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Blade (1998)

Wesley Snipes , Stephen Dorff  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Arly Jover, Udo Kier
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780624890
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blade" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette "La Magra", including the original ending
  • Featurette "Designing Blade"
  • Featurette "The Origins of Blade"
  • Featurette "The Blood Tide"
  • "House of Erebus", information about the different vampire houses
  • Pencil sketches through production designs

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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

Product Description

Wesley Snipes plays a half-mortal, half-immortal charged with ridding the earth of a race of vampires led by Stephen Dorff in this action-packed blockbuster.

DVD Features:
Alternate endings
Audio Commentary
Featurette
Music Only Track
Production Sketches
Theatrical Trailer


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing Blu-Ray transfer November 17, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm giving this Two Stars not because of the film itself but for the following three complaints I have with this disc (I'm a huge fan of the movies, I have all three and have watched them dozens of times):

1. Price: $25.49 is awfully expensive for a movie that's been out for 11 years. Especially considering that much newer movies (e.g. "Watchmen: The Director's Cut", loaded with extras, btw) are going for lower. The aforementioned "Watchmen" is nearly $10 cheaper.

Surely a $35 or $40 boxed set of all three Blade films could have been issued.

2. Quality of Transfer

The transfer is hardly stunning and hardly worth the aforementioned price. Both my Blu-Ray player (a 120GB PS3, the very latest version of Sony's flagship console) and my HD-DVD player (a Toshiba A-30) upscale/up-res standard DVDs and I cannot tell the difference between THIS Blu-Ray transfer and the upscaled SD-DVD. Thus I'm feeling more than a little taken advantage of. Unfortunately, Amazon's policy limits me to a 50% refund, if they give me one at all. This film is still part of the best Vampire franchise out there (so far), in my opinion, but stick to the standard DVD versions. Not only do you get the extras, but since there's no discernible difference in picture quality, you'll also save yourself a good bit of cash.

3. No extras

Unfortunately, I missed the notice, which is just a single line of print, that no extras were included which scotches my reason for returning the disc. Surely this notification should have been bolded or rendered in a different color, something that would catch the eye better.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad to the Bone October 5, 2002
Format:DVD
Good action vampire stories, whether written, drawn or on film are just plain hard to find. For a while now the 'not quite bad' vampire and even the 'good' vampire have been fashionable. Not that I have anything against Angel or Henry Fitzroy and their ilk, but sometimes you want a story with a clear division between good and evil and a lot of knock them down and stake them action. Enter Blade.
Blade is a half vampire with a very nasty attitude toward his relatives on the dark side. Played by Wesley Snipes, he has all the moves and attitude you could ever want. His partner in his war against the things that did in his mother is Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Later, Karen (N'Bushe Wright) a forensic hematologist who has the bad luck to find a vampire on her table, joins them. Opposing this team is Frost (Steven Dorff), a vampire rebel who thinks it is time for the un-people with pointy teeth to come out of the closet. His plan is simple. Take over the vampire council, capture Blade and resurrect La Magra - the blood god. Then there will be nothing but vampires and bloodsicles.
'Blade' is an extremely violent film. Almost everyone is a martial arts expert, has access to what the US Congress would consider weapons of mass destruction, or is a victim. Sometimes, they are all three. Toss in a sufficiency of special effects, great settings, and good acting and you have the film. What makes 'Blade' work is its intense focus. It works hard at being exactly what it is - an action film with a strong 'wow' factor. Sometimes that is exactly what you need.
Steven Norrington, a director considerable experience in the horror/science fiction genre, has a great sense of what it takes to make comic book characters come to life on the screen.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is why you buy DVD April 20, 2000
Format:DVD
This was a great action/horror film, packed with some excellent special effects, an entertaining storyline, and at least a couple of reasonably talented actors (Snipes, Dorff). Kristofferson is terrible as always (a hint to you casting people... Sam Elliott would have been MUCH better as the tough and gritty Whistler).
But you're not really reading this review to hear about the movie -- you can get that kind of info anywhere. What you want to know is "Is the DVD worth buying instead of a VHS tape?" Weeeellll...
This movie is undoubtedly THE showcase movie for DVD (the Mummy is another very good choice). The picture quality is fantastic, and the sound is incredible (you gotta listen to it in Dolby Digital 5.1 on a nice home theater system to fully appreciate the sound). But what really sets this format apart from anything else are the SPECIAL FEATURES. A ton of things like information about the different Vampire houses, commentary from the director on the making of the film, and an alternative ending, really show how the DVD format can add to your viewing experience. Many DVDs (too many, in fact) are simply direct transfers from another format to DVD. No extras, limited enhancements on picture and sound... A perfect example of a BAD DVD is Highlander!
The DVD versions of the Bond movies have also shown the industry a thing or two about how to make a truly interesting and worthwhile DVD movie. DVDs like Blade make me happy I purchased a DVD player!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blade Blu-ray Review (2012 US Release) July 11, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Blade Blu-ray Review

Year: 1998 | Rating: R | Runtime: 2 HRS

Aspect Ratio: 2:40.1 | Video Resolution: 1080P
Audio: Eng 6.1 DTS-HD MA, Ger. DD 5.1, Ita. DD 5.1, Rus. DD 5.1, more | Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Russian

Director: Stephen Norrington
Writer: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donald Logue, and Udo Kier

Film Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Video Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Audio Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 Stars
Overall Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Blade has been a guilty pleasure of mine for a long time. Its not high art, it hasn't aged particularly well, and it stars Wesley Snipes who ranks just above Steven Seagal on the "I actually own movies starring this guy" embarrassment-meter. Nevertheless I'm a fan of comic book films, vampires, and R-rated action films and Blade delivers the goods and is a lot more fun than it deserves to be.

Wesley Snipes is Blade; a human-vampire hybrid that hunts his blood thirsty cousins with the aide of his hillbilly pseudo-father Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Blade is feared by the vampire population but a particularly bloodthirsty vampire named Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) has an ambitious plan to destroy Blade and enslave the human race.

If you go into Blade expecting Interview with the Vampire you're going to be disappointed. Even though Blade deals with vampirism at heart it's an action-kung fu picture and it isn't apologetic about it at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Blade, the start of a new wave for Marvel
This was surprisingly good and still holds up. Look, it's a straight up action film, don't try to see beyond that. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars Yup, it's cheeseball action
When it comes down to it, the movie is your standard action movie and that is just fine. It's got swordplay, guns, violence, and or course wes snipes. Read more
Published 11 days ago by M. Larrivee
5.0 out of 5 stars Aswesome plus great soundtrack
I love the "Daywalker" take on the vampire theme. Something about them being afraid of something is kind of cool.
Published 22 days ago by D. M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Too gory for me, but a great vampire horror film
Wesley snipes was made for this role. Are we sure he is not really a vampire hunter in his off hours? Too gory for me, but a great vampire horror film. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Joseph M. Seda
4.0 out of 5 stars PROBABLY THE COOLEST VAMPIRE MOVIE EVER MADE
BLADE has a lot of things in it, that I don't particularly care for in movies, like the heavy reliance on CGI blood (most movies utterly fail at making it look descent) and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sick-o
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi
I love these movies and just purchased then on Amazon on blue ray I'm excited to have add them to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
By far the best Blade movie in the series and probably Wesley Snipes last good film. I love collecting steelbooks.
Published 2 months ago by Jason B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Its a good flick!
Blade is a pretty good movie if you like vampire movies. I enjoy watching this movie from time to time and I have to say it just doesn't seem to get boring to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Guy Kimble
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comic To Film Adaptation Yet ...
This is one of the few comic to film transitions that is actually better than the book story arc. Great characters, awesome fight choreography ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great movie. Great Plot. Great Action. Wesley Snipes showing off his Martial Arts skills is always a plus. This is a must have for any DVD Collection.
Published 2 months ago by Tef
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