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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:  109 minutes, interviews, making-of documentary, premiere Q&A, Cannes featurette, trailers
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  English, Spanish

STUDIO:  Magnet Releasing/ Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Bandai Visual/ TV Tokyo/ Omnibus Japan/ Office Kitano
RELEASE DATE:  1-31-2012

Takeshi Kitano is the Japanese version of Clint Eastwood. Kitano has been known to make violent cop films and yakuza films.   OUTRAGE (WAY OF THE YAKUZA) is the latest film from Kitano.   Yakuza families scheme against each other and many even meet untimely ends as other Yakuza scheme to take territory and save face with the head of the Yakuza.  Kitano creates a unique yakuza movie from crafting some great cinematography to manipulating sounds to form the score of the film.   OUTRAGE isn't about happy endings because any of the characters could meet an untimely end due to another's ambition.   The film throws one surprise after another as you wonder what will happen next and who will get killed next.  

CAST INTERVIEW: MAKING OUTRAGE-  the cast reflect on how they approached the characters and explain how it is to work with Kitano.
CAST PANEL INTERVIEW is with Kitano and three members of the cast as they answer questions.
OUTRAGE INSIDE OUT: BEHIND THE SCENES DOCUMENTARY- a look at how Kitano makes his films.  Not a boring affair as the combination of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage and film clips keep it moving.
CANNES "RED CARPET" PREMIERE WITH TAKESHI KITANO is too long and should have been edited down to half the length.
PREMIERE Q&A is quite fun as the cast and Kitano start joking around with each other as the Q&A goes on.

also included are the U.S. trailer and International spots.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  OUTRAGE is a brutal tale of cruelty and betrayal as it peers into the under workings of several yakuza.   The interviews are quite interesting and revealing.

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