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Blade 4K UHD Review

“Blade” holds up tremendously well.

In “Blade,” the titular Daywalker (half vampire, half human) and his partner/weapon maker Whistler hunt down vampires together. A human hematologist (Karen) winds up getting roped into Blade’s world after she is bitten and she is essentially the audience’s in to the secret world that exists within our own. The bulk of the story revolves around a rebellious vampire named Deacon Frost who is plotting to awaken the Blood God. Naturally, only Blade and company can stop Deacon and his minions.

1998’s “Blade” is an important comic book movie. Not only was it the first GOOD Marvel film, but it proved that comic movies could be something more. In the case of this adaptation of a rather obscure Marvel comic series, “Blade” was a dark, edgy, action-horror tale whose success went on to inspire a franchise and more Marvel films (“X-Men” being the next major title to come along after this). It also launched the career of a screenwriter who went on to have a grand career (especially in the comic book world). I, of course, am talking about David S. Goyer who penned the Blade trilogy, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Man of Steel” among others

22 years later, director Stephen Norrington’s hard R movie still holds up as an intense, energetic comic film. The techno fueled movie never wastes any time and gets straight down to business from the get go. Above all else though, “Blade” boasts fantastic world building and pulse-pounding fight sequences (including the thrilling rave sequence) that grabs your attention and never lets go. The only real downside here is some very dated and wonky CGI but that’s a minor quibble.

Cast wise, there are several stand-outs here. Wesley Snipes was born to play the cold, violent, one-liner spouting Blade. Kris Kristofferson really shines as the old timer Whistler and plays off of Blade incredibly well. On the villain front, Stephen Dorff gives one of the best performances of his career as Deacon Frost while Donal Logue plays a scene stealing vampire minion Quinn who continually gets chopped up and re-growing body parts.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? This is a perfect 4K disc. The film looks brand new here.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The action scenes really pack a punch here (especially the rave).


Extras:
* “Blade” theatrical trailer
* Isolated score with commentary by composer Mark Isham.
* Archival commentary by Wesley Snipes, David Goyer, Stephen Dorff, Theo Van De Sande, Peter Frankfurt and Kirk M. Petrucceli.
* Blu-ray copy and Digital copy
* “La Magra”- Crew members talk about the project’s conception and development and an alternate ending is shown with Morbius (who is soon to have his own movie).
* “Designing Blade”- A 22 minute featurette about the production design complete with concept art.
* “Origins Of Blade: A Look At Dark Comics”- A look at the edgier heroes of comics.
* “The Blood Tide”- A 20 minute extra about blood in numerous respects.

December 8, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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