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Blade II Blu-ray (Updated)

Posted April 2, 2012 11:05 AM by Josh Katz

Warner Bros.In July, Warner Home Entertainment will bring Blade II to Blu-ray. The second installment in the popular action-horror franchise finds vampire slayer Blade (Wesley Snipes, Brooklyn's Finest) relocated to Europe in an effort to save his mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea).

However, Blade's mission takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself allied with the Bloodpack, a team of skilled vampire warriors. Their common objective: to eradicate the Reaper colony, a group of disturbingly mutated bloodsuckers deadly enough to eradicate all life - both dead and undead - from the planet.

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), the film's supporting cast includes Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Matt Schulze (Fast Five), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy).

Update: Warner's Blu-ray presents the feature in its 1.85:1 original aspect ratio (incorrectly listed as 2.39:1 on Warner's press release) with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. In addition, the disc includes a number of supplements, such as all materials previously available on the DVD special edition as well as these Blu-ray-exclusive bonuses:
  • All-new commentary with Guillermo Del Toro
  • Director's Notebook feature
  • Blade II: Blood Brothers featurette with writer David Goyer
Blade II is expected to street on July 10th and is available to pre-order now.





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News comments (46 comments)



Austinrains41
  Apr 02, 2012
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I knew they wouldent get away with releasing just 1 and 3 and not 2.
MoulinBlu
  Apr 02, 2012
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That's more like it. I wonder why the three week delay between 1, 3 and 2.

Petey87
  Apr 02, 2012
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Sweet! hope is still alive. I am definitely picking up all three!

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Lucy Diamond
  Apr 02, 2012
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Imagine THAT.


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eiknarf
  Apr 02, 2012
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That's what we're talking about! YES!! Blade II!

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tridon
  Apr 02, 2012
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This is my personal favourite of the Blade films and I'm happy to see it coming to Blu in the U.S.

I've held off on the Canadian versions of the Blade films for a while now in hopes that these Warner ones would be better put-together. Crossing my fingers for some nice transfers, good extras and cool packaging (a slipcover would be nice, but it's doubtful).
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joltman
  Apr 02, 2012
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I wonder if I should sell my Canadian BDs now, or wait and see what the specs on these are

snakemaster7
  Apr 02, 2012
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Hmmm, now wait for a box set announcement?

Minimejer05
  Apr 02, 2012
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I bet they didn't plan on releasing it, until they read all of the hate coming from us members requesting the best Blade of the series. Thanks WB! I'll be buying all 3.

Petey87
  Apr 02, 2012
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Get rid of the canadian BDs. These are going to be way better! I have the canadian steelbook, but i will keep it just for the case.
Damendash
  Apr 02, 2012
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Been patiently waiting. Passed on the Canadian versions, as they are inferior, glad they are finally coming.

Slim Jim
  Apr 02, 2012
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First they pull this shit with Sherlock Holmes making the united states wait a month when the uk gets it in may and than making us wait a month for blade 2 when blade 1&3 come out in June

BouCoupDinkyDau
  Apr 02, 2012
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I'm in for I & II.

Guydowood
  Apr 02, 2012
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This probably explains why Amazon for the last week stopped taking pre-orders to 1 & 3 because Warner's was gearing up for Blade II. Still a bummer that Trinity only has the theatrical cut. Either way I'm in the the trilogy.

doctorD
  Apr 02, 2012
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If I'm not mistaken, this is the first Blade release in the US. The others (1 and 3) were released by someone else. Or am I wrong on that?

Update: Actually I've seen that Blade Trinity is scheduled for a June 2012 release in the US. So that leaves waiting for the announcement of Blade from Warner. Most likely a box set will also be announced when that happens.

eiknarf
  Apr 02, 2012
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@ doctorD - The first Blade is coming out the same day as Blade: Trinity, which is June 19th.

mseeley
  Apr 02, 2012
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excellent!

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paper tiger
  Apr 02, 2012
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That's crazy! I just bought the Canadian version of Blade II on Blu-ray last week. It looks quite good and I am very happy with the Canadian release. I'll keep my imported version.

ahossein79
  Apr 02, 2012
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Well done warner now release Rush Hour 2 on blu ray!

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NY Yankees 23 2
  Apr 02, 2012
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BOX SET ?!?!?!?!?!

seigneur_rayden
  Apr 02, 2012
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Thanks Warner.
@ahossein79: I agree with you.

doctorD
  Apr 02, 2012
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@ eiknarf - thanks...I somehow missed that announcement.
MoulinBlu
  Apr 02, 2012
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I'll third that Rush Hour 2 needs a BD too.

Rainman208
  Apr 02, 2012
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1 and 2 for me.

coolkev1701
  Apr 02, 2012
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Nice! Now we'll be able to get all three movies on Blu here in the US.

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Dragon Lee
  Apr 02, 2012
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Still wondering why WB left this out of original announcement. anyways great news!!! hopefully all Platinum Series extras are ported over.;)
Deelow537
  Apr 02, 2012
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2 was the best one! First day for me

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Cplhicks
  Apr 02, 2012
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Awesome, would not have been right without. But why announce 1&3 separately? Strange. No boxset? Though probably I'll just get 1&2.

tstearns
  Apr 02, 2012
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What happened to the 7.1 mix from the DVD? Still a good double dip though!

movieman1979
  Apr 02, 2012
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Well, maybe we don't need ALL the extras from the Platinum Series DVD. I'm pretty sure they can lose the "Blade 2 Video Game Survival Guide" ;-)

deadhatetheliving
  Apr 02, 2012
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Nice. Now release the boxset for Nightmare on Elm Street. And Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X. Also Texas Chain Saw Massacre:The Beginning.

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thedarkangel1975
  Apr 02, 2012
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This is more like it

Hamfast
  Apr 02, 2012
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Thrilled to see this....I was considerably miffed with this 1 & 3 horseshit. Now I can check off another Guillermo Del Toro film for my collection. BTW Warner Bros. now I will go ahead and buy all three movies just to be the completist nerd that I am.

DaleDark
  Apr 02, 2012
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Thank *&^%ing Christ. I like Blade, but Blade II is by far the best of the series (Blade: Trinity, imho is a steaming pile of crap).
mayorofsmpleton
  Apr 02, 2012
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All new commentary. I'm sure that Del Toro wanted to do some work on the BD release and perhaps scheduling caused a delay on hammering down a date for #2. Just surprised they didn't bump the other releases back a few to get them all out the same day. 1 and 3 were only just announced as it is. Just seems like a poor marketing strategy. *shrug*
KaineKinetic
  Apr 02, 2012
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The only reason I saw this opening day was because Danny-John Jules (Cat from Red Dwarf) was in it.
I don't remember all that much of the movie, but I remember liking it, so I'll buy it along with #'s 1 & 3...

shamon
  Apr 02, 2012
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Cant wait i have the Canadian import of part 1 and it looks bad i will reinvest so i can get 1 and 2

AKORIS
  Apr 03, 2012
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almost bought the Canadian versions of all 3...... glad I waited...

slimdude
  Apr 03, 2012
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There you go!

lilant2248
  Apr 03, 2012
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This is my favorite out of the 3.

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wnicholas76
  Apr 03, 2012
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Now that's more like it, Warner!! Day one for me.
Simonbergeron
  Apr 03, 2012
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Ahhhh, so WB got cold feet from the negative posts in recent forums? Much like Sony when they decided to add all the special features on Girl with the Dragon Tattoo after 99% hated the commentary-only track?

If the features are exactly the same as the 2-disc DVD and if the PQ and AQ are as great as they SHOULD, then I'm sold.

dmollenauer
  Apr 03, 2012
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Thats more like it Warner. This should have a kickin soundtrack!

Noel198
  Apr 04, 2012
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I hope Warner include spanish subtitles on this blu-ray edition
blade123
  Apr 11, 2012
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I've been waiting for quite some time for the New Line, US release. It should be superior to that of the Canadian version. Picture quality should be much improved with better black levels, whilst maintaining a high level of shadow detail and clarity. Look for bit rates in the high 20's to mid to high 30's.

However, the biggest improvement should be sound quality. A lot more dynamic range with deeper bass, which the DVD version was famous for. I was a bit disappointed in the sound quality of the Canadian release. From what I'm hearing, Guillermo is involved in this latest release so any prior short comings should be resolved. As a matter of fact knowing Guillermo ------ or at least what I've read about him ---- look for a spectacular transfer, if he has anything to say about.
blade123
  Apr 14, 2012
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How about Love Jones? I have been waiting for that since Blu-ray's inception.


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