Director: Guillermo Del Toro
A rare mutation has occurred
within the vampire community. The Reaper, a vampire so consumed
with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well
as humans, is transforming victims who are unlucky enough to
survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding
population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there
won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust.
Blade (Wesley Snipes) and his mentor Whistler (Kris
Kristofferson) must join forces with The Bloodpack, an elite
team of vampires trained in all modes of combat to defeat the
Reaper threat. Blade and the Bloodpack are the only line of
defense that can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out
the vampire and human populations.
BLADE II is an extraordinary film
to watch. Morose and climatic with astonishing special effects,
including first-rate action sequences, BLADE II offers too much
of a treat. Director Guillermo del Toro is the reason this movie
is such an encounter. He drew great performances out of his
cast, and maintained an atmosphere of menace and blackness.
BLADE II is
the rare sequel that improves upon its original, offering a
stronger sense of grotesque style, a bang-up performance from
Wesley Snipes, and choice action choreography that adds new
circumstances to the vampire epic. Nonetheless, I think thereís
more here to like than to dislike. In its entirety, BLADE II
doesnít feel like anything new or especially creative, yet it
does what it sets out to execute presenting a enjoyable film.
appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this single-sided,
double-layered DVD. The widescreen image has been enhanced for
16X9 televisions. BLADE II didnít disappoint me; the image
looked absolutely breathtaking. Sharpness was immaculate. The
image always remained crisp and defined. I saw no signs of
softness or fuzziness. No jagged edges or edge enhancement was
detected. Print flaws appeared rather absent, with not a speckle
or defect in sight.
provided a brilliant palette. Colors looked bright and intense
throughout the film. Black levels appeared thick and solid, and
shadow detail appeared appropriately heavy. All in all BLADE II
BLADE II is
presented in both Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and DTS ES 6.1. The
surround effects were impressive; soundfield used all five
channels to a super degree, as the film presented almost no
periods in which the entire spectrum wasnít exercised. I thought
bass was also very concise.
was also terrific; no signs of edginess. Effects were accurate
and clear, without any distortion. In comparing the two tracks I
noticed the DTS version seemed slightly greater.
∑ Commentary with Director Guillermo Del Toro and Writer David
∑ Commentary with Producer Peter Frankfurt and Wesley Snipes
∑ Isolated Score
∑ Animated Menus
∑ Production workshop
∑ Original Theatrical Press Kit
∑ Deleted/Alternate Scenes
∑ Theatrical Trailers
∑ Production workshop
∑ DVD-ROM Content: Script-to-screen, Original Website
∑ BLADE II Video game Survival Guide
∑ Music Video:
Cypress Hill and Roni Size with "Child of the Wild West"
Overall, I was
pleased with BLADE II. The movie was a clever extent of the
first film. I thought the original was stylish and unique, yet
the sequel did well in its own distinctive right. The DVD looked
and sounded absolutely terrific, and the extras were excellent.
Fans of the film and or Snipes will be eager to check out this
2-disc package. Highly recommended.