TV & Video Review: ‘Blade’ (DVD)

TV & Video Review: ‘Blade’ (DVD)

A year after Buffy the Vampire Slayer took to the small screen and glued viewers to their television sets, studios dipped into the comic hero pool and brought vampire hunter Blade to the big screen. Blade (Wesley Snipes) is called “Daywalker” by the vampires he stalks. He is half-man and half-vampire, with all their strengths […]

A year after Buffy the Vampire Slayer took to the small screen and glued viewers to their television sets, studios dipped into the comic hero pool and brought vampire hunter Blade to the big screen.

Blade (Wesley Snipes) is called “Daywalker” by the vampires he stalks. He is half-man and half-vampire, with all their strengths and none of their weaknesses. He and his partner Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) have made it their life’s mission to eradicate the Earth’s population of bloodsuckers. Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) is an impure vampire, i.e. he was turned not born. Tired of being viewed as inferior, he plans to invoke the blood god La Magra, overthrow the heads of the houses and kill Blade. This film served as an introduction to the myths, legends and history of the characters.

In the sequel, Whistler makes an unexpected return and must try to play nice with Blade’s new collaborator, Scud (Norman Reedus). The Daywalker has his own team playing to do when the vampires ask for his help to stop a new breed of super-vampire that feeds on human and fiend alike. But nothing in this chapter is as it first seems.The cast of Blade’s new playmates include Leonor Varela, Ron Perlman, Matt Schulze, Tony Curran and Donnie Yen.

Blade: Trinity finds the Daywalker alone and wanted by the FBI. The vampires (Parker Posey, Callum Keith Rennie and Paul “Triple H” Levesque) have discovered the resting place of Dracula (Dominic Purcell) and are plotting to resurrect him as their ultimate weapon against Blade. In the meantime, Blade is contacted by a band of human vampire hunters he did not even know existed. With the help of the deftly trained Abigail (Jessica Biel) and Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds), he will try to takedown the world’s most famous bloodsucker. Much to the chagrin of Snipes, Reynolds stole the show.

The first two chapters of the trilogy were action-packed with attention-sustaining storylines. Regrettably, the third installment is saved almost entirely by Reynolds, with the assistance of Biel. Snipes’ excessively brooding Blade is flat and Purcell’s Dracula lacks the charisma surrounding the legend.

The special features are non-existent in this 2-disc release of the trilogy, as opposed to the earlier individual issues.