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BLADE: TRINITY (Unrated Version)

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 123 minutes, alternate ending, audio commentaries, blooper reel galleries, trailers, and a 16 part Making Of documentary.

STUDIO: NEW LINE

RELEASE DATE: 4-26-2005

ANALYSIS: David Goyer is a geek at heart. With the BLADE movies, he has turned a poorly written comic book character and created a fleshed out kick-ass movie hero. Now he has taken the director's chair for the third movie in the series (BLADE: TRINITY) in addition to writing the latest sequel (he wrote BLADE and BLADE II). BLADE: TRINITY works most of the time as a down and dirty sequel, but it stumbles in a few places (Vampire Pomeranians and being irritated by Ryan Reynolds performance as Hannibal King- please don't let the guy write his own lines anymore, Mr. Goyer).

In BLADE: TRINITY- the vampires awaken the first vampire, Drake (John Purcell) aka Dracula), from his thousands of years of slumber and decide to frame Blade by having him being caught on tape killing a human that he was duped into believing was a vampire. The FBI and police start to hunt for Blade and he is captured. Before the vampires led by a woman vamp (Parker Posey) can spend much quality time with Blade, Abagail (Jessica Biel) and Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) break

Blade out of the police station. Blade relucantly joins forces with his two new allies who have formed a group called The Nightstalkers. Drake is on a collision course to fight with Blade with the goal of killing him and all the people who work with him.

BLADE: TRINITY really excels with the action sequences. David Goyer has slipped in two scenes that were cut or not filmed due to the budget (in the first two movies). Jessica Biel is so hot in this movie. She's a welcome addition as Abigail and has the training to prove it. Ryan Reynolds still gets on my nerves (partly Goyer's fault for letting Reynolds come up with one liners). Dominic Purcell partly comes off as a Euro Trash Dracula with some moments of true menace. I got a kick of Drake killing those two Goth posers who worked at that vampire store. Wesley Snipes feels like he doesn't want to be in this movie since some scenes feels like he is just phoning in his performance or doing his turn at bad acting.

Two versions of BLADE: TRINITY are included on the first disc: an unrated Extended Director's Cut with 10 more minutes and an alternate ending and the theatrical version.

VIDEO/AUDIO: BLADE: TRINITY is presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. It is fantastic transfer. 

You can hear the movie in English 5.1 Dolby Digital or English 6.1 DTS ES with the option of English or Spanish subtitles. Dialogue is clear and the sound mix is super. Many of the extras have a subtitle option except for the audio commentaries. The alternate ending and bloopers are in English 5.1 DD as are many fo the previews.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Disc ONE- two audio commentaries have been recorded for the unrated extended cut of the film: the first with Director/Writer David Goyer, Jessica Biel, and Ryan Reynolds. The second is with the producers and crew of BLADE: TRINITY. Both tracks do provide interesting tidbits about the film's production, but the first commentary is more fun. Goyer mentions what scenes were cut for the theatrical version.

Disc TWO- This disc has various extras including Visual Progression and Weapons galleries, trailers (teaser and theatrical for BLADE: TRINITY in addition to a trailer for THE NEW WORLD), and a terrible alternate ending involving a werewolf.

I enjoyed the 11 minute blooper reel where the cast flub lines, Jessica Biel laughs when she breaks a $300,000 movie camera with an arrow from her bow, and various antics.

The best extra is the 16 part Making Of featurette on the movie (which almost runs two hours in total). My favorite parts were Nightstalker Boot Camp (see how Jessica and Ryan trained for their roles), Dressed To Kill (costume tests), Sword Against Celluloid (on the editing of BLADE: TRINITY which goes to prove it is the last rewrite of a movie), The Beat of Blade (on the music for the film), and The Color Of Blade (where they talk about color timing various scenes).

FINAL ANALYSIS: BLADE: TRINITY has it's flaws, but it is still an enjoyable action sequel. The extras are top notch and the DVD make s worthy addition to many DVD collections.

this DVD Review is (c)5-20-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content at http://www.livejournal.com./users/enterlinemedia