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Blade (1998)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actors Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, writer David S. Goyer, director of photography Theo Van de Sande, production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli, and producer Peter Frankfurt Rating:6.9/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Unfortunately, none of these people are together, but on the bright side itís a very nice track. Many of the aspects of the movie are taken up by the people involved, so you have plenty of information to hear. The highlights are Mr. Frankfurt talking about bringing Donal Logue into the hospital with full-burn make-up on for reasons that I wonít go into now, and Mr. Snipes talking about the way he gets into the script and character. Everybody else talks about their own specialty. Mr. Goyer talks at length about vampires and his writing the script and the changes he made and anything that has to do with the story. One of the really interesting cut scenes he talks about actually appears in the third movie. Mr. Van de Sande talks about the shooting process and how he got blacks and how the special effects work made his job more interesting. Mr. Petruccelli discusses the sets and how they came about. Mr. Dorff talks about his role and how he works, as well. Everybody seems to love the movie, so itís really nice to hear what they have to say. The track goes by quickly and, if youíre interested in the movie, could probably be listened to a few times.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on January 27th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Great Track. With it's introduction and participants recorded separately it feels very much like a Criterion track and it reminded me how fantastic older styles of commentary track can be, most new tracks I hear these days are either group together in a room or single person, so it's great to hear a superbly put together track like this one. I just wish director Stephen Norrington was featured on the track.
Reviewed by sedna on September 1st, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
I agree. This commentary calls to mind Criterion and how they edit their tracks together with multiple speakers. This is a very good track. Very informative. I especially liked the cinematographer's comments on crafting the look of certain scenes. Wesley Snipes' comments were also surprisingly good. Touching upon how action films have to have a corresponding rhythm to what the character is feeling or going through in the given scene. I prefer these types of tracks as well, over multiple speakers. That can be fun when the right group of people is assembled (think Breaking Bad commentaries) but other times it can get out of hand (Bound commentary - 8 or so speakers) - edited is clearly easier to follow and better use of information about the film can be gleaned from them.
Reviewed by grimjack on February 3rd, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
Impressively this was edited so that for the majority of the track, the different people are talking about what we are seeing on the screen. There are moments when Snipes talks about times he felt he failed as the producer, but worked with what they had. The cameraman talks about challenges he was given, and how sometimes they wanted things that really were not possible. Everyone involved seems to know they are making an action movie, not a vampire film, and definitely not a comic book movie, which is pretty remarkable for the time.

As a bit of trivia, I believe this was the very first impressive commentary track I heard that was DVD only (rather than laserdisc), that was made as well as what we normally expected from our special edition laserdiscs.
Commentary 2: Composer Mark Isham, with isolated score Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on January 27th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
I enjoyed this Track a lot more than I thought I would. Not just because the score to Blade is fantastic, but because Mark Isham's comments in-between are fascinating and a lot more in-depth than I was expecting. I assumed the track would be heavy with score and light on commentary, but this is not the case, it's easily 50/50 and with the composer setting the scene for the upcoming music I found myself listening more intently to the following score tracks. There are also a few alternate cues here and there. Mark Isham introduces them all and gives them their correct title track names.