on 9 April 2013
This 2004 production finally comes to Blu-ray in the UK directed and written by David S. Goyer the man who re-booted the Batman legend writing both the story and screenplay for Batman Begins the following year, he writes and directs this final part of the Blade franchise which is seen by the fans as the weakest, I personally think the wise cracking Ryan Reynolds and Dominic Purcell as Drake are miscast in their roles.
This 50 GB region B disc is encoded using MPEG-4 codec in full 1080p resolution in the original 2.35 aspect ratio with English DTS Master audio 6.1 which gives all the audio elements in this movie all the weight and clarity the music track pumps and during the hand to hand combat scenes the bones crunch and rattle the machine guns rip across the screen the explosions vibrate sub woofers in the most satisfying way, comparing this against the DVD is again like night and day, the HD encoding brings a better colour palette with a greater range of blacks, this is the "Unrated" extended cut version of the film which is 10 minutes longer than the theatrical cut and two audio commentary tracks with a set of English subtitles for the hard of hearing pretty short-signed from the film company.
The special features seem to copy the double DVD release from 2005 which included Daywalkers, Nightstalkers and Familiars: Inside the World of Blade: Trinity - 16 part behind the scenes documentary, Visual Effect progressions Goyer on Goyer featurette, Blooper reel, alternative ending and the original Theatrical Trailer all the special features are in standard definition..
on 10 January 2014
3.5 out of 5
Things come to a head in this thrilling final chapter in the Blade Trilogy, pitting Blade against Drake aka Dracula, the king daddy of all vampires. Teaming up with Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler, the trio seeks to take down Dracula before he can create more daywalkers and eliminate Blade forever.
If you're going to bring things to a head and have a final showdown between the good guy and a major bad guy, you need to ensure that your major bad guy is a big deal and you don't really get any more big deal than Dracula. Created by Bram Stoker and based on the historical and infamous Vlad the Impaler, Dracula was the first vampire ever and has since become not only the most famous one, but has tons of media under his namesake including movies, books, TV shows, cartoons, songs--everything. And that's just him never mind the countless media sporting all the vampires he inspired. Taking a vampire hunter like Blade and putting him up against Dracula makes good sense to me.
Except the Dracula in this movie is pretty so-so, which doesn't cut it, in my opinion. I was expecting an ultra-powerful vampire, one that would give even the Reapers in Blade II a run for their money in terms of villain awesomeness. Instead, I was given a strong vampire, but not the ultimate vampire. Too bad, too, because having him as a bad guy is an awesome idea.
As always, Wesley Snipes leads the flick as the titular hero, picking up right where he left off in Blade II and staying consistent in character start to finish.
Having Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King--I'm a Reynolds fan. Put him in the right role and you're guaranteed something good. Not sure how he stacks up against his comic book counterpart, but for this flick, not only was he tough as all get out and kicked all sorts of butt, but the comedic elements he brought had me laughing out loud more than once and yet such jokes worked in this movie and didn't seem out of place.
Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler--who doesn't like a strong woman who can hold her own and fight vampires? I appreciated the seriousness she brought to the role and was a nice counterbalance to Hannibal King.
Kris Kristofferson was briefly back as Whistler, Abigail's father. Won't say more as I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen the flick yet.
This movie has solid action throughout, but I wish the climactic battle between Dracula and Blade was more epic. Seemed average, but that could just be me. Really liked this movie on the whole, though. It was the Dracula angle that brought it down a notch solely because there was more they could've done in terms of raising the stakes with such a villain.
In the end, it's a decent send-off for Blade and a pretty good bookend to the trilogy.
Go check it out.
on 23 August 2005
Considering the excellent first two instalments of this franchise, I found Blade Trinity to be dissapointing to say the least. Blade was an under the radar movie that became a cult movie through DVD sales, it was great. Then came Blade II which upped everything and in my opinion is the best movie of the series. So expectation was quite high for Trinity, especially since the writer of the first two movies (as well as the writer for Batman Begins and Dark City) was now directing. Now his vision for the chracter would be untainted by the directors of the previous movies.
Goyer was to give us two scenes that were in the two other movies scripts but were scrapped or cut due too budgeting and timing. One was a car chase involving Blade super cool car, the other was a scene showing how the vampires would survive should their plans of world domination come about. We were also promised a new team of slayers called the Nightstalkers with Ryan Reynolds playing comic book fave Hannibal King, and the lovely Jessica Biel playing Abigail, Whistlers daughter. Fight scenes were to be made more realistic and Blade was to face off against the daddy of all vampires, Dracula.
This sounded as if it was going to be by far the best in the series, all of the above sounded excellent. The execution however is a big letdown. The movie starts off okay, with the vampires searching for Dracula and finding him to be not the most friendly person. Then it movies on to the excellent introduction of Blade and the said car chase.
After this the movie seems to just lose the plot (if it has one), Whistler is killed off, Blade is captured by the FBI (a good idea actually that is again executed poorly and last about 10 mins) with the help of the vampires and Dracula, or Drake as they now call him walks around a bit and does virtually nothing. We then get a rescue from the Nightstalkers and Blade's introdcution to them.
The rest of the film continues the dissapointment, other than the blood farming scene, Blade and Dracula meet, and we think yyyeeeaahh, round 1. But Drake RUNS AWAY from Blade before holding a baby hostage while talking to him. The finale is also a huge dissapointment. Considering the finale in Blade I and II especially, with the Blade vs Nomak fight from II being the best superhero fight there is (yes even better than Spiderman vs Doc Ock), the Blade vs Drake fight is a huge anti-climax. We get a sword fight which is average and then its gets slightly better with Drake turning into beast form. But this only lasts for about two minutes and would have improved the fight it had lasted longer. I wont reveal anymore as it will spoil it. Only to say that it just doesnt live up to expectations. This is two of the most badass vampires ever going head-to-head, so I for one expected a lot more. The main gripe i have with film is that it is a Blade movie, were Blade is sidelined for other characters who are not as interesting or cool. I beleive this is due to Wesley Snipes and David Goyer arguing for large periods of the shoot, but it downgrades the movie even more.
The extended version adds about ten mintues more to the film, most of which is useless. The only good parts are a few more tidbits about Drake's past and literally a few extra seconds of Blade's reaction to the death of Whistler. The rest is absolutely useless stuff that does nothing but make the movie worse. The new darker ending is cool, but makes a scene at the end of the movie now make no sense whatsoever.
I own this movie and watch because it is Blade and most likely his last appearance, but this movie could have been so much better with either Stephen Norrington (Blade director) or especially Guillermo Del Toro (Blade II) behind the camera. A dissapointment for Goyer who is not likely to live this down for a while, as many Blade fans are furios.
on 25 July 2016
I went into this movie feeling slightly wary because of all the negative things I've heard about it from other people and they do have reason to hate it. The action isn't bad but feels a little boring compared to the previous movies. The characters of Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and Danica Talos (Parker Posey) really annoyed me. Hannibal King is supposed to be a Nightstalker but he proves useless in his fight scenes and spends most of the movie being injured or captured. His dialogue was also pretty stupid, one perfect example being 'I'm sorry, I've had too much sugar today'. Meanwhile Danica Talos is just an overgrown brat who has tantrums when things don't go her way and has a stupid fashion sense, that includes her hair styles, particularly the one she wears in the third act. In fact all of Talos' minions annoyed me. One of my favorite things about the Blade franchise is that the vampires are actually scary but Trinity's vampires are far from it, especially the vampire dogs, which is really disappointing. The treatment of Dracula is also a let down. When I first saw him in human form, I felt a little disappointed. The choice to use the daddy of all vampires was a great one but calling him 'Drake' is stupid. I didn't feel like he posed much of a threat. He came across like a white, full vampire version of Blade. Blade is a great character but there's no need to have two of him in the same movie. David S. Goyer wrote all three of the Blade films but I don't understand where he's gone wrong with Trinity as he did a great job with the previous two movies. I hated the decision to kill of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) very early on in the movie. It would have been interesting to see him interact with his daughter Abigail (Jessica Biel) who was actually a great character, far more badass than King. She is actually capable of taking down vampires on her own, as proved in the train station sequence, but she isn't completely cold hearted at the same time. Wesley Snipes continues to prove he was well cast as Blade but his performance reflected the off screen feud he had with the movie which is sad. Blade's attitude in this film is basically just 'i don't give a shit anymore, as long as i get to kill vampires' which is a shame. Overall, I agree that Trinity is definitely the worst of the Blade trilogy but while it does have a lot of faults, it's not as bad as most people make it out to be.
Super film mainly because of Jessica Biel and her archery. She was just perfect, her acting, agility and beauty I found perfect. Wesley was also great as were the rest of the cast. I don't like horror movies generally but this is the exception.
on 16 July 2005
This film was absolutely rubbish, no way to put it nicely. I was a huge fan of the first film, enjoyed the second one, but found this film appalling - Wesley Snipes apparently refused to do promo work for it because it had been re-edited to beef up the role of the Nightstalkers, who seem to have walked in from another funnier, and camp, vampire movie.There seem to be two films here, and they jar badly. Blade is a sombre loner, who keeps conversation to a minimum, but gets the job done.
So, lets throw out that successful formula, and put him in a film that seems to meld half a Blade movie with an episode of Buffy! I won't even get going on the awful acting and dialogue, non-existent plot, and irritating slow motion walking that all the characters do to show us they are moody, man!!
Poor, poor, poor - avoid like the plague. Extended edition - aaaaaargh!!
on 13 January 2006
I totally agree with the 1 star reviewer. The vampires in this installment are absolutely pathetic, not once do you feel any of the protagonists are in danger. The fight scenes get so boooring after a short while! Why are they all kicking each other, don't the vampires have guns?! And its all wire-fighting and special effects, and the actual martial arts used are lame, the kind of fighting you were doing with your mates when you were 6 years old. Half the kicks and punches wouldn't push an old lady over, but people go flying across the room. The vampires in Blade 2 were way more menacing.
The Dracula character is contemptible! I mean, he looks like Bilbo Baggins! Pure evil my foot, he should have been leading a vampire army and laying waste to the city, not killing blind women and being mentally challenged by a little girl! Blade's sidekicks have as much acting ability and screen presence as a boiled egg. My toes curled and my buttocks cringed every time Abigail loaded her ridiculous playlist into an MP3 player before going out to kill vampires. That made her look like a looser goth teenager. As for Hannibal King, he is easily the most infuriating idiot of a character since Jar Jar Binks. His constantly delivered and, may I add, very badly composed (I enjoy a good profanity that would set fire to the cat as much as the next man), swearing made me wish the vampires would tear him to shreds, and I would weep tears of mirth. Were he not showing off his muscles all the time, you could confuse him with a potty-mouthed 5-year old.
Overall, easily the worst of the three. A lost opportunity to have a grand-finale, instead the script smacks of a writer who should be painting 'School' and 'Stop' signs on the roads, and the plot would bore a goldfish. Just pretend its not there, like I pretend that The Phantom Menace doesn't exist. :)
`Blade: Trinity' was always going to be in trouble, mainly because Blade 1 and 2 were just so damn good. Part II was considered (by some) to be that rarest of beasts which is a sequel that even goes so far as to surpass the original. Therefore the third instalment really had its work cut out to try and go yet one step further.
It tried. It failed. However, that doesn't mean it's completely bad. It's actually quite a fun film. The concept is good for a start: Blade vs Dracula. What more could you want? Well, probably a bit more of Blade and Dracula and less of the cast of Scooby Doo `helping' Blade slay vampires.
Part 3's `big idea' was to simply add more cast members. And, to help sell the Blade franchise to a younger audience, the new cast members were all youngsters (hence my `Scooby Doo comment'). Suddenly, Blade is less about the man himself and more of a `teen slasher' where the young, good-looking cast-members are gradually being picked off one by one.
However, it's certainly not all bad. There are some nice special effects with plenty of dead vampires to keep us Slayers happy. The new weapons are neat and some of the baddies - despite being pretty `comic-book-esque' are quite enjoyable (Parker Posey).
Someone described it as `straight to video;' it's certainly not that, but if you've seen parts one and two, just lower your expectations slightly and you should find it a fun little outing.
on 16 May 2005
ok so maybe its not as good as the first, but like matrix it is a hard act to follow. i dont get how anyone can say this is worse than the second, that supervampire thing was just crazy.
people saying they dont like it because it had dracula,thats ridiculous, he wasnt just dracula, as it said he was a figure in history throughout time, dracula is just one term that humans used to explain him.
the film itself, has some awesome special effects,and although the nightstalkers were a bit unnessecary they werent terrible,ryan reynolds was pretty funny, and the scene with jessica beil in the subway with the juvenile vampires was awesome.
cant wait till the next one, but i do agree replace goyer
on 9 April 2016
Trinity is the worst Blade film in the trilogy. A messy script, in a film which was made even worse by the inclusion of the extremely obnoxious and unfunny, Ryan Reynolds. How many more franchises is this guy going to ruin? He sees himself as a bit of a funnyman. But in reality, he makes Adam Sandler look like a legend of comedy. Hopefully Wesley Snipes gets to play Blade at least once more, as this movie didn't do the character justice at all.