Black Death Lives on Blu-ray This May

It’s like that Lady Gaga song, “Born This Way.”  Here’s two of my favorite interests…the color black and the subject of death…combined into one movie title.  So yeah, baby I was born this way.  Okay, that may be a stretch, but bear with me.  I actually just saw this feature late last weekend at the Cleveland Film Festival.  I thought it was pretty good, but I know if it had not been past twilight I would have loved it more.  Anyway, I’m pleased to report that Magnolia Home Entertainment and Magnet will be releasing Sean Bean’s Black Death on Blu-ray May 10th. This ought to be a good one to catch!  Make sure to read all about it below!

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – In a time of plague, a band of brothers unite together to uncover a dark secret in the historical horror Black Death, debuting on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 10 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the magnet label. From cult director Christopher Smith (CreepSeveranceTriangle), the brutal and terrifying epic stars Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hitcher), Eddie Redmayne
(The Other Boleyn GirlElizabeth: The Golden Age), David Warner (Planet of the ApesTron) and Carice Van Houten (Repo ManValkyrie). In plague-ridden medieval England, one hope remains as rumor spreads of a village that is unaffected by a deadly disease. As God’s ambassador, a young monk (Redmayne) is tasked in leading a fearsome knight (Bean) and his group of mercenaries to the remote township, taking them on a treacherous journey filled with danger as they encounter deadly bandits and vicious witch-burnings that will put their faith to the ultimate test.

“A savvy, stylish horror-actioner” (Variety), Black Death is “dark and dirty entertainment” (Little White Lies) that guarantees to chill the blood and stir the soul. It’s packed with special features including behind-the-scenes footage and a making-of featurette.


The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in the marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his brand of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund’s faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test.


9 Responses to “Black Death Lives on Blu-ray This May”

  1. Gerard Iribe

    Sean Bean RULES! He’s also in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” which also looks epic.

  2. Sean Ferguson

    Sean Bean does indeed rule. I also like David Warner. I wish this wasn’t a horror movie but I’ll watch it for Sean Bean.

  3. Brian White

    No worries Sean. This is not a horror movie at all. It’s about the Black Plague.

  4. Gregg Senko

    I want that sword!

  5. Gerard Iribe

    The import for this has been out for a while now. I have no idea why I didn’t get it. FML

    I guess I’ll just get the domestic release then. 🙂

  6. Aaron Neuwirth

    looking into this further, this is a Christopher Smith film, and he made two really solid, small films – Triangle and Severance.

    Adding Sean Bean among others to that list makes me very interested.

  7. Brian White

    The ending was a little weak, but overall it was a solid film

  8. Gerard Iribe

    I have the Triangle import. It’s a cool little film. Never seen Severance.

  9. Aaron Neuwirth

    Severance is a fun/dark horror comedy.