Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blade Triple Feature

Re-released in a new three-pack Triple Feature Blu-ray Wesley Snipes' Blade trilogy is far from the best comic book movies have to offer. Collecting Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity, the set has one good movie, one mediocre flick, and one so awful it might as well be an Underworld movie. Each comes with its original special features including commentaries for each film and assorted featurettes and trailers.

Snipes is fine as a human/vampire half-breed based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The first film, other than introducing the world and its core characters, is largely forgettable. Blade II, involving the hero teaming with a group of vampires (most notably Leonor Varela and Ron Perlman) to take on a new deadly version of vampires known as reapers, is the only one that holds up to multiple viewings. As for the horrifically bad third film, introducing Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel as vampire hunters and Dominic Purcell as the most ridiculous version of Dracula ever, the less said the better.

Unless you're a bigger fan of the original film (or a shameless apologist for the third) $20 is too much to pay even with the extras included. Even Blade II, easily the best of the three, is still only a marginally good film with its own share of issues as it delivers plenty of bloody action sequences.

[New Line Home Video, $19.98]

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