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With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
ACF 1745: BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING
BERSERK: THE GOLDEN
AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING DEBUTS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY FROM VIZ MEDIA
Action Epic Delivers A Tale Of Reluctant Heroes Inspired By The Smash Hit Manga
Graphic Novel Series
VIZ has brought the arms and armor
action of one of this year’s most anticipated anime releases to home video with its recent release of BERSERK:
THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING on DVD and Blu-ray.
BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING is rated ‘M’ for Mature
Audiences and carries 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.”
manga series, by Kentaro Miura, 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 UK, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia,
and Latin America. The BERSERK 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.