Black Death [Includes Digital Copy] [DVD] [2010]

  • SKU: 2543868
  • Release Date: 05/10/2011
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 15)

Special Features


  • Deleted scenes
  • Bringing Black Death to Life
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • HDNet: A look at Black Death
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Black Death
As the Black Death sweeps through Medieval England, young monk Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) sends his girlfriend, Averill (Kimberley Nixon), to the safety of the remote forest while he remains at the monastery to serve God. Shortly thereafter, Ulric (Sean Bean) and his fierce band of Christian crusaders show up seeking a guide to help them locate an isolated village that is said to be untouched by the Black Plague. Convinced that this may be his one opportunity to reunite with Averill and serve a higher power at the same time, Osmund volunteers. Later, as the group departs, Osmund learns that their mission has much darker implications. Rumors persist that within the village dwells a necromancer with the power to bring the dead back to life; their true goal is to take the sorcerer back to the bishop for confession, trial, and execution. Under the leadership of the deeply reverent Ulric, the group forges ever deeper into the blighted countryside, encountering madness, unrest, and unspeakable suffering along the way. Later, when the seekers finally arrive at their remote destination, they quickly find that the fantastical rumors seem rooted in fact -- not a single one of the villagers shows signs of infection, food remains plentiful, and spirits there are high. When mysterious village matriarch Langiva (Carice van Houten) reveals that survival does not come without sacrifice, however, Osmund realizes that his dark journey has only just begun. John Lynch and Tim McInnerny star in this shocking period horror film from director Christopher Smith (Severance, Creep) and writer Dario Poloni (Wilderness). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Sean Bean
    Sean Bean - Ulric
  • Eddie Redmayne
    Eddie Redmayne - Osmund
  • Carice van Houten
    Carice van Houten - Langiva
  • Tim McInnerny
    Tim McInnerny - Hob
  • Kimberley Nixon
    Kimberley Nixon - Averill



Overall customer rating

3.9
87%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Black Death Is Right

    Posted
    huskysilverdog

    Black Death is a very proper title for this film. Few films can equal the dark world this film takes place in, and unlike horror films which feature killers such as Freddie Kruger or alien monstrosities, the true horror of this film is that it is rooted in fact rather than fiction. I never watch thrillers or horror films, but if I do, it is to remind me of why I do not watch them. After viewing the trailer for this film, I was torn. On one hand, it could be a cold blooded thriller, but on the other, it could be a good, dark film. It turns out to be the latter. While it is very gruesome, it points out that the most horrible atrocities are not seen on the silver screen committed by fictional characters or monsters, but rather found in history committed by very real people. If we truly want to scare ourselves, we need not delve into an imaginary world, but rather the world around us. As alluded to by its title, the film takes place in Fourteenth-century England during the Black Plague. The Black Plague killed roughly half of the people in Europe at the time. No human can say that this is not a horrific event, but I believe the acts of the people at the time to be even more horrific. This is the dark Middle Age we all know, but may not realize how truly dark it was. Women were commonly accused of being witches and burned at the stake, and those who opposed the church were tortured and killed. This is the plot of the film. A group of soldiers are sent by the church to investigate a small town for two reasons, to discover why they do not suffer from the Black Plague, and also to search out any heretics of the church and bring them back for torture. The Middle Age was a horrific time period to live in with just the Plague alone, but with the ignorant “educated” people, it became an unimaginable nightmarish world by today's standards. The film displays the ignorance of humanity by showing that both factions in the film are so blinded by their stubbornness that neither side can live in peace. This is only the primary theme of the film as I see it, and there are others hidden within it. If you have the stomach for it, you must see this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the subject

    Posted
    DaaWizard
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    I got this movie because the plague has always intrigued me. I wish it could have been a little more in depth but its a good story and I love reliving the past. You will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining

    Posted
    Rubia
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    This movie was entertaining and I really don't regret buying it, the acting, special effects, scenery, costumes and sound was great, just wished they had put more time into the movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A slow-simmering underrated flick

    Posted
    Writerman
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    Not that well known, Black Death gives us the always terrific Sean Bean as a righteous avenger in a world falling apart around him. Definitely worth checking out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Occult Thriller

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    MovieKing
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    Sean Bean is great as always - this is dark and bloody and Gruesome - perfect for the dark ages - the plague turns everyone nasty and out for themselves.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good acting

    Posted
    movielover4
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    it tells about a part of our history which none of us would ever want to live through or see,but I still thought it was well made and the acting was good

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FILMMAKER ON THE RISE

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    DONROBER
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    BEAUTIFULLY SHOT AND SUPREMELY VIOLENT! CHRISTOPHER SMITH IS VERY TALENTED FILMMAKER. CHECK OUT "TRIANGLE" TOO!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Twisted!

    Posted
    Cheshire
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    We bought this movie on sale - cheaper than renting. We like the actors and enjoyed the twist.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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