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Solomon Kane [Blu-ray]

Max von Sydow , James Purefoy , Michael J. Bassett    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Max von Sydow, James Purefoy, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Peter Postlethwaite, Mackenzie Crook
  • Directors: Michael J. Bassett
  • Producers: Paul Berrow, Samuel Hadida, Kevan Van Thompson
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Fantasy action adventure set in the 17th century, based on the character created by pulp fiction writer Robert E Howard. After an encounter with Satanic demon The Reaper while fighting in Africa, Kane (James Purefoy) embarks on a quest for redemption to save his soul from being damned eternally to Hell. He returns to England, converts to Puritanism and takes up residency in a monastery - but the dastardly deeds of an evil magician who has taken over his father (Max von Sydow)'s castle soon upset his plans, and he is forced to take up arms once again. Pete Postlethwaite and Rachel Hurd-Wood co-star.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Storyboards, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A 17th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back.Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spainards in Africa, He met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell! Barely escaping he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of priest turned sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Purtian girl Meredith Crowthorn and brutally slaughter her family before his very own eyes (including butchering her beloved younger brother Edward who Solomon had befriended)! Forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her! In doing so means returning to his birthplace and facing his older brother Marcus who (in his youth) he accidentally left disfigured (and for dead), who now serves as merciless enforcer to Malachi. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Fantasporto Awards, ...Solomon Kane (2009) (Blu-Ray)

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271 of 286 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sword and sorcery yarn 4 Jun 2010
I approached this movie with no prior knowledge of the Solomon Kane character created by Ron E Howard and I have to say found it to be very enjoyable. Solomon Kane is an Elizabethan adventurer disinherited by his father for disobeying his wishes who has an encounter with the Devil's reaper from which he just escapes with his life. He takes refuge in a monastery, gives up all his wealth and swears to a life of peace in an attempt to redeem his soul. He is obliged to leave the monastery and promptly gets mugged because he won't fight. Saved by a family of puritans he encounters an army of evil doers who attack them and abduct their daughter. Solomon once again takes up his arms and sets off in pursuit to rescue her with her father's promise; that saving her will redeem him, ringing in his ears. There are no light hearted moments in this film and England is presented as a dark and miserable place even though some of the wintry settings with a light snow blowing in the air are beautiful in their bleakness. James Purefoy is well cast as the hero and does a convincing West country accent in keeping with the setting of the film. I think anyone who enjoyed Lord of the Rings will enjoy this too, the villains are even reminiscent of orcs with their bald heads and rotten teeth. The largely British cast do an excellent job and the weapons and settings look authentic enough for me. The film is presented in full screen and the print is so good that it really isn't worth buying the blu ray version. The soundtrack is full on and stirring as you'd expect for an adventure film like this. There were a few extras on my disc, a short making of, the trailer, film clips, soundbites and a twenty minute 'B roll'.
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dark fantasy romp 22 May 2010
Extremely dark sword and sorcery adventure with a strong central performance from James Purefoy and some impressively gritty production design, it wasn't quite as good as I had hoped but I am a fan of the short stories and thus had high expectations, it was let down slightly by the ending which was a little truncated i thought, but hopefully it will lead to a sequel.

Bassett takes an extremely dark approach to the material, playing it admirably straight throughout - there are no witty one-liners as Solomon dispatches his enemies, for example. There is more sword than sorcery in this flick but it is well done.

James Purefoy is excellent as Kane, his natural charisma and charm compensating for the fact that Solomon is hardly a white knight. There's also strong support from Rachel and Patrick Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite is excellent as usual and Max von Sydow, who works his usual magic.

It was a shame that some of the best sorcery/demonic scenes were (from my POV) at the very start of the film, the demonic mirror scene for instance was very well done and then the final demonic scene felt a bit rushed but still enjoyable for all that.

If you like dark sword and scorcery flicks then you wont be disappointed, as it's certainly a cut above the better B movies I have seen.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Kane again and again 29 Jun 2010
I had never heard of Robert E Howard or Solomon Kane before, but I like the fantasy genre, I'm a fan of James Purefoy and the blurb about the film made it sound quite interesting.

Having no preconceptions at all, I thought it was actually pretty good. It was dark, violent and brutal as others have said, and most of the film is set in either freezing or sodden conditions with the characters wallowing in mud or soaked to the skin most of the time which added to the hard, unforgiving feel of the film. There is no love interest, no light hearted characters and no comedic relief at all which is actually quite refreshing in a film that didn't need any of that. There were echoes of Lord of the Rings at times - the Balrog for example and vaguely Ork like creatures, and a little Van Helsingy occasionally, but not enough to make real comparisons.

James Purefoy was really good as the protagonist - suitably lean and muscled enough to make you believe he could have been a brutal killer, yet able to portray a slightly softer and kinder side as he searched for redemption in a new, violence free life in order to save his soul. The supporting cast were good - I especially liked Pete Postlethwaite - and it was generally all pretty believable. Not too sure about being crucified, then pulling your nailed hands free let alone sword fighting afterwards, but that's artistic licence I suppose.

Really good generally though, and I hope there's a sequel.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
It's all about opinions of course but it baffles me that anyone can rate this as a one star movie!
This was easily the best genre movie that I have seen this year; I first saw it in Leeds with the girlfriend at the rather excellent Light cinema, and then purchased it on day of release, on the Blu-ray format. For me it's a better movie than the slightly under whelming Clash Of The Titans and I rate it as a better overall movie than the admittedly visually stunning Avatar. Even the girlfriend enjoyed it - and that's some achievment :-)

The tone of the movie is great, playing out in the dark 1600's, in an England plagued by religious paranoia, poverty, lawlessness and superstition. Think Witchfinder General and you wouldn't be far wrong. It never gets too heavy handed but doesn't skimp on the darkness of these times. The villains are really dark here in a gritty fashion that recalls the Mordor/Orc elements of Lord Of The Rings. There's plenty of action of the violent sword play variety with enough heads & limbs lopped off to sate the more bloodthirsty viewer. The supernatural elements are used sparingly, to greater effect, but do include various demons including a fire demon that is very reminiscent of Peter Jackson's Balrog and a very ominous character known (for good reasons) as the Devil's Reaper. It's not a monsterfeast like Clash Of The Titans but there are more than enough otherworldly foes of assorted sorcerers, possessed warriors and demonic creatures. Certainly the 40 million dollar budget has been well spent!

Direction is tight and the movie is well acted; I particularly liked Peter Postlethwaite and Jason Flemying. Indeed Flemying's evil sorcerer, Malachi, positiveley oozed malevolence.
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