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Blade
     

Blade

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Director: Steve Norrington

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson

 

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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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/22/1998
UPC:
0794043470929
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
34,171

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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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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