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.

Starring:
Wesley Snipes,Stephen Dorff
Runtime:
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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 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 By Pantheon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2012
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, beware....be 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mikko Kosonen on 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 By S. Drury on 25 May 2012
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Positive.
1)Wesley Snipes is perfect casting as Blade.
2)Kick ass fight scenes & swordplaythat dont hold back & go for the throat.
3)A good well written story by Dark Knight's & Man of Steel's David S.Goyer.

Negative.
The CGI effects look dated especially the explosion of Deacon Frost looks terrible & should be reshot using todays technology.

Bluray Info.
Running time 120 minutes, Region B, Commentary, Alternative ending, Behind the scenes documentaries, Trailer.

Trivia.
1)Jet Li was offered the part of Deacon Frost but chosen to do Lethal Weapon 4 instead.
2)Stan Lee originally had a cameo as a cop who comes across Quinn's body but the scene was cut from the final version.
3)Sanaa Lathan starred in 2004's Aliens Vs Predator.
4)LL Cool J was considered for the part of Blade.
5)Beastmaster & V's Marc Singer was considered for the part as Whistler.
6)Body count 88.

Review.
People think that the X-men started the high production Marvel movies but in fact it was this effort made in 1998 starring Wesley Snipes as Daywalker Blade a half human/half vampire killer who needs a special serum to supress his vampire bloodlust.

Blade is starting to become immune to his serum requiring higher & higher doses & soon he wont be able to suppress his vampire impulses & will become what he hates the most a full bloodied vampire.

Whistler his friend & mentor is trying help Blade find another cure but time is of the essence & is running out.

Meanwhile Blade takes to the streets punishing the vampires killing them with his arsenal of weapons & using his martial art skills to bring down the vampires domain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K H on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
The best way to describe Blade would be ''a bit of fun''. Usually ''a bit of fun'' means a slightly entertaining , stupid , allright-ish , forgettable film but a film you wouldn't complain about.In this case Blade is closer to ''a bit of fun'' than an epic masterpiece . But that said, Blade manages to take all the good bits of mediocre films and a good dose of stuff from good ones too.
Now to get all that bull out of the way , first and foremost Blade is a highly entertaining , thouroughly enjoyable action movie. It has SUPERB ACTION , a very good soundtrack and allthough the story isn't Shakespeare it does the job and is easy to understand. Anyone who complains about the storyline or faults of the film is in the wrong type of audience for a movie like this. The acting has been described as some people as ''wooden'' but I disagree and believe it was perfect casting.
Wesley Snipes was born to play Blade and is the perfect actor to show who Blade is: a badass mother****** who hunts down vampires and destroys them with samurai swords while being ultra cool in the process. Blade isn't a character that allows an actor to express his array of talents and therefor Wesley Snipes ( in my oppinion a good actor ) is more suited to playing Blade than any other ''more acomplished actors'' like Kev Spacey or Tom Hanks. ( for obvious reasons )
I can't talk about Blade without giving Stephen Dorff a mention too as he delivers an impressive performance as the arrogant , hotshot leader of the vampires. I don't know who S.D is and I haven't heard of him since but I will always remember his role as Deacon Frost in Blade.
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