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Blade
Blade
Actors: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
Director: Stephen Norrington
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2hr 0min

The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu and frost it all over with some truly campy acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your beli...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
Director: Stephen Norrington
Creators: Andrew J. Horne, Avi Arad, Jon Divens, Joseph Calamari, Lynn Harris, Michael De Luca, David S. Goyer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Wesley Snipes, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD
Original Release Date: 08/21/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 08/21/1998
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 50
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Russian
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Member Movie Reviews

Thomas C. from HILLIARD, OH
Reviewed on 5/12/2011...
First in series of 3 with Snipes. First and third movie much better than the second.
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/29/2011...
Essential Viewing For All Mature Comic Book Fans

It's easy to forget how much influence this film has had upon modern cinema. The effects sequences were highly effective (The Matrix likes to brag about inventing "Bulllet Time" but it appears in Blade first). This film showed that a serious comic book film could be made that would have mainstream appeal (the Batman franchise was the only other comic book film around at the time and it was well into it's hideous camp overload crash and burn phase). The fact that Blade was an obscure comic book character allowed the filmmakers the freedom to create a film that didn't have to pay attention to an established back history (Blade was very mainstream and took full advantage of it's horror aspects). This movie made comic books a hot property in Hollywood. New Line had a major hit and made a franchise that performed quite well at the box office.
It's a violet, bloody over the top acticion film dealing with a half-vampire hunting & slaying vampires.

2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Bad to the Bone
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 10/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Good action vampire stories, whether written, drawn or on film are just plain hard to find. For a while now the 'not quite bad' vampire and even the 'good' vampire have been fashionable. Not that I have anything against Angel or Henry Fitzroy and their ilk, but sometimes you want a story with a clear division between good and evil and a lot of knock them down and stake them action. Enter Blade.Blade is a half vampire with a very nasty attitude toward his relatives on the dark side. Played by Wesley Snipes, he has all the moves and attitude you could ever want. His partner in his war against the things that did in his mother is Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Later, Karen (N'Bushe Wright) a forensic hematologist who has the bad luck to find a vampire on her table, joins them. Opposing this team is Frost (Steven Dorff), a vampire rebel who thinks it is time for the un-people with pointy teeth to come out of the closet. His plan is simple. Take over the vampire council, capture Blade and resurrect La Magra - the blood god. Then there will be nothing but vampires and bloodsicles.'Blade' is an extremely violent film. Almost everyone is a martial arts expert, has access to what the US Congress would consider weapons of mass destruction, or is a victim. Sometimes, they are all three. Toss in a sufficiency of special effects, great settings, and good acting and you have the film. What makes 'Blade' work is its intense focus. It works hard at being exactly what it is - an action film with a strong 'wow' factor. Sometimes that is exactly what you need.Steven Norrington, a director considerable experience in the horror/science fiction genre, has a great sense of what it takes to make comic book characters come to life on the screen. He manages to retain the strong visual impact of the original Marvel Comics series. David Goyer's script manages to capture the essence of comic book dialogue - sparse, but not stilted. The overall effect is a film that builds smoothly from start to ending, with very few slow moments.The extras on the DVD are surprisingly good. Good sized features on the concepts and effects that went into the film, the story of the Blade comic, and an interesting survey of the vampire in human imagination. In addition, there is an extensive running commentary for the film. All of these are intelligently done. I think 'Blade,' despite its violence, will appeal a wide range of viewers as something more than just another Hong Kong fight film wannabe."
This is why you buy DVD
texasbavarian | Frisco, TX USA | 04/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This was a great action/horror film, packed with some excellent special effects, an entertaining storyline, and at least a couple of reasonably talented actors (Snipes, Dorff). Kristofferson is terrible as always (a hint to you casting people... Sam Elliott would have been MUCH better as the tough and gritty Whistler).But you're not really reading this review to hear about the movie -- you can get that kind of info anywhere. What you want to know is "Is the DVD worth buying instead of a VHS tape?" Weeeellll...This movie is undoubtedly THE showcase movie for DVD (the Mummy is another very good choice). The picture quality is fantastic, and the sound is incredible (you gotta listen to it in Dolby Digital 5.1 on a nice home theater system to fully appreciate the sound). But what really sets this format apart from anything else are the SPECIAL FEATURES. A ton of things like information about the different Vampire houses, commentary from the director on the making of the film, and an alternative ending, really show how the DVD format can add to your viewing experience. Many DVDs (too many, in fact) are simply direct transfers from another format to DVD. No extras, limited enhancements on picture and sound... A perfect example of a BAD DVD is Highlander! The DVD versions of the Bond movies have also shown the industry a thing or two about how to make a truly interesting and worthwhile DVD movie. DVDs like Blade make me happy I purchased a DVD player!"
One of the Best Vampire Flicks Around
A. Fultz | Santa Barbara, CA, USA | 04/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As an avid fan of vampire movies, I couldn't wait to see Wesley Snipes take on the role of Blade. It was worth every second of the wait. This movie is a rocking, rollicking thrill ride of a vampire movie, with fully-developed heroes, villians and storylines. From the opening "nightclub" scene to the final battle there is never a dull moment.Based on the "comic" book character Blade, this movie follows the exploits of the half-vampire, half-human bloodsucker slayer, who has taken it upon himself to rid the world of the vampire vermin. Snipes is fantastic in this role. He has the swagger and the athleticism to carry it off with true style. Having seen him in this role, I could not even imagine another actor taking it on. Kris Kristopherson has developed a second career playing a crusty mentor type, and he is very good at it. Stephen Dorff brings a good attitude as Blade's nemisis, although he lacks the some of the charisma that the character requires. Other than that, I have no complaints about this movie.The story, directing and acting are all first rate. If you like action packed excitement, you will love this movie. It starts in high gear and never slows down. Violent and bloody, it is not for the young or squemish, but if you are neither, slap it in the DVD player and have a great time. This was the first DVD I ever bought and I have watched it many times since. A classic Vampire/Action movie. Add it to your collection and enjoy the ride."