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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CENSU3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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BERSERK: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey (BD)

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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

Customer Reviews

Great characters, great mix of animation and CGI, and above all, a great story.
Michael V. Hughes
I really liked getting to know the main cast better at the ball, since the movies had to leave out some character development time.
Jake Jehlicka
An incredible sequel, one of the best anime films I've ever seen and my favorite movie this year.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryjacork on 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on July 29, 2013
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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 By Ryjacork on April 19, 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IWastedTIme on September 30, 2013
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Cant wait to see the next arc, hoping for more that continue where the manga goes.
Like the new animation style. But the episodes need more content so it progresses the story further. Please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SteveD. on September 5, 2013
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They did a fantastic job with this version. It seems like they are staying closer to the manga then the previous anime. Golden Age arc II ironed out the crappy cgi seen in arc I. I enjoyed this anime very much, even having seen the previous version. cant wait to see the next arc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason L. Ralya on September 10, 2013
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This is a great adaptation of the manga but as it leaves out so much of the character development that happens (in the manga or in the original 20 something episode series) it could be hard to understand why the characters do the things that they do. If you haven't heard of Berserk, read the manga or at least watch the anime episodes first before watching this multipart movie. You wont be disappionted its an epic tale. If you do know about Berserk then watching this is a great way to revisit it. The animation is beautiful and the voice acting is quite good, even the fight scenes are breathtaking. Only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because its too short to encompass some of the things that made the manga great, like the relationship between Guts and Griffen and Casca. I rented this from Amazon but will go out and buy the Blu-ray version first thing tomorrow.
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English dubbing? or just subtitles?
It is an oversight. Mine arrived and it is in English.
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