Blade II

Blade II

4.3 21
Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Guillermo del Toro, Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman

     
 

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Wesley Snipes stars in this action-packed sequel to Blade, which has been given a slimmed down, but well-executed, presentation for this single-disc edition and follows New Line Home Entertainment's lavish two-DVD release of the same title. Blade II has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Viewers have…  See more details below

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Wesley Snipes stars in this action-packed sequel to Blade, which has been given a slimmed down, but well-executed, presentation for this single-disc edition and follows New Line Home Entertainment's lavish two-DVD release of the same title. Blade II has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Viewers have a choice of three audio options: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital EX 5.1, and DTS ES 6.1. All three tracks are in English, and this edition features no language options or bonus materials.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
A ruthless new breed of vampires threatens both the dead and the undead in Blade II, the high-speed sequel to 1998's adaptation of the action-horror comic book. Wesley Snipes returns as the titular half-vampire, a "daywalker" sworn to eliminate all bloodsuckers in the coolest possible way. After reviving his captured mentor, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), Blade finds himself enlisted by his own enemies to help defeat the "Reapers," an evolved form of vampire that poses a serious threat to regular vamps and, quite possibly, humans. Reluctant yet cool, Blade teams with those he cannot trust, a crackerjack squad of vamps (which includes a menacing Ron Perlman) that prove to be as adversarial as the Reapers. The gore is intense, the action is fast-paced, and Snipes keeps up every step of the way, once again flying through the role of vampire hunter -- often literally. With so many faces returning from the first movie, the freshest aspect here is Mexican genre whiz Guillermo Del Toro (Mimic) in the director's chair. While maintaining the kinetic style of the original, Del Toro milks the film's Prague locale for some atmosphere and style, an approach that enhances the film's flair and makes it much more fun than your average horror sequel.
All Movie Guide
Wesley Snipes remains the perfect incarnation of the comic book vampire hunter Blade in this intense, bloody sequel that marks a new advance in the world of special effects. Director Guillermo Del Toro (Mimic, The Devil's Backbone) has a strong record in the horror genre and he manages to avoid the many traps of doing a sequel due in large part to David S. Goyer's strong script. In smartly resurrecting the half-human, half-vampire hero's seemingly dead partner, Whistler, Goyer has brought back actor Kris Kristofferson, who delivers a gritty, blue-collar performance that gives the steely, impersonal Blade a colorful foil. From there, Goyer's story puts the duo, along with a new helper (Norman Reedus), in an uneasy alignment with the vampire race against an almost indestructible super-breed of vampire. This straightforward setup allows Del Toro and his team (including noted Hong Kong fight coordinator Donnie Yen) to focus on the choreography of the film's plentiful fight scenes. The result is an action-packed hybrid of horror and martial arts that is easily one of the most exciting and most impressive displays of monster and special makeup effects to hit the screen since John Carpenter's 1982 creature extravaganza The Thing. The hundreds of effects shots reflects a collaboration of multiple effects companies doing visuals, prosthetics, makeup and CGI -- all of which come together in a seamless, visually stunning package. Throw in a fully charged club soundtrack and a Snipes performance that combines a ton of toughness with just enough sensitivity to make him (somewhat) human, and you've got a fantastic genre sequel that has style and cool to spare.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
You can sense the difference between a movie that's a technical exercise (Resident Evil) and one steamed in the dread cauldrons of the filmmaker's imagination.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
Like the original, Blade II has superior production values and visual and special effects. Snipes and Kristofferson build on the resonance of their original portrayals.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
UPC:
0794043698828
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
13,873

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; DTS ES Surround Sound; Stereo surround sound; English subtitles; Closed captions; DVD-ROM enabled

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Blade
Kris Kristofferson Whistler
Ron Perlman Rienhard
Leonor Varela Nyssa
Norman Reedus Scud
Thomas Kretschmann Damaskinos
Luke Goss Nomak
Matt Schulze Chupa
Danny John-Jules Asad
Donnie Yen Snowman
Karel Roden Kounen
Tony Curran Priest
Santiago Segura Rush
Sanaa Lathan Vanessa Brooks (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director
Peter Amundson Editor
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Blood Donors/Main Titles
2. Bike the Bullet
3. Blood Lines
4. "Detox"
5. Suspicious Activity
6. "Cancer With a Purpose"
7. Healthy Skepticism
8. Dealer Frenzy
9. Leadership Training
10. "The House of Pain"
11. Immunity Challenge
12. Mutant Misery
13. Blood Bath
14. Carrier Autopsy
15. "Keep Your Enemies Closer"
16. Daylight Hunting
17. "Regroup"
18. Collateral Damage
19. Designing Vermin
20. Thirst Quenching
21. Prodigal Son
22. Romantic Sunrise
23. Loose End
24. End Credits

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