It has been a bit of a slow week for news as most studios have been holding off any big announcements for San Diego Comic Con this coming weekend. But even before the doors for SDCC open, there can still be bits and pieces of news that can be gleaned out of the convention’s show notes.
One such announcement – that of a screening sponsored by AintItCool of the film adaption of Robert Howard’s pulp hero Solomon Kane – reveals when fans of the Puritan demon slayer will be finally get to see the film without having to import a DVD or blu-ray from overseas. New Weinstein Company distribution label RADiUS will release the film to Video On Demand on August 24 with a theatrical release on September 28. Although there is no word as to the scope of the theatrical distribution, I would say that the availability of the film on Video OnDemand a month before the theatrical release suggests that there won’t be many cities on that list.
Starring James Purefoy in the title role and shot in 2008, the film has already been released in most of the rest of the world, leaving Howard fans to wonder when it was going to been seen Stateside. There was a brief glimmer of hope last summer that if the similarly-indepently produced Conan The Barbarian, also based on a Howard creation, were to do well it would lead to a release. But if that were the case then Conan’s poor box office put a stop to it.
Having been one of those who acquired an import copy of the film, I found it a pretty solid fantasy adventure film. Sure some of its low budget roots can be seen around the edges and in some of the CG effects, but that doesn’t detract from the overall film.
Here’s the studio’s story synopsis-
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.
His newfound spirituality, however, is quickly put to the ultimate test when he begins his journey across an England ravaged by diabolical human Raiders controlled by a terrifying, masked Overlord. After Kane fails to thwart the brutal slaughter of the Crowthorns, a Puritan family that has befriended him, he vows to find and free their enslaved daughter Meredith — even if it means jeopardizing his own soul by re-embracing his murderous talents for a higher cause. His determined search eventually brings him face to face with his family’s own deadly secrets as he attempts to save Meredith and all of England from the forces of evil.