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Audition (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1999)

Ryo Ishibashi , Eihi Shiina , Takashi Miike  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GJWU0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,691 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Audition (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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New 1080P High-Definition Transfer From The Negative!

Deceptively innocent at first, Takashi Miikes Audition finds Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi, Suicide Club, The Grudge), a middle-aged widower of many years, urged by his teenage son and his film producer friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura, Ichi The Killer) to get out and start dating again. To help Aoyama meet women, Yoshikawa devises a plan to hold a fake audition for a leading lady. Reluctantly agreeing, Aoyama auditions 30 young hopefuls and falls for the silent beauty of Asami (model/actress Eihi Shiina), a former ballerina with a dark past. Their courtship veers from quiet romance to psycho nightmare, realizing a sadistic breach of contract between filmmaker and audience of which Hitchcock could only dream. (Richard Falcon, Sight And Sound).

Shout! Factory presents this 1999 modern horror classic in a new 1080P high-definition transfer from the internegative, with a new 5.0 digital stereo soundtrack mixed from the original audio elements. This special collectors edition includes 90 minutes of new interviews with the cast and a new audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan.

Bonus Features:

* Audio Commentary With Director Takashi Miike And Screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
* New Interviews With Cast Members Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi And Ren Osugi
* International Trailers
* Booklet Essay By Tom Mes (Agitator: The Cinema Of Takashi Miike)

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The less you know, the better May 4, 2002
Format:DVD
I had heard of "Audition" for months before actually getting my hands on a copy of the DVD. I basiscally knew what to expect -- slow first hour, horrific final half hour, leaving you guessing at the nature of what really happens. However, because I'd read so much about the film, I think I really cheated myself out of a truly visceral horror experience.
First, a short plot synopsis: Main charcter's wife dies. Seven years later, he's lonely and decides he wants to re-marry. To meet women, he holds an audition, casting for a fake movie, in order to easily meet young women. One particular young lady captures his fancy. But she is definitely more than she seems.
ATTENTION: This is NOT a Hollywood horror film. Don't expect the fake-scare red herrings, or the busty brainless chicks creeping into the attic to find out what that growling noise is. In fact, Audition contains few, if any, "shock" moments. Instead, the movie is a slow boil of disturbing creepiness that crescendoes into a brutal third act. This is not to say that there are not horrific moments, certainly this movie is rife with terrible images. But the film plays so differently from the tripe we see in American horror genres. It's slow, it's measured and it's effective.
I might be in the minority here, but I enjoyed the first hour of this film immensely. I liked the main character as a person, even felt a little sorry for him during his quest to find a mate, which made his fate (which I knew because of my research into the film) all the more dreadful.
I suppose because the second half of the film is so brutal, viewers might feel cheated out of what could have been a nice love story. However, I think this is what makes the film so quintessentially Japanese in its horror.
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204 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano wire makes for a fun evening! January 5, 2004
Format:DVD
In the battle between men and women, who will triumph? Who knows, but Japanese director Takashi Miike's film "Audition" shines a particularly brutal light on this eternal conflict. Set in Japan, the film takes on additional significance considering what we know about the role of women in that society. I am far not expert on Japanese social roles or mores, but I imagine the stereotypical picture of a Japanese woman as a subservient figure to men is more or less an accurate one. Certainly, gender roles have changed somewhat over the last fifty plus years as Japan rapidly industrialized and assumed a western style political system. One hopes that some progress in this area has taken place there, but I am not so sure after watching this film. Apparently, the idea of a docile, ever ready to serve her partner woman still exerts a strong influence in that country. Otherwise, "Audition" would make little sense to its target audience. Completely independent of its effect on Japanese audiences, the movie will send shivers down the spine of every American male.
"Audition" starts like a Japanese adaptation of some saccharine American family television program. Aoyama, a man whose wife died some years before, desperately seeks female companionship. He works as a television producer, has done an excellent job raising his son, and enjoys bonding with this son on fishing trips. Aoyama, in other words, is a really nice guy. It's just that he is so lonely nowadays since his son is quickly growing up and has less and less time to spend with his father. Aoyama therefore soon faces the prospect of almost total solitude.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ September 19, 2002
Format:DVD
AUDITION - directed by Takashi Miike (2001)
DVD/VHS
10/10
Japanese with English Subtitles
This film is un-rated and contains graphic violence.
Takashi Miike has accomplished drawing the audience in slowly with subtle and well-made storytelling that turns into a roller coaster ride of white-knuckle extreme terror. At first it seems as though Miike is presenting at straightforward family drama. Husband/father Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) widowed seven years prior decides under the gentle and humorous direction of his son (Tetsu Sawaki) it is time to remarry. Simple? Well, no. Aoyama's drinking buddy Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) decides to hold a fake audition for a film in search of the perfect woman. The editing during this sequence has a natural rhythm and humor that highlights the whole facade as the numbers of unusual women are asked a series of questions. Enter Asami (Eihi Shiina), a former ballet dancer, who seems to have suffered in her past. Aoyama falls in love quickly, and against the warnings of Yoshikawa moves forward in quest for the perfect mate," a compliant woman is best." Takashi quickly cuts to a still shot of Asami, sitting on the floor her head bent down, her hair falling over her head so we can't see her face, a telephone in the foreground, and a very large canvas bag. Throughout soundtrack is very well done and there are very different types of music to fit each scene. At this point, however, there is total silence. Long enough to create tremendous tension. Miike takes the audience with Aoyama as hints Asami's of psychotic disintegration almost subliminally sneak into the narrative. At the midway point we become just as disoriented as Aoyama. Is love blind and deaf?
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's too bad that instead of stars we can't rate movies with ...
It's too bad that instead of stars we can't rate movies with "WTFs". If so I would give this steaming pile 4 WTFs. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Midnight
4.0 out of 5 stars It's excellent.
Don't dismiss this movie. Read about it later, think about it. It's not just some superficial gore flick. It's excellent.
Published 7 days ago by Mark Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved watching him squirm right up to the end
Watched this movie years ago, and wanted my husband to watch it- eerie, and suspenseful. Loved watching him squirm right up to the end.
Published 19 days ago by ali gomez
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly okay movie... kinda slow for the ...
fairly okay movie...kinda slow for the first hour, but s'ok!
Published 21 days ago by bhaz2
2.0 out of 5 stars High tension is better than this
This movie is a load of lies!! Most horrifying movie?? Whoever thought that has never seen A Serbian Film or Cannibal Holocaust. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. It arrived in perfect condition.
Published 1 month ago by Eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Interesting
Published 1 month ago by Alan W Kulibaba
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not that great of a movie.......
Published 1 month ago by Carrie F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely violent but it is almost a classic of Japanese ...
Extremely violent but it is almost a classic of Japanese cinema.A must see.
Published 2 months ago by Peter M
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a VERY slow burn movie with an ending ...
This is a VERY slow burn movie with an ending that makes you wonder if it was real or a dream... interesting to say the least.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Hall
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hey ferdinand, the Audition (Uncut Special Edition) DVD put out thru Lion's Gate (i.e. this product here) has the option of English or Spanish subtitles. Hope this helps you.
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