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Blade

Review by: 
Head Cheeze
Release Date: 
1998
Studio: 
New Line
Genre: 
Vampire
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
2.35:1
Directed by: 
Stephen Norrington
Cast: 
Wesley Snipes
Stephen Dorff
Kris Kristofferson
Movie: 
4
Extras: 
5
Bottom Line: 
4

 I'm a huge fan of comic books, from Spidey to Batman to Eightball to Schizo, and pretty much anything in between. However, I am not a fan of comic to film adaptations, because generally Hollywood tends to think it knows more than the people who made these comics in the first place, and rewrites important parts of a character's history to accomodate the limits of a two hour film. Blade, however, is an example of a comic book character done right by his adaptors, and is, in my opinion, the best translation of comics to film yet.
 
Blade (Snipes) is a daywalker, a human-vampire hybrid who has all of the strengths of his dark brethren, but only one of their weaknesses; a thirst for blood. With the help of a syrum created by partner/mentor Whistler (Kristofferson), Blade keeps his blood hunger under control whilst fighting to rid the world of the vampire element. Meanwhile, a group of young rebellious vampires led by the charismatic Deacon Frost (Dorff), plan to awaken an ancient vampire deity known as The Blood God and harness it's power to use in their campaign to take back the world from the mortals.
 
Blade is a textbook example of how to make a comic book into a motion picture. The dark tone and attitude of the Marvel Comics series has not only been preserved, it has been expanded upon, without fear of the "dreaded" R rating, and believe me, Blade is one hard R! The filmmakers knew what the fans wanted and they wanted to see Blade kick some serious undead ass, and he does it with style, attitude, and buckets of blood, bone, and ashes. This is definitely a loveletter to the fans, and while Blade may not appeal to the "serious horror" crowd, it's more than satisfying for lovers of hardcore action with a supernatural twist.
 
The New Line Platinum Series disc has been out for as long as the medium, but is still one of the most loaded DVD's on the market, and now that the film's sequel is in theaters, this bad-ass set can be had for under $15 bucks! With four behind the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a commentary with the stars and production team, stills gallery, conceptual art, a directory of the various vampire "houses", and MORE, this is a DVD no fan of horror/action should be without.
 
It may be coincidental, but since Blade's success I've noticed that the latest crop of comic/films have been, or are reported to be, very true to their source material. From The X-Men, Spiderman, and Ang Lee's in-production Hulk feature to the collaboration between Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller on the next Batman film, things are certainly looking up!

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