Black Death

Blu Ray

  • Score
    62
    from 2 reviewers
  • Black Death's an engaging, if flawed, action/supernatural flick with strong characters.

    Black Death
    2010
    102 min
    R
    DTS-HD MA
  • Video
    67
  • Dark scenes exhibit intentionally intense black levels that stifle detail, while random daylight shots suffer from obscured detail and inconsistent softness.

  • Audio
    72
  • The film's vibrant audio mixes clanging sword fights with eerie, supernatural sounds but occasionally neglects rear speaker engagement for full immersion.

  • Extra
    50
  • Explore the making of Black Death with this immersive documentary featuring interviews, on-set footage, and unique perspectives—like being part of the film crew.

  • Movie
    65
  • Langiva, the devil-consorting priestess pursued by Ulric, epitomizes the film's clash of erring faiths amid a deceptively calm village reeking of inescapable danger.

    DTS-HD MA

    Director: Christopher Smith

    Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Carice van Houten

    Plot: Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.

    Disc Release Date: 10 May 2011

    all scores

    Blu-ray.com review by Casey Broadwater
    • Video
      80
    • Black levels can be somewhat oppressive during darker scenes�overpowering shadow detail�but once again, this is partly, if not entirely intentional, I suspect....

    • Audio
      80
    • The swordplay-heavy skirmish scenes have lots of hefty, clanging, metal-on-metal sounds, vaguely supernatural sequences are filled with skittering noises and ghostly disembodied voices, and the journey...

    • Extra
      40
    • Bringing Black Death to Live (SD, 11:35): A quick production documentary that brings us on set for interviews with the director and stars, and plenty of behind-the-scenes footage....

    • Movie
      60
    • It's no spoiler to reveal that Langiva is the devil-consorting priestess that Ulric's been after, and the remainder of the film becomes a battle of the faiths where both sides are clearly in the wrong....

    • Total
      60
    • Black Death's not quite as good as it could be considering its promising, religious-warriors-on-a-witch-hunt premise, but it is entertaining and occasionally scary, with a central mystery that plays out...

    High-Def Digest review by Nate Boss
    • Video
      70
    • Rather, random day shots are the problem, as detail cannot get through, and there's random softness that accompanies the spikes....

    • Audio
      90
    • The only thing is, as regularly employed and utilized as the rear speakers are, there are scenes that seem front heavy that shouldn't be, where too little sound creeps to the rears, to envelop you in the...

    • Extra
      40
    • Experience the film like you were there making it, witness takes from a different angle, or between cut conversations....

    • Movie
      80
    • When the village appears normal, perfectly calm, yes, the threat of danger stinks like something was stepped in, unavoidable, impossible to remove, but the apparent tranquility is disarming, to say the...

    • Total
      70
    • It is, however, a solid little action/suspense/supernatural flick, filled to the brim with some pretty awesome characters and settings....