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

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The visceral conclusion of the epic BERSERK The Golden Age Arc trilogy is finally here!

It s been a year since Griffith s imprisonment by the Kingdom of Midland. Once praised as the saviors of Midland, The Band of the Hawk has been on the run and is on the brink of breaking apart. Much to everyone s surprise, Guts returns to the Hawks and the search for Griffith begins!

Contains the Uncut, R18 version of the film along with exclusive interviews, art galleries, outtakes, original trailers and more. Japanese with English subtitles and English language included.

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

Satoshi Kon Award Winner --Fantasia Film Festival

Official Selection --Annecy Film Festival

Product Details

  • Actors: Marc Diraison, Kevin T. Collins, Carolyn Keranen, Hiroaki Iwanaga, Takahiro Sakurai
  • Directors: Toshiyuki Kubooka, Michael Sinternicklaas
  • 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:
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  • Studio: VIZ VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GRZPQR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
*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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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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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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Format: DVD
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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