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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
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hiroaki Iwanaga, Takahiro Sakurai, Toa Yukinari, Carolyn Keranen, Kevin T. Collins
  • Directors: Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UE8ICK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,202 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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103 of 123 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 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of the series, get it: August 15, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This rendition of Berserk is fantastic! The blu-ray boasts both English and Japanese dubs, to include subtitle options. The English dub also features much of the original cast used in the Berserk series from 1997. While this movie could be a bit longer (namely to improve overall character development), it serves as quite a feast for the eyes and an excellent reduction of a series-to-movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark story, cool characters, and a fantastic world July 28, 2014
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Intro:
Beware, this is not for children. As a fan of both the manga and the original anime, I found a lot to like here. A dark story, some pretty animation, a well acted dub; but the movie is not without its flaws as well.

Animation 3/5
The animation in the smaller fights is beautiful, although the larger-scale battles suffer from some strange animation choices. The CG portions of the movie can be quite ugly and the framerate is surprisingly low at some times. By all means, this did not break the experience for me, but I did find myself pulled out of the moments a bit. (Heads up, the animation gets better as the trilogy goes, the third is beautiful!)

Audio 4/5
The english dub of this is surprisingly good, with the major characters reprising their roles (the japanese actors have been mostly replaced). It seems to me that the actors have improved greatly since the original berserk was released in the U.S. The music is fitting, although nothing really jumped out at me either. The beginning song is much more appropriate than the original anime's in my opinion. My only complaint is that the range is quite large, without Dynamic Range Control on the movie can be extremely jarring when going into a battle scene. This is coming from a guy who generally likes a decent amount of range.

Story 5/5
I adore Berserk's story and world. It is a very dark world, where bad things happen to good people on a regular basis. It is not sugar-coated to make this time period appear to be that of happiness and wonder. One issue would be that the running time of this first movie leaves out some moments that I missed, but nothing that is of any extreme importance.

Overall 4/5
This is a great movie to add to your collection if you are a fan of dark fantasy, especially to those of you who already enjoy A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones to TV viewers) and I thoroughly recommend it to both fans and those who've never heard of it alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic! May 28, 2014
By Burbo
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Epic saga about, love, war, honor, strength, deceit, sacrifice, servitude, betrayal, and loyalty to name a few. A well written, and beautifully animated story regarding the many virtues of mankind. As you watch the series, you become pulled into the story as it unfolds it's many twists and turns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie May 20, 2014
By Lucas
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Very similar to the Berserk anime series. The only thing I really missed was Gut's back story. The movie reduced it to some 30 second blurry slow motion memory that Guts was having. Other than that the story adaptation was great, and I received the movie within a week with free shipping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its the best anime ever!
a must buy!!
Published 12 days ago by Christopher C. Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The beginning of an awesome adventure.
Published 1 month ago by Cristian
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip these. Go for the manga and original anime.
Don't bother with this release. As a long time fan of the Berserk franchise (ever since it was first published in the states) I was massively excited for these films only to be as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zach
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not bad, wouldn't pay full price
Published 2 months ago by ono87
5.0 out of 5 stars Berserk on blu-ray!
Have always been a fan of the Berserk world. The manga, original anime, and video games. If you are a berserk fan than the blu-ray videos are a must have. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CC88TSI
4.0 out of 5 stars arc 1, 2 & 3
I did not like the ending, as usual these japanese anime endings, much of the time, just don't make sense
Published 3 months ago by george w mcpherson jr
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY!!
Amazon did its job by sending the product to my house and everything but the great part is the movie itself!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kiaya
5.0 out of 5 stars Duly impressed!
I was waiting for this! I saw it coming and kept asking the internet why it wasn't out yet. I'd have to watch it again but I don't believe it lacks anything that the manga or TV... Read more
Published 4 months ago by WorkoutGamer13
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Revision! Great for New Viewers
I have seen all the originals and read the manga, and I have to say they did a great job with these. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ATrain
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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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