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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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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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  • 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 (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UE8ICK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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114 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Collins on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By strmbringer on August 15, 2014
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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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[No, I'm not serious. But the violence is far more realistic than the last anime incarnation of 'Berserk'.]
If you've ever wanted to see a realistic film depiction of Medieval siege-warfare, well... go elsewhere. `Berserk' is a strange, hyper-violent vision of European sword and sorcery, from a Japanese POV. It looks like the dark ages, but there's no historical connection whatsoever; instead, it serves as a brutal playground for Kentaro Miura's twisted imagination.

This film trilogy is actually a reboot; it takes the viewer back to the first meeting of Guts the Black Swordsman and The Band of the Hawk, rather than acting as a sequel to the first series. It's different from the manga as well, but retains the essence of the tale.
While I liked the original anime, I wasn't terribly impressed with the animation. This film, as well as the two that follow, are spectacular in comparison. The blend of animation and CGI isn't flawless, but it's pretty damn good, providing much more detailed art and realistic movements. The battle scenes, in particular, are very dynamic, giving the violence the kind of impact it needs.
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These movies were originally meant to be one single animation, but due to the length, they were split into three. Therefore, my review of this movie will be taking the other two movies into account as well, due to the fact that if judged separately, they would not receive the appropriate praise that they should.

With that in mind, the three Golden Age Arc movies are a decent summary of one of the best manga ever written. I say summary because even though it does a fair job of making the original story come to life, it unfortunately still leaves out various crucial elements. While I believe that the animation studio did intend to recreate the original Berserk storyline, according to many of the fans I've spoken with (myself included), these movies are instead seen viewed as a kind of synopsis of the full story. While it is of course understood that during production, many events and other aspects must sometimes be cut out due to budgets and time constraints, the fact still remains that many significant events were either underdeveloped and shown with much scarcity or, in some cases, disregarded altogether.

The other issue that many fans have with these movies is the obvious use of CGI. While the motions and fight scenes of characters are in a sense, more realistic, the fact that the CGI is clearly visible in comparison to the regular animation (which makes up the remainder of the scene) makes things seem a bit strange. In short, I'd say that for the majority of the time that the CGI is used, it's obvious presence proves to be distracting. Through CGI, the level of motion, character, and background detail are all very impressive, however, I believe that when combined with regular animation, the result was an "abnormal" appearance for viewers.
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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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