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Solomon Kane [Blu-ray]

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From the works of Robert E. Howard (legendary creator of CONAN) comes the thrilling, action-packed epic of Solomon Kane, a brutal and vicious mercenary who takes up arms against the forces of darkness in order to save his soul from damnation.

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  • Actors: James Purefoy, Max Von Sydow, Ian Whyte, Rachel Hurd-Wood
  • Directors: Michael Bassett
  • Writers: Michael Bassett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Radius
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (865 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CHMBQNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I first saw "Solomon Kane" at the Alamo Draft House screening in Austin in October of 2009. SK is a terrifically entertaining tale of a 17th Century soldier of fortune who turns his sword against dark and demonic forces threatening Elizabethan England. It was a real thrill to see a high adventure film with strains of horror and fantasy. These days movies like "Solomon Kane" are far and few between. I can't think of a Sword and Sorcery genre film since the first Conan film that has taken this serious, respectful approach to the genre. In fact, the film is based on a character created by the legendary Robert E. Howard, inventor and master of the Sword and Sorcery story. The film follows an origin tale that Howard never wrote, but in the opinion of this long time REH reader it is Howard's vengeful Puritan up there on the screen by the film's closing credits.

Michael J. Bassett's direction is classic in style, employing plenty of stylish tracking shots and thankfully very few of the hand-held, jerky camera moves so deplorably common in contemporary action films. The film boasts surprisingly high production values with great sets, costumes, special effects, and, of course, many well-staged sword fights.

James Purefoy of "Rome" fame gives a haunting, powerful performance as the title character, and the supporting cast, which includes the great Max Von Sydow and a typically solid turn by Pete Postlethwaite, is excellent.''

If you consider the Rings films heroic fantasy rather than the more down and dirty Sword and Sorcery genre, the dark and haunting "Solomon Kane" may be the best S&S film ever made. Highly recommended.
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The hero, Solomon Kane, is an early 16th century Puritan who roams the earth fighting evil. The character was introduced in 1928 by Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan.

This movie is a wonderful sword and sorcery story. It's not quite true to the Solomon Kane stories as written by Howard, but it's a very exciting and entertaining origin story for the Kane character. Purists may complain that it's not verbatim Howard, but it is well written. Presumably now that he has been given a back story, he can go forth in sequels vanquishing evil in true Howard fashion.

The film introduces Solomon Kane as a murderous privateer who one day discovers that his wicked past has caught up with him and the devil is ready to claim his soul. A near escape from the devil's own reaper is enough to set Kane on the path to righteousness. He forsakes his violent past to become a man of peace but, as they will do, circumstances conspire against him.

James Purefoy is marvelous, as always, in the Kane role. He is one of those rare actors who can deliver pages of exposition with a well timed facial expression. Max von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite are excellent in their supporting roles. Rachel Hurd-Wood is luminous as the young Puritan girl whose rescue becomes Kane's mission.

As sword and sorcery should be, this film is quite dark...figuratively and literally. Dark magic, demons, ghouls, witches, bloodletting, murder, and torture are portrayed against a background of dark, dreary, icy winter days - not to mention the somber dress and sober speech of the Puritans - as Solomon Kane seeks redemption for his past transgressions.

This movie was originally premiered in 2009 and went into release in Europe in 2010.
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Can a person who has sinned truly be redeemed, and if so, how can he do it?

That question is at the heart of "Solomon Kane," a grimy, rainy story focused on a man who has done horrible things, and now desperately tries to redeem himself. But despite a lack of real setting, Michael J. Bassett's dark fantasy is a strangely compelling, haunting one, and James Purefoy's lean, desperate performance fits his character beautifully.

For many years, mercenary Solomon Kane (Purefoy) killed and stole without regard for anyone. But in one raid in Africa, he found the Devil's reaper waiting for him -- and only barely escaped. Terrified by the prospect of hell, Solomon devotes himself to peace and God at a monastery. And after the abbot sends him out into the world, Solomon befriends a family of Puritans, particularly the pure-hearted Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood).

But when the family is slaughtered and Meredith is kidnapped, Solomon throws aside his vow of nonviolence, believing that saving her from death will save his soul from hell's grip. So he sets out to rescue her from the evil sorcerer Malachai, his skin-masked swordsman, and his hordes of cursed soldiers - but he has little idea of what they're planning for him.

I honestly didn't expect to like "Solomon Kane" as much as I did -- most movies that try to combine action with theological/philosophical stuff fail miserably. But somehow it just clicks in this movie, especially since the main character truly believes himself to be destined for hell, but he tries to do the right thing anyway.

And Solomon's world is suitably bleak: a gritty, muddy, rain-soaked, grey-skied world, where witches and black-eyed soldiers wander around killing people.
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