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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 (385 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 (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GJWU0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,974 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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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The less you know, the better May 4, 2002
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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203 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano wire makes for a fun evening! January 5, 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars looking for love in all the WRONG places! March 30, 2002
Takashi Miike's AUDITION (Odishon) is not your ordinary horror story. Rather, it's a complex look at human frailty, fear and the desire to be loved.
I just saw it at a midnight screening, and the anticipation I and my friends felt was very high. Even the theatre management offered us their high praise of what they said is a very intense and unforgettable film.
Unforgettable and intense would be just two words I would use to describe AUDITION. The words suspenseful, horrific, sad, creepy, and graphic also come to mind. This is not a film for younger viewers (those under 17) or those who are squeamish at all.
The story revolves around a man, Aoyama(Ryo Ishibashi) who some years earlier lost his wife to illness, and had to raise their young son on his own. In the present day, his son is about 22 years old, and Aoyama is feeling old and very lonely. His business partner and he hatch a plan to find him a bride. They use the guise of casting for a film. They hold a casting call from the hundreds of interested young girls who respond to their solicitation. Ayoama, who desperately wants to find a wife, has already set his sights on one girl, Asami (Eihi Shiina) whose very touching letter he read from her resume.
Asami enters the interview room dressed in virginal/angelic white, acting very humble and deferential like a traditional Japanese woman would act toward a man. She is literally a vision of beauty and peace, while there is much more to her emotionally and psychologically. The business partner tells the man there is something he feels is amiss with Asami, and recommends against choosing her. However, Aoyama is irresistibly attracted to her, and can think of nothing but phoning her to say she has the "part" for their fake movie.
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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 17 days 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 21 days ago by Mike Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I had a copy and it was stolen from me...
Published 23 days ago by Robert Price
3.0 out of 5 stars F R E A K Y
You won't be disappointed when you watch this movie. It holds your attention but a little slow at the beginning. Subtitles but that didn't bother me either. Recommend!
Published 2 months ago by D. Sharer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
Quality on this BD is great and adds to the ambiance of this great movie. Special Features are a nice addition for fans of the series.
Published 3 months ago by Nick O'Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies you'll ever come across
This isn't a typical japanese movie. Oh, it starts nicely, gently enough to let you think you're in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luc Archambault
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical
Good up till the end.typical Japanese movie carried on Amazon prime. I wish they would get more main stream Japanese movie
Published 4 months ago by Timothy J. Nizza
4.0 out of 5 stars Audition
Oh, Audition. It's great. It's heartwarming and charming. Reminds me of flowers in the moonlight. Oh, Audition. Dinosaurs rule. And Stufffff.
Published 4 months ago by Arnold Gallows
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary?
Not what I would call a horror movie. The last 10 minutes of the movie were a bit confusing. I was a bit confused on some of the "dream" sequences, seeing as he never leaves his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Too hyped up to get let down
I dont know why it got alot of good reviews on IMBD, flixster, etc??? I think the movie was a huge disappointment even when it hit the climax. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DoctaLuke
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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.
Aug 18, 2006 by Eepaw |  See all 3 posts
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