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Manga Entertainment will release the first season of K-ON! as a complete box-set on Monday April 30. It contains the 13 television episodes, plus the OVA episode "Live House!" The set is rated PG and its RRP is £39.99. The schoolgirl-band series was previously released on four DVD volumes.
Also released on Monday is a 3-disc Blu-ray edition of the controversial 2001 live-action Japanese film Battle Royale, in which a class of schoolchildren is forced to fight to the death. The cast includes Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Chiaki Kuriyama.
The pack is released by Arrow Video (rated 18), and contains both the theatrical and Director's Cut versions of the film. It also contains numerous extras, including a 32-page comic called "Battle Royale: Parent's Day." It was created for the Blu-ray release by writers Stefan Hutchinson and Barry Keating, and drawn by Steph Stamb.
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