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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


DVD Review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  112 minutes, making-of documentary, previews

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, English SDH, Spanish


STUDIO:  Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Magnet Releasing/ Bandai Visual/ TV Tokyo/ Omnibus Japan/ Warner Bros Pictures Japan/ Office Kitano

RELEASE DATE:  3-11-2014

Picking up five years after OUTRAGE, the sequel BEYOND OUTRAGE (aka OUTRAGE BEYOND) shows anti-gang detective Kataoka manipulating the yakuza so he can ignite a war between the Hanabishi and Sonna-kai Yakuza clans and put Otomo (Takeshi Kitano) on a quest to settle scores with the leaders of the Sonna-kai syndicate.  Otomo is serving time in prison and let out early and he first doesn’t want to settle scores, but paranoia and Kataoka’s manipulation sets the clans and Otomo on a collision course. 

BEYOND OUTRAGE is a very clever and twisty sequel to OUTRAGE which is another Kitano movie I love.  No one directs and makes a Yakuza movie like Kitano.  BEYOND OUTRAGE shows a world where the corruption between the cops and yakuza.  Old guard vs. new guard of the crime syndicates as the Sanno-kai syndicate changes where merit is more important than honor and seniority. 


An overlong 62 minute making-of documentary called OUTRAGE “FURTHER” BEYOND goes behind the scenes of making the sequel showing the process of how Kitano directs and how the movie was made with behind-the-scenes footage and interview clips mixed together in a sequel’s filming that was delayed a year by a major Japanese earthquake. 

The theatrical trailer isn’t included on the disc, but previews for other Magnolia Entertainment releases are on the disc: THE LAST DAYS ON MARS, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, HOW I LIVE NOW, and BIG BAD WOLVES.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  I can’t wait for the third OUTRAGE movie because the second is just as violent and clever as the first one. 

This review is 4-21-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com


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