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Black Death + Digital Copy [Blu-ray]

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The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. There are rumors of a village hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. Joined by a young monk and a small consort of soldiers, the journey ahead will lead them into the heart of darkness where faith is challenged and put to the ultimate test.

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• Deleted Scenes
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• Interviews with Cast and Crew
• Behind the Scenes Footage
• HDNet: A Look at Black Death
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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
  • Directors: Christopher Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Digital_copy
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P2VQZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: Blu-ray
I honestly had never heard of this film before seeing a preview on Video On Demand. Being a fan of Sean Bean of Lord of the Rings fame, I gave it a try. Set in Europe during the time of the Black Death, this film has Christian knights searching out a village that has not felt the touch of the plague. To guide them they enlist a young monk who has broken his vows and fallen in love with a woman. The story involves their journey and what they find when they reach this village looking for a witch or necromancer. Well acted with great characters. This is a dark story and a wonderfully recreated period piece. This is not a feel good movie, it is gloomy and sticks with you after you have watched. This is a nice find.
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On the heels of Season of the Witch (as inaccurate a vision of this era as I have seen), Black Death manages to be everything that its predecessor was not. A group of knights are traveling to a village which has reportedly not been impacted by the plague AT ALL, to determine whether or not it is "protected" by a necromancer. If so, they are to return same to the bishop who commissioned them for judgement and execution. Along the way, they pick up a young monk who knows the area to guide them, discover one of their men shows signs of having contracted the plague, and run afoul of thieves who are obviously robbing any and all travelers for whatever they can get. Ultimately, they reach their destination and discover that the rumors appear to be, in fact, quite true. What is unknown is the identity of the necromancer and how the few soldiers should proceed against so many villagers.

I won't reveal certain twists and I won't give away any more of the plot than I already have. What I will say is that this is one good "tale". The kind The Brothers Grimm would be impressed with; and that any who watch it would do well to remember that a really good tale is neither about leaving, arrival or SPECIAL EFFECTS, it is about the journey. How men are changed by their journeys and about how not all of those changes are honorable or even life-affirming.

The Black Death, The Little Ice Age and The Inquisition were known as the dark ages and there is a reason for that name. This is a movie that is dark, cold, bleak and disturbing... just as it should be.

It is also well shot, well acted, well scripted, costumed and lit. Furthermore, it does not pander to the audience nor assume that we are, or are not, historians. In the end; it's just a well put-together film, one that is well worth seeing.
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This movie really stuck with me days after I watched it. I can't imagine what it was like to live in Europe during the Black Death but it must have seemed like Hell on earth. I really enjoyed Eddie Redmayne in this as well as his acting in the excellent The Pillars of the Earth mini series. The cover may fool you into thinking there is a lot of action but the majority is on the story and the characters. However, the action was very brutal and realistic as I think it should be. The pace of the movie was done well and the overall atmosphere is very haunting. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
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Ignore the bad reviews on this one, I wish I would have. I passed by this one at least 10 times because I had heard from a few different people that it was a dud. They are the same kind of people who have a taste for the more typical mediocre action hollywood films. Probably the best movie I have seen since Inception. May be offensive to overly sensitive Christians and Pagans.
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I know there are some number of films containing the Black Plague or have the Black Plague as a backdrop, but this is the first I've seen that dealt specifically with that deadly historical disease.

Here's the scoop. A young monk on the religious fence agrees to guide some of the Bishop's soldiers to a remote village which has somehow managed to avoid being effected by the plague. His real reason for guiding the soldiers is to visit his girlfriend and see what side of the fence he will come down on. The soldiers are sure of what they will find and have weapons and instruments of torture to make things right. Of course, things go awry and it makes for a great ride.

Some great decisions were made in this movie. It has a good look and feel. This might be the only movie I've seen that gave me a genuine sense of what life might have been like back then. The costuming, buildings, ubiquitous death and despair were all present. It was shot well. Sometimes the camera was steady and sometimes it moved and the blend was good. I was drawn into the scenes. The casting was good. The band of soldiers was a group of individuals. They didn't run together. The casting agent made sure they didn't all look alike so you could pick each one out in a given scene, and they were all allotted as much personality as possible given the circumstances.

The story worked well too. Certain things happened sooner than I expected so it made me wonder where the proceedings would go from there. The Catholic Church has garnered a bad reputation in regard to that period of history and this movie doesn't shy away from showing them in a less than favorable light. These soldiers of God are on a mission and they are going to do what they are going to do no matter what they find.
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