Takashi Miike’s Audition to Get New 2K Blu-ray Release in February

Arrow Video’s meaty new release of this Japanese horror classic will make you shout “kiri!”

By Jay Gervais

Arrow Video is celebrating the New Year by bringing fans of Japanese horror a brand-new 2K Blu-ray release for Takashi Miike’s Audition. This is the very first time this 1999 classic is being released in this high-quality format and it comes loaded with some new special features. Have a look below for the press release from the retailer, which includes the special features, along with an image of the cover art.

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.

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…

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!

Special Edition Contents:

  • Brand new 2K [restoration] of original vault elements.
  • Original 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • 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

[First pressing only]: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

If you’re interested in pre-ordering this item, head on over to DiabolikDVD. This special edition of Audition releases next year on February 12th, 2019. It will only set you back $24.99, plus the cost of shipping. Are you adding this one to your collection or are you waiting it out for another Takashi Miike favorite to receive a similar treatment?

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.

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