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As a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting in Africa, Solomon Kane encounters a demon and realises he must seek redemption or have his soul condemned to hell. He returns to England and lives a life of peace but soon the doings of an evil sorcerer upset his plans and he must take up arms again. Based on the pulp magazine character created in 1928 by Robert E Howard.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 17.2 cm; 84 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5017239151590
- Director : Michael J. Bassett
- Media Format : Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 103 minutes
- Actors : James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Mark O'Neal, Robert Orr, Richard Ryan
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Eiv
- ASIN : B003IKBWMO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 31,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Solomon Kane is directed by Michael J. Bassett and Bassett adapts the character of Kane from the magazine character created by Robert E. Howard. It stars James Purefoy, Rachael Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite and Anthony Wilks. Music is by Klaus Badelt and cinematography by Dan Laustsen.
It's early 1600 and English mercenary Solomon Kane (Purefoy) is informed by the Devils Reaper that his wicked ways have damned his soul for eternity. Not wanting to spend eternity with old Nick and all his hellish instruments of torture, Kane escapes and renounces violence and converts to Puritanism - that is until a wicked turn of events in his life sends him on the violent road to redemption.
Solomon Kane was created by pulp writer Robert E. Howard, who would a few years later also create Conan The Barbarian, safe to say then that swords and sorcery was at the time of his life in the 1920s/30s on his mind. It's also safe to say here that if this type of genre swish and swash is not your thing then this will definitely not convert you into being someone who suddenly does. However, fans of such fare are in for a treat, where not for the first time a picture that bombed at the box office - and got a delayed release in The States - has broken free of supposed stinker damnation to become a firm cult favourite to like minded souls.
Kane is our anti-hero, a real hard dude who ends up living by the fight evil with evil mantra. In the hands of Purefoy and his director, Kane is moody personified, the whole film dishing out ladles of brood and dark thematics as religion and dark arts come under the microscope. The action is well choreographed, plenty of blood letting and head loping, accompanied by swivels and lurches. Imagery is potent - such as graveyards and reaper lairs, while Bassett firmly believes in soaking his cast in mud and rags, all for realistic payment.
Some popular actors slot in for some support work, which is a bonus, and although the finale is not without problems (main baddie all to brief, the big showdown likewise), this rounds out as an imaginatively and thrillingly mounted period genre piece. 8/10
In summary; characterless fighter starts out bad killing people ends up 'redeemed ' but also killing people after encounters with sorcerers and demons and zombies and mad cleric.
Well made in sub freezing temperatures has a nordic feel to the photography but one for the charity shop....
I've tried PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5 & Bluray player & NOTHING can play it so if you purchase this title make sure you try it out QUICKLY so you don't end up wasting your money like I have !!!