Movie Review-Audition (Special Edition Blu Ray)

Special Edition Contents

Brand new 2K restoriation 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

Review-It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since Audition was first released. This little Japanese psychological horror film, put the fear of god into filmgoers. If you have no idea about the insanity that is Audition, think of it this way, it is a dire sadist version of Fatal Instinct. Director Takashi Miike starts this rollercoaster off slowly. We feel safe and calm. As the film works its way to the climax, we start the feel the ride become bumpy and unsure. We meet Aoyama, a sad widower who has raised his son by himself. He is a normal middle class guy, who is tired of being alone. He is persuaded to start looking for a woman. His friend lures him into this idea of making women feel like they are auditioning for acting in a film. He meets an innocent girl named Asami. She catches his eye almost immediately. She is a pure girl who goes out on a few dates with him. This leads to Aoyama to be sad that she is gone. So, he decides to find out what she is doing when she does not see him. This film is just genius. The first act is so wonderfully laid out, the second out is so brilliantly thought out. This is what horror fans want, to be worried and scared. This film delivers a nightmare in a way that is far too real. When we get to the torture scenes, they go way over the line and bordered on eye closing. It was gross without being pornographic. The special features this time around are better than they were on the initial blu ray release.

This film is a must own, this blu ray is definately a must buy.

10 out of 10