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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Blade

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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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Milt 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "alessav" on 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 By Pantheon TOP 500 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chaos_preacher on 5 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LK on 16 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
After just watching Matrix I was expecting another load of nonsense from this film. Another Sci-fi. However I was pleasantly suprised, and from that day on the original Blade has been and still is my all time fave film.

Wesley Snipes is simply brilliant in this, I've never seen a cooler character than Blade. From his cool sword moves to his funny sarcastic comments "You've met Mr Crispy at the Hospital, what do YOU think!".

In a way I think that Blade is slightly under-rated, however that's not necessarily a bad thing, who knows, if Blade had been more successful the sequels might not have been as good!

I've re-watched all Blade films to the point that I've learnt some russian sentences. And to anyone thinking of purchasing this film or all 3 films i strongly recommend that if you haven't seen it by now you really should!
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