I’ve already taken a look at a lot of Nicolas Cage’s work but he rarely seems out of work which is great for fans of his films like me. I’m going back to 2011 for my next review, this one is a kind of action, adventure with horror elements. So without further ado here’s my Season of the Witch Blu-ray Review.
- Season of the Witch (2011)
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Directed by Dominic Sena
- Running Time: 91 Mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Momentum Pictures
- Blu-ray Released: 27 June 2011
Two Knights, Sir Behmen von Bleibruck (Nicolas Cage) and Sir Felson (Ron Perlman) grow tired of the endless killing during the crusades in the 14th Century. They decide to desert but find themselves again coming to the aid of the church. Plague has arrived in the lands and a young woman stands accused of being the cause, for it is said she is a witch. The two Knights agree to escort the witch to a remote monastery where she will stand trial before the monks that reside there.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Dominic Sena with the cinematography handled by Amir Mokri. The film features some stunning mountain locations and has that epic kind of feel.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Atli Örvarsson and is very big and dramatic which is certainly in keeping with the on screen visuals.
Acting / Characters
Nicolas Cage takes the lead as Knight Behmen von Bleibruck aided by Ron Perlman’s character Felson a fellow Knight. These two are the best of friends having fought alongside each other for the last ten years. I enjoyed their performances but if I were to note any negatives I would say there don’t particularly come across as authentic characters from the time period.
However I don’t really think that matters too much in a film like this. What it excels at is being a highly enjoyable action adventure film with a supernatural theme.
I should also mention the excellent Claire Foy as Anna the woman accused of being a witch. She plays the role to perfection adapting her personality to each person she comes into contact with and in doing so causing plenty of unease.
- Nicolas Cage as Behmen von Bleibruck
- Ron Perlman as Felson
- Robert Sheehan as Kay von Wollenbarth
- Claire Foy as Anna
- Stephen Campbell Moore as Debelzaq
- Ulrich Thomsen as Johann Eckhardt
- Stephen Graham as Hagamar
- Christopher Lee as Cardinal D’Ambroise
- Simone Kirby as Midwife in Villach
- Nick Sidi as Priest in Villach
- Rory McCann as Soldier Commander in Villach
- Brían F. O’Byrne as Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
Conclusion: Season of the Witch (2011) Film Review
This film didn’t receive great reviews from the critics however seemed to go down much better with cinema audiences. To illustrate that point the film had a budget of around $40 million and took in the region of $91 million at the box office.
From my perspective I found it thoroughly enjoyable, it’s an exciting supernatural action adventure that delivers plenty of entertainment. I think this one’s well worth a look.
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Conclusion: Season of the Witch (2011) Blu-ray Review
I’ll keep this short; the film’s from 2011 and therefore has no issues relating to the audio or visual side of things. The extras include a 10 minute making of feature that features cast and crew. It’s just a basic insight into the making of the film but is worth a look. Other than that there’s just the film trailer.
- Making of Feature (10 mins)
- Original Trailer
On to my movie rating for Season of the Witch (2011)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: DECENT
Season of the Witch (2011) is available now on Blu-ray.
Amazon UK Link
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: Season of the Witch (2011) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Dominic Sena
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Robert Sheehan, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell, Christopher Lee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A thoroughly enjoyable & exciting supernatural action adventure.