New to Blu: December 29-January 11

Despite its low budget, the direct-to-BD release, Solomon Kane, is said to look “gorgeous” in HD.

It stars James Purefoy as a 17th century troubleshooter and is based on the novels of Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E Howard.

“In addition to the carefully lensed panoramic vistas, there are also a variety of beyond impressive special effects that should warm the hearts of fantasy junkies whose last serious treat was likely Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy,” Blu-ray.com says.

“The final third of the film, in particular, delivers big.”

It rated the video 4/5 while AVForums awarded it 7/10: “The video rendition is pretty good, albeit with a few reservations.

“The detail level is generally very high, with only a few of the more effects-driven shots allowing this to drop off, and the mostly intentional grain only occasionally interfering with said detail.”

Also new from Wednesday is another direct-to-BD release, Beatdown, while Universal Pictures NZ celebrates New Year’s Eve with Beneath Hill 360, Tomorrow When the War Began and Death Race 2.

The only other Blu-ray release between New Year’s Eve and January 9 is South Solitary, a period drama about lighthouse keepers on a remote island just after the end of World War I that reunites Lord of the Rings stars Miranda Otto and Kiwi Marton Csokas.

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