Blade II

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By: The Dweeb

 

November 2002

DVD Features

Video: 2.35:1 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS ES 6.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Disc 1:
Commentary by Director Guillermo Del Toro and Producer Peter Frankfurt
Commentary by Writer David Goyer and Wesley Snipes
5.1 Isolated Score
Disc 2:
Deleted/Alternate Scenes with Director Commentary
A Pact In Blood – Interactive collection of documentaries
Director’s Notebook: Interactive reproduction of Director’s notes with an intro by Del Toro
Art Gallery
Theatrical Trailers
Music Video – Cypress Hill and Roni Size “Child of the Wild West”
Blade 2 Video Game Survival Guide
DVD-ROM Features:
Script-to-Screen
Original Website
Hot Spot

Theatrical release: 2002
DVD released on 9/03/2002 by New Line Home Entertainment
Running time of 117 minutes

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Luke Goss, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Leonor Varela

Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Plot: When the world is threatened by a new and deadlier breed of super vampire, the legendary Blade (Wesley Snipes) and his mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) must join forces with the Bloodpack, an elite team of vampire warriors made up of Blade’s sworn enemies. These ravenous fiends must be destroyed at all costs in this high-voltage adventure exploding with spectacular effects and martial arts action.

 

 

This is the sequel to the first hit film Blade, and contrary to most sequels, it doesn’t suck. I myself don’t like most action films because they follow typical conventions. This movie is anything but. Its intelligent, the plot is good, has great writing, tons of great action, and is a real fun movie to watch. I think this is a great addition to the Blade franchise, and to the comic book genre. This DVD does not disappoint.

This film takes us swiftly along and doesn’t stop to enjoy the scenery. The pacing is fast, the blood is flying in here. At times it gets pretty gory, but I keep watching in fascination. The music is pumping, the guns are blazing. Guns in a Vampire movie? That is what makes these movies fun to watch. They don’t follow typical vampire convention, its been updated to today’s world. This ain’t no Interview.

Yes it does has it’s share of problems, but they are only minor. It’s kind of predictable, and many of the characters are two dimensional. But hey, it’s a vampire flick and they won’t be around long enough anyway. I was a little disappointed we don’t get into the origin of Blade more, it only scratched the surface.

The star of this film is obviously Wesley Snipes, and he does a fantastic job in here. I think this is his best role of his film career. He really gets into this character, displaying the essence of “vampire cool”. He doesn’t say much, but when he does look out. I love his sarcastic humor, that’s a Wesley Snipes trademark. His fight scenes are simply awesome, borrowing from Matrix and taking it even further. I don’t usually get into this kinda stuff, but damn! I was impressed.

The sound and picture are top notch, the bass is cranking throughout this film. There is even an isolated score so you can just listen to the great music. There are two discs with this film, and there are plenty of lengthy extras on the second disc. I didn’t even finish watching the deleted scenes, seemed like it was almost as long as the movie itself! There is also a great feature on here that shows the progression from script to celluloid. It lets you see how the written word is interpreted by the director. The usual film extras are also supplied as well.

I enjoyed this movie immensely, they did an excellent job. So grab a bowl of popcorn, or not if you can’t eat while watching gore, and sit back and watch Blade kick some ass.

Reviewer’s Opinion: BUY IT!!

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