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Blade [DVD] [1998]

Wesley Snipes , Udo Kier , Steve Norrington    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Udo Kier, Arly Jover, Traci Lords, Kevin Patrick Walls
  • Directors: Steve Norrington
  • Producers: Wesley Snipes, Peter Frankfurt, Bob Engelman
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00352G1CG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu and frost it all over with some truly campy acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your belief that the superhero action genre did not die in the fluorescent hands of Joel Schumacher. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets, he lives to hunt and kill "Sucker Heads". Pitted against our hero is a cast of villains led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a crafty and charismatic vampire who believes that his people should be ruling the world, and that the human race is merely the food source they prey on. Born half-human and half-vampire after his mother had been attacked by a blood-sucker, Blade is brought to life by a very buff-looking Snipes in his best action performance to date. Apparent throughout the film is the fluid grace and admirable skill that Snipes brings to the many breathtaking action sequences that lift this movie into a league of its own. The influence of Hong Kong action cinema is clear, and you may even notice vague impressions of Japanese anime sprinkled innovatively throughout. Dorff holds his own against Snipes as the menacing nemesis Frost, and the grizzly Kris Kristofferson brings a tough, cynical edge to his role as Whistler, Blade's mentor and friend. Ample credit should also go to director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who prove it is possible to adapt comic book characters to the big screen without making them look absurd. Indeed, quite the reverse happens here: Blade comes vividly to life from the moment you first see him, in an outstanding opening sequence that sets the tone for the action-packed film that follows. From that moment onward you are pulled into the world of Blade and his perpetual battle against the vampire race. --Jeremy Storey

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blade (Blu-ray version) 14 Oct 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This 1998 production directed by Steve Norrington is finally released on Blu-ray in the U.K.; this 50 GB disc is encoded using MPEG-4 codec and is in full 1080p resolution with English DTS master audio 6.1, there is also Dolby 5.1 Russian, German, Italian and Spanish soundtracks along with Dolby Stereo Spanish, Portuguese, Czech and there are 13 sets of subtitles including English, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, Latin Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Russian and Italian included in the extras are 5 featurettes which include La Magra, Designing Blade, The Origins of Blade, A Look at Dark Comics and The Blood Tide these are in standard definition, the original theatrical trailer is also included and is in standard definition also.

The first question to ask has the wait been worth it?

In my opinion it is a resounding yes this film has never looked or sounded better, I have owned this Film both on VHS and DVD and this latest incarnation on Blu-ray has made this comic book adaptation even more impressive.

The dark atmosphere of the movie is given more depth with the deeper blacks and brighter colours on Blu-ray and the battle scenes involving swords have a satisfying clang and scraping sound and the rat-tat-tat of the machine guns now leap out of the speakers as they rip across the scene along with the crunch of bones as Blade stomps and punches his opponents this brought to life by the thumping 6.1 soundtrack and the new cover art is also an improvement to the earlier DVD sleeve it is also the full 120 minute uncut version of the film...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood on the Carpet... 6 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
And on the walls, the ceiling, the street outside...
Despite the excess of everyone's favourite bodily fluid, there is still some kind of artistry and subtlety to the violence of Blade. Some is pure action trash - hails of bullets and the like, some is showmanship, and some is purely understated evil. The animalistic fervour of Deacon Frost is even strangely mesmerising.
The film is slick, visually interesting with careful use of lighting and pale colours to emphasise the vampire's skin, and thick with atmosphere. The dialogue is perfectly tuned, despite the machismo and heavy use of one-liners, and there is visible and sinister conflict in the painfully detailed character studies. Blade and Frost, played with intensity and skill by Snipes and Dorff, are interesting and complex as individuals and a combination. So, the love interest is a little tiresome, and the pain is gratuitous - the plot is full of suspense and twists, the story is disturbingly believable, and the movie is a visual feast. Not for the romantic comedy enthusiast, but an essential addition to the video collection of any fan of the action or thriller genres.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Region Free Blu-ray 18 Aug 2012
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As my review states this is an excellent blu-ray release. The picture is incredible with the image looking very sharp and clean without losing any of the atmosphere. The extras look to be the same as the UK DVD release and the audio is an English DTS-HD Master 6.1 track.
Most important for those of you in the UK this disc is Region Free - but, sure to buy the June 2012 release. This is the USA release. The Canadian release from a few years ago is region locked! The same applies to Blade 2 and Blade Trinity.
Definitely worth the upgrade to blu-ray and still one of the best vampire movies ever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Blade movie now on bluray 10 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I already consider the first Blade the best of the lot, but the cheap bluray release only strenghtens it. With great pic quality and nice sounds it should be a must buy dark action/vampire movie fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..AWESOME!!!!.." 25 May 2012
This movie is just pure class from start to finish, one of the best vampire movies ever made, Wesley snipes plays blade perfectly, this movie has so much visual style and a cool thumping soundtrack, its super bloody and gory, fantastic story, theres nothing bad to say, this is a classic already and a must own for any movie fan, the original will always be the best, and this version has the awesome black cover art like the U.S version. Must buy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has it all. 5 Feb 2006
Everything you could possibly want in a movie is in Blade. Horror, suspense, some comedy, a great story, gore and loads of action. Wesley Snipes is perfect as the role of Blade and if you ever wanted a movie of the PC game Nocturne then Blade's the perfect movie for you. This film was so sucessfull it made 2 sequals (which are inferior to the 1st)
Blade in my opinion is the best vampire movie ever made. That intro with the disco has to be one of the best action scenes in movie history. This music's great and the special fx are superb. Plus its extremly brutal and violent at times. This really makes Blade Trinity look like a cheap hollywood film.
Blade is destined to be an action classic. Get this movie today if you havent got it already. Blade scores along the same line as an action masterpiece the same as Terminator and Terminator 2. A must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !! !! !! !! 13 Feb 2006
Blade is the bets film of its year by miles and has a great cast! Blade was origonally a comic and this is a great, very dark, adaptation of them! It has a unique blend of a great story, bloody violence and great acting (with a decent sound track to mix)!
The first thing that struk me by this is how much violence there is in it! It isnt exatly 'Cannibal Holocaust' or 'BrainDead' but its certyanly soomething for a comic book adaptation!
The story is great considering it was inaspired by a comic book! There are many twists and great fight/action scenes along the way! It was really filmed with style too, helped by a cool soundtrack!
The cast (as i said earlier) is good and Westley Snipes acts the best ive ever seen him in this trilogy!
For the action fan this should be a trat as it has loads of it, even though it comes under the category of a horror. There are loads of cool weapons for Blade to use (with extreme skill) and the fight scenes are among the best! (as with the sequel)
There is a bit of a debate over weather this is better than its sequel, i cant make my mind up really as i love bloody films (this may be the main reason why i love a film and hate it), this film has lots of gore but Blade 2 has loads of action, way more than this! You make your mind up!
I would highly reccomend this to anyone who gets the chance to see it! This film doesnt have a double disc edition yet but this single disc edition has a surprising amount of extras worth seeing!
Id buy it if i were you!
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