The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu and frost it all over with some truly campy acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your belief that the superhero action genre did not die in the fluorescent hands of Joel Schumacher. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets, he lives to hunt and kill "Sucker Heads." Pitted against our hero is a cast of villains led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a crafty and charismatic vampire who believes that his people should be ruling the world, and that the human race is merely the food source they prey on. Born half-human and half-vampire after his mother had been attacked by a blood-sucker, Blade is brought to life by a very buff-looking Snipes in his best action performance to date. Apparent throughout the film is the fluid grace and admirable skill that Snipes brings to the many breathtaking action sequences that lift this movie into a league of its own. The influence of Hong Kong action cinema is clear, and you may even notice vague impressions of Japanese anime sprinkled innovatively throughout. Dorff holds his own against Snipes as the menacing nemesis Frost, and the grizzly Kris Kristofferson brings a tough, cynical edge to his role as Whistler, Blade's mentor and friend. Ample credit should also go to director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who prove it is possible to adapt comic book characters to the big screen without making them look absurd. Indeed, quite the reverse happens here: Blade comes vividly to life from the moment you first see him, in an outstanding opening sequence that sets the tone for the action-packed film that follows. From that moment onward you are pulled into the world of Blade and his perpetual battle against the vampire race. --Jeremy Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
• Audio Commentary
• La Magra
• Designing Blade
• Origins of Blade : A Look at Dark Comics
• The Blood Tide
• Theatrical Trailer
• Audio Commentary
• The Blood Pact
• Comic Book Origins
• The Vampire Mystique
• Damaskinos Blood Bath
• Alternate Sunrise Music
• Percussion Instruments
• Sequence Breakdowns
• Visual Effects : Progress Reports
• Art Gallery
• Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Optional Commentary by Guillermo Del Toro
• Cypress Hill and Roni Size Child of the Wild West Music Video
• Teaser Trailer
• Theatrical Trailer
• Blade II : Blood Brothers
• Script Supervisor's Notebook
• Unfilmed Script Pages
• Audio Commentaries
• Daywalkers, Nightstalkers & Familiars: Inside the World of Blade: Trinity
• Goyer on Goyer
• Viusal Effects Progressions
• Blooper Reel
• Alternate Ending
• Teaser & Theatrical Trailer --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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Then he meet's Karen, a doctor who is bitten by one of the vampires who he sets on fire Quinn (Donald Lowe). So now as he hunt's vampires, Karen tries to find a cure for herself since she is slowing becoming a vampire herself. Blade's mission is to kill Decon Frost (Stephen Dorf) who is slowly rising in the vampire ranks and is on the hunt for La Migra (blood God). Karen is then put as bait to hunt down's Frost's follwers who is a NYPD cop who is dropping off blood to Frost. Blade then gets into some trouble, but he makes it out thanks to Whisler.
Then Karen and Whisler are found by Frost which Whisler is killed and Karen is taken by Frost. So now Frost then breaks the code for La Mirga and he get's the high members of the vampire ranks. Blade is then caught and he reunited with his mother; but she is not his mother because she is now a vampire. It is then he finds out that Frost bit his mother and Frost is the man who created Blade. Blade has to be used for La Migra because he is the 'day walker' and for La Migra to happen, Blade is used. Eventually Karen escapes from a pit where her ex-boyfriend turn into a zombie instead of a vampire. As she escapes, she rescue's Blade and now the fight is on. Blade and Frost get into a fight but now Frost is now the blood God.Read more ›
New Line gives "Blade" an outstanding "Platinum Edition" presentation. The film is presented in its original 2.35:1 widescreen format. The DVD has a fine video transfer with rich colors and excellent sharpness. The 5.1 Dolby Digital sound is truly clear with amazing surround effects. Its supplemental features include a detailed audio commentary by cast and crew, deleted scenes, behind-the-scene featurettes, production designs and DVD-ROM extras. With such winning presentation and great supplements, "Blade" earns a solid "B+".
The area in which the otherwise good film is weakest is its casting. Apart from Snipes as Blade and Kris Kristofferson as a suitably crusty Whistler with a profane remark for every occasion, the rest of the casting is somewhat uninspired.
N'Bushe Wright just doesn't seem to fit the largely underdeveloped lead female role, and Stephen Dorff is unintentionally comedic as a scrawny vampire with aspirations of becoming a god. In listening to the commentary track, one gets the sense that Dorff also did not get along well with Snipes, and that could be the reason that their on-screen chemistry doesn't always work. Donal Logue adds some intentional comic relief, however, and Traci Lords makes a brief appearance in the introductory sequence before being reduced to dust by Blade.
The special effects are above average except for a few poorly done green screen composites, and the disc contains some interesting special features, including a partially completed alternate ending.
Sadly, New Line released the film and features on disc in one of those god-awful cases that are out of proportion with the keep cases that the rest of the civilized world uses.Read more ›
For starters, Blade stays far away from the entire "secret identity/pulling cats out of trees" cliches that are normally associated with superheroes. Blade is dirty, Blade is nasty, and Blade isn't afraid to kill; in short, the makes the movie much better suited for modern audiences.
Another thing I like about "Blade" is that it keeps the character's origin as a backstory; it's explained, yes, but does not make up the bulk of the action. This prevents long-time Marvel readers from being bored and gives more time to devote to the action.
I've dinged the DVD a star for a couple of reasons; first, the special effects aren't very good in some places (like when Frost regenerates his hand.) I know the movie was made on a shoe-string, so maybe I'm being a bit unfair, but I still feel that they could have done a little better. Also, you have to sit through commentary during the deleated scenes, which I would have preferred to have been a seperate option (at least they got rid of the original ending, though; that, in itself, would have made Blade a much worse movie.)
Great movie for vampire/horror/action movie fans.
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