Blade II

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6.71 h 57 min2002X-Ray18+
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, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Blade is asked by the Vampire Nation for his help in preventing a nightmare plague that would wipe out both humans and vampires.
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Avi AradRobert BernacchiMichael De LucaJon DivensToby EmmerichPeter FrankfurtDavid S. GoyerLynn HarrisAndrew J. Horne
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Another David Smith CloneReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Marvel Universe Movies. Still holds up after 20 years.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I can see why Hideo Kojima wanted del Toro to direct his game that is in production, Death Stranding, and hire Norman Reedus to play the lead role in the story; both of which are associated with this film. Snipes is great in my opinion, just like in the first movie, but most of the special effects are really amazing this time, with far less cheese like in the first film. I love the first one, but the Reapers or whatever they're called, it's amazing what they achieved with those cgi effects and some practical effects. Amazing stuff. Some people will nit pick, but in my opinion it stands the test of time well. The action is on point, but the editing is a little bit too jump and cut at times. I think the story is really kinda cool too, but it's weird (in a good way).

I was happy to see Chris Christopherson back, but really he was clearly dead in the first film, but whatever. And I loved it when smack talking Ron Perlman gets his comeuppance, although I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it. But after 20 years, you should see this film already. To me, it's a classic, and I think Blade 1 and 2 are better than the whole of the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new Marvel just doesn't do it for me. Blade really captures the Cyberpunk 2020, Ghost in the Shell, and Bladerunner vibe that was similarly apart of the Matrix trilogy, except its tale is more like Castlevania meets Bladerunner, or Vampire Hunter D meets Ghost in the Shell. Blade 1 and 2 might be the only comic book style movie associated with Marvel that I have ever truly enjoyed, besides maybe the Punisher. Okay, if I'm being totally honest, the Venom movie wasn't half bad either. Blade 3 isn't that bad either, but it's not as good as the first 2.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dropped the horror aspects and made Blade soley an action hero
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Guillermo del Toro did the second Blade film and took the franchise in a totally different direction. The first Blade was a great horror action movie with a real mood and look to it. Del Toro made Blade (Wesley Snipes) a straight action hero. He was asked by the high vampire lords to kill a man named Jared Nomak (Luke Goss) who threatened humans and vampires alike. To assist him the vampires aligned Blade with The Bloodpack who were originally formed to kill him. The story turns out to be about the machinations of the vampire lords.

Del Toro’s version of Blade is shown in the second scene. Blade is hunting down a bunch of vampires somewhere in Eastern Europe. He jumps out of a window chasing three down. Shoots the first, and then plays bull fighter with the other two who are on motorcycles. The Horror aspect was totally out the window. This movie was just going to be about Blade being a bad ass and using his various weapons and skills to accomplish his goals.

While not as good as the original Blade II was still enjoyable. Del Toro did a good job with the fight scenes and laying out the story. Seeing Wesley Snipes as a black superhero was always something to see.
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Obi WanReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
This did not hold up for me
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I loved Blade II when it first came out. I thought it was a great follow up to the original.

But 20 years later...ehhhhh not so much. The first Blade was a little outdated after 20 years because the special effects weren't so hot. The CGI looked cheesey. Blade II had better special effects that hold up just fine against modern action comic book movies. Some effects look even better than modern stuff because they aren't 100% CGI. But the story wasn't as strong as the first.

There is a new vampire king that suddenly supersedes the vampire elder board of directors from the first movie. Whistler comes back after shooting himself in the head int eh first one. And suddenly Blade is best friends with a bunch of vampires and feels sorry when one dies.....like..what?

I dunno...the action sequences are good. The fights are fun. But the story just didn't hold up for me after all these years. It's watchable for nostalgia.
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Ryan SuttonReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I was just starting to like him
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Blade 2: Bloodhunt. With a name like that, you just know its going suck. But Blade 2 has more in common with sequels like The Empire Strikes Back, The Wrath of Khan, Superman 2, Chronicles of Riddick.... Guillermo del Toro certainly must have considered the Blade franchise to be a rough canvas for his art, but perhaps he just believes that a good director works with whatever materials he has on hand.

Nomak was kind of likable once you get past his physically repulsive appearance. While his father was plotting to take over the world, all Nomak really seemed to want was a little respect. It is interesting that both Blade and Nomak were essentially one man armies, each fighting the entire vampire nation by themselves. In the real world (where of course there are no vampires) they probably would have been forced to work together out of practical necessity. But in hollywood, of course such a collaboration would have deprived us of the essential ending fight scene. Well whatever. One of my favorite scenes was toward the end: Kris Kristofferson's Whistler character had been complaining about "Scud" (played by a young Norman Reedus) the entire movie. Scud turns out to be a traitor and assaults Whistler while Whistler is being restrained. Then when Scud gets blown up by a bomb, and Whistler grumbles "I was just starting to like him..." Yes, that is right: The only way to gain favor with Whistler/Kristofferson is to betray him and beat him up a little.

Because I am comparing Blade 2 with other vampire movies which are invariably pretentious and formulaic without offering the thrills of a solid action flick, I have awarded Blade 2 my coveted 5 star rating. Bravo, Mr. Del Toro. Bravo.
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Nicholas R. HerumReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blade II Blu-ray Review
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[[ASIN:B007QWF26C Blade II]]

Year: 2002 | Rating: R | Runtime: 1 HR 57 MIN

Aspect Ratio: 1:78.1 | Video Resolution: 1080P
Audio: Eng 7.1 DTS-HD MA, Eng 5.1 DTS-HD MA, assorted foreign audio tracks| Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Czech, Russian

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Luke Gross, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, and Ron Perlman

Film: 4/5
Video: 4/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

A new form of vampire called Reapers are desolating the vampire population throughout Eastern Europe. In a desperate attempt to stop this seemingly impossible foe the vampire nation enlists Blade to try and stop them. He is given command of the Bloodpack, a specialized group of vampire commandos that were actually trained to kill Blade. The Reapers put the uneasy partnership between Blade and the Bloodpack to the test as they prove to be as resilient as they are bloodthirsty with a secret agenda all their own.

[[ASIN:B007QWF26C Blade II]] in some ways is a superior film to the original while in other ways it falls well short. The main villain, Nomak (Luke Goss) is nowhere near as much fun or deliciously evil as Deacon Frost. Nomak is setup as a bloodthirsty monster but by the end he's more of a tragic victim which robs the film of a certain amount of viciousness. Where Blade II excels past its predecessor is in terms of the rest of the cast, its special effects, and direction. Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson return but it's the addition of the great Ron Pearlman that really pushes Blade II to the next level. Also joining the cast is Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Matt Schulze (Fast Five), and Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted), they're not all names you'll recognize but you'll definitely know their faces.

The believability of CGI made huge strides between the first and second Blade films. There are still some questionable CGI in Blade II but nothing that really takes you out of the flow of the film. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro brings an even bleaker and darker style to the franchise going as far as changing the aspect ratio from 2.35:1 to 1.85:1. Guillermo del Toro's employs a much more fluid camera work than what was seen in the original and really tries to envelope you in the action.

The stylistic changes made by del Toro don't always lend itself to making a great looking Blu-ray transfer. If you watched Blade and Blade II back-to-back you might initially think that Blade has a superior transfer but you'd be wrong. The transfer of Blade II is just as good as the one found on Blade it's just that Blade II is shot much differently than the original. Blade II is a softer looking film than its predecessor; it's also much darker with long periods of the film taking place in gritty and murky sewers. Does that type of environment lend itself well to HD? Not really, but it was an intentional choice by the director and his cinematographer and this Blu-ray is a good representation of the how Blade II looked theatrically. Colors, particularly reds pop very well, the grain is appropriate, and detail especially on close-ups is very good. Black levels can be a little too dark at times leading to some information loss but that again has more to do with the stylistic choice of the filmmakers than the Blu-ray transfer. I'd rather have the studio do nothing than overzealously tinker with the picture leading to too much digital manipulation.

I thought the original Blade sounded spectacular but Blade II is even better. The 7.1 DTS-HD MA track is easily demo material for anyone interested in giving their setup a thorough workout from head to toe. Dialogue is firmly centered while the three front channels make slicing and dicing through the Reapers sound easy as pie (or should I say `humans'?). If you're lucky enough to have a 7.1 setup the added surround channels don't go to waste as they all are given plenty to do while not sounding gimmicky in the process. The LFE channel will give your downstairs neighbors reason to come knocking on your door since they'll think their ceiling is probably about to cave in. It's a great sounding disc especially if you like listening to a rib cage break apart in graphic audio detail.

The commentary tracks, deleted scenes, music videos, trailers, assorted featurettes, and The Blood Pact documentary are all ported over from the 2002 DVD release. A new HD Director's Notebook and interview between Guillermo del Toro and writer David S. Goyer called Blade II: Blood Brothers is also included. Pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about Blade II can be found here in one way or another. Not all the material has aged well and you might get a sense of déjà vu since some material is redundant but it's still a very decent supplement package even if most of it is showcased in SD.

[[ASIN:B007QWF26C Blade II]], like the original Blade is still a silly karate-vampire flick but it delivers on what it advertises. The Blu-ray presentation is strong across the board; the video might not blow you away but it is a good representation of the source material, the audio is second to none, and the special features have some new HD material added to an already informative package. If you're a fan of Blade II this is really a no brainer, if you're a newcomer to the world of Blade I still recommend it as a blind buy.
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William CummingsReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best of the Best
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The best of the Blade franchise. Wesley Snipes is excellent in the second edition of this darkly entertaining series, and his presence is the epitome of "cool". Ron Pearlman and Leonora Varella, are excellent co-stars that help complete the high-energy ensemble of actors in search of a "new" strain of vampires that threaten our world. The special effects are amazing and even better than the original Blade. The storyline has more twists and turns to keep the interests of the viewer glued to the screen as the story unfolds, and the ending is spectacular. I am a swordfight expert, for some reason, and love any movie where duels are staged using them. Some of the best have been Jose Ferrer in "Cyrano de Bergerac", where he talks to his opponent using poetry while defeating him in battle. The long fight scene in "Scaramouche ", between the star Stuart Granger, and Mel Ferrer, the scene in the castle between Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ronald Coleman in "The Prisoner of Zenda", and last but not least, the fight between Tyrone Powers and Basil Rathbone in "The Mark of Zorro". Blade II fight choreography puts them all to shame.
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PhysicistReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Eat your heart out, Halle Berry.
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Remember those terrible CGI scenes from Catwoman? They are here, too -- about 2 years before Catwoman appeared in theaters. Overall, the first Blade movie was no masterpiece, but this one is still a big step down from its predecessor. The CGI forces you to remember this is comic book material; the possibility for suspense with his mentor is totally wasted -- in fact, the movie never really does generate true suspense; and the regeneration/vulnerabilities of reapers, vampires, and humans is not even internally consistent, no matter how much you suspend your disbelief. The movie's ending is supposed to be a real tear-jerker, but it would have taken a lot more redemption for that character to make the scene effective.
Dave WReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still fun, but sounds SO much better.
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Nostalgia aside (how old is this movie?) and my slight fanboyism (I love Del Toro's body of work), this Blu-ray transfer is still amazing. If you liked it way back when, and you have the surround system to support the updated audio track, this is a must buy.

I won't bore you with a full review of the movie since it's so old, but it's better than Blade I and Blade Trinity.

REVIEW:
- Film: 5/5
- Video: 4/5
- Audio: 5/5
- Extras: 2/5

PROs:
- It's Blade II.
- The DTS Master Audio 7.1 rocks. Turn that subwoofer up during the fight scenes!
- The video transfer is as good as it gets, film grain and all.
- At $9, it's a cheaper than lunch and more fun.
- It's Blade II.

CONs:
- The Blu-ray case has zero frills. You get a disc and some cheap plastic wrap.
- Not many extras by Blu-ray standards, but that's only really a con if you care about extras.
- Graphics are starting to show their age (then again, don't all movies).

In all seriousness, this movie surpassed my expectations. The studio could have easily released a "bargain bin" edition and left it with the original audio tracks and weak transfer (I'm looking at you Tomb Raider), but they pulled out all the stops and I'm glad for that. It's a guilty pleasure that won't break the bank.
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