Get set for more action, more vampires and more Wesley Snipes in this second monster-hit installment in the Blade franchise. When the world is threatened by a new and deadlier breed of super vampires, the legendary Blade and his mentor, Whistler, must join forces with the Bloodpack, an elite team of vampire warriors.]]>
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The movie is essentially a platform for Snipes to have fun with his most renowned character. And he does so with very entertaining results. The movie has reasonably well rounded characters, suspicion piled on top of everyone, some amazing set pieces and a good sense of humour. The impact of all the blood and guts is reduced by the obvious fantasy of the fights (wires and SFX a lot of the time), but its still pretty powerful.
The lead performances are all very good, although some of the peripheral characters are a little too hammer horror. Luke Goss demonstrates great potential, although you would need to see him without the make up, body doubles, and special effects to really judge. and there is occasionally that urge to shout "when will I be famous." and the pure blood female vampire who takes a shine to blade is well worth being bitten by.
Overall it feels less like a sequel and more like a stand alone movie. with this in mind, I think its in fact better than the original (a rare example of the exception that proves the rule).
Year: 2002 | Rating: R | Runtime: 1 HR 57 MIN
Aspect Ratio: 1:78.1 | Video Resolution: 1080P
Audio: Eng 7.1 DTS-HD MA, Eng 5.1 DTS-HD MA, assorted foreign audio tracks| Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Czech, Russian
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Luke Gross, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, and Ron Perlman
A new form of vampire called Reapers are desolating the vampire population throughout Eastern Europe. In a desperate attempt to stop this seemingly impossible foe the vampire nation enlists Blade to try and stop them. He is given command of the Bloodpack, a specialized group of vampire commandos that were actually trained to kill Blade. The Reapers put the uneasy partnership between Blade and the Bloodpack to the test as they prove to be as resilient as they are bloodthirsty with a secret agenda all their own.
Blade II in some ways is a superior film to the original while in other ways it falls well short. The main villain, Nomak (Luke Goss) is nowhere near as much fun or deliciously evil as Deacon Frost. Nomak is setup as a bloodthirsty monster but by the end he's more of a tragic victim which robs the film of a certain amount of viciousness. Where Blade II excels past its predecessor is in terms of the rest of the cast, its special effects, and direction.Read more ›
Anyway, as usual Amazon says there are no special features in their description. When I'm buying blu-rays, the quantity or lack of features and commentaries is a major factor in my decision, so Amazon isn't very helpful most of the time, since you often can't see the back of the package.
This is, I believe, the only one of the three films to have any features. There are several relevant featurettes and count them...THREE audio commentary tracks. If you like extras, this is a good one, probably because Del Toro directed the film.
This film is dark, comedic, stylized (based on the comic book of the same name) action, and has some nice character moments, especially as the line between enemy and friend becomes blurred between Blade and Nyssa, the leader of the Blood Pack and daughter of the Vampire overlord and Blade and his newly rescued/vampire detoxed mentor Whistler.
Wesley Snipes, as Blade, has cool down to a science. Watching his fight scenes is like watching music in motion. Luke Goss, who plays the threat and new strain of vampirism, a Reaper, although looked and dressed like hell, carried himself with elegance, definitely an aristocratic heir/son (which his character is). Ron Perlman "sucks" in the best possible way as the vampire Reinhardt. He's a nice mix of blood stopping toughness, undead cool and black humor (a vampire who chews gum? And blows bubbles during an autopsy? Thankfully it wasn't his own).
The DVD has great in depth behind the scenes footage and a commentary by writer David Goyer and star Wesley Snipes and a commentary by producer Peter Frankfurt and director Guillermo Del Toro (who should get a special Academy Award for Best Movie Commentaries).
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Blade II. Just when you thought that television's wonderful Buffy the Vampire Slayer had used up all the martial-arts ways of vaporizing vampires, here's... Read more
BLADE 2 ON BLU RAY; IF IT'S NOT WESLEY SNIPES DOING THE ROLE OF BLADE IT'S NOT WORTH SEEING FOR MY MONEY. 5 STARS. THANK YOU!!!!Published 1 month ago by G.
This is almost the perfect sequel and it had the perfect director. If you liked the movie you should check out the videogame on the original Xbox and PS2Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
So we have definitely been on a Del Toro kick, revisiting all the movies Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Mimic (1997), but starting with Pacific Rim (2013) earlier this year. Read morePublished 6 months ago by El Gomitas
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