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 »ef that the superhero action genre did not die in the fluorescent hands of Joel Schumacher. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets, he lives to hunt and kill "Sucker Heads." Pitted against our hero is a cast of villains led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a crafty and charismatic vampire who believes that his people should be ruling the world, and that the human race is merely the food source they prey on. Born half-human and half-vampire after his mother had been attacked by a blood-sucker, Blade is brought to life by a very buff-looking Snipes in his best action performance to date. Apparent throughout the film is the fluid grace and admirable skill that Snipes brings to the many breathtaking action sequences that lift this movie into a league of its own. The influence of Hong Kong action cinema is clear, and you may even notice vague impressions of Japanese anime sprinkled innovatively throughout. Dorff holds his own against Snipes as the menacing nemesis Frost, and the grizzly Kris Kristofferson brings a tough, cynical edge to his role as Whistler, Blade's mentor and friend. Ample credit should also go to director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who prove it is possible to adapt comic book characters to the big screen without making them look absurd. Indeed, quite the reverse happens here: Blade comes vividly to life from the moment you first see him, in an outstanding opening sequence that sets the tone for the action-packed film that follows. From that moment onward you are pulled into the world of Blade and his perpetual battle against the vampire race. --Jeremy Storey« less
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.
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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.
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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."
One of the Best Comic Book Adaptions to hit the Big Screen!
Mr. | USA | 03/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lets face it. There have been only a handful of great films that were based on Comic Books: Superman, Batman, The X-Men, ect. With all the rest being dismal failures, usually because all involved didn't take their source material seriously enough and went in a completely different direction. Not bothering to really understand why people truly love these characters in the first place. These kinds of people should never be allowed to direct films derived from comic books.It was the summer of 1998. The hollywood machine was throwing out dozens of entertainment fodder for the masses to engulf. I saw 14 film in the movie theaters that year. Blade was the only one of them I saw twice. Talk about a movie experience! From the opening shots, you are literally sucked in (no pun intended) to the world of the vampires. Wesley Snipes completely embraces the role of the title character and plays him to the hilt, with just a bit of dry cocky humor that is very refreshing. As we first meet Blade at a Vampire techno club (which uses a great remix of a song called "Confusion" by New Order) we just know he's a force to be reckoned with as he slices, dices, burns & just plains blows up every vampire he gets a hold of (including Traci Lords, in a very memorable cameo). Kris Kristofferson plays Whistler, Blade's mentor and creator of the various weapons at his disposal, including guns & knives, bombs, & more. ("We have a good arrangement. He makes the weapons, I use 'em"). But it's Stephen Dorff as the bloodthirsty Deacon Frost that helps catapult the film from average action fair to the stuff of comic book legend. With most actors, this would be a one or two dimensional performance, but in the hands of Stephen Dorff, he turns the character of Deacon Frost into something much more multilayared. The interaction he has with Blade as well as his other fellow vampires give off this feel of someone we should not underestimate. Because a truly great villain is a huge key to a movie's success.The whole mythos of vampires in this film moves the genre in a very interesting direction. According to Blade, pure silver, garlic & sunlight are the main tools to combat vampires. ("Crosses don't do d***, so forget about what you've seen in the movies") But the fact that the pure blood vampires are personified as old & disposable, while the nonpure vampires are young and virile, looking to take over and run things, can really be looked at as a depiction of our society, with the old guard being kicked out by the new one, lest anarchy ensue.But "Blade" is without a doubt one of the best comic book adaptions to hit the big screen in a long time. It is truly up there with Superman & Batman as the best of the best. And New Line Cinema gives you more to praise about with the wonderful DVD Platinum Edition, that includes a nice audio commentary with Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff and others from the production and writing team. The only disappointing thing is that everyone is recorded seperately instead of all together in one big room which is more fun to listen to. Four Featurettes are also included: "La Magra" - which discusses the films evolution as well as showing some deleted scenes from the film (Deacon Frost's idea of freezing humans and harvesting them for their blood, plus the original ending of Frost turning into a digital effects blood monster. You'll be so glad it was deleted once you see it.) "Designing Blade" - a look at the production designs including interior, exteriors, Blade's arsenal and more! "The Origins of Blade" - An indepth discussion with Marvel Comics alum, Stan Lee & others on the genesis of comic books going from kid friendly to more for adults. "The Blood Tide" - A very interesting look at Vampire mythology in general beginning from the early 1900's. Plus you get the definitions to most of the glyphs shown in the film, cast & crew bios and film credits, as well as the wonderful original theatrical trailer that still packs a punch all it's own! Blade - A True Comic Book Classic!"Some [people] are always tryin' to iceskate uphill" - Wesley Snipes as BladeAlso, don't miss the incredible sequel, Blade II!
The Wachowski's Inspiration for Matrix?
Marco Albini | Switzerland | 05/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"STORY: Half Vampire, half Human, Blade (Wesley Snipes) fights against evil Vampires led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) who have plans to conquer the world. He is assisted by veteran Vampire hunter Whistler, portrayed by Kris Kristofferson.CAST: Wesley Snipes plays the ultra cool hero and you definately root for him. Although it seems that sometimes he tries too hard at being a hero but most of the time he succeeds. What makes Stephen Dorff's character scary is his innteligence, which is expressed beautifully in the actor's eyes. He is probably one of the most convincing comic villans since Jack Nicholson in Batman.SCRIPT: It is based on a comic series, so the story is rather thin. There are very original ideas about the modern Vampires but some far-fetched plot parts and untied story strings. But the hero get's his catchy one-liners and there is plenty of irony in it, which helps to not take it too serious.DIRECTING: As I first saw it, the images blew me away. The fight scenes are beautifully choreographed and shot and there's a really stylish atmosphere to it. The industrial soundtrack adds to the rythmic editing and accelerates the fights. The special effects are somewhat weak, but this is a glossy B-Movie and that is part of the fun it provides. As I saw the brilliant "Matrix" one year later I realized that some shots seemed very familiar to Blade.THE DVD: The picture quality of the DVD is wonderful but the Dolby Digital sountrack lacks some dimension. But the disc is loaded with extra features including commentary and isolated score. The most interesting ones deal with the history of Vampires and they match perfect with the movieALL IN ALL. Brace yourself for a fun, loud ride with some special effect and story flaws. Just shut down your brain before you start and enjoy!"