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Released: 2013-07-16

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Solomon Kane [Blu-ray] by Starz / Anchor Bay

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Michael Bassett
Starz / Anchor Bay
R (Restricted)

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Captain Solomon Kane is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents. As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But, when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn. One by one, Kane's men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil's own Reaper — dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity.


  • James Purefoy
  • Max Von Sydow
  • Ian Whyte
  • Rachel Hurd-Wood


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Editorial Review

It took three years for Solomon Kane to appear on a North American movie screen, but while such delays aren't usually a good sign, this rousing tale starring pulp fiction author Robert E. Howard's character is sure to find favor among fans of the fantasy-adventure genre. The year 1600, we're told, is “a time of witchcraft and sorcery, [when] no one stood against evil”–and there's lots of evil, as the devil himself is at large, with an ever-growing army of recruits to help him plunder men's souls. When we meet Kane (James Purefoy), he's the baddest of the bad, a filthy, ruthless killer happy to sacrifice his own men in the pursuit of untold riches. A year or so later, though, he's changed his ways; now a man of peace who'd just as soon spend the rest of his life in a humble monastery, he vows to never fight again. Yeah, right. Banished from his refuge and told to seek his path to redemption, he hits the road and is helped out by a kindly family whose daughter is kidnapped and son slaughtered by some murderous demons, whereupon the girl's mother urges him to find her–a task that will clearly be well beyond the means of a pacifist. Thereafter, as our hero's epic journey ultimately leads him to Malachi, the devil's overlord and now the occupant of the very castle where Kane grew up, the story takes a number of somewhat predictable but still entertaining twists (including one involving Kane's family, who banished him years before). The video game violence is pervasive, as are the dark and dreary landscapes through which he travels (does it ever stop raining in England?), but the effects and makeup are first-rate, and the vibe is appropriately creepy and portentous. As for the sequels that director-writer Michael J. Bassett is obviously planning on… well, perhaps not. But in the meantime, Solomon Kane will do. –Sam Graham

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