Blade 1998

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Blade is a half-mortal, half-immortal who's trying to avenge his mother's death and is destined to rid the earth of a race of vampires. The modern technologically advanced vampires he targets want his special blood type to summon an evil god, who plays a key role in their plan to kill off the human race.

Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff
1 hour 55 minutes


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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Horror
Director Stephen Norrington
Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff
Supporting actors Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Traci Lords, Sanaa Lathan
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 29 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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5 of 5 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
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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Breed of Vampire Flick 31 Mar 2001
The familiar stereotypes of the vampire overlord, the female victim and the dedicated hunter are firmly in place, but with a modern, cyber twist. Based on the successful Marvel Comics series, 'Blade' is kung fu cool meets 'The Matrix' - the real world is a different place to what you thought.
Blade is a half-vampire who hunts the undead to avenge the death of his mother, who was bitten while pregnant, thus giving him "all of our strengths, non of our weaknesses". Referred to as "the daywalker" by the creatures he hunts, he is aided by Whistler, a semi-alcoholic, laconic sidekick who lost his family to vampires and Karen Jenson, a haematologist. Snipes plays Blade as a tortured, granite-faced warrior with a spirituality the audience is supposed to compare to that of Samurai. Complete with deadpan one-liners, he stalks and stakes with gusto, never quite revealing any wimpy emotion.
The uber-villian of the piece is the designer-shirted Deacon Frost, played with menacing cool by former brat-pack actor, Stephen Dorff. Frost has discovered an ancient ritual that will resurrect 'La Magra' - the Blood God, who is capable of triggering a "vampire apocalypse". This ritual also happens to require the blood of the daywalker, setting the scene for a climatic showdown between the hunter and the overlord.
Surrounded by a cadre of underlings, the most three dimensional of whom being Quinn, a playful heavy with puppy dog enthusiasm, Frost is far from the traditional vampire. In Blade's world, vampires are not creatures that skulk in cemeteries impersonating Bela Lugosi on a bad day - they are powerful figures in business and politics with vast financial resources.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great.. unable to fault
Published 17 days ago by carrie evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Classic!
This is truly a great movie. It shows how a vampire movie should look like. Best one in the trilogy.
Published 2 months ago by Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to the blade films
This movie is a great introduction to Blade the half human/half vampire. I don't think any other actor could have made blade into the character he became.
Published 2 months ago by Miss Kirsten Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Meat
As vampire action movies go, Blade felt fresh. Snipes was at his best, cool, athletic and totally ruthless. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray review
Is it the best blu-ray ever? No, there are certain scenes that do not come out well. However is it overall much better than the dvd version? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Mark R. Woodhall
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvel at its best
I see people rate this cause of bad effects, this is what this generation of movies has caused all about effects! Read more
Published 5 months ago by greendayavenger
4.0 out of 5 stars Blade
Concerning picture and sound, the BluRay is much better than the DVD.
This BD makes viewing "Blade" a completely new experience.
Published 6 months ago by H. Herrmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Half-human/half-vampire Blade makes war on the undead--that's the vampire undead, I'm talking--and tries to dismantle the vampire underworld piece by piece. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love all the Blade film`s it arrived in time & in excellent condition.
As for the dvd it`s self perfect.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. H. Cronin
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass Vampire Movie
1)Wesley Snipes is perfect casting as Blade.
2)Kick ass fight scenes & swordplaythat dont hold back & go for the throat. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Timelord007
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