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,” 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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