Anime and manga distributor VIZ Media has released the highly anticipated medieval adventure Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I — The Egg of the King on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences, the DVD is priced $19.98 U.S. and the Blu-ray is available for of $24.98 U.S. The film features both dubbed English dialog and original Japanese subtitle options. Bonus features include a production art gallery.
The series centers on the lone mercenary named Guts, who travels to 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.
“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, VP of animation at VIZ. “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.”
Kentaro Miura’s Berserk manga, debuted in Japan in 1989 and quickly drew a devoted following, going on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide. The series, still ongoing in Japan, has been published in North America by Dark Horse Comics and the U.K., as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Latin America. The manga has also inspired a popular anime television series and has spawned a variety of related video games, collectable figures and toys, and music soundtracks, as well as the current Berserk: The Golden Age Arc film trilogy.
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