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Takashi Miike's Audition on Blu-ray and dual format steelbook in February

16 February 2016

Arrow Video has announced the release of their latest Takashi Miike title, the notorious J-horror, Audition, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD at the end of the month and will also be available as a limited edtion Steelbook.

Recent widower Shigeharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, so he seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. They take advantage of their position in a film company by staging an audition to find the perfect woman. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn’t what she seems to be…

One of the most shocking J-horror films ever made, Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris. The latter which was made available by Arrow Video on Blu-ray and DVD last year.

Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!

 

Audition will be released on UK Blu-ray and as a dual format Steelbook on 29th February 2016 by Arrow Video at the RRP of £17.99 for the Blu-ray and £19.99 for the Steelbook Edition.

Release specifications:

  • Brand new 2K restoriation of original vault elements

  • Original 5.1 Dolby Surround audio

  • Optional English subtitles

Special features:

  • Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan

  • Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel

  • Introduction by Miike

  • Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike

  • Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi

  • Damaged Romance – An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns

  • Trailers

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin