Blade II (New Line Platinum Series)
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Half man, half vampire ... and consumed by a desire to avenge the curse of his birth and save the human race from a blood-drenched Armageddon! The sword-wielding warrior Blade (Wesley Snipes) returns to fight the Reapers, a new race of super vampires hell-bent on annihilating all other vampires before destroying the entire human race. Blade aligns himself with a high-powered team of vampires to defeat an evil greater than either has ever battled.]]>
- 5.1 isolated score
- Deleted/alternate scenes with director commentary
- A Pact in Blood: interactive collection of documentaries
- Director's Notebook: Interactive reproduction of director's notes with an introduction by Del Toro
- Art gallery
- Music video: Cypress Hill and Roni Size "Child of the Wild West"
- Blade 2 videogame survival guide
- DVD-ROM: Script to screen, hot spot
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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 ›
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 months ago by El Gomitas
See it for the FX. Although it's very much a genre exercise, it's a cut above.Published 3 months ago by Marshall Pipkin
If you like Blade then this fits your needs. Lines up perfectly in series, adds a little more hand to hand and other weapons :-DPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not nearly as good as the original but leaps and bounds better than anything getting released these days.Published 3 months ago by Airborne Media
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