booklet including:
‘A Battle Without An End’ by Tom Mes, Author of ‘The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film’, Printed interview with Director Kinji Fukasaku, ‘Today’s Lesson is…You Kill Each Other’ by Jay McRoy, author of ‘Japanese Horror Cinema’ (LE Exclusive), extract from Koushan Takami’s original novel (LE Exclusive), original promotional material including Director’s statement, cast and crew biogs (LE Exclusive).
16 page booklet including: Concept artwork and drawing for the limited edition set (LE Exclusive)
5 x7″ Postcards of stills from the film (LE Exclusive)
Fold-out reversible poster of original artwork.”
“BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION” Hits Stores On December 13th From Arrow Video!