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Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - Battle for Doldrey [Blu-ray] (2013)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Animated, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CENSU3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II--The Battle for Doldrey (2012) continues the three-part retelling of Kentaro Miura's manga that began with Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I--The Egg of the King. During a battle with an invading force from Chuder, Guts and Caska are separated from the rest of the Hawks. Guts saves Caska's life but receives little thanks for his trouble. While hiding in enemy territory, Caska describes how Griffith earned her loyalty by saving her from a rapist. The Hawks arrive just in time to rescue Caska from Chuder soldiers--and find Guts surrounded by the bodies of 100 foes he's just dispatched. The strategic Castle of Doldrey is the key to the century-long war between Midland and Chuder; Griffith and the Hawks seize it, despite its impregnable position and huge defensive force that includes the Holy Purple Rhino Knights. As he did in Egg of the King, director Toshiyuki Kubooka combines drawn and computer animation in large-scale battle sequences that borrow heavily from the Siege of Gondor in The Return of the King. But Kubooka pushes the gore to inadvertently comic excesses as arms, heads, weapons, and gobbets of blood fly across the screen. After the victory, Guts leaves the White Hawks as he no longer wishes to be the tool of another's ambition. The shattered Griffith seduces Princess Charlotte of Midland. Furious, the King tortures him and decimates the Hawks, leaving the plot to be resolved in the third film, slated for release in 2013. Although the manga of Berserk was praised for the depth of its characterizations, there's not much depth to the animated characters: the monosyllabic Guts remains little more than a brooding cipher at the center of the action. The graphic violence and sexual content in The Battle for Doldrey is not for the squeamish. Rated M, suitable for ages 18 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, nudity, gore, grotesque imagery, torture, attempted rape, sexual intercourse) --Charles Solomon

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For three years, Guts believed his mission was to pursue Griffith's dream together with him. But in order to become Griffith's equal and truly be called his friend, Guts realizes he will have to leave the Band of the Hawk. At the same time, a bloody battle to capture the impenetrable Fortress of Doldrey from the Empire of Chuder is about to begin. The Band of the Hawk will face an army 30,000 strong!

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age Saga Continues *SPOILERS* April 19, 2013
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Well it's been quite a wait, but at last, The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey is here. The movie series, it seems, has taken after the manga in releasing updates at a snails pace. Why we had to wait 14 months for this film to make it from theaters in Japan, to a DVD/BR in America, I do not know (for those keeping track, that's twice as long as the first movie took), but I suppose the wait just makes getting the final product that much sweeter. Anyway, on to the movie itself:

A lot of people's biggest complaint about the first Golden Age movie was the cheesy CGI that would crop up now and again. I am very pleased to be able to say that this movie definitely cleaned this up a lot. This installment is a big visual improvement over the first. Not that the first had much room for improvement, it was beautiful movie, but here they were able to clean up some of the previously mentioned problems with the animation.

While the first movie was about the beginnings of the Band of the Hawk and the relationship between Guts and Griffth, this movie is about the rise and fall of Griffith and the Hawks, as well as the burgeoning feelings between Guts and Casca. The conclusion of the war with Chuder brings Griffith to his greatest heights yet, setting him up for his ultimate fall. Here we see Guts truly push himself to his limits as a warrior, as well as the beginnings of an understanding in the previously volatile relationship between him and Casca. All of this cumulates in the inevitable confrontation between Guts and Griffith, the conflict that, like a falling domino, sets all the future events in motion.

As I already stated, the visuals in this movie were stunning, but I feel the need to make special mention of the hilltop fight with Guts and Griffith.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars please buy this July 29, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
there is only one way to get them to continue adapting the awesome manga you need to buy this product. don't torrent it. don't stream it. please buy this dvd/ bluray/ its not perfect some majorly cool scenes were cut but i still think this is fantastic and a friend of mine lives in Japan has seen the third one. He told me its incredible. we need the whole manga adapted don't let it die again.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age Saga Continues *SPOILERS* April 19, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Vast improvement over the first film. The CGI is cleaned up, and visually the movie is just much better. The voice acting for both the English and Japanese dubs are strong, as well as the soundtrack. My one pet peeve is that there is a lot left out from the original manga. The story of Griffith killing the queen is entirely passed over. All in all it's a great addition to the franchise and sets things up nicely for the eclipse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great August 13, 2013
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Berserk: Golden Age Arc II picks up where the first film left off.

The largest portion of the film revolves around the Band of the Hawk taking on a seemingly impossible task of taking down a highly defensible castle that others in the Midland Army have been incapable of handling.

Casca and Guts' relationship deepens a tiny fraction, and the film ends just as the Band of the Hawk is met with a rather crushing defeat. I'm trying to be as vague as possible to avoid spoilers.

One complaint I had about the first film was lack of character development in some areas. Given the shortened time line from the original TV Anime and especially the Manga, it was a given. They've made up for it a lot in this film, as things like the relationship Griffith has with the lord of Doldrey is NOT put right in your face, you're expected to think and put 2 and 2 together. I like films that make me think. Of course, if you've seen the previous TV series or read the Manga, you don't need to think as you already know the particulars.

The animation is less stilted in this release as well, as they seem to have done more animation in a more traditional way, instead of relying on CG animation techniques. There are still instances of CG taking over, but really only where it makes sense.

Video:

1080p MPEG4 AVC encoded.

As this was created digitally, there's absolutely nothing to complain about in the transfer to Blu Ray. The video is high bit rate, there are absolutely no compression issues and gradients are smooth. No dust or dirt needed to be worried about.

The contrast is great and the picture has an added sense of 3D to it in some instances. No, it's not a 3D movie, but the CG adds some depth to the landscapes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. March 12, 2014
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Fans of the Manga will appreciate this movie. Doesn't have Guts' full back story but highlights the major events of the arc. Very entertaining and beautiful art. My roommate never read the story but he still really enjoyed the movie and can't wait to see the 3rd installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good September 5, 2013
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Despite some fans of Berserk claiming these movies suck, that is not the case. Okay, maybe the first movie was disappointing, especially for someone new to the series, but it was still enjoyable. The second one is even better, and even though I was disappointed that they left some things out, such as Griffith killing the queen and Zodd throwing Guts a sword, this movie was still entertaining.

The animation is still wonderful, and the dub sounded better in my opinion (I *loved* the scene where Griffith killed Gennon; his VA sounded so good at that moment). And we can't forget about the 100 man battle - it was so bad***.

If you're interested in this movie, get it. Don't let the hardcore fans' opinions dictate your own enjoyment.

PS: I apologize for my repetitive use of certain words; that's how amazing this movie is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the 1st
Following the first entry in the “Golden Age Trilogy”, The Battle for Doldrey manages to surpass its predecessor in almost every regard. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ian Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end
Excellent! For those who haven't seen the original series, definitely check it out, these first 3 OVAs vastly shorten the anime epic, giving you only what you need to see to... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Skylar Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
This is well worth the money. It starts off from the battle with the battle of the hundred men them through doldrey to the point of Griffiths breakdown and with some easter egg... Read more
Published 1 month ago by corinthian lance bookman
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
its in great condition when it came in and its what I wanted. I love the product, and nobody recommended it
Published 1 month ago by Nickolas S. Sine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anime feature films I've ever seen
It's a shame that Berserk isn't more mainstream, because the story arc is one of the most profound tales ever told. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lennski0131
3.0 out of 5 stars just doesn't live up to the original
I own both this and the first arc. I am disappointed so far in both. The original anime series although lacking a LOT of story from the original manga itself, was still paced well... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Archaic Tears
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, considering...
It'd def an upgrade from installment one and the animation is improved (but still not as polished as it is for the final Golden Age Arc installment, "Descent") but this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Black Russian 1968
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered and shortened version of the original
(Slight Spoilers)The 2nd installment of the Berserk remake covers the flashback arc from the rise of the Band of the Hawks prestige and nobility to the snow-covered departure of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trevor T Fawver
4.0 out of 5 stars better, but still could be more
berserk second movie improve itself by cutting back on the cg, what irony. by doing it the movie allow itself to retain it anime form and allow for the watcher to be more immerse. Read more
Published 4 months ago by suki
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT NOW!
Just as equally awesome as the first one, animation is amazing, music is fantastic, and the voice acting is phenomenal, you have to buy all three!
Published 4 months ago by Nathan Rumph
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