Versus (blu ray) 2-disc slipcase collector version

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A truly mind-blowing extravaganza of way-out set pieces, awe-inspiring fight sequences and deadly cunning zombies, Versus is a blur of ultra-kinetic violence that will leave you gasping for breath.

There are 666 portals to the other side, and somewhere in Japan lies the home of the 444th. It is here that Prisoner KSC2-303 escapes from his fellow inmates to rendezvous with a group of men who will lead him to safety.

After he realises that the price of his freedom is the death of a female hostage, he refuses to comply with his rescuers plans and blood is spilled. But when, in the aptly named Forest of Resurrection, long dead yakuza fighters come to life to avenger their own deaths, a battle against these living dead assassins ensues. Soon his quest for freedom becomes a desperate fight to simply stay alive.

Starring Tak Sakaguchi in his breakout role that shot him into international action star status.

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakako, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda, Takehiro Katayama

Genre: Action

Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)

Country: Japan

Year: 2000

Runtime: 119 minutes

Region: B

Special Features:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements by Arrow Films, approved by director Ryuhei Kitamura
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of both versions of the film: the original 2000 cut and 2004’s Ultimate Versus, featuring over 10 minutes of new and revised footage
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

DISC 1: VERSUS

  • Original lossless Japanese 5.1 and 2.0 stereo audio and English 2.0 stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Audio commentary by Kitamura, cast and crew
  • Audio commentary by Kitamura and the cast and crew
  • New visual essay on the career of Kitamura by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
  • Behind Versus, a two-part behind-the-scenes documentary exploring the film’s production
  • First Contact: Versus Evolution, a featurette exploring the film’s origins
  • Tak Sakaguchi’s One-Man Journey, an archival featurette on the actor’s visit to the 2001 Japan Film Festival in Hamburg
  • Film festival screening footage
  • Team Versus, a brief look inside the Napalm Films office
  • Deep in the Woods, an archival featurette featuring interviews with Kitamura, cast and crew
  • The Encounter, an archival interview with editor Shuichi Kakesu
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Kitamura, cast and crew
  • Nervous and Nervous 2, two “side story” mini-movies featuring characters from the main feature
  • Featurette on the making of Nervous 2
  • Versus FF Version, a condensed, 20-minute recut of the film
  • Multiple trailers
  • Image gallery

DISC 2: ULTIMATE VERSUS

  • Original lossless Japanese 6.1 and 2.0 stereo audio and English 6.1 and 2.0 stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Kitamura, cast and crew
  • Sakigake! Otoko versus Juku, a featurette on the newly shot material for Ultimate Versus

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film and a reprinted interview with Kitamura by Tom Mes, and notes on the making of the film by Kitamura