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20 items from 2012


Kill Bill: The five manners of fighting in Tarantino’s kung fu opus

22 December 2012 2:15 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If Tarantino’s films of the 1990s announced the writer-director’s as a phenom for writing formidably snappy dialogue that enhanced characterization, his films of the 00s, while continuing to demonstrate the aforementioned writing prowess, suggest that he is equally adept at staging and filming wonderful action scenes, be they brawls, gun fights or contests  of martial arts skills. Death Proof and Django Unchained have their share of impressive set pieces representing unique visions of what, in the case of the former, a cinematic car chase can be like, and,  in the case of the latter, what a cinematic gun fight shoot out can be like. In essence, pretty darn sweet.

In both cases, even though Tarantino and his crack team definitely put their own spin on such action set pieces, the ingenuity that went into both was inspired by movies which made names for themselves in the annals of film history. »

- Edgar Chaput

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Greatest Scenes From Quentin Tarantino Movies (part two)

10 December 2012 7:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

December is Tarantino Month here at Sos, and in the weeks leading up to the Christmas release of Django Unchained, we’ll be tackling the man’s entire career. Love him or hate him, the American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor has created some of the most iconic and memorable movie moments since he burst into the scene in 1992 with the Sundance hit Reservoir Dogs. Site contributors Tressa Eckermann, Edgar Chaput and Editor-in-Chief Ricky D have decided to put together a list of his greatest moments as both a screenwriter and director.

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11: Four Rooms: $1000 in a second

In 1994, four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for a four-segment anthology film titled Four Rooms. It is one of the worst films ever made. Tarantino’s segment “The Man From Hollywood” is based on an old Alfred Hitchcock TV episode, where a »

- Ricky

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‘Kill Bill Vol. 1′ – Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

2 December 2012 10:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2003, USA

Starring Uma Thurman (The Bride/Black Mamba), David Carradine (Bill/Snake Charmer), Lucy Liu (O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth), Vivica Fox (Vernita Green/Copperhead), Daryl Hannah (Elle Driver/California Mountain Snake), Michael Madsen (Budd/Sidewinder).

Also starring Sonny Chiba, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Gordon Liu and Michael Parks.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

A proverb whose origins date from a French-English translation from the the early 19th Century, which has appeared in all forms of popular culture, such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or more recently, CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.  However, it is its brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s fifth feature film that sets the tone for his endeavour to blend Eastern and Western cinematic cultures.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 sees a woman known as ‘The Bride’ (Thurman) on a mission to take down The »

- Katie Wong

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Thoughts on... Battle Royale (2000)

23 August 2012 11:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Battle Royale (Japan: Batoru rowaiaru), 2000.

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku.

Starring Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Chiaki Kuriyama and Sôsuke Takaoka.

Synopsis:

In the not-too-distant future, a class of Japanese schoolchildren are forced to fight to the death under a tyrannical government’s ‘Battle Royale’ Act.

From Fukasaku’s prologue depicting an adolescent girl clutching a blood-spattered doll, braces discernable as she breaks into a sadistic smile at being hungrily interrogated by a crowd of frenzied reporters proclaiming her the victor of that year’s ‘game’, I could tell that this was a film I would enjoy.

Set in a dystopian Japan - a nation that has lost faith in its increasingly unstable and violent youth – Battle Royale focuses on the unruly class 3-b and their subsequent punishment under the recently instated Br Act. Overseen by their contemptuous yet darkly comedic teacher Kitano (brilliantly played by Beat Takeshi »

- flickeringmyth

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Battle Royale TV Series in the Works?

26 July 2012 6:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When The Hunger Games was released, there were plenty of people comparing it to Battle Royale, which was originally release in 2000. Looking to capitalize on the success of The Hunger Games, it is being reported that the CW is interested in developing a Battle Royale TV series.

This was first reported by the La Times, who claims that the CW is currently talking to the property’s Hollywood representatives about purchasing the rights. The one hurdle that may hold up a deal is that it requires the approval of Koushun Takami, who wrote the novel the film is based on.

Sadly, it seems unlikely that the series will be developed for fans of the original film, but for a young audience that sees it as a TV version of The Hunger Games. With the series being on the CW, it would be impossible to include the same level of violence »

- Jonathan James

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The CW Looking to Bring Battle Royale to the Small Screen as a Weekly Series

26 July 2012 5:38 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Sometimes news comes our way that immediately starts making our heads hurt. This is one of those times. An American remake of the classic Japanese film Battle Royale is something that's been talked about a lot. Now with the success of The Hunger Games...

The La Times reports that The CW has had talks with the project's Hollywood representatives about the possibility of turning the property into an English-language show, said a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. The talks were preliminary, but if a deal could be reached, the network would acquire rights to Koushun Takami’s underlying novel, then unpack and expand on it for an hour-long dramatic series.

In the original film the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared, and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The Br Law: Each »

- Uncle Creepy

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Battle Royale May Be Adapted for a CW Network TV Series

26 July 2012 4:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in November, producer Roy Lee told us that a theatrical remake of the 2000 cult classic Battle Royale is not happening, due to the similarities between that project and The Hunger Games. Today, we have word that the CW Network is interested in bringing this dystopian story to the small screen with a new TV series.

The network has been involved in early discussions with Hollywood representatives about adapting Koushun Takami's novel, which director Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale is based on, into an English-language series. Nothing is solidified yet, although the network would expand the novel into an hour-long series, if a deal is finalized.

There is one major roadblock that must be cleared if this project moves forward. According to Japanese law, the producers must secure author Koushun Takami's approval for the remake before any serious talks can happen.

Battle Royale centers on a group of »

- MovieWeb

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The Complex’s Ten Greatest Henchmen In Movie History

3 April 2012 4:56 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Say you’re putting together a syndicate.  One of the first things that you are going to need is somebody to take care of your light work for you when words have run out.  As a means of determining the appropriate skill set for this oh-so-important addition to your workforce, the Complex has assembled a ranking of some of the more legendary henchman ever to grace the screen.  You know, as a way to gauge some of the qualities you might be looking for.

In ranking these heavies, extra points were earned for singularity of purpose, imperviousness to pain, and skill within the realm of hand-to-hand combat.  Points were taken away for any actions tantamount to a betrayal of the henchman’s employer, or conspicuous behavior likely to cause more trouble than harm.

Here’s how they shook out.

10.  Clarence Boddicker (Robocop, 1987)

Strengths:  Professional henching is a tough, competitive business. »

- Josh Converse

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Contest: Win The Battle Royale: The Complete Collection Blu-ray

22 March 2012 2:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment is releasing Battle Royale: The Complete Collection, which includes the cult classic Battle Royale and its sequel Battle Royale II, on Blu-ray and DVD March 20, which marks the first time in high-definition for both titles. We have a contest running and we're giving away copies of this Blu-ray set to our readers. These high-def boxed sets will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Battle Royale: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

42 students, Three days, One survivor - No Escape. Welcome to the world of Battle Royale!

Battle Royale

In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment »

- MovieWeb

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Contest: Battle Royale (2000) Blu-ray & DVD: Kinji Fukasaku

20 March 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

 Battle Royale Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This Battle Royale Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Battle Royale‘s release on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2012. Kinji Fukasaku‘s Battle Royale stars Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, and Tarô Yamamoto. Battle Royale‘s plot synopsis: Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, “In the near future, the economy has collapsed, [...]

Continue reading: Contest: Battle Royale (2000) Blu-ray & DVD: Kinji Fukasaku »

- R.W.

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Battle Royale DVD, Blu-Ray Giveaway

15 March 2012 1:28 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

On March 20th, Anchor Bay finally brings the 2000 release Battle Royale to the U.S. for the very first time and we're giving away a copy of "complete collection" and more!

In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The Br Law:  Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director’s Cut »

- ryanrotten@shocktillyoudrop.com (Ryan Turek)

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Win a Copy of Battle Royale on Blu-ray

13 March 2012 10:49 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Never mind The Hunger Games. If you want to see the young adult vs. young adult theme done right, look no further than the classic film Battle Royale. Even better? We have your chance to score a copy on us!

That's right, kids! We're giving away several copies of the flick on Blu-ray, and one grand prize winner will even receive the limited edition Blu-ray box set! To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-Mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

From the Press Release

A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, »

- Uncle Creepy

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An Inside Look at the Making of Battle Royale and a Bloody New Blu-ray Clip

12 March 2012 12:39 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Aw yeah, mama! I can feel that arterial blood spray from here. Wanna bathe in it. Love it up! Oh yeah, sweet baby. Bring on the red stuff. You know how we like it. Warm and inviting, sugar. Sorry about that head flying through the air.

From the Press Release

A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel, Battle Royale II: Requiem, sacred cinematic classics. And now fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray™ and »

- Uncle Creepy

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Anchor Bay Takes Battle Royale on the Road

16 February 2012 3:16 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Not content with just dropping Battle Royale onto home video in a truly stellar edition, the fine folks at Anchor Bay have announced that they will be taking the much heralded flick across the U.S.A. theatrically! Rock and roll, baby!

Participating Venues

2/24: Madison, Wi – University of Wisconsin Madison (Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee) (free to campus) 2/24–2/25: Tulsa, Ok – Circle Cinema 3/11–3/11: Cambridge, Ma - Brattle Theater / Seattle, Wa - Northwest Film Forum (late Fridays in March) 3/2–3/3: Portland, Or – Hollywood Theater 3/2: Spokane, Wa – Magic Lantern 3/8-3/9: Winchester, Va – Alamo Drafthouse 3/9-3/10: Minneapolis, Mn – Landmark Lagoon 5 3/9–3/15: Tucson, Az – Loft Cinema 2 (10pm)/ 3/10: Providence, Ri - Arkham Film Fest (no fee) / Huntington, NY – Cinema Arts Center 3/16-3/17: Denver, Co – Denver Film Center 3/18: Houston, TX – Alamo Drafthouse 3/16-3/18 & 3/20: Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse 3/19: Philadelphia, Pa – The Philadelphia Film Society/The Trocadero 3/23-3/24: Seattle, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Know the Rules in This Latest Blu-ray / DVD Clip from Battle Royale

15 February 2012 1:15 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

When it comes to the upcoming release of Battle Royale here in the States, we're still pinching ourselves to see if we'll wake up. We couldn't be happier that the flick is on its way in grand fashion, and we've got a new clip on tap to keep both us and you excited!

From the Press Release

A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel, Battle Royale II: Requiem, sacred cinematic classics. And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale »

- Uncle Creepy

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Battle Royale / Batoru Rowaiaru (2000): The Complete Collection Trailer

12 January 2012 4:38 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Battle Royale / Batoru Rowaiaru The Complete Collection Trailer. Kinji Fukasaku‘s Battle Royale / Batoru Rowaiaru (2000) The Complete Collection Blu-ray / DVD trailer stars Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, and Tarô Yamamoto. Battle Royale‘s plot synopsis: Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, “In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The Br Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.”

This movie is sensational. I have seen Battle Royale multiple times. I have not seen the Director’s Cut though. I have given this film to people as Christmas presents. If only we weren’t »

- filmbook

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Battle Royale: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Debuts March 20th

11 January 2012 12:28 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Battle Royale. A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinji Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II sacred cinematic classics. And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon - the three disc Blu-ray plus bonus DVD set has an Srp of $49.99 and an Srp $44.98 for the four disc DVD. »

- MovieWeb

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Battle Royale: The Complete Collection- Release Details and Cover Art

10 January 2012 1:25 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Anchor Bay Entertainment has officially announced that they will be bringing Battle Royale stateside in high-definition with the release of Battle Royale: The Complete Collection:

Beverly Hills, CA – Battle Royale.  A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences.  A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics.  And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray™ and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of »

- Jonathan James

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'Battle Royale' Finally Releasing in The States

10 January 2012 2:55 AM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by MoreHorror.com

Battle Royale is a film considered so violent and controversial that it is widely held that it was banned across North America.

Well, that wasn't the case. No distribution company in the states has been willing to pick up the Japanese horror flick until now that is thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment. Check out the full details below as well as the trailer.

From the Original Release:

A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences.  A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics.  And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD! »

- admin

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Finally the Original Japanese Classic Battle Royale Officially Comes to U.S. Shores

9 January 2012 11:29 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been hailed as one of the most controversial films of all time. It's guaranteed to make The Hunger Games along with everything else that has ever emulated it look like the kid's stuff that it actually is. And now, after years and years, Battle Royale is officially hitting U.S. shores on Blu-ray and DVD!

From the Press Release

A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics. And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!

On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly »

- Uncle Creepy

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