Guillermo del Toro
Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman
Two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; audio commentary by director Guillermo del Toro and writer David Goyer; audio commentary by producer Peter Frankfurt and star Wesley Snipes; isolated score; "A Pact of Blood": an interactive collection of documentaries and features incorporating branching features; sequence breakdowns; director's notebook; art gallery; storyboards; deleted alternate scenes with director's introduction and optional filmmaker commentary; music video "Child of the Wild West" by Cypress Hill and Roni Size; "Blade II" video game survival guide; teaser and theatrical trailers. DVD-ROM: Script-to-screen; "Hot Spot"; original Web site.
|The second chapter of the live-action movie series featuring Wesley Snipes as Marvel Comics' vampire hunter Blade is little more than illogical sound and fury, as the half-human, half-vamp hero teams with his blood-sucking enemies to defeat the Reapers a new, more disgusting genetic offshoot of vampire society. Advances in computer graphics let the vampires in "Blade II" perish in more elaborate explosions of flame, smoke, dust and collapsing bones than before. With improved effects, the Reapers' mouths expand into viscera-dripping insect-style mandibles. The dank Eastern European setting lends atmosphere. The adventurous, visually brazen Mexican director Guillermo del Toro ("The Devil's Backbone") is an ace at the controls. Hulking Ron Perlman plays a fanged bad guy. But the sequel begins to squander the advantages it has over Blade's auspicious cinema debut when his irritable mentor (Kris Kristofferson) is brought back from the undead with no explanation of how it was done.|