Blade (1998)

Wesley Snipes plays a half-mortal, half-immortal charged with ridding the earth of a race of vampires led by Stephen Dorff in this action- packed blockbuster.
Stephen Norrington
Wesley SnipesStephen DorffKris Kristofferson
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N'Bushe WrightDonal LogueUdo KierArly JoverTraci Lords
Peter FrankfurtWesley SnipesRobert Engelman
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blade Marvel's first black superhero put to film
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Most people think the Black Panther was the first black Marvel superhero to hit the big screen. They would be wrong because that honor belongs to Blade which came out way before in 1998 starring Wesley Snipes. Blade was a very interesting character because he was what was called a day walker. He was half vampire half human allowing him to walk out in the sun but he still needed blood to live. The story pits him against Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) a youthful vampire who wanted to overthrow the established lords and create his own order. This superhero-horror story is about more than just good (Blade) vs bad (Frost). It also includes a rebellion within the vampire hierarchy as well as Blade dealing with his own demons being half vampire.

Blade’s role as a hero and vampire killer is established at the start. An unsuspecting human is brought to a vampire rave to be the main event when Blade shows up and breaks up the party. They created a great outfit for Snipes as well with a long black leather jacket some body armor and a sword sticking out of the back. It really made his character.

The film is more a horror flick than a superhoer one. At the rave blood comes out of the sprinkler system soaking everyone and turning them all red. Later one of Frost’s henchmen Quinn (Donal Logue) comes back to life on the autopsy table after Blade burned him alive and sinks his teeth into two doctors while looking like a burnt piece of bbq. The shading in the film is also very dark. Even when it’s sunny outside very few scenes have much light, which adds to the mood.

All together this makes Blade a great film which shouldn’t be forgotten as part of the Marvel Hollywood legacy.
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VodkaTonicReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bought it. Threw it in the trash.
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Do not buy. This is a great movie that has been butchered for home video. This Canadian release (Alliance is the distributor) is in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Blade was filmed and released in theaters and in DVD at 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This is modern day “pan and scan” and it’s unredeemable. If you need something that will play in Region A Blu-Ray players buy the American version instead (distributed by New Line). The American release also has a lot of extra features and the Canadian release has none. Not worth any price.
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Ron RossmannReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
This was the Deadpool of the 90's but with vampires.
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This was the Deadpool of the 90's but with vampires. Too bad it was ahead of its time as comic book films still had the stigma of being solely designed for a rising geekdom. Snipes makes an iconic Blade and the storyline, although a bit convoluted, is smart and edgy. One of the few flicks that give vampires the nasty respect they deserve. Dorff is a terrific villain, creepy cool, it's sad his career stalled after this. Features some amazing martial arts and action sequences with outstanding practical effects for the technology of the time. The sequel excels as profoundly as the third disappoints. However, the original is one of Marvel's best flicks.
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Obi WanReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
It mostly holds up 20 years later
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I remember when Blade first came out. It was so amazing with superb special effects (for 1998)

I thought it was going to go down as one of the best comic book movies of all time when I first saw it.

Fast forward 20 years and it didn't hold up quite as well as I'd hoped. But it's still very fun and watchable. There is something about it that's kind of cheesy now. But in a fun way.

And the special effect CGI stuff that was cutting edge in 1998....eehhhhh not so much anymore. When Stephen Dorff turns into the blood god the CGI looks cartoonish by today's standards.'s very watchable as a throw back to the 90's. I very much enjoyed it when I watched it recently.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome movie!
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I always enjoy watching movies that I've grown up with in my youth. I watched Blade time and time again in the comfort of my own home countless times and never once have I been unsatisfied. It's a great movie to have. Wesley Snipes being probably the best portrayer for the protagonist, you know the lead is going to have you sitting and watching from start to finish. Special effects though visibly identified in the few areas it is, even now they stand tall as still quite effective. Liquid blood cgi or liquid cgi animating is hard in and of itself especially in 1998. But overall with the other areas of cgi, it holds true even today. The entire subway scene starts and finishes with you still thinking the train running along the railway during the fight scene was completely real even being ALL special effects! A strong adaptation to the Marvel comic Blade that gives it a more modern and down to earth feel and creating a dark element. I always found this to be better as a colorful and 80s looking Blade though may look good in Comics and if done right on film would be appealing, doing so would certainly ruin the overall dark feel of the environment around you. Overall, I give credit to Blade for being a step in the right direction for Marvel in their time of multiple flopping live action films that came before it. I only wish that Blade was picked up again to be incorporated into the MCU as a full blown episodic series like Daredevil or Luke Cage.
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Deirdre O'SheaReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Wesley Snipes and Blade have always been underrated. This movie was funny, well crafted and has a great deal of heart. Blade and Snipes deserve more respect for not just breaking barriers, but creating a powerful narrative about American society in the 1990s, Black Panther is fine, but Blade is the better movie.
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the artist formerly known as Movie, freakReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quick 4k Disk review
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This is actually the first time I have seen this film. I just trusted the critics and decided to buy the 4k blu ray. Great fun film! Disk looks and sounds even better. Got a big expensive movie sound system? Then this disk is for you. A little gory but I assume people know this going in. One of the best 4k transfers I've gotten in the past year - and maybe the best sounding one.
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karapataReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
amazing among its of kind of movies
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The movie is amazing among its kind. It is internally consistent and its plot and characters are full. Unlike other movies that randomly throws sexuality scenes, here sexuality and gore actually improves the quality: they subtly show the primitive nature of vampires. If you are a vampire/horror genre fan, this is a must-watch movie.
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