- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 26, 2011
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Arc Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by director Jonathan English
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Empire - 03/01/2011
3 stars out of 5 -- "Purefoy solidifies his manly rep as the near-mystically empowered warrior monk....Paul Giamatti is a terrific villain, delivering angry speeches about the divine right of kings..."
Total Film - 04/01/2011
3 stars out of 5 -- "[The] filmmaker orchestrates the ample violence with verve, crafting one of the bloodiest Brit-flicks of recent times."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2011
"[The film] offers generous amounts of axe-wielding carnage and pleasingly old-fashioned sense of craftsmanship....Giamatti's full-on turn as the rogue monarch is the key attraction here..."
Box Office - 07/05/2011
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]mart and exceedingly adept....[The] casting is almost uniformly first rate with Cox, Purefoy and the always brilliant Giamatti providing noteworthy standouts."
Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti stars as King John in this epic historical adventure detailing the siege of Rochester Castle in the year 1215. Forced under duress to sign the Magna Carta, an enraged King John assembles a rogue army and fights to take back England by force. As the king sets his sights on London, the only thing standing between him and total victory is Rochester, where the brave Baron Albany (Brian Cox) prepares to fight back until the cavalry arrives. Chief among Baron Albany's small yet determined rebel army is a Templar Knight (James Purefoy) still haunted by his reprehensible actions during the Crusades and wracked with love for Reginald de Cornhill's (Derek Jacobi) ravishing, neglected wife, Isabel (Kate Mara). Later, as the king's army approaches, ruthless mercenary Beckett (Jason Flemyng) and young soldier Guy (Aneurin Barnard) vow to fight alongside Baron Albany to the death.