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Black Death [Blu-ray] [2010]

Sean Bean , Carice van Houten , Christopher Smith    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sean Bean, Carice van Houten, Eddie Redmayne, David Warner, Kimberley Nixon
  • Directors: Christopher Smith
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE4S1M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Slowly emerging as one of Britain’s most interesting directors, Christopher Smith follows up his successes with Severance and Triangle by heading back to medieval England. Thus, in Black Death, we meet Sean Bean’s Ulric, a knight who, in conjunction with a monk by the name of Osmund, is off on a mission. That quest? To find a necromancer. However, as you might expect, things don’t go to plan at all.

While the setting may be a change for Smith, his skill behind the camera matures further with Black Death. He’s stretching a low budget here, but you’d be hard pushed to spot that for long periods of the film, as he evokes a dark, unpleasant period of history, and uses it as the basis for a very gritty film. Refusing to hide away from the violence and horrors of the time, it’s engrossing, but not for the faint of heart.

Smith’s cast serve him well, too, with Sean Bean reliable in the lead role. He’s joined by an ensemble that includes Black Book star Carice van Houten, Tim McInnerny and David Warner amongst others, and the ensemble pulls together terrifically well. The end result is a film that comfortably punches above its budgetary weight, and continues an interesting streak of films from its director.

And as you might hope, its qualities are accentuated by its high definition release. The picture quality here is quite excellent, making use of the period setting that Smith recreates. It doesn’t shirk with its active sound mix, either, proving that you don’t need to be a big budget blockbuster to make the most out of a Blu-ray release. Black Death, then, comes happily recommended. --Jon Foster

Special Features
  • Commentary with Director Christopher Smith
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary)
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Bringing Black Death to Life Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • Interviews with cast & crew (including Director Christopher Smith, Producer Jens Meurer, Producer Phil Robertson and Sean Bean)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Slowly emerging as one of Britain's most interesting directors, Christopher Smith follows up his successes with Severance and Triangle by heading back to medieval England. Thus, in Black Death, we meet Sean Bean's Ulric, a knight who, in conjunction with a monk by the name of Osmund, is off on a mission. That quest? To find a necromancer. However, as you might expect, things don't go to plan at all. While the setting may be a change for Smith, his skill behind the camera matures further with Black Death. He's stretching a low budget here, but you'd be hard pushed to spot that for long periods of the film, as he evokes a dark, unpleasant period of history, and uses it as the basis for a very gritty film. Refusing to hide away from the violence and horrors of the time, it's engrossing, but not for the faint of heart. Smith's cast serve him well, too, with Sean Bean reliable in the lead role. He's joined by an ensemble that includes Black Book star Carice van Houten, Tim McInnerny and David Warner amongst others, and the ensemble pulls together terrifically well. The end result is a film that comfortably punches above its budgetary weight, and continues an interesting streak of films from its director. Yet whether you're familiar with his previous work or not, Black Death is very easy to recommend. ...Black Death (2010) (Blu-Ray)

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168 of 177 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and realistic 22 Aug 2010
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Of course we have no real way of knowing what the fourteenth century was really like but in this film set in the time of the Black Death director Christopher Smith portrays a grim land stalked by plague and an evangelistic Christianity that is entirely believable. Eddie Redmayne plays Osmund; a novice monk, who has already been tempted by the sins of the flesh and is in love with a local girl called Avril whom he sends away into the forest to escape the plague. His own plague is the doubt that he is a good christian and just as he asks God for a sign so arrives the Bishop's envoy played by Sean Bean. Bean is perfectly cast as the soldier tasked by the bishop to investigate reports of a village in the marshes which has escaped the plague by turning away from God and worshipping a necromancer. Edmund is recruited as a guide and joins Bean's crew of mercenary soldiers on their mission. The English countyside is beautifully portrayed in muted colours throughout and the people are rough, unwashed and authentically portrayed. There is no stylised combat in this film, when violence breaks out it is realistic and brutal and very believable. Eventually the group reach the village which is a picture of order, cleanliness and health but hides a dark secret. Want to know more? Then watch it, this is a good medieval adventure and one of Sean Bean's best roles for a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rather more interesting than it looks 19 Jun 2014
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Despite being sold on its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it theatrical release as a fantasy action movie and often being lumped in with Season of the Witch as a poor man’s Medieval horror flick, Black Death is a rather more interesting drama that at once looks at the superstition and paranoia that accompanied the spread of the Bubonic Plague in the Middle Ages through Medieval eyes while also allowing the audience to see beyond mere face value. Eddie Redmayne’s young novice monk, already torn between his vows and the girl he loves, agrees to guide bitter knight Sean Bean and his uncouth band to a village in the marshes untouched by both plague and god, where there are rumors of the dead being raised and unholy rites being practised by a necromancer they are to bring back to stand trial and be executed. As they journey through the plague-riddled land into the heart of darkness, they find instead an idyllic village that seems very much at peace. Appearances, naturally turn out to be deceptive, but is there a supernatural agency at work or is it simply two different systems of belief – Christian and atheist – who believe that the only way to protect themselves from supernatural evil or a vengeful deity is to destroy the other?

The film does a good job of playing with perceptions of various characters as good or bad as they lose or gain some small moral high ground and, despite a distinct sense that something Wickerish this way comes in this bout of general witchfinding, doesn’t quite go as you expect.
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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously dark and surprisingly good 23 Aug 2010
By Twiss
Format:DVD
This is a low budget movie, yet it offers so much. To be honest I was expecting a poor film, regardless of Sean Bean's involvement. I'm glad I was wrong. What this movie does is show that you don't need to spend billions on effects etc . . . to put together a memorable story. The acting, from many actors I've never even heard of, was of a very high standard, and at times I could feel the tension and fear they experienced. This film wins the viewer over by being creepy and cruel, without shoving it in your face. The script holds its own and manages to convey a very powerfully eerie tome.

Where this movie excels, in my opinion, is in the tone it sets. There is something truly sinister and dark laced throughout the entirety of it all and, unlike many similar films, it actually works. No need for monsters or CGI phantoms. It just manages to draw out your fear through the masterful way it is put together.

My rating is not in comparison to masterpieces such as Lord of the Rings, but is based on what it actually is: a low budget fantasy-horror. A great one. If you like a good medieval-style horror, then I'm sure this is a film you'll enjoy. It doesn't boast loads of huge stars and massive effects, but it holds its own amongst many films I've seen recently that cost ten times the production costs.

Black Death is a film that will surprise and please . . . and chill to the core.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly intelligent and thought-provoking 6 Mar 2011
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It is 1348 and the Black Death is sweeping the English countryside, killing tens of thousands. A young monk, Osmund, has fallen in love with a young girl who has taken refuge in his monastery. His actions lead him to joining a band of the King's men, led by the knight Ulric, on a mission to find a marshland village reputed to be in the grip of witchcraft. Along the way, he hopes to break off and run away with his love. But in the woodlands he finds himself drawn onto a far darker and crueler path.

Black Death is a relatively low-budget movie financed and made in Germany, although the film is in English and has a mostly British cast. It stars Sean Bean as Ulric and Eddie Redmayne - the main character in the recent adaptation of Pillars of the Earth - as Osmund, with veteran actors David Warner (too many roles to list) and Tim McInnery (Blackadder) in support, along with rising star Carice van Houten (noted for recent roles in Black Book, Valkyrie and Repo Men). A bunch of solid supporting actors such as Emun Elliott (soon to be seen in Game of Thrones, along with Bean) and John Lynch (Merlin's father in the BBC series of the same name) line out the relatively small cast.

Given this is a small-budget movie with Sean Bean wearing armour and swinging a sword, the first impression is of a cheesy action flick. Nothing could be further from the truth. Black Death is a surprisingly bleak and dark movie about faith, power and fundamentalism. Sean Bean's Ulric is a far, far cry from his other heroic roles or his out-and-out villains. Instead he's a God-fearing knight who believes absolutely that the Black Death is God's punishment of humanity for its sins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what a great film
Published 6 days ago by MARION DINNIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Well that wasn't very nice - was it !
Surprising - I expected a B movie with Mr Bean hamming it in usual style (he must be 'the actor' that Directors always turn to for 'gritty historical macho') The reality is... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tim
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh......
I didn't take to this at all.in fact i fell asleep half way through it.Ah well,win some lose some.
Published 14 days ago by mrdubyadee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 17 days ago by Mr R H Jarman
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey Into Darkness
This is a down & dirty, low budget, British/German co-production that demands to be seen! If you're a fan of movies that take you into some dark & unpleasant places, without... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Stotzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it was ok
Published 28 days ago by mary
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
I was disappointed with this. My husband thought it was ok. So, I guess it's a man thing. I can't explain but it wasn't what i expected. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Wane
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I watched this film with my mouth wide open, amazed by the brilliance. I didn't expect it to be half as good as it is.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs G. L. Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars movie
This movie could have gone anywhere with the title, but this movie did not do it for me, sorry, but found the story line not all that. the action was slow to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kevin jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars school topic!
Haven't watched yet, but great service - quick delivery and good comms, dvd looks immaculate. Got it as son is covering Black Death in history - thought he would relate to the gore... Read more
Published 5 months ago by cherub
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