The first film in the three-part "Golden Age Arc" has made its way to DVD and Blu-ray this week from U.S. publisher VIZ. "The Egg of the King," which was released theatrically in Japan and streamed via VIZ's Neon Alley service sets up a three-film adaptation of the complete "Berserk" series.
And you know what? It's pretty good.
The film sees cold-blooded mercenary Guts--without a country or a cause--pressed into the service of the Band of the Hawk, a mercenary army led by the charismatic Griffith, whose nobility wins over our cynical hero. It's from Studio 4ºC so you know it looks good but there's also an unexpected level of depth given how much it deals with idealism clashing with the realities of power and ruling. And that ending... man, is that ending dark.
Here's the official release for VIZ's disc which will include both English and Japanese language tracks and an image gallery:
BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING is rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences and will carry a DVD MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.98 CAN and a Blu-ray MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $27.50 CAN. The film features both dubbed English dialogue and original Japanese subtitle dialogue options. Bonus features include a production art gallery.
The lone mercenary Guts travels a land where a hundred-year-old war is taking place. His ferocity and ability to kill enemies attracts the attention of Griffith, leader of the mercenary group “The Band of the Hawk,” and Guts is recruited to the unit. Thanks to their continued victories on the battlefield, the bond between Guts and Griffith deepens, but despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream. Unknown to Guts, this unyielding dream is about to bestow a horrible fate on them both.
“The foreboding medieval action epic that first thrilled North American audiences as an acclaimed graphic novel series delivers a whole new level of excitement with its debut as an anime feature film,” says Brian Ige, Vice President, Animation. “BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING also features a stellar cast of voice actors including Marc Diraison in the role of Guts, Kevin T. Collins as Griffith, and Carolyn Keranen as Casca, the only female member of the Band of the Hawk. With its engrossing plot, multi-faceted characters, and highly detailed kinetic battle sequences, which are phenomenally well-staged and animated, this film is a definite must-see for anime fans everywhere.”