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Crawford stars as a ruthless circus owner who exploits a series of gruesome murders for her own ends... until the killer targets her. Directed by Jim O'Connolly (Valley of Gwangi, Tower of Evil) and co-starring Diana Dors (Yield to the Night, Deep End), Michael Gough (Horror Hospital, Batman) and Judy Geeson (10 Rillington Place, Inseminoid). NTSC Region 0
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In the first episode of this disc, sixth overall, the Band of Hawks face Zodd the Immortal, a mercenary monster who has the reputation of being invincible. Guts, our hero and main character, honors his name and is willing to face Zodd, even against the advice of everyone else. Right from the beginning, the importance and power of the Eye of the King becomes apparent. This is a piece of "jewelry" that hangs around the neck of Sir Griffith, the leader of the Band of Hawks. The message that is repeated in the introduction of each chapter regarding the destiny of mankind becomes clearer and clearer.
In terms of the relationship between the characters, Guts starts to wonder why Griffith is so willing to get in harms way in order to defend him. Caska still has trouble coping with Guts' presence and position as one of the commanders of the Hawks. In the meantime, Griffith becomes involved in games of power with other members of the court, even though he is unaware of this fact for a while.
The quality of this series has been steadily increasing throughout the first ten episodes, so I cannot wait to watch the next installment. At this point I can say with certainty that anyone that enjoys anime and epic fantasy will have a great time watching this production.
The saga continues with flash backs of the past to show us the history of Guts and how he came to be. Belonging to a group of mercenaries led by Griffith, Guts is able to use his unmerciful rage to his advantage on the battlefield. Forced to face a demonic creature that no man has ever survived as well as an assassination attempt, Guts is determined not to fail and be victorious as always.
This second volume of the series isn't as action-packed as the first, but I suspect that this is necessary in order to set the stage for things to come. While the action has decreased some, character development reaches an all-time high. More things are revealed to us which makes some of the previous events more clearer. The series is still engaging and exciting without having a single minute wasted. It will be interesting to see what happens next, as I am sure that bigger and more dangerous events are lurking about. As I said, this volume tends to be a bit slower than the first volume, but it is most likely a must in order to begin a violent chain-of-events that will shape the future of Guts and reveal to us just exactly what makes him suffer the way he does.
Again, this animated series is not recommended for young children. The episodes contain brutal and graphic violence, extreme blood and gore, language, and dark and disturbing themes and imagery. Extras included are outtakes, production sketches, and an art gallery.
"Berserk 2: Immortal Soldier" continues this exciting and mesmerizing series. There's fantastic character development, thrilling battle scenes, and haunting imagery that enhances the saga even more. "Berserk" is proving to be an incredible epic that keeps surprising and never holds back. The journey has taken us through 9 episodes thus far--there's no telling what we will be facing next.
On the series as a whole, I can best compare this series to Record of Lodoss War, but with much more violence and adult themes than Lodoss War had. This series is definately not for children. The story is of a mercenary named Guts and set in a world similar to Lodoss War, but with fewer fantastic creatures and different odd races (most all of the characters are human, with a few exceptions). Do not expect to see a bunch of elves and dwarves and dragons, the non-human characters are few and far between through the first 5 episodes.
One hilarious bonus feature on all of the Berserk DVDs is the Outtakes. Basically, it is a series of line reading errors placed over the same scene in the original anime scenes. Watch them after viewing all of the episodes on the DVD so that you understand the context, but they are truly hilarious. It's very different than those "outtakes" on other animated DVDs, which are actual added scenes.
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Unfortunately “Berserk!” is not one of Cohen’s better horror productions and, in spite of its star and a strong supporting cast giving their best, the movie is slow paced with a screenplay that’s none too exciting. It’s even padded out with actual circus performances, an unnecessary musical number and a quick ending with another death, the murderer revealed and several plot holes unfilled. Nevertheless the film has been beautifully restored and, among the generous amount of Special Features, there’s a really entertaining overview by genre historian Jonathan Rigby.
A nice gift, highly recommended for all people which are fans of this movie.
I first saw this movie several months ago, and took an instant liking to it. Joan Crawford stars as Monica Rivers, a woman who owns and runs a traveling circus. But her circus is plagued with occasional mysterious murders. First, her world famous high wire performer dies after his rope snaps and is coiled around his neck, and he's dangling in front of a horrified audience. Shortly later on, another guy comes on board and becomes the next high wire performer, the Magnificent Hawkins (played by Ty Hardin), and he and Monica have a behind the scenes affair.
Then, moments later, her assistant gets murdered, and the performers gather around to find out what happened. Monica then requests for her performers to go back to bed. But, they don't go to bed; they gather for a private meeting and disagree on who they think the murderer is. Enter Matilda (who is a bitch, but a likeable one, and is my favorite character), a smart mouthed blonde who feels that Monica is behind the whole thing (and tries to convince her co-workers of that, but to no avail). After she says for the second time that "it's the boss", Monica shouts out, "You're right!" After reprimanding Matilda about her negative attitude, she tells everyone to return to their caravans and get some rest for the next day's matinee. She gives Lazlo, Matilda's lover, the benefit of the doubt, but tells him to keep Matilda under control, or else they will both be forced to leave.
After a while, we see Monica's daughter, Angela, with the head of her school, who tells Monica that Angela has been expelled for inappropriate behavior. Monica is disappointed about Angela's eviction from school; Angela begs to stay on because she says that the "circus is in her blood". Monica agrees to let Angela stay on, but that she must become a hard worker. Angela joyfully agrees. Then, Angela greets her circus friends, and even gets told by Matilda that her mother might be the killer (but not in those exact words, of course).
Monica then goes back to her caravan, but sees a shadow of someone following her. The person following her is that of Bruno, the short guy, who wants to talk to her about something. Agitated, she tells him to go back to sleep. After several moments, we then see Matilda about to go on for her act, but Monica told her that she left instructions to report to her caravan, but Matilda said she was busy. Then Matilda goes on for her act (woman being sawed in half), but the act goes awry.
Then, Monica throws a celebration for the performers to help them take their minds off the dilemmas that they've suffered. Angela is not having a good time, and whines to her mother that she was being raised by teachers and other people away from the circus, and abruptly leaves. Next, she is due for her act, being spun on a wheel with knives being thrown towards her.
After that, The Magnificent Hawkins, performs his high wire act as before, but this time with a special bicycle and then tries balancing on a chair on the wire, being careful of the sharp pointed steel bayonets some sixty plus feet below on the floor. Then, an unseen gloved hand throws a knife at Hawkins' back, causing him to lose his balance and fall to his death on the bayonetted floor, with a horrified audience.
For those of you who have not yet seen this film, I will not reveal who the killer was. This movie is highly enjoyable; I feel that this is a comedy, even though it is supposed to be a drama. Worth watching. Since this is manufactured on demand, there are no extras on this DVD, and not even a main menu, beware of this. Grade: A++