Blade [DVD] [1998]

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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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


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

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