(Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, et al/ DVD / R / 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: OK, let me start by saying that this movie starts off very well - and, in fact is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time of this ilk ... until the end! The ending of this movie simply destroys the whole story. The end has nothing to do with the rest of the movie. If they were trying to give it some twist, well they succeeded!
Unfortunately, the twist seem to make the writer of the story seem bitter towards anything spiritual and ruins what could have been a great picture. Further, the ending has one knight totally change and become a different character, at least in his persona.
Then they have the monk change to a crazed sadistic killer. I chatted with others who felt the same way after watching this movie and they all agreed, the ending does not match the rest of the movie. My wife pointed out that it almost appear that a different writer wrote the ending.
I guess there was a anti-Christian slant to this all the way through if you look at the movie from the end backwards. Anyway, what starts off as one of the best movies with very realistic battle scenes and no cheesy over the top hollywood music, ends up being some sort of atheistic cry baby movie!
Too bad as the acting was good, the scenery was pretty and the costumes realistic! [MS] This is a Widescreen Presentation, enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Deleted Scenes
• Bringing Black Death to Life
• Interviews with Cast and Crew
• Behind the Scenes Footage
• HDNet: A Look at 'Black Death'
• Theatrical Trailer