While BLADE TRINITY ($30) is certainly a reasonably entertaining action/horror movie, Iíve got to be right up front and say that this third entry is the weakest in the series. After the first two terrific installments, you would think that adding Dracula, the ultimate vampire, would produce superior results, but instead, BLADE TRINITY is a bit more pedestrian than the films that preceded it. Based upon the Marvel comic book character, BLADE TRINITY stars Wesley Snipes as the title character, a half human/half vampire hybrid with a bad attitude, a slew of cool weaponry and knack for slaying the undead. The plot of BLADE TRINITY finds the vampire population in another of their misguided attempts to subjugate humanity. This time, the vampires hatch a plan to eradicate the day walker, by resurrecting the first of their kind- namely Dracula (Dominic Purcell), who goes by the moniker of Drake in this film. Providing the film with a high-level eye candy quotient is a kick-ass, but totally babe-alishious, Jessica Biel as Abigail, the daughter of Bladeís mentor Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). The cast of BLADE TRINITY also features Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Mark Berry, John Michael Higgins, Callum Keith Rennie and Paul Michael Levesque AKA Triple H.
New Line Home Entertainment has made BLADE TRINITY available on DVD in a 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. As Iíve come to expect from New Line, BLADE TRINITY looks phenomenal on DVD. Sharpness and detail are absolutely first rate. Colors are strongly rendered and flawless. Blacks are dead on perfect, whites are crisp and contrast is excellent. Additionally, this purposely-dark movie boasts marvelous shadow detail. The film elements used for the transfer are virtually pristine and there is little apparent grain. Digital compression artifacts are always well contained.
BLADE TRINITY features 5.1/6.1 channel soundtracks that come in both the Dolby Digital and DTS formats. The sound design is totally kicking and doesnít take any prisoners. Fully enveloping, with aggressively deployed effects makes this the kind of track that will give your average surround junkie a much needed fix. Fidelity is also great, with believable sound effects and full-bodied music. The bass channel is explosive enough for the material but never fatiguing. Dialogue is always crisp and fully intelligible. As for the differences between Dolby Digital and DTS, the latter provides a warmer, richer sound, but the standard bearer is certainly no slouch. An English Dolby Surround track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been spread across both discs of this set. Disc one features two separate running audio commentaries- the first is with writer/director David Goyer, Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds, while the second includes director David Goyer, cinematographer Gabriel Beristain, producers Peter Frankfurt and Lynn Harris, production designer Chris Gorak and editor Howard E. Smith.
Moving on to disc two, one will find the remainder of the supplemental programming. The main feature of disc two is Inside The World Of Blade: Trinity, which is a sixteen-part "making of" documentary that runs over one hundred minutes in total length. Goyer On Goyer: The Writer Interviews The Director is an amusing five-minute split screen featurette, whose title says it all. A goofy Alternate Ending is also provided on disc two, as is Blooper Reel, a couple of Galleries and a few Trailers. One will also find some DVD-ROM content on disc two.
BLADE TRINITY is a pretty entertaining action/horror flick, although it isnít quite in the same league with the first two entries in the series. As for the DVD, it is up to the usual New Line standards of excellence, which means itís virtually perfect. If you are an action/horror fan or just want to complete the trilogy, you canít go wrong by checking out BLADE TRINITY on DVD.
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