Reviewer's Rating 5 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Blade II DVD (2002)

Wesley Snipes kicks back with increased fury in "Blade II", which gets a two disc red-blooded DVD treatment for fans to drain.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

Picture Those vampires eh? They just love their dark 'n' gloomy settings, but the quality of the picture transfer is such that you won't miss a single detail in this razor-sharp image.

Sound So, do you want to cause major structural damage to your home, or just demolish the whole thing? On offer is a bass-riddled Dolby 5.1 EX mix that's outrageously unforgiving, or a DTS 6.1 effort that's liable to detonate any weaker amps out there. Frightening choices indeed.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Disc One

Audio Commentary One Director Guillermo Del Toro is joined by producer Peter Frankfurt for a highly amusing commentary that's full of chat about the film's influences. Del Toro sums up his attitude to the near non-stop action with the quip, "Less is more... my ass!" He's got plenty more one-liners on offer and Frankfurt is pretty good at teasing them out of him by often taking on the role of interviewer. Silence is not on offer in this commentary, and while the style is rambling, it's relaxed, and there are plenty of facts to learn about the movie.

Audio Commentary Two After the near riot of track one, Wesley Snipes and writer David Goyer offer a far quieter affair, but it's no less interesting, and Snipes' self-deprecating humour is infectious. Goyer takes on the role of straight man interviewer, with Snipes revelling in laconic mode, peppered with acidic remarks. Despite the brevity of some of Snipes' comments, there's plenty of technical detail on offer here as to how various sequences were achieved.

Additional Special Features Also on disc one is an isolated music score (minus the rap tunes) presented in 5.1.

Disc Two

Blood Pact Documentaries Eight quality featurettes on the making of the film reside here, running at over 80 minutes in total. There's also an additional 15 minutes of footage, which you can access at certain points through seamless branching when a glyph appears on the screen. Stunts, creature effects, the characters, the direction, and the music score are all covered, and apart from the odd comment from Snipes, there are no deadly dull cast interviews. Instead you get endless enthusiasm from Del Toro as he guides us through a large amount of behind-the-scenes footage shot in Prague.

Deleted/Alternate Scenes The presentation of this DVD is exceptional, and it's well showcased with 16 deleted scenes. Del Toro might apologise that they're "crap", but the footage is in finished condition and with 5.1 sound. There's also an optional commentary by Del Toro and Frankfurt, which offers another 25 minutes of their brand of mayhem.

Sequence Breakdowns Six scenes are comprehensively broken down, including different script versions, storyboards, rough FX, behind-the-scenes footage, the finished version, and more.

Synthetic Stuntmen The brains behind the visual effects talk us through their work on the film. There's plenty of good footage on offer, and the analysis of it isn't geeky.

Notebooks Witness here the writing of Del Toro and the script supervisor in notes made for the film. Both could choose an alternative career writing prescriptions based on the clarity on offer, but Del Toro's sketches make perfect sense.

Additional Special Features Also on disc two are six image galleries (sequence concepts, props and weapons, costume design, set design, character design, and storyboards), two music videos, "Blade II" video game survival guide, press kit, and trailers (in 5.1).

DVD ROM If you have a DVD ROM drive on a PC, you can access the script to screen viewer and original website.

Special mention should also go to the brilliant animated menus and the overall style of the DVD, which showcases perfectly tailored content for the target audience of the movie.

Region: 2
Chapters: 24
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, DTS 6.1 ES
Technical Features: Scene selection, animated menus, and subtitles.

End Credits

Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Writer: David S Goyer

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

Genre: Action, Horror

Length: 116 minutes

Cinema: 29 March 2002

DVD: 30 September 2002

Country: USA