Blade 4K Ultra
review by Bobby Blakey
While Black Panther gets more of the credit it was not the first Marvel based African American hero it was just the more financially successful and part of the MCU. In 1998 Wesley Snipes took on the role of Marvel’s Half-human, half-vampire anti-hero Blade costarring Stephen Dorff. Now Warner Bros is bringing it home to 4K Ultra for the first time.
Blade follows Marvel’s half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter, Blade. With all the strengths of a vampire, and none of their weaknesses, the Day Walker uses his incredible gifts to hunt his enemies in his search for the one that killed his mother and turned him into the monster he is. Blade’s fight leads him to Deacon Frost, a rising force in the vampire world, set on raising a vampire God bent on destroying mankind.
I remember seeing this film in theaters when it opened and being blown away by the whole thing. The techno type music got you instantly hyped and ready to fight and the soundtrack even became one I used on the way to my varying fight competitions for years. After seeing Snipes break out his martial arts skills in the 1992 film Passenger 57 I knew he was going to bring it when this film came out and he did not disappoint. This film takes the dark gritty tone and runs with it to perfection.
There are elements in the final outing with the transformation and effects that I was never a fan of on the choice, but the rest of the film is just so damn great you can let it go. There isn’t a single character in this film that isn’t just cool. Snipes embodies the character to perfection and clearly loved taking it on. Stephen Dorff, who I still maintain may be the coolest guy on the planet, was the perfect Frost that while doesn’t really embrace the look from the comic still works great.
I still love this film and in fact despite some small missteps both the sequels as well, but this one reigns supreme. I love what the late Chadwick Boseman brought to the role of Black Panther, but I know out of this movie Snipes was trying to get that character off the ground back then and would have loved to see what he did with it. Black Panther might get the credit but Blade cleared the path for him with this film that deserves more credit than it typically gets.
This new 4K looks awesome and brings the visuals to stunning life. This release not only includes the film but bonus content including commentary, trailer, featurettes and more. Grab your copy of Blade available now on 4K Ultra for the first time from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.