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      14.10.2011 15:08
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      Enjoyable action/horror nonsense

      Blade II was directed by Guillermo Del Toro, written by David S Goyer and released in 2002. It's my favourite of the three Blade films for its sleek rain lashed sense of comic book style and simple basic desire to entertain rather than get up its own bottom too much. This is Del Toro slumming it really, taking a Hollywood cheque in between his more avant garde European pictures, but he slums it better than most and Blade II is colourful slinky high octane viscera with a real kinetic rush in its best moments. One of the strengths of Blade II is that it doesn't have to bother with the exposition of the first film and tell us who Blade is, how he injects himself with a serum so he never harms humans, how his mother was bitten by a vampire etc. Del Toro is free to just get on with it and doesn't waste any time at all with the blood splatter carnage and martial arts. Blade was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan and first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1973. He's a monosyllabic and grimly determined vampire hunter who just happens to be half vampire himself and has the power of an immortal, the soul of a human and the heart of a hero. With his super genetic vampire powers, ever present sunglasses, trusty sword, high-tech weaponry and irresistible weakness for swirling black leather clothes, Blade forever battles a dastardly covert vampire infiltration and takeover of human society.

      The series was surprisingly successful and entertaining (as far as vampiric action capers go it drives a rusty stake deep into the heart of that dreadful Kate Beckinsale Underworld series and reduces it to dust) and found a perfect role for Snipes - who is not a great actor but is a decent tongue in cheek action star. Despite the vampires and copious CG blood splats, the Blade series is more action than horror and heavily influenced by the Hong Kong martial arts genre. It's closer to a dark superhero film than anything with Blade like an amped up version of the nineties cinematic Batman. It was actually the success of the first Blade film that gave Hollywood renewed confidence in superhero pictures again after Batman & Robin and Steel had tanked and met a hostile critical reception. The high octane techno boomed crimson daubed Blade II takes place two years after the first one and Blade is now in Europe looking for his old friend and mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) - who he finds he has been captured by the vampires and held in a tank of blood for the purposes of torture. He rescues him and takes him to Prague where Whistler finds that in his absence Blade has taken on a new weaponsmith and gadget inventor extraordinaire, a cocky young stoner named Scud (Norman Reedus). Can Whistler still be trusted after his time in the clutches of the vampire rascals?

      A more pressing concern arises though when Blade's secret HQ is infiltrated by two vampires - Nyssa (Leonor Varela) and Asad (Red Dwarf's Dannny John Jules). After a frentic techno boom neon glare scrap, they stop fighting Blade and announce they are here on behalf of the Vampire King Damaskinos (Thomas Kretschman) to offer a truce and an alliance between Blade and the Vampire Nation. If they are there to offer a truce it doesn't make an awful lot of sense for them to sneak in and start fighting him! It transpires that a terrifying new breed of super vampires known as 'Reapers' has emerged and are now feasting on both vampires and humans. The Reapers are far more bloodthirsty and bestial than traditional vampires and Blade is told that the human race will be at their mercy if they aren't stopped. It is proposed that he take charge of a vampire team known as the _Bloodpack_ - which consists of Rheinhardt (Ron Perlman), Chupa (Matt Schulze), Snowman (Donnie Yen), Verlaine (Marit Velle Kile), Lighthammer (Daz Crawford), and Priest (Tony Curran). The Bloodpack was originally created to capture him but under Blade's leadership it can battle the Reapers and their first-born, Nomak (Luke Goss) instead. A reluctant Blade concedes that Reapers are a bigger threat to humanity than normal vampires and so this very uneasy and suspicious alliance begins. "There's an old saying," reasons our hero. "Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer."

      Blade II is a gloriously glossy and stupid sequel that does what it says on the tin and doesn't outstay its welcome. The film offers minimal plot and logic and a few twists that don't make much sense but it doesn't really matter as we move from one action sequence to the next with the garish colours and dark shadows always making it an attractive film to look at. The film offers a bit more tension than the first one as the Reapers are rather grotesque - their jaws fanning open to reveal barbed suckers and they are reminiscent of both Nosferatu and Stan Winston's Predator creature. In one of the best set-pieces in the film they surround Blade and the Bloodpack in a dank sewer below the city streets. Del Toro infuses a lot of gothic imagery into the film but also maintains vivid comic book hues. The fight sequences are flashy and fun and it's enjoyable to be taken deep in the high-tech lair of the vampire HQ where Thomas Kretschman presides as Damaskinos, taking a dip in a bath of blood and speaking like Bela Lugosi. This vampire headquarters is very James Bond villain. One thing that does sometimes tarnish the film though is the noticeable influx of more CGI into the series. It does look rather hokey and fake at times, especially when used for blood splats and fight sequences. It's like those Spider-Man films where - although the effect is often impressive and pretty - you are always aware that the Spider-Man you are watching swinging through New York is a pure CGI creation.

      The Bloodpack themselves look like they've just emerged from the hairdressers and are on their way to a fetish club but it's all part of the fun and I suppose even the costumes in that first cycle of Batman films got rather kinky by the end. Donnie Yen, as a mute swordsman (Yen also choreographed many of the film's fight scenes) and the always dependable Ron Perlman as Rheinhardt probably come off best. Perlman plays his usual bad tempered and foul mouthed nutty Ron Perlman character and is given a particular dislike and distaste for Blade in the film. Their verbal exchanges are enjoyable. The striking Leonor Varela as Nyssa is the female lead and a vague love interest for Blade. She's the daughter of the Vampire King and comes to admire the noble qualities in Blade. She can't really act much but then no one is required to display any great emotional depth or much range here. I don't think they made this film with an eye on the BAFTA nominations. Luke Goss (hidden under much make-up) is surprisingly good as Nomak, a rather tragic villain who has a big secret. His introduction in the film - in a blood bank - is nicely done. Blade II is a highly enjoyable and inventive piece of throwaway popcorn gloss that makes good use of Wesley Snipes' monosyllabic deadpan hero.

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        A great double DVD

        Blade/Blade 2 Boxset

        (Dooyoo said to put this joint Blade and Blade 2 boxset review here so here goes;)


        DVD Boxsets are always great to own and look great in their card covers, and this Blade double boxset is no different.


        *****Overview of the Films*****

        Blade

        Blade (number 1) is described as a blood-chilling action packed thriller, and it is absolutely right! Vampires have been around in popular films for many many years, from the steriotypical Count Dracular, to the modern day, cigarette smoking vampires who gain back their soul and fall in love with a slayer! Blade brings on yet another dimension of the popular myth.

        Wesley Snipes plays the dynamic character of Blade, the ultimate vampire hunter with superhuman strength and an immortal half-life. He is feared by all vampires and most humans with his dark abilities and cunning nature, and does not fit in with either blood suckers or humans. Why? Because Blade was born a vampire, yet a vampire with a difference. He can walk in sunlight and fight in darkness.

        In this first film of the trilogy, we see Blade come face to face with haunts of his past as he uses hi powers and razor-sharp weapons to prevent his arch nemisis from killing the world of humans and bringng upon the race of vampires.

        Like many films with multiple parts, this first one is most certainly the best by far. The storyline is untouchable and the characters are not only believable, but powerful as well, creating an all rounded film. The actors are wisely chosen and the relationships both on and off screen provides the audience with an amazing two hours of perfect viewing.


        Blade 2

        With the 1998 hit of Blade, expectations from fans were and are high as Blade II hits DVD records. Again, Wesley Snipes returns as the half man, half vampire, consumed by a deep desire to avenge the curse of his birth and to once again save the world and human race from disaster at the hands of vampires.

        In this second film, Blade has to work together with those he hates, the blood-sucking vampires themselves, to rid the world of a far greater evil, a new kind of super-vampire race which are trying to eradicate both human and 'natural' vampires and take over the world.

        Sound slightly familiar? Well you are not wrong in many aspects. Some parts of this second film drags as the same kind of story line and emotions felt from the original Blade still circulate, yet this is certainly not something to avoid the film for. After the initial slow start and repetitive story parts, the film takes on a whole new aspect, and be warned, this film is far more grusome than the first.


        *****DVD Overview*****

        Both DVD's run absolutely perfect, the picture and sound quality is enhanced and really makes the films more viewable. Both are recorded with Dolby Digital although only the second film is recorded in anamorphic widescreen (16:9) which may prove annoying to some people if watching both films on the type of television which does not allow you to change the focus properly, yet if you are like me, you are quickly drawn into the film and forget about this soon enough!

        The only thing that I would mention on the picture aspect is that, especially in Blade II, some parts of the film are quite dark and I needed to turn up the brightness on my screen. Other than this, I felt there were no qualms on picture or sound.


        *****Extras*****

        Blade

        * Trailer - Worth a watch, although when you have already seen the film, I never personally see the point in watching the trailer, though it is there if you want it!

        * Deleted Scenes - There are a few well recorded deleted scenes which I enjoyed watching, though some came through as slightly dark.

        * Cast and Crew - Stills, text and soundbites of both prominant members of the crew and cast. Not a brilliant selection but worth watching nonetheless.

        * Special Effects - A look at the special effects. Quite an interesting viewing, though not very long

        * Designing Blade and Behind the Scenes - If behind the scenes extras interest you then this certainly will. It focuses both on Blade and the vampires, alongside the making of the film. It has quite a decent running time and is well worth watching.

        Also included in Blade 1 are animated menus, English subtitles, optional commentaries by director, producer, writer and Wesley Snipes himself. An optional surround sound option is avaliable also.


        Blade 2

        * Deleted and alternate scenes - This comes with an optional commentary. The deleted scenes are interesting, though I find that the alternate scenes a far more insightful, especially with the commentary.

        * Blood Pact - Behind the scenes documentary which is very interesting and extremely informative. Possibly one of the best extras on the two discs combined.

        * Blood Pact 2 - Branching clips and sequence documentary at how Blade was made. Another interesting and insightful extra

        * Video Game Survival Guide - If you play the video game then this will give you some helpful hints and tips.

        * Visual Effects - Short informative extra on the visual effect creation on Blade II

        * Music Video - With the music used in the film. Quite interesting, though not my cup of tea!

        * Art Gallary - Semi-interesting art gallary of characters and scenery.

        Other extras include theatrical press kit, animated menus, notebooks and English subtitles.


        ******Misc DVD Information******

        Actors: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Ron Perlman
        Format: Box set, PAL
        Language English
        Region: Region 2
        Number of discs: 2
        Classification: 18
        DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2004
        Run Time: 232 minutes approximately
        Main Language: English
        Amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 18,597 in DVD


        *****Costs*****

        Although costs of DVD's can vary from place to place, you can be certain to pick this DVD boxset up for lower than £10 which, in my opinion, is a great bargain!!


        *****Overall*****

        Overall, if I rated this DVD as a whole, lower than 96% I would be lying to you. Both films themselves and DVD quality and quantity are superb and I have no qualms with this at all.

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        26.10.2009 19:52
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        Brilliant film

        At the Parizska Blood Bank in Prague, Czech Republic, Jared Nomak [Luke Goss] has come to donate blood. As he is being led into the donation room, he is informed that his blood is of a rare phenotype. Bad news for Jared; good news for the blood bank, the phlebotomist says and bares his vampire fangs. Jared laughs hysterically. Suddenly, his chin opens revealing something definitely "rare" and a slaughter ensues.

        Blade II takes place two years after the first instalment, after his friend and father figure Whistler shot himself due to being bitten by a vampire. In the time that has passed Blade has taken an assistant called Scud. Blade (Wesley Snipes) has never given up on Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) and we find out that the vampires have been keeping him inbetween death and life in a vat of blood. Blade rescues him and detox's him causing him to not be a vampire anymore (this is skirted over in the film, to give way to the "bigger" plot line). Things between Scud and Whistler are strained to say the least, with lots of finger pointing along the way.

        The slight twist in the film is that The High Council of Vampires sends its team that have trained for years (the Bloodpack) to kill Blade to ask for his help. Apparantly they seem to have a mutual enemy in something they have called the Reaper virus. Jared Nomak is the vampire carrier of the virus, and he has a strong disliking for vampires, closely followed by humans. The Reaper strain is a very strong virus causing each of its victims to not die, but turn. The carriers find themselves needing to feed almost hourly causing the infection to spread rapidly.

        An uneasy truce between the Bloodpack and Blade ensues, with both fighting together to try and eradicate the Reaper virus whilst not turning on each other.

        Blade II is my favourite of the Blade triology. It is a bit more gorier than the other two, with quite a lot of special effects, but what makes it for me is Luke Goss. He is fantastic as the lead Reaper carrier, and plays up the camera very well.

        Some people feel that the special effects take over the whole film, but I feel that they are well added where the Reaper victims are concerned. I do feel that Blade tends to look a bit too much like a bendy toy in some of the scenes but all in all I think it has a brilliant look to it.

        The director Guillermo del Toro is well known for his "odd" special effects and creatures (Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy 2) and he doesn't disappoint in this film.

        I can watch this one over and over again, in fact I have since I bought it.

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        10.06.2009 15:29
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        good film

        I went to see this at the cinema when I was like 14 or 15. Don't ask me how I got in can't even remember. Out of the blade series I prefer this one the most because it's more about blade and why he fights the vampires. But in this one he's fighting with the vampire against a new bread of vampires. This is still another dark film which I like about the first two. The story line is also great in this one as, as blade is working with the vampires he needs to make sure hey don't screw him over. With all new faces in this film blade 2 is a good watch, well worth watching if you thought the first one was good.

        The basic story line is that blade is asked to accompany a group of vampires to kill a new breed of vampires. There are called the blood Pac and they were trained to kill blade. Blade asks why he should help them and they say coz when there finished with the vampires who you think they will go after next (humans). Another good thing about the film is graphics. They actually look real this time which make you believe that it is real itself.

        The action in this film is also top notch. As blade uses different weapon in different style to kill vampires and has still got the good old blade to finish everyone of if there's no alternative

        This is a great film and if you've watched the first film and not the second I would advise you to watch this one as well.

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          11.02.2009 15:40
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          Scaring and exciting the audience, just as a "Vampire Action Flick" should.

          In Blade II, the half man, half vampire has a breed of new enemies to deal with, known as the "Reapers". And as you've come to expect, these are by no means the most friendliest or attractive creatures that you've ever seen either. They're kind of a mix of predators and vampires, sporting pale white skin and bald craniums, and lurk in the city's sewers with a desire to wipe out the entire vampire race... and, of course, Blade, the famous day walker.

          With a high number of impressively choreographed battles, a thrilling continuation of the story, and lots more blood, Blade II has the right formula for a successful sequel. Snipes, once again, has a fantastic physical screen presence, like any self-deeming action hero should; the scenes are appropriately scripted for action to take priority over logic (which, probably needless to say, suits me just fine). Though, even with all the fighting, there is time for the story to tap into the pathos of the character, and evoke our thoughts to what it was like for Blade to grow up caught between two different worlds. All in all, it's pretty intriguing stuff.

          As far as the other characters are concerned, Kris Kristofferson is back as the long, white haired father figure Whistler, who the fans came to know and love in the original. There's also a memorable performance from Ron Perlman (who I hated in Alien Resurrection, by the way) as one of the head vampires forced to team up with Blade to fight the reapers; his chemistry with Snipes produced some genuine moments of comedy. And Luke Goss somehow manages to make a vampire flick scary again, via his portrayal of the vicious Nomak.

          Blade II does more than satisfy the blood lust of the comic book geeks, fans of the first film, and action movie lovers in general. Arguably, it surpasses the original with its fearfully dark imagination, offering a kinetically charged feast of freakish battles; in terms of entertainment value, it definitely achieves what it first desired- scaring and exciting the audience, just as a "Vampire Action Flick" should.

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            Very good film, dark and moody, but fighting and special effects are excellent

            Following the successful adaptation of comic book vampire hunter Blade in 1998, directed by Stephen Norrington, dark and moody director Guillermo De Toro takes over for the sequel, cunningly entitled Blade II. Wesley Snipes reprises his role as the title character, the half-vampire half-human Blade, with his sworn dedication to rid the world of vampires. With a bigger budget and a lot more promise, big expectations were of this film, and while it was cordially received by critics, I thought it was very well made and was also full of one-liners.

            When I first saw the film, it was with a group of friends, and we delighted in films of this nature - a good action film with a couple of quick witted one-liners such as the title of my review. What Del Toro does is take the very moody Blade and make him even moodier by teaming him up with vampires to hunt a new breed of vampire known as the Reapers, who feed on vampires in order to survive. Blade (Snipes) has his old friend and protector Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) for company once more, and the team of vampires includes the Hollywood hardhead Ron Perlman as Reinhardt. There is a great piece of acting from Luke Goss, member of former boyband Bros (remember them?!!). Goss plays Nomak, the leader of the Reapers and the main target of the film.

            Del Toro doesn't really need much of a plot to work with here. What little plot there is does seem to make way for the main attention of the film, which is Blade's uneasy alliance to the vampire council and the emergence of the next generation in vampires (the Reapers). While I was disappointed at this, I did find the plot to be a little weak and the ending equally so, but only in terms of plot.

            The fight choreography is one of the main reasons I like this film. Snipes has always had a good hand in the action scenes in the majority of his films, and he does like to do his own stunts where possible. His martial arts training helps in this, and I was very impressed by the acrobatics and fighting in this film from all involved. The mood of the film is incredibly dark. The main source of the film being vampires, it is no surprise that a lot takes place either at night or in the dark, a slight contrast to the first film where there were a lot of inside shots but done with artificial light to give us sight of what was going on but justifying the vampires' existence in light. This, coupled with some very good special effects work, makes it all the more enjoyable.

            This doesn't make the film any worse, and those who are aware of Del Toro's work will have expected it. The film is a bit moody, but the one-liners do lighten the mood, and there are some moments of suspense and fighting breaking up the potential monotony of the dark.

            Overall, I give this film a thumbs up. I am sure it will not appeal to a lot of people, but those who like a good fight and some clever scripting over a good plot will undoubtedly warm to this. The DVD is available from amaon.co.uk for £4.98 at the moment. It's well worth the money.

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              10.02.2008 17:41
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              i enjoyed it but wouldnt watch it again

              This film was released in 2002, it is almost 2 hourts long and not suitable for anyone under the age of 18

              Blade the main character is played by wesley snipes, he is half man half vampire, his mother was human his dad a vampire.

              He wants to stop the curse he was given at birth and save the human race, to do this blade must make friends with some high powered vampires to take on an evil bigger than themselves, the new form of super vampires to save the human race before it is too late.

              Im not quite sure what to say this film is, it is a kind of action horror mix, there are a lot of action scenes in this film but it is also a bit scarey at times, i dont think this is realy a womans film but i bet there aint a bloke out there who doesnt love it.

              This is a good film although i think the first was better and as the story continues from blade 1 if you havent seen the first watch that one first or you will never understand the second.

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                The second Blade film continues the Trilogy and does it well.

                After the first Blade film made a name for the Series in 1997 it seemed inevitable that Wesley Snipes would be back as the half man/half Vampire for a sequel before too long. The return of Blade came about in 2002 when Snipes linked up with Guillermo Del Toro to carry on the series and bring to life another of Goyer’s scripts after the successful effort of the first Blade movie. As with all sequels the question of whether it would do the series justice and whether it was actually any good were always likely to be raised. The answers come quite quickly and the short answer is that it is certainly a decent film.

                When a new threat appears Blade (Wesley Snipes) has to do something he certainly isn’t comfortable with. A new form of enemy that feasts on both Humans and Vampires has become a threat and Blade must join forces with the Vampires he has hunted for years to avoid the world being overrun by these Reaper Vampires. Blade isn’t exactly comfortable with this alliance but if it avoids the Reapers taking over it will make his task of destroying the Vampire race a little easier. It also means he can keep an eye on the Vampires and learn a bit more about how they tick.

                The film seems to try and improve where the first one left off. Unlike the predecessor there seems to be a lot more thought gone into the storyline of this film. While there is a little less action in this one there is more of a plot and Goyer seems to have written quite a respectable story. The film isn’t as good as the first but it sticks to the Action film route and with a little Martial Arts thrown in still stays true to the concept from the original. I’ve never been familiar with the comic version of Blade but the Screen adaptation seems to work where a number of similar concepts have failed miserably.

                With the addition of Del Toro as director it sees him bring a few of the traits he brought to both Mimic and Hell Boy. I do admire Del Toro’s directing ability and he shows on this movie why he is one of the favourites with studio’s for conversions from other formats. He makes an excellent job of the special effects and the Reapers look amazing. The split in their jaw looks good and had the possibility of looking quite tacky but Del Toro pulls it off with a bit of style. His direction seems quite smooth and he makes a decent effort at the script. I was quite impressed with the cinematography and thought that the film shows what Del Toro can actually do.

                Despite the improvements to the script this isn’t as good as the first Blade movie. The plot is more involved but it seems that the plot has gone a little too far from the lack of plot of the first to a little too involved. The characterisation is much better and unlike the first film there are a lot more main characters, which does add a bit of depth to the plot. Unlike the previous film however I thought the additional plot seemed to detract from the overall action elements of the film and in comparison this was slightly weaker but it does have a lot more advantages than disadvantages.

                The acting like the first film was possibly the best aspect of the movie. Of course there is Snipes back in the lead role as Blade and again he really makes the part his own and his sheer screen presence makes for compelling viewing on its own. I thought the biggest surprise was the performance of former Bros member Luke Goss. He stars as the main carrier of the Reaper strain and his performance is certainly impressive. The role of Nomak seemed to be one that would require an experienced actor but Luke Goss looks like a natural as he goes around eating everything in sight.

                I was actually impressed by everyone in this film. For instance the performance of Ron Perlman, who goes on to star as Hell Boy, is fantastic and as the muscles of the operation really adds another dimension to the plot. I was also again impressed by Kris Kristofferson who follows up his role as Whistler with ease, picking up exactly where he left off in the first one. The whole cast is quite impressive and I think that’s the reason why the Blade trilogy stands out against the more mediocre comic book conversions like The Hulk.

                Overall this film carries on the Blade trilogy’s claim to be one of the best Comic book conversion series. There are only a few that come close and the real plus point of these films is that they don’t spend and hour and a bit of the film giving a detailed back story, instead they blend it into the plot making for a much more interesting film. If you enjoyed the first Blade you’re bound to like this. It is quite a gory film and that probably justifies its 18 rating but it is very well done and doesn’t seem to be gore for gores sake. It’s a film I would again not hesitate to recommend, although would suggest watching Blade before moving on to this second instalment.

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                  • "BUY THE FIRST ONE RENT THIS ONE."

                  NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST! - Advantages: FAST , GUNS, GORE - Disadvantages: SOME CR*P FIGHT SCENES.EASY TO TELL WAS COMPUTER MADE, JUST DOSENT HAVE THE QUALITY AS THE FIRST ONE., BUY THE FIRST ONE RENT THIS ONE.

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                  I was a big fan of the first film so when this film came out at the cinema earlier this year I had to go and see it at the Birmingham Odeon on its first weekend at it was worth the £4.50. Director: Guillermo Del Toro (mimic, hell boy 2004) Cast: Wesley Snipes (Blade, The Art Of War, ZigZag) Kris Kristofferson (Payback, D-Tox) Ron Perlman (Enemy at the gates, Alien resurrection) Luck Goss (ZigZag) Run time: 1hr 57 min Cert: 18 price: £11.99 www.play.com with free p&p The story: Blade 2 is as good as the first if not better, this time he must help the vampires who where trying to kill him in the last film because they are being preyed upon by a new breed of vampires ‘the reapers’, blade has no choice because the reapers will come after him in time. The reapers are just as powerful as normal vampires but do not have the same weaknesses like garlic and silver, the only way to kill one is with light. To help blade track down and kill all the reapers he enlists the help of the ‘Blood Pack’ a group of vampires who are specially trained and originally intended to hunt down and kill blade but now they team up to hunt down the reapers together before they takeover the whole world, because when the reapers bite a human they turn into one of them and each one has a very big appetite for blood so in a matter of weeks there could be thousands. This film was mostly filmed in the eastern Europe to cut down on costs but with the great locations they could afford in Europe the film looks much better and it has more action than the first as well as better special effects due to the money saved by filming outside the USA being spent on other things. Wesley Snipes gives a very good performance as the ‘day walker’ blade and he has already signed a deal to star in blade 3. This film does have some mistakes like in one of the fight scenes after he gets a massive
                  blow to the head he gets up and his sunglasses are still on his head without a scratch on them. I recommend if you have not seen it you watch blade 1 before seeing this film because you will understand more of the plot. Also a word of warning: in parts this film can be a bit gory liked the part when blade and the vampires have to open up one of the dead reapers to find out there weaknesses and it is very graphic. This film made had a budget of $55million and made $81million in the USA and £9million in the UK. Overall I think this film is great and you should see it, its got great martial art sequences as well as some brilliant computer generated special effect and stunts. DVD Extras on this 2disk set Disk one: The film and two commentaries The first with director Guillermo Del Toro and producer Peter Frankfurt The second with Wesley Snipes and screenwriter David goyer Disk 2: Deleted and alternative scenes with optional directors commentary ‘A pact in blood’ interactive collection of documentaries Director’s notebook Art Gallery Music video by cypress hill ‘child of the wild wild west’ Blade 2 video game survival guide (available on PS2 and X Box)

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                    04.11.2002 19:55

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                    Blade 2 - Advantages: Gore, Luke Goss, is famtastic - respect to the man, The fight scenes are absolutely fantastic - Disadvantages: Storyline, after all of it is pretty poor, The concept of Whistlers, change isn't explored enough, Scud is a pratt

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                    18.10.2002 16:08
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                    Blade was one of the greatest action films of all time when it was originally released back in 1998, and today it still remains my favourite film. So, can Blade 2, the sequel, deliver a film as fast and frantic as the original? Read on to find out…. Blade, played by Wesley Snipes, is actually based on a character from Marvel Comics, which has been turned into two feature length movies. Just in case you are reading this without having seen either of the two films, I’ll outline the main plot of the original first. Blade has a dark past. When his mother was pregnant with him, a vampire bit her, and as a result, Blade was born half human, half vampire. He is able to walk by day, stalk by night. He has all of the strengths of the vampires, yet shares none of their weaknesses. Together with his partner Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), their aim is to rid the world of vampires before it is too late. As you can probably guess, Blade is battling hordes of vampires and the film ends with a high speed all action battle with vampire bad guy Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff). The film ends, leaving many possibilities for an excellent sequel. And the writer (David Goyer), producers (Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes, Patrick Palmer) and director (Guillermo Del Toro) of the sequel, together with New Line Cinema, definitely delivered the goods, and produced an action filled thriller, which lives up to the original in every way. Once again, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is out to avenge the outcome of his birth and eradicate vampires before it is too late and they take over the world. Or so it seems. But Blade learns of a new breed of super force known as the reapers. His only choice is to team up with his enemies to take on the reapers, who are able to feed on both humans and vampires. The Day walker teams up with a group of specially trained combatants known as the Blood Pact, who were originally being trained to kill him. Needless to say, there i
                    s a lot of tension between them, but Blade has his ways of sorting them out. As well as having the group of warriors with him, Blade is again joined by Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), and a new member of the team named Skud, and together they set off on a violent, action packed chase to hunt down and kill the reapers before it is too late. So, does the film cut it? Plot/Storyline: A good plot with some excellent twists and turns, traps and traitors. 9/10 Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss. As you can see, Wesley Snipes (Blade) and Kris Kristofferson (Whistler) are recalled for the second film. In my opinion, they suit their characters very well, and Snipes was the perfect choice for Blade. 9/10 Content: Once again, the highlight of the film is the action, from the very first scene right trough to the end, there are some of the best action and fight scenes ever, using a variety of weapons including swords, spinning glaives and guns, and pitting reapers, vampire spys and of course, Blade against each other. 9/10 Soundtrack: The soundtrack to the movie is awesome, with punk/rock/rap/hip hop beats and tunes from Fatboy Slim and Eve to name a few. The soundtrack is also available to buy separately. Special effects: Out of this world. The way the vampires disintegrate, watching a vampire get cut in half and the way in which they explode are just awesome. 10/10 Overall: A thrilling action adventure, in my opinion THE film of 2002. I would rate this film 9/10. It scores really well in all of the above categories, but in my opinion, this is not quite as good as the original. However, I would highly recommend both films. The DVD version of this film, which I am reviewing here, comes in a two disc set. Disc one is the feature film. Included in this dics is Anamorphic widescreen Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound DTS
                    ES 6.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound Animated Menus Optional Commentaries by director, producer, writer & Wesley Snipes English Subtitles Disc two contains loads of additional features, including Deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentaries (around 18 scenes)- This shows all of the scenes which were taken out of the movie for whatever reason. The optional commentary tells you which parts are different, and also the reasons why they were taken out. They appear in the same order as the scenes in the film. Blood Pact behind the scenes documentary Blood Pact branching clips and sequence Video game survival guide- This is a short video (around 3 mins)which offers tips, advice and strategys for the Console version of Blade 2. Visual Effects Music video Theatrical press kit Trailer- This is the trailer that was shown on T.V, and there is also the full length Theatre trailer. Animated menus Notebooks Art Gallery- Original artwork of some of the characters. Makes for quite an interesting look. English subtitles As you can see, this DVD comes packed with loads of extras, and when the film is as good as it is, it makes Blade 2 DVD version an essential purchase. Feature running time- 117 minutes Blade 2 is available at all DVD retailers and is rated 18.

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                      08.10.2002 19:54
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                      When my husband rented this film last week, I didn't fancy watching it. I had seen the first one and although I found it really good. I didn't think that the second would be anything really special. After all second films can tend to be a bit disappointing. I did however, sit down and watch Blade 2 and found it to be one of the best films I have seen in months. It is not for those who do not like the sight of blood. And it is very fast so if you blink you may miss something. But those who starred in the film did extremely well. Luke Goss was very good, I remember thinking when first hearing he had landed a role in this film that they must have been desperate. A member of an old boy band that had flopped after about one album back in the late eighty's now in an action thriller. The two do not usually mix. Wesley Snipes was exceptional but then I don't think I have seen a bad film of his anyway. The film is a follow on from the first, which of course you would expect. Wesley Snipes (Blade) is still half vampire and half human or daywalker as they are named in this film. He still continues to inject himself in order to stop from being a complete vampire. He also still chases and kills vampires making that his main aim in life. The only difference in this film is that he decides, upon request of the vampires to join with them and hunt down a new kind of vampire. One that is ultra strong. He is told by the vampire's that these new ones are those that have caught a virus and even feed off of vampires and not just daywalkers. Blade then teams up with a group of vampires that had originally been trained to hunt and kill him. They then go in search of these new strain vampires. I will not tell you any more about the plot or storyline as it will spoil your own viewing. I can only say that it is non stop action packed with fantastic special effects and for someone who didn't fancy watching it in
                      the first place I was hooked and didn't take my eyes off the tellivision from start to finish. I would recomend this to anyone who likes action packed films but again would like to stess there is alot of blood in some scenes and shouldn't really be watched whilst eating your tea!

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                        Being a big fan of the first Blade film and quite partial to vampires (don’t ask) seeing the sequel was vital. Unfortunately I don’t think it was nearly half as good as the first one. This time Blade is trying to kill off a breed of vampires Called the Reapers. These vampires are an improved breed who cannot be killed with silver or garlic. They can still be killed by daylight though! Reapers feed from other vampires who (if they are lucky enough to live through the attack) become Reapers themselves. Blade and Whistler are called by the Shadow Council to help kill off these vampires. They have The help of a trained team, provided by the Shadow Council. This sequel is definitely more gory than the first Blade. There is a small storyline there but most of the film is taken up with people beating each other up, slicing through each other and generally being violent. This is fine if you can sit through an hour and a half of Wesley Snipes leaping around like a black belt but I got bored after half an hour. When the storyline shows through and they stop fighting it’s very good, there just isn’t enough of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror/action film with loads of blood, guts and gore, they are my favourite types of film!! There does have to be a constant storyline as well though! If you like fight scenes then you will love this film. The fight scenes are very fast moving and look brilliant. The special effects are great as well as the sound, lots of base in this film (turn the sub up and keep the neighbours awake!!). Wesley Snipes is great as moody Blade, he is just right for the part. Kris Kristofferson returns as Whistler (yes, he did die in the last one). We are also blessed with Luke Goss as Jared. Yes, I know what you are saying, can he act?? Well, I thought he was brilliant. Definitely a good choice for this part and I expect to be seeing him in more films in the future based
                        on this performance. My favourite by far though has to be Danny John Jules playing Assad. Being a bid Red Dwarf fan it’s great to see him out of his shiny suits, I did keep expect his to come out with something like, “how am I looking”, or “five fish, that’s rich”. Luckily he didn’t look like Duane Dibley in this film either. The soundtrack has quite a few well know people, Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Cypress Hill, Moby and The Gorillaz. The soundtrack fits in brilliantly with the film and there’s quite a few different varieties of music, dance, R&B etc. It might even be worth investing in the cd for this one! This film is definitely not suitable for young children. There’s a lot of swearing in the film, some excessive I think, it’s not really necessary for all of it to be there. It’s also a very violent film which you probably wouldn’t want your kids watching! If you liked the first Blade you will enjoy the second one. It isn’t as good but still enjoyable and although there are lots of fighting scenes there’s still a storyline in there. They could have made the storyline stronger and put less fighting in the film which would have made it much better but it’s still enjoyable.

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                          Its been along time coming since we last saw wesley snipes jump up at the chance to use his tools and gadgets in a kung fu style to get rid of his fellow night crawlers, the vampires but the time has come and we have now the chance to see it all over again.With producer Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes and he have come up with a sequel that is worth adding to anyones collection. Right from the start of the film we are greeted with fighting, blood, and death, and after a short while we see there is a new enemy in town, known as a reaper. The main Reaper, known as Nomak played by Luke Goss plays the main enemy and fortuanatly for blade the reapers thirst is for the vampires, so as the vampires are faced with this difficult problem they turn to Blade for some help. Blade is finally persuaded by the fact that after vampires it will be the humans turn, so decides to join arms. Later to find out that they can not be trusted which becomes apparant when he gets taken hostage at the end. But after a few heroics and fight scenes, Blade is confronted with Nomak and after a glorius scene of martial arts Blade is victorius and hooray for humans. The fighting scenes cannot be taken for granted, the film has special effects to boast about and the sound and picture quality is close to perfect. For the price you pay you are definitly getting your moneys worth, the disc is packed with special features including commentries and deleted scenes. Definitly a film worth watching!!!!!!!!

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                          Aptly described by critic Roger Ebert as "a vomitorium of viscera", Blade II takes the express route to sequel success. So if you enjoyed Blade, you'll probably drool over this monster mash, which is anything but boring. Set (and filmed) in Prague, the plot finds a new crop of "Reaper" vampires threatening to implement a viral breeding program, and they're nearly impervious to attacks by Blade (Wesley Snipes), his now-revived mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), and a small army of "normal" vampires who routinely combust in a constant conflagration of spectacular special effects. It's up to Blade to conquer the über-vamps, and both Snipes and director Guillermo del Toro (Mimic) serve up a nonstop smorgasbord of intensely choreographed action, creepy makeup, and graphic ultra-violence, with the ever-imposing Ron Perlman as a vampire villain. It's sadistic, juvenile, numbing, and--for those who dig this kind of thing--undeniably impressive. --Jeff Shannon