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Blade (1998)

Director: Stephen Norrington     Starring: Wesley Snipes
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Learn more about Blade:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40105725
UPC: 794043470929
UPC 14: 00794043470929
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release  Vampires
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Against an army of Immortals, one warrior must draw first blood.
Wesley snipes stars as the tortured soul blade-possessing powers greater than any man or creature of the night. Blade sharpens his lethal skills under the guidance of a professional vampire hunter. When the bloodthirsty immortals' lord, deacon frost, declares war on the human race, blade is the last hope.

"Big as it is, Blade is meticulous and subtle...  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
" expert balancing act...   Mike DeWolfe, Apollo Leisure Guide

Editor's Note
Based on the comic book of the same name, BLADE (Snipes) is a half-mortal, half-immortal bent on avenging his mother's death and destined to rid the earth of a race of vampires. Meanwhile, the modern-day technologically advanced vamps he's targeted are in pursuit of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race. A dark action thriller from the director of DEATH MACHINE and the writer of THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS and DARK CITY with plenty of blood and guts.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Deleted Scenes

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/11/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 4709
Video UPC UPC: 00794043470929
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Donal Logue
Video Cast Info Kris Kristofferson
Video Cast Info N'Bushe Wright
Video Cast Info Stephen Dorff
Video Cast Info Udo Kier
Video Cast Info Wesley Snipes
Video Cast Info Stephen Norrington - Director
Video Cast Info Theo Van de Sande - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Paul Rubell - Editor
Video Cast Info Avi Arad - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Lynn Harris - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Joseph Calamari - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Stan Lee - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Isham - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Andrew J. Horne - Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Engelman - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Frankfurt - Producer
Video Cast Info Wesley Snipes - Producer
Video Cast Info David S. Goyer - Screenplay


MTV Award (1999)
Video Award Name Stephen Dorff, Winner, Best Villain
   Video Award Name Wesley Snipes, Nominee, Best Fight

Memorable Quotes

"Tonight, the age of man comes to an end."----Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff)

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...BLADE's design team have constructed a consistent universe and taken it seriously....Told respectfully and well..." 11/01/1998 p.42-3

USA Today
"...Pulsing with a techno beat..." 09/25/1998 p.8E

New York Times
"...The battle scenes are pure comic-book derring-do replete with acrobatics borrowed from Hong Kong action thrillers and continual morphing..." 08/21/1998 p.E27

San Francisco Chronicle 0 of 10
...don't dismiss Blade as a typical thriller or as some kind of inflated style piece -- there's more than that going on. Big as it is, Blade is meticulous and subtle, not just in its camera technique but in the way it works its themes and creates a mood... I love the way director Stephen Norrington uses odd little one- and two-second shots. Sometimes he does it to convey information. For example, he suggests that a woman might be turning into a vampire by giving us a split-second, overexposed shot of the street as seen through her eyes. Are her eyes getting sensitive to bright light, by any chance?... As Blade, Snipes looks great. What an outfit: black leather coat, leather vest, black sunglasses, Grace Jones hairstyle. Like Jean-Claude Van Damme, this is one action hero who is not going to let a life-and-death struggle with the forces of evil get in the way of his weekly salon appointments. I admire that. - Mick LaSalle

Apollo Leisure Guide 0 of 10
This movie has all the energy and style of a music video. The action grabs you during the opening credits, and runs headlong through the movie, slowing only long enough to let you catch up. Of the many vampire films of late, this one stands out; the story is an expert balancing act of foundation-laying and flash-bang action. Snipes is entertaining as a "Rambo the Vampire Hunter.' The other performances are equally strong and believable. The story is smart and Stephen Norrington's direction is slick and effective. - Mike DeWolfe

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Snipes,Wesley
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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