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Blade II
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 64 (Sept 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Stars:
Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann & Luke Goss

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5+
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Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3
Internet Links
http://www.blade2.com
http://www.newline.com
Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc Platinum Series set includes the isolated score and two audio commentaries: one with director Guillermo del Toro and producer Peter Frankfurt, and the other with Wesley Snipes and writer David Goyer. Disc Two offers three Special Feature menus. The Production Workshop includes The Blood Pact: an interactive documentary which allows the viewer to go deeper into extensive topics when selecting an icon during viewing; six Sequence Breakdowns, which explore such interesting scenes as key fights and bloodfests in the movie; Visual Effects featurettes (Synthetic Stuntmen, The Digital Maw, Progress Reports); two pre-production notebooks (from the director and script supervisor) and unfilmed script pages; and six art galleries. The second menu takes you to 16 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by director Guillermo del Toro and producer Peter Frankfurt. Finally, the Promotional Material menu takes you to the Blade II Video Game Survival Guide, a Cypress Hill and Roni Size music video, a theatrical press kit, and trailers. (Suzanne Hodges)


 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5554
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong pervasive violence, language, some drug use and sexual content
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/03/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Guillermo Del Toro
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In a world where mediocre sequels are almost guaranteed to follow a box office hit,

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits images that are sharp and nicely detailed, with excellent depth and dimension throughout the mostly dark picture. For the fullest appreciation, view in a completely blackened room. Contrast and shadow delineation are quite satisfying. Colors are rich and vibrant, with bold bloody reds, and deep endless blacks. Edge enhancement can be quite bothersome when apparent, but , thankfully, is not always present. (Suzanne Hodges)

Soundtrack:
This DVD features a DTS-ES

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:
Superb

DVD-ROM Review:
After inserting the Blade II DVD into your drive, the DVD-ROM main menu will appear. From this menu, which is complete with great sound and animation, you can find links titled Play Movie, Script-to-Screen, Original Web Site, and Hot Spot. The Script-to-Screen section is very well presented with an easy to read font on a background that goes well with the film's theme. There are easy to use buttons for printing the scene you are watching, or the entire script. I also like the addition of the chapter's title, something I have not seen on any previous script displays. To view the Original Web Site, you must remove DVD disc one and insert disc two. After entering the InterActual features, you will be brought to the exact same DVD-ROM menu as before, but only the Original Web Site and Hot Spot links will be available. Upon entering the site, you are greeted with a fairly gruesome image of Blade doing his thing, which can be changed with five other images with the click of a button. Also on this site, you can watch the original theatrical trailer, be redirected to the current Blade II message boards, and view 13 still images from the movie. You can also view 22 different conceptual art images made for the film, listen to a song from the Blade II soundtrack, and read information on the main cast and crew that worked on the film. In the downloads section of the Web site, you can install seven different screensavers, eleven different desktop images, 14 different America Online Instant Messenger icons, and three different E-Cards. Finally, you can watch 12 different exclusive videos about the making of the film that you can not find anywhere else. I am very impressed with the amount of useful additions the makers of this Blade II DVD-ROM have included. Even though there was not as much as the original Blade had to offer, this new installment is well done in its own right. I really enjoyed the screensavers and desktop images, and the script was extremely well done. That being said, it still did not contain enough to give it that all elusive Awesome rating, but it is definitely Superb. (Danny Richelieu)

  WSR D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Review
D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Rating:
3.5

D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Review:
Blade 2 starts out very strong with large amounts of vibration effects, motion, and fight enhancements. In addition to the ample amounts of action throughout the beginning of the movie, there is ample action throughout the rest of the movie as well. Blade 2 is one of the strongest users of fight enhancement motion programming so far. The first of my favorite two chapters occurs early on in the movie. Chapter 3 has an excellent three-way fight between Daywalker (Snipes) and two masked intruders. Fight enhancement is strong and if you don