Blade [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 3546292
  • Release Date: 12/22/1998
  • Rating: R
Marvel Comics broke new ground with an African-American superhero named Blade. The movie adaptation tweaked action-movie formulas by mixing martial arts and not quite accurate vampire legend. Appropriately, the New Line Platinum Series DVD adaptation of Blade also contains some surprises. The disc has all the trailers, bios, and commentary DVD viewers have come to expect. More unusual inclusions: a 20-minute documentary on blood and vampire folklore, an isolated movie score with commentary from the composer (great for music freaks), and Blade's screenwriter philosophizing about "dark comics." The many features devoted to comics and vampires keep the extra features from turning into a love-in for the movie, though pure cinema fans will enjoy the printable screenplay, deleted scenes, and a look at an alternate ending. Viewers who also like to read and listen will be pleased, because this is a talky disc packed with information, interviews, and trivia. It all looks and sounds good (letterboxed, 5.1 Surround Sound or Stereo, original 2.35:1 aspect ratio) and is enhanced for widescreen TVs. The back of the box exclaims, "It's More Than Just the Movie." It certainly is.
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (95 out of 96)

Special Features


  • Widescreen version of the feature
  • Audio commentary by: Wesley Snipes - Blade star and producer; Stephen Dorff - Frost; David S. Goyer - writer; Theo Van De Sande - director of photography; Kirk M. Petruccelli - production designer; Peter Frankfurt - producer
  • Isolated score with commentary by composer Mark Isham
  • Featurettes: 1. La Magra; 2. Designing Blade; 3. The Origins of Blade; 4. The Blood Tide
  • Pencil to Post: pencil sketches through production designs
  • House of Erebus: uncover the heritage of the twelve tribes in this ancient vampire ruling council
  • Cast and crew biographies and filmographies
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PC features:
  • Original screenplay: 1. access any scene in the movie directly from this early draft of the script; 2. print any section, or the entire screenplay
  • Blade highlights from the 1998 ComiCon convention
  • Web access links and more

Synopsis


Blade
British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's mother gave birth to Blade, she was bitten by a vampire, which made Blade immune to vampires. Now a vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires. In the 1990s (in Marvel's Nightstalkers), Blade teamed with Drake and King in an agency created to fight a variety of supernatural beings. The Marvel origin is retold in this 1998 Norrington film, with Blade's mother dying as he is born. Thirty-some years later, Blade now exists somewhere between the two worlds, not human but not fully vampire. He has become a relentless and superhuman vampire hunter, out to avenge the death of his mother and protect the rest of humankind from the evil vampire race. In this pursuit, Blade storms a notorious vampire nightclub and in a virtual bloodbath manages to wipe out most of the blood-lusting denizens. But the burnt corpse of vampire Quinn (Donal Logue) is reanimated at the hospital morgue and bites hematologist Karen Jenson (N'Bushe Wright). Blade magically appears at the hospital just in time to whisk Karen to his hideaway, a machine-shop run by his mentor Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), who once rescued Blade and who now produces a antidote to keep Blade from turning into a full-fledged vampire and who builds custom weapons for Blade to use against his evil foes. Meanwhile, Blade's vampire arch-nemesis Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) uses computers to translate the Book of Erebus, with the ultimate aim of bringing down the old-guard vampire council, headed by Dragonetti (Udo Kier), and triggering the Blood Tide -- an event in which everyone in the world becomes a vampire. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Wesley Snipes
    Wesley Snipes - Blade
  • Stephen Dorff
    Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost
  • Kris Kristofferson
    Kris Kristofferson - Whistler
  • N'Bushe Wright
    N'Bushe Wright - Karen
  • Donal Logue
    Donal Logue - Quinn



Customer rating

4.6
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Blade for a beginner!

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    My favorite part of the Blade series is the character known as Creepy Morgue Guy, played by the luminant Clint Curtis. You may remember him as the guy rolls in the charred body of Donal Logue near the beginning of the movie. The biggest flaws with the second and third films in the series were that Creepy Morgue Guy didn't appear. This otherwise excellent TV series could have rectified that, but it seems a Creepy Morgue Guy just isn't "PC" enough for today's wussified viewer. Other than that, the series is awesome. Wesley Snipes has really stepped up his game, but he also appeared to have some work done. Also, Kris Kristofferson became a lady or something. Overall: FIVE STARS!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great vampire action, very nice blu ray

    Posted
    bearuk
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    I enjoy Blade; a movie where vampires are BAD. Unlike the vampires of True Blood and Twilight they don't want to be your friend or lover, they have no interest in humans other than for food. For me, this is what vampires are all about. The opening 'club' scene, with New Order pumping through a good surround system, is a treat, and that feeling continues to the end of the movie. A great looking transfer for a movie over a decade old #much better than the Canadian release in almost every way#; Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson give their best. I only drop a star because I personally find Stephen Dorff - as Deacon Frost - lacking charisma.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    blade is a good comic book movie

    Posted
    pinkfloyd74
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    blade is a good comic book movies of the late 90's when i saw this in theaters i was blown away how good it is and since blade came out there has been some good comic book movies and some not so good but blade is a good movie from start to finish too bad the sequels wear just ok compare to the first one they need to make one more to make up for the last two and the end serious on a good note so if you want to watch a good vampire comic book movie than check out blade and the blu-ray has all extras that dvd had and it looks and sound better on blu-ray

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still a good one from when Snipes was good

    Posted
    CrappyDay
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    This movie still holds up pretty well after all this time. No, it is not in the top 100 movies of all time or even in the top 100 action movies of all time. Maybe in the top 100 movies made from comic books of all time. But I am not sure if there is a 100 of those or not. This is Wesley Snipes near his acting peak, before he would do any garbage for a buck to pay the IRS. Good action, good story and definitely worth watching if you haven't seen it. He is part vampires fighting vampires with the old and gnarled up Kris Kristofferson to help.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    blade was not the first super-hero movie

    Posted
    tooshort74
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    blade is a very good super hero movie and when it came out in 98 in theaters people love it i saw it and i was shock bc it did live up to it's movie trailer and it is a good movie from start to finish and the blu-ray look and sounds good to and it sequels wear just ok i thought the second one was just ok and the problem with the third one was it was just to campy and to goofy it is not bad to say but worth watching and snipes plays blade very well so check it out

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great action movie

    Posted
    metsjetsbulls

    This movie is my favorite vampire movie. In general I'm not a vampire fan but this movie break the traditional type of mold. This movie focuses in on the heroic side of vampires. Blade is a part vampire/part human who hunts vampires to help save humanity. The movie has a decent amount of suspense but overall isn't as graphic as most vampire movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blade on Blu!

    Posted
    TheSchmidt
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    I have a soft spot in my heart for the Blade movies. They are awesome and hilarious at the same time. Once you accept the ridiculousness of how easily vampires expode into flames and Blade's one liners, the movie really is fun. The high def transfer was better than I expected and I though the price from Best Buy was very reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good comic book adaptation

    Posted
    WillDu

    I don't really read comics, so I can't say how faithful this movie was to the source material, but as someone who enjoys movies, I can say that where comic book movies are concerned, just as pure entertainment regardless of the original material, Blade is better than a lot of other ones that the studios release.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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