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Pilgrimage (2017/RLJ Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/C+ Sound: B+/C+ Extras: A Film: B+

A young novice monk (Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming) is tasked with delivering a their most holiest relic to Rome. Along with his fellow brothers and a mute servant (Jon Bernthal, The Walking Dead) they are forced to journey through Ireland filled with barbarian tribes, Norman soldiers and heretics. Leaving the safety and sanctity of the monastery, the young monk's beliefs, faith and spirit will be tested in Brendan Muldowney's Pilgrimage (2017).

Rome is in it's dark days and is calling for anything and everything to restore it to it's former glory. Young novice monk Diarmuid with his holy brothers and their mute servant is given a pilgrimage by Brother Geraldus, a Cistercian to deliver their most holy relic to Rome, the stone that killed Mathew the Apostle ...at any cost. As they journey through the savage lands of Ireland, they face dangerous wild tribesmen and those who seek the relic's power, but they are betrayed by the Norman soldiers tasked to protect them and the must question their vows of peace and non-violence.

Brother Geraldus believes the successful delivery of the holy relic merits over any sin and they will be granted absolution afterwards. He encourages Diarmuid to lie, cheat, steal, kill, even sacrifice his own brothers for the success of the mission. However, Diarmuid's only true friend and protection lies with their mute servant, a former Crusader skilled in the arts of war. In the end, Diarmuid will have to decide is such a relic worthy of all the death and violence that surrounds it's legacy?

This story was of how they church was it's own greatest heretic/blasphemer, it was about a time when people believed in the power of holy relics to control the people's fate and were willing to kill for it, be it the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or Jesus's crown. The role of the church and faith is put into question, who is at fault for all the violence, the item or the church?

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Blu-ray has a consistently stylized look and is as fine as it can be for the format, as well as much sharper, clearer and solid than the DVD's anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image. The Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is pretty impressive too throughout, articulate, well-recorded, well mixed and much fuller than the DVD's lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.

Extras include behind the scenes, interviews with cast and crew, photo and poster gallery.

- Ricky Chiang


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