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New On Blu-ray Today: The Centerpiece Of The 'Blade' Trilogy - 'Blade II' ('Can You Blush?')

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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With all the talk about a yet-to-be-seen Black Panther movie, let's not forget about Wesley Snipe's Blade trilogy - with Blade 2 being the best of the 3 in my not-so humble opinion. Guillermo del Toro made what I think was the highlight of the trio of films, and it still ranks highly on my list of superhero action movies. The entire "House Of Pain" sequence still gets me giddy everytime I watch the film, even though I've seen it countless times. 

Blade II was released on March 22, 2002, en route to becoming the most successful film of the Blade franchise, grossing over $155 million worldwide ($80 million of that in the USA). Certainly not Dark Knight or Spiderman numbers, but still solid.

I can only wonder how much better it could have done have it been released closer to the summer, instead of smack-dab in the middle of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Reviews were mixed, although 80 out of 156 critics gave it a thumbs up when it was released.

And if you missed it in theaters, the next best thing would be to watch it in HD on Blu-ray, by picking up a copy for yourself today.

Extra features include an all-new commentary track by Del Toro, as well as a Director's Notebook feature, and a featurette on screenwriter David Goyer (who also wrote and directed the third film, Blade: Trinity, the worst of the trilogy, which seemed to want to be a passing on of the batton.

There've been rumors of a rebooting of the franchise, but nothing's been confirmed. Black superhero movies aren't exactly being rushed to the screen by studios right now.

Here's a scene from Blade II:

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4 Comments

  • Donella | July 10, 2012 5:43 PMReply

    I'm so amazed. I love the mystique of the first Blade movie. The music, the fight sequences, the sunglasses! The opening techno scene was amazing. This is the movie that gave the Wachowski Brothers some ideas and restored faith in comic book movies.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 10, 2012 5:29 PMReply

    The second film in a comic-book franchise is ALWAYS better. You have spend the first film rolling out backstory and origins for the uninitiated. Parts 2 always allow you to just hit the ground running -- plus they feature stronger villains which ups the ante immediately. As for a reboot, it was always my idea to show Blade younger and more feral. In the comic books, he starts out very crude -- like Daniel Craig's James Bond -- fighting like a brawler and using any sharp object within reach as a stake. And... he drinks blood like it's Kool-Aid.

  • Donella | July 10, 2012 5:45 PM

    Did you see the television series with Tricky? More street-style fighting there.

  • Dee | July 10, 2012 1:24 PMReply

    Yep. Definitely the Best of the three.

    Although no action film, superhero or otherwise; will ever touch the opening Blood Rave scene in the first Blade. A breathtaking character intro.
    What No.2 suffers from is Del Toro's lack of interest in Blade himself. (And, possibly Wesley's self interest) While the vampires are woven into a tale of failed eugenics and shakespearian tragedy. Blade gets to off waves of vamp goons in fitting style but is essentially a reactive entity dragged along on someone else's adventure.
    And two particularly silly moments might please a demographic, but undermine the character completely.
    Blowing kisses at his car? and the wrestling move?
    No.
    Leave it out.

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