Blade

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
It took a quarter-century, but the Marvel Comics vampire-slayer created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan finally hit the big screen, and it was worth the wait. Wesley Snipes is terrific as the half-vampire Blade, fighting the undead legions with the aid of a high-tech arsenal manufactured by his crusty partner, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Stephen Dorff is equally memorable as the villainous half-breed Frost, planning to usurp the more genteel purebred vampires in order to destroy and enslave the human race. But he needs Blade's blood to call an ancient vampire-god first. The action scenes are dynamite, Greg Cannom's bloody special-effects are suitably outlandish to match the comic-book tone, and there are some nice bits by cult favorites Udo Kier and Traci Lords along the way. It's not a straight horror film, as its numerous fight scenes and hyperbolic mythologizing make clear, but -- despite its comic-book roots -- it is still another of 1998's releases to push the "R" rating to its limit with blood-soaked violence. Viewers with strong stomachs and a yen for a very dark take on the Mortal Kombat-style of filmmaking should, however, be extremely pleased.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/22/1998
  • UPC: 794043470929
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,497

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Blade
Stephen Dorff Deacon Frost
Kris Kristofferson Whistler
N'Bushe Wright Karen
Donal Logue Quinn
Udo Kier Dragonetti
Arly Jover Mercury
Traci Lords Racquel
Kevin Patrick Walls Krieger
Tim Guinee Curtis Webb
Sanaa Lathan Vanessa
Eric Edwards Pearl
Technical Credits
Steve Norrington Director
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Scene Index

Side#1--
0. Scenes
1. Opening Titles - The Birth of the Daywalker [2:05]
2. Blind Date [:58]
3. Club Blood [3:43]
4. The Daywalker [2:59]
5. "Put Him Out." [1:11]
6. The Mighty Quinn [2:46]
7. Saving Karen [3:10]
8. Blade's Lair [2:35]
9. The House of Erebus [3:16]
10. The Herbalist [:54]
11. The Injection [3:43]
12. Rules of Encounter [3:36]
13. In the Archives [1:58]
14. The Glyphs [1:58]
15. Cops and Robbers [4:18]
16. Waiting for Prey [2:27]
17. Schoolgirl Rap [2:44]
18. Rooftop Party [3:03]
19. Pearl Before Swine [2:35]
20. Pages From the Book [3:50]
21. Company Calls [3:08]
22. "No. I'm Something Else." [:59]
23. The Story of Blade [3:22]
24. First Dawn and Last [3:48]
25. Secrets of the Blood [3:37]
26. Spf 36 [3:45]
27. The Raid [2:05]
28. "You're the Chosen One." [4:24]
29. Cutting Off Roots [3:23]
30. The Gate Crasher [2:22]
31. A Mother's Love [2:55]
32. The Temple of the Night [1:24]
33. Everyone to Their Places [2:11]
34. The Sarcophagus of the Daywalker [3:01]
35. The Ceremony [2:25]
36. Frost vs. the Daywalker [3:32]
37. Moscow Nights [13:29]
38. End Credits [1:10]
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Menu

Side#1--
   Special Features
      Commentary
         Commentary: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, David S. Goyer (Writer), Theo Van De Sande (Director of Photography), Kirk M. Petrucce
         Isolated Score (With Composer Mark Isham Commentary)
      La Magra (Alternate Ending)
      Designing Blade
      The Origins of Blade
      The Blood Tide
      House of Erebus
         Ashe
         Cianteto
         Dragonetti
         Faustinas (1)
         Ligaroo
         Lemure
         Kobejitsu
         Lobishomen
         Faustinas (2)
         Von Esper
         Upier
         Pallintine
      Pencil to Post
         Pencil Stage
         Ink Stage
         Color Guide
         Color Separation
      Cast and Crew
         Wesley Snipes (Blade/Producer)
         Stephen Dorff (Frost)
         Kris Kristofferson (Abraham Whistler)
         N'Bushe Wright (Karen)
         Donal Logue (Quinn)
         Stephen Norrington (Director)
         David S. Goyer (Writer)
         Peter Frankfurt (Producer)
         Theo Van De Sande, A.S.C. (Cinematographer)
         Kirk M. Petruccelli (Production Designer)
         Mark Isham (Composer)
      Theatrical Trailer
   Play Movie
   Languages
      English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
      English - Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English On
      Subtitles: English Off
   DVD Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stylish

    Great action flick. It's a modern vampire tale and Wesley Snipes plays the strong silent type. The villain in this movie was great, as is the final battle. Stephen Dorff should be proud of his scenes in this movie because he really pulled it off well. One of the first DVDs I have ever purchased. Best of the 3 in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ummmm...

    So it looks like everyone else really liked this movie... I thought it was ok - a little bit over the top. If you like action movies, then this movie was alright, and Stephen Dorff IS hot...but Wesley Snipes was completely monotone throughout the entire movie, which began to wear on my nerves after awhile...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great action packed film!

    Blade is surely one of the best films adapted from Marvel comics. This film is greatest of all vampire films that don't center around Dracula. Wesley Snipes was a great choice to play the cold, dark superhero. The visual effects are excellent. The acting is great. Stephen Droff was a great villian. The film really set apart from the previous vampire look that plagued film for decades. But, in short, this film is a great and hard to miss film that is surely a cult classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stephen Dorff is Hot!!

    Blade is one of the very few good vampire movies ever. Stephen Dorff is so sexy as bad vamp Deacon Frost. He can bite me any day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible action

    Snipes brings such charisma to the title role. The soundtrack really could not have been more appropriate, either. Every time I watch this movie I see or hear something else that I may not have noticed before. I want to destroy something evil after each veiwing. This is one of my alltime favorite films of any kind due to the graphic content and my fondness for the strong, silent hero type of characters, which Snipes plays very convincingly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blade Review

    it was one of the best movies i have ever seen and it is my all time favorite movie so far andd it will take a lot to overcome this film! wesley snipes is the perfect person for the role of blade and stephen dorff is the perfect guy for the part of deaken frost. it is full of nonstop action and it keeps a good storyline throughout the film. this film overall is just about perfect and i wouldnt change a thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blade: One of the Best Vampire Movies!

    Blade is an awesome, action packed thrill ride with lots of unexpected turns! This movie is a Must-See for any Vampire Movie junkies or just a Wesly Snipes fan. Overall this movie was GREAT!

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