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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King [Blu-ray] (2012)

Hiroaki Iwanaga , Takahiro Sakurai , Toshiyuki Kubooka  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Hiroaki Iwanaga, Takahiro Sakurai, Toa Yukinari, Carolyn Keranen, Kevin T. Collins
  • Directors: Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Format: Animated, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • 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: November 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UE8ICK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Berserk: The Golden Age, Arc I--The Egg of the King was released in Japan in early 2012, at the same time as Berserk: The Golden Age, Arc II--The Battle for Doldrey, with a third film slated for early 2013. Based on a popular manga by Kentaro Miura, Berserk follows the career of Guts, a taciturn mercenary who fights with a huge, two-handed broadsword. When he's defeated in hand-to-hand combat by the effete but deadly Griffith, Guts joins his elite mercenary corps, the Band of the Hawk. Griffith aspires to a kingdom of his own at the very least, and uses the skills of his fiercely loyal Hawks to gain status by aiding the Kingdom of Midland in its protracted war with Chuder. Part of Griffith's power seems linked to an odd, red gem he wears around his neck: the Egg of the King. Like the broadcast series of Berserk (1997), director Toshiyuki Kubooka's feature presents a dark, violent vision of medieval warfare that is grittier and gorier than most chivalric anime adventures. The filmmakers combine drawn and computer animation for large-scale battle scenes that borrow from the Siege of Gondor in the Lord of the Rings. But Golden Age, Arc I feels more like a succession of set pieces than a coherent narrative, beginning with Guts' initial duel with Bazuso, an ax-wielding giant who resembles a mecha version of the Michelin Tire Man. The relatively brief (77-minute) running time doesn't allow for much character development beyond indicating that Guts is haunted by internal and external demons. Golden Age, Arc I was clearly meant to be seen in conjunction with the second film, as the story simply stops with no real conclusion. Those caveats aside, this new version of Berserk represents the state of the art for violent, big-budget anime. (Rated M, suitable for ages 16 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, nudity, gore, grotesque imagery, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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He trusts nothing but his own sword. He has no place to call home. The lone mercenary Guts travels a land ravaged by a hundred-year war. Moving from battlefield to battlefield, his skill and ferocity eventually attract the attention of Griffith, the leader of a group of mercenaries called The Band of the Hawk. Desiring Guts's power to help him achieve his goals, Griffith succeeds in recruiting the distrustful Guts by challenging him to a duel and defeating him.

As the Band of the Hawk fight together and their bond as a unit grows stronger, Griffith and Guts's bond deepens as well. With their continued success on the battlefield, Griffith achieves the first step toward his lofty goals: his band of mercenaries becomes recognized as a full-fledged army within the Midland Kingdom. Despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith's dream, which, unbeknownst to Guts, is destined to bestow a monstrous fate on them both.

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93 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Reboot September 3, 2012
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I'm going to start this review with a bit of backstory. This may be a long read but this is Berserk so I'm going to take my time and get this right.

The original Berserk anime is infamous for its massive cliffhanger ending. I was never into manga until I watched Berserk, then I simply HAD to read the manga, because I literally could not live with not knowing what happened next. The fact that Berserk is one of the most well drawn and well written (if poorly updated) manga series ever made.

For years the fans clamored for season 2, even after it became clear that it wasn't going to happen there were still some hold outs, but eventually even they died out as well. Then the past few years we have started to see a lot of old uncompleted anime series get reboots. Some like Ultimate Hellsing were just what the fans were waiting for, others like Inuyasha: Final Act were rushed and kind of disappointing. But if any anime deserved a reboot, it was Berserk. And now here it is, the long rumored Berserk reboot that we have waited for all this time.

Now I'm going to review the actual series itself of Berserk (be patient the movie review is coming).

I don't really look at Berserk like a manga, to me it's more like a great work of art, and it reads more like a classic novel that will survive the ages. It's also easily one of the best drawn series I've ever read. The detail Miura puts into his work is spectacular, and his stories are breathtaking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anime December 21, 2013
By Chongo
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This has been in my opinion one of the better anime's I've seen of late. Berserk is an epic, period movie that seems to be broken up into 3 parts. This one being the first. In fact, I'd say it's even better than going to the movies. The animation is absolutely stunning as is the smooth dubbing that translates perfectly from the original Japanese dialogue. I had read the first volume of the original manga way back in the day but couldn't really compare it to this new anime series. Regardless this is excellent. I put Berserk right up their with Memories, Blood -the last vampire, & Karas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great effort, but less than perfect... January 27, 2013
By zen
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When I heard of the Berserk movies my heart was filled with so much excitement and joy. Finally, someone took the time and money to bring this amazing story to a full fledge movie. Even more so, when I found out that they would keep it as true to the manga as possible. I mean if you ever read the manga series, then you know how much depth each and every character has. And that is something worth putting into a full length movie.

Before I go into the movie I just want to talk briefly about the animated series. The animated series was not exactly true to the manga, because it excluded some major characters, such as the Skull Knight. However, it was really close to the actual manga, even the art work was true to the manga. It is a rare piece were artwork, screenplay, and musical score come together to create an epic masterpiece. So you can imagine my high expectations for the movie.

Sadly, the movie did not meet my expectations. I really try hard to not be so bias because of the animated series, but it was nearly impossible. I just couldn't believe some of the flaws in the movie. I mean there are very excellent examples of this storyline both in manga format as well as animated series. Yet, somehow the creators of the movie missed it. For example,

* Characters are not allowed to mature, enough to allow an emotional involvement with the plot. This is crucial for what is to come.

* Soundtrack is nowhere nearly as powerful as the animated series. Susumu Hirasawa did the intro song in the movie and ending song (I believe), which are great, versus him doing the entire soundtrack in animated series. The overall score in the movie is pretty dull in comparison to the series.

* The CG animation are of poor quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Revision! Great for New Viewers April 22, 2014
By ATrain
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I have seen all the originals and read the manga, and I have to say they did a great job with these. While the original anime is a bit more in depth, this grabs all the main points and looks amazing. Great story even if you are not an Anime fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! April 10, 2014
By dee jay
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This is a awesome film, all that battles, swords, the environments and the graphics are excellent.
TRY IT! YOU WON'N REGRET IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool March 25, 2014
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Good action. Good story.
Artwork and voices are great.
Leaves you wanting more. (Good thing there's a sequel)

If you liked Ninja Scroll....

need I say more?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and action, would recommend March 14, 2014
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I started reading the manga for Berserk recently and I've been really enjoying it so far. However, due to my own impatience while waiting for more volumes, I decided to rent BERSERK: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King. I'm not sure how closely this movie follows the manga, but it was definitely an enjoyable watch itself. The animation is a good blend of 2d and 3d styles. The latter being used mostly for scenes with a large amount of characters on screen at once. Although, it is sometimes used for scenes that I believe would look much better if they had a traditional style. From what I understand, many of the English voice actors from the original anime reprise their roles in this movie. Giving us already refined voices and familiarity for the original fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes.
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected, But...
Berserk- arguably one of the most badass, dark, graphic and utterly disturbing manga and anime series to have been created in the last 30 years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vincent Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for new comers...keep the original for yourself.
I have found it difficult to share the original these days because new comers are not accustomed to the original animation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by amy
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
If your a fan of the series this movie is a must have very graphic not for those with weak stomachs.
Published 1 month ago by Orlando Salas
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
My kids and husband loved it. If you're an Anime fan then you should watch it. Lots of action and fun.
Published 2 months ago by Ruby H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the manga, loved the anime and I am loving the movies
If you havent been blessed with the opportunity to experience the wonderful story that is BERSERK by Kentaru Miurai then I suggest you start with the movies and then make your way... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Masoud Hosseini
3.0 out of 5 stars a little angry but still impressed
i ordered the movie. took three days to ship the thing but, after it was shipped it arrived the nest day. the movie itself was good but it did not come in the case shown. Read more
Published 2 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm a huge Berserk manga fan and I also enjoy the anime series. I'm glad they're making these Berserk movies nowadays. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WilliamPuffing
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the second movie is coming out on blu ray
So far away... I guess by the time we get the Blu-Ray of movie two, the final movie will have been aired in Japan.
Dec 26, 2012 by AiyuNeko |  See all 2 posts
Extras?
Sorry, but no bloopers.
Aug 19, 2013 by Kurohei |  See all 2 posts
How uncut is this?
There's one nudity scene. And the scene with Zodd the immortal was pretty bloody. So I'd highly not recommend this to the younger audience.
Aug 19, 2013 by Kurohei |  See all 2 posts
after the 3 movies?
i heared they make 3 trilogies of the hole story.
look on berserk fanpage
Aug 31, 2012 by Mal Reynolds |  See all 3 posts
Two Listings
Go for the one with the picture, less likely to be cancelled that way.
Aug 15, 2012 by Matt |  See all 3 posts
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