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5.0 out of 5 stars Blade (Blu-ray version)
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Straight From The Pages Of Marvel
After the massive success of Brandon Lee's 'The Crow', studios and patrons alike waited with baited breath on the next comic-book hero to set the silver screen alight. And, in 1998 it happened. In need of a box-office hit after the 1997 movies 'Murder at 1600' and 'Futuresport', American actor Wesley Snipes took up the role of Blade. A fearless vampire out on the prowl of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blade (Blu-ray version), 14 Oct 2012
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Milt Ingarfield "milt_fm" (Arbroath, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blade [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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
This review is from: Blade [VHS] [1998] (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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Straight From The Pages Of Marvel, 22 Dec 2002
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David Carling "Author" (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
After the massive success of Brandon Lee's 'The Crow', studios and patrons alike waited with baited breath on the next comic-book hero to set the silver screen alight. And, in 1998 it happened. In need of a box-office hit after the 1997 movies 'Murder at 1600' and 'Futuresport', American actor Wesley Snipes took up the role of Blade. A fearless vampire out on the prowl of others like him, but who needs to suppress his own thirst for blood through a series of Garlic Injections. Helping to keep his instincts at bay is the man-made arsenal Whistler (Kristofferson), who is, himself, fighting the battle of cancer.
As the film opens out, the fright-fest begins under the main credits with a youngish man entering a sleazy downtown rave which, unknown to him, happens to be the vampires lair. Suddenly the film erupts, with overhead sprinklers spitting blood, the vampires metamorphose into their alter-ego's and begin pulling at the scared and speechless man. Backing off, the man falls to Blades feet, in a fit of kicks and screams. Blade glances down and pushes him aside. For the following 5+ minutes thereafter, limbs are severed, blood is drained and vampires are slain, as Blade wipes out the huddling community of blood suckers below. Minutes before he was born, Blades mother was bitten by a vampire, leaving Blade a hybrid on birth. As a strange mix between human and vampire, Blade has become a natural which allows him to day-walk and stay one step ahead of the underground evil. Growing older and wiser by the day, Blade assumes that a certain group of the un-dead are becoming stronger and are planning for world domination. Headed off by vampire Deacon Frost (Dorff), Blade realizes that all they need to complete this ritual is to have his blood.
With a plot thinner than Kate Moss's waist, this makes for easy watching, that spares its boredom for jaw-dropping effects and ridiculous subplots that lift straight from the pages of Marvel. With tongue firmly-in-cheek, Blade never loses his cool, as Snipes overplays the part with a dictionary corny lines and 'I Love Me' poses. Colorful, playful and ultimately enjoyable, this sight for sore eyes might not be to everybody's taste, but those who will like it, will end up loving it. Very simple, but Very effective.
Followed by a sequel in 2002, with Snipes reprising the role of Blade.
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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..AWESOME!!!!..", 25 May 2012
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This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has it all., 5 Feb 2006
This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you do action., 10 Oct 2004
This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
There are four schools of vampire flick: Romantic/Philosophical, Horror, Comedy and Action. some films, like Dusk 'till Dawn, blur the line between one or more of these genres, but most fall straight into one or the other. Blade is an action flick, and, quite frankly, it's the best of its kind.
These people know how to do action. Very little talking, minimal exposition, just shot after shot of incredibly tight martial-arts sequences, and plenty of blood thrown in for good measure.
When we find out how Blade became what he is, it takes about forty seconds. Then it segues flawlessly into another action sequence. The final battle is not, as was roignally planned, Blade fighting a massive monster, it's just another artial arts sequence, albeit a staggeringly well shot one.
The peopel who mad ethis movie obviouslyy realsid the main weakness of most action movies: The dialogue. their solution? just don't bother with it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you wanna survive you better learn to pull the trigger"", 16 Aug 2007
This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Meat, 16 April 2014
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This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
As vampire action movies go, Blade felt fresh. Snipes was at his best, cool, athletic and totally ruthless. The production values were high so the locations and SFX didn't look cheap. The fight choreography is as good as it gets and the story about a half vampire stalking his prey is littered with dry humour and interesting characters. The screenplay never lets up and rather than just give us relentless action, we actually get to understand the vampire society as well as Blade and his motivations. Chris Kristofferson lends ample support as the grizzled weapon tech Whistler and Stephen Dorff doesn't let his size (relative to snipes) get in the way of being a really decent enemy. It spurned two sequels which kept the high standards and a TV show which appears to have been well received by our Amazon friends!
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