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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent [Blu-ray] (2014)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIZ VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bersek: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent (BD)


The Most Horrific Animated Film You'll See All Year! --Japanator

Satoshi Kon Award Winner --Fantasia Film Festival

Official Selection --Annecy Film Festival

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it Like the Hand of God Hovering Above? January 11, 2014
*This review contains spoilers*

Now if you are like me and enjoyed the previous two Berserk movies, then I think that this one will by far be your favorite. If however, if you're part of the small minority who couldn't abide the departures from the source material, then the improved quality of the third installment won't be enough to save the franchise for you.

This movie opens some time after The Battle for Doldrey ended. Griffith is in prison having some trippy visions, clearly in bad shape. The Band of the Hawk isn't fairing much better, although they're being held together by Casca, who has taken up the mantel of leader in Griffith's absence. After some brief backstory about what's taken place since the last movie, the camp is attacked by mercenaries working for the King of Midland. Silat makes a brief but memorable appearance fighting Casca before Guts reenters. The visuals of the fight scene here were absolutely spectacular!

The scene between Casca and Guts at the waterfall is one of the most touching moments we've seen in the trilogy. The music, the visuals, and the dialogue are all beautiful. This was a pleasant change of pace from the previous installments, which kind of cut down on a lot of the character development between Casca and Guts. The sex scene was graphic, but without being pornographic. My biggest gripe here is that the love scene itself was another big departure from the way it was handled in the manga. As we know in the manga Casca is in pain at first, and then of course Guts chokes her and has that big breakdown, and it ends with her accepting his dysfunction and taking a "wound" to protect him (emotionally).

The Skull Knight's entrance is masterfully done, as was the Hawk's descent into the dungeon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 15, 2014
I imported this fully uncut and have to say that like the previous 2 movies this is absolutely fantastic. The berserk story is brutal as is it is beautiful and the films capture the golden age arc brilliantly. That said they are films and so of course some of the meat if the story is left out. However what I found most satisfying about the third Movie is that it doesn't shy away or downgrade the violence and sexual violence to cater to a wider audience. More importantly we are introduced to the skull knight a character whose lack if presence in the original anime left a gaping hole at the end! Watch this movie to understand what I mean. Top notch film and I love it. Roll on the black swordsman arc!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFULLY HORRIFYING END TO THE GOLDEN AGE January 15, 2014
I'm rating this already because I've watched the Japanese release. First of all, many people will complain that this does not have a satisfying ending. It's because it's the end of the Golden Age and not the end of Berserk. The creators are planning much more that will take place in the future of berserk. So think of the golden age arc as the prequels to what Berserk really is and an introduction to the characters and setting.

While I watched the Japanese version, I know that this will also have the same American cast as the first two and they do a great job. Most of the actors are fairly popular English dub actors. And even if the voice acting were an issue, the amazing animation that blends traditional anime style with CG is enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

As far as the story, it's really a harrowing tale. I started the Berserk trilogy expecting gruesome violence and gore, which there is plenty of, but what I found was a beautifully crafted story that shows the limits of the human spirit. It moves a little too fast because each movie covers several years of the manga. But it still keeps you up do date with most of the important events. There are also a lot of changes from the Manga that a lot of die hard fans will find displeasing but for newcomers and most returning berserk fans, it's still a great retelling of an amazing story.

It's more than worthy of five stars. I never much cared for anime before this trilogy and this alone completely converted me. My father who is almost fifty finds the idea of anime completely repulsive. After forcing him to sit and watch it, even he thought it was some of the best cinema he's ever seen. If you're even remotely a fan of Berserk, buy this movie because showing support for these films increases the amount of Berserk we get in the future ^_^
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy if you enjoyed the last two February 16, 2014
Watching the Golden Age series made me feel like I was discovering Berserk all over again. If you've read the manga or watched the anime, you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age Arc's Explosive Conclusion October 26, 2013
Before I say anything else, it's important to note that this DVD contains no English subtitles or voice acting. This is strictly Japanese only.

Comes with three discs. The first is the R18 version of the film, the second is the censored version, and the third is special features. Contrary to rumors, the censored version does not have additional content. The reason that the censored version has a longer run-time is due to the music video at the end. Most of the other differences are during the eclipse, some of the gore is censored, and there are shadows covering Casca and Femto during the rape. Better special features than the BRs that Viz has released so far. Some commentary from the creators and behind the scenes stuff. The cardboard cover is hand drawn by Kentaro Miura himself, and features an alternate version of the Berserk Volume 12 manga cover. My one complaint is that the R18 version doesn't support surround sound, which is a shame because I really enjoy watching these movies on the big screen with full speaker use.

Regarding the film itself, all that I can say is WOW! It's mind blowing. Easily the best of the Golden Age trilogy so far. Possibly the most graphic anime I've ever seen. The infamous rape scene is horrifying and heartbreaking and grotesque all at the same time. The demon massacre is every bit as horrific as the manga. This is the Eclipse that Berserk fans have been waiting for, not to mention that we finally get to see the Skull Knight animated. Speaking of SK, he easily stole the show here. They managed to capture that mix of creepiness, mystique, and heroism that makes his character so cool in the manga. My favorite scene in the entire movie is the one where Griffith breaks down and the behleit activates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie!
Published 5 days ago by Sonny Barroga
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for more.
Excellent movie. Nice finish for the first trilogy. I hope they continue making more movies based off the manga. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dave Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars It's worth every penny.
A really great ending to the Golden Age Arc, it had great action scenes and great effects, that battle between Guts and the Apostles was phenomenal. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dan Duva
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Insanity
What a way to kickstart a series. This is how you do a reboot Hollywood! There are some differences yea I won't get into that because this series has a charm all it's own and I... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have no social life
Published 16 days ago by Geo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great series I hope they continue to make more!
Published 21 days ago by Donato Cobarrubias
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for any Berserk fan
A must see for any Berserk fan
Published 1 month ago by Christopher J Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Javier
3.0 out of 5 stars The best of the three, but...
It's the best of the three films but still pales in comparison to the 90's anime. This is perhaps inevitable as these movies skimp on characterization, something that the Berserk... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Black Russian 1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Those not familiar with the manga will probably be floored by this ending!
Published 1 month ago by steven noe
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So... Is this the R-15 edition or the R-18?
It says in the item description "contains the Uncut, R18 version of the film". The viz website states that it's TV MA which means it contains anything and everything, and is not appropriate for children.

My guess is it's the totally uncut version.
Apr 23, 2014 by Silverharbinger |  See all 4 posts
Golden Age 1-3 Collectors Edition ??
No news as of yet
Jul 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer |  See all 2 posts
Anyone hoping they release the TV series on Blu Ray?
It's very unlikely we will see an R1 release of Berserk on Blu-Ray. The boxset in Japan did not sell very well. The DVD R1 release has been out of print for years here and who even knows if Media Blasters will ever re-release it here. If the license expired and someone like Sentai, Viz or... Read More
Mar 24, 2014 by C. OCONNELL |  See all 2 posts
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