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  • Actors: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite, Alice Krige
  • Directors: Micheal J. Bassett
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IKBWMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,057 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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272 of 287 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
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 88 people found the following review helpful By Solomon Kane on 22 May 2010
Format: DVD
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 72 people found the following review helpful By Soo Broo VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
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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THE MOVIE

The British/Czech/French co-production of SOLOMON KANE is based on the short stories by Robert E. Howard, who also created CONAN the Barbarian and wrote several other great short stories.
SOLOMON KANE was intended to be the first of a trilogy, but unfortunately as of 2014 this idea seems to have been scrapped.
SOLOMON KANE is fantasy done right: it's not a low budget movie (budget: $40,000,000 - $45,000,000), a great and compelling story based on fantastic source material, three dimensional characters and GREAT actors to portray them, especially one of my favorite actors, James Purefoy in the lead and the legendary Max von Sydow. The rest of the mainly British cast does a fantastic job as well.
Superb directing by Michael J. Bassett (DEATHWATCH), he knows exactly how to introduce the main character and give all characters enough screen time but keep the pacing at a good level so there is never a dull moment. I also like that he kept SOLOMON KANE in the dark fantasy genre, instead of "watering it down" for a commercially more lucrative PG-13/BBFC 12A rating (true adult fans are grateful!). I like the tone of the movie especially: it certainly is not family entertainment.
Despite not being a "hack 'n slash" action film, SOLOMON KANE features a fair amount of bloody combat and "strong violence" (BBFC comment).
The action scenes are staged in a realistic and brutal way. The outnumbered (anti) hero Kane gets to fight dirty (slitting a man's achilles tendon prior to killing him).
The character Solomon Kane himself is contradictory in many ways which makes him more human, more real and in my opinion one of the best written anti heroes ever.
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