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(1998)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(at around 45 mins) When Deacon Frost has decoded the text, and is looking at the image of the chamber, and the positions the purebloods must stand in are being shown with a click for each one, there are 21 clicks, but only 12 purebloods are needed, plus one position at the centre for Deacon.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) Shortly before Blade snatches the disoriented little girl out from in front of the approaching bus, you hear it shift up and the engine speed picking up for several seconds. IOW the driver is accelerating hard on the gas. Strange reaction when somebody appears in front of your vehicle.
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Boom mic visible 

(at around 47 mins) When Blade and Karen head in to meet Pearl, the boom mic dips down into frame.
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Character error 

(at around 44 mins) When Blade and Karen enter the elevator to go to Pearl's, you can see Blade get out of character and joke with Karen as the doors close.
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(at around 25 mins) Whistler tells Blade that he's checked Karen's background and found out that she's a hematologist. Since the word "hematologist" was printed on the name tag pinned to Karen's white coat, this fact should already have been apparent.
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(at around 15 mins) When Karen tells Blade that her shoulder is dislocated, he moves to fix it; but she hadn't actually told him which shoulder it was.
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Continuity 

(at around 53 mins) The "receiver" in Blade's left ear is not there after the punch to the face but is there after the silver spike was embedded in his shoulder by Quinn.
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(at around 27 mins) When Blade is being injected with serum in the hideout he spots Karen trying to escape. Whistler lets go of Blade's hand to pursue Karen, but then a close up on Blade has Whistler still holding it.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Blade collapses nearly unconscious out of the blood collection chamber, his hands are at his sides. When he hits the floor, they are above his head and help support his fall.
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(at around 13 mins) When Quinn bites Dr. Jenson, the doctor's wig slips to the side and we see a glimpse of her real hair. In the next shot, her wig is back in place.
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(at around 43 mins) When Blade first opens the freezer to get to Pearl, there is lettuce in the top shelf. When he reopens the freezer and starts down the stairs, the top shelf has a tray covered in foil on it and the lettuce is gone.
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(at around 52 mins) After the encounter with Pearl and while Blade is held down by a couple of vampires in the scripture room, a vampire takes his sword and gets his hand chopped off like Quinn did earlier in the movie. When the sword hits the ground, we can see the handle is covered completely in blood. After reacquiring the sword while escaping and making a break for the subway tunnel, we can see the sword on blade's back again and the handle is completely clean without a trace of blood on it.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) During the final fight, when Frost punches Blade across the room (after super-speeding up to him): In the close-up of Frost, he swings at Blade with his right fist, but when they switch to the wide shot, he connects with his left fist.
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(at around 1h 35 mins) The blonde vampire (Mercury) is wearing her white coat when she leads the purebloods to the glyphs. When Deacon says, "bring the elevator up," she's not wearing the coat, but it reappears the next time we see her.
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(at around 56 mins) In the subway, Karen falls into the gap between the subway train and the walkway; the gap is wide enough for her to stand up and give Blade his sword. In all other shots, the gap between the train and the walkway is clearly three or four inches at most.
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(at around 1h 17 mins) When Blade is wiping off Whistler's neck, telling him he is the Key that Frost needs, Blade gets most of it off in a couple of shots, but the last one all the blood is back on his neck again.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) Just prior to the climactic fight scene in the Temple, Blade dramatically leaps from a high platform to the bottom floor. While leaping, his vest is clearly open. Once he hits the ground, it is zipped up and even clasped.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) In the final fight between Blade and Frost, the bloodstain on Frost switches from the left side of his face to the right, then back to the left.
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(at around 19 mins) Smoke rises from Karen's collar while she is lying on the table before she is injected with the Essence of Garlic. It is in the shot that ends with Whistler reading her ID Badge.
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(at around 56 mins) When Blade and Quinn are fighting in the subway, Blade pushes Quinn's face against the train and it gets very messed up but right when he pulls it off his face is normal.
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Karen's bandages, covering Quinn's bite, change positions.
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(at around 14 mins) Blade removes Quinn's left arm but it reappears for one shot shortly after the security guards shoot Blade and Quinn runs into a room.
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(at around 57 mins) Quinn falls during the subway tunnel fight. When he does, his glove disappears and reappears again a moment later.
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(at around 1h 20 mins) When Deacon is talking to Karen in the Edgewood Tower before Blade arrives the box of Camel cigarettes in the bottom left corner changes positions throughout the scene.
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(at around 1h 8 mins) When Karen peels away her plaster/band aid to reveal her bite 'status', she takes the higher plaster away, Whistler then comes to her in the same scene and peels away the same plaster/band aid.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) When Whistler examines the page fragment, there are a couple instances when his right hand is on top of the page in close-up but underneath it in longer shots.
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When Quinn bites Curtis Webb, blood flows from Curtis's mouth and over Quinn's hand, but when Curtis hits the floor a few seconds later, the blood on his chin is completely gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 50 mins) When Blade silently mouths "What... the... fuck?", the crew is reflected in his sunglasses.
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(at around 56 mins) In the subway, Mercury's dress changes from white to blue back to white again due to the ultraviolet lights that were used to light some of the SFX shots (lights that wouldn't normally exist in a subway tunnel).
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When the policemen opens fire at Blade carrying Dr. Jensen away from the hospital, a crewman's arms with a paintball gun can clearly be seen in the right edge of the clip.
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Factual errors 

(at around 55 mins) During the subway tunnel fight, the subway train takes over 60 seconds to pass by Blade and Quinn. If the train is traveling at 30 mph, then the train would have to be a half-mile long, or 66 train cars at 40 feet per car. A standard subway train is 8 or 10 cars long.
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(at around 39 mins) There is a shot (speeded up) of the Moon rising. However as it rises it moves from right to left when it should be the other way round. Without using a computerized telescope to line up a camera to point exactly where the Moon will rise, the film-makers filmed the Moon setting and then reversed the footage. What they should have was to also flip the scene.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) The vampires, especially the Pure Bloods speak Romanian, probably because their ancestors come from Transylvania, yet in the temple when one of the guards holds the female Pure Blood still for the ceremony she says "Skloni te ruke s mene" which means "Take your hands off me", but in Serbian, not Romanian.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) Silver has a melting point of 962 degrees C. Some alloys melt a little lower, but in any case, these kinds of temperatures are not obtained using a small, open-top, thin-walled bench top melting pot. Blade uses regular equipment for normal lead projectiles (melting point 327.5 degrees C), which would not work with silver.
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Miscellaneous 

(at around 1h 50 mins) When a single small drop of vampire blood on a microscope slide and one drop of EDTA solution are sufficient to blow up a microscope, the explosive force of a whole vampire full with about an ounce or two of EDTA should proportionally produce a far bigger explosion than shown, at least on the order of magnitude of a large hand grenade.
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In the opening scene in the hospital, when Blades mother is in labor, as the doctor opens the door, his hand slips from the handle and he almost smashes his face into the trolley, but makes a smooth save and the mistake is often unnoticed.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 1h 35 mins) There are twelve pure-bloods needed to complete the ritual, but Mercury seemingly kills one of them before the ritual starts. However, careful viewing of their entry to the temple floor shows there to be thirteen pure-bloods in the group. Evidently they brought a spare.
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EDTA (ethylenediaminetetracetate), the anticoagulant Blade uses in the glass darts, is not blue. The powdered form is white and produces a clear, colorless solution. However it is possible they would have coloured it blue in order to make it distinguishable from other liquids such as Blade's serum to avoid any mix-ups.
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The vampires do not seem concerned at any time about the damage caused to their original Bible, despite its importance historically and to their immediate plans. That's because it's the information and not the artifact that's important, and the information has all been stored on Frost's computer.
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Plot holes 

Deacon Frost was easily able to dodge bullets in the park so he should have been able to effortlessly dodge any attack from Blade.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1 min) When Blade is born at the beginning of the movie, the doctors talk about a Caesarean section to get the child out. When his mother reaches out for her newborn child, her belly is still very round and there is no blood.
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(at around 8 mins) In the background of the vampire nightclub after Blade's small killing spree a man is visible in the background, covered in head to toe with blood, however his bright blue shorts don't have a speck on them, even though it rained from the roof a few moments beforehand.
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(at around 10 mins) In the beginning club scene after Blade has lit 'Quinn' on fire, he turns around and it is immediately visible that it is not Wesley Snipes but rather his stand-in.
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(at around 42 mins) When Blade tussles with Krieger in the club kitchen, padding is clearly exposed from Krieger's sleeves throughout the scene.
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Obvious stunt double for Deacon Frost in the final fight. In various scenes, his stunt double (Clayton J. Barber) can easily be recognized. He is skinnier, has different hair, no red eyes and less blood on his face.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

(at around 1h 6 mins) When Karen knows the reaction between vampire blood and EDTA is going to be 'energetic', and in fact so much so that she feels the need to advise Blade to 'take a step back' - for what conceivable reason does she demonstrate it under a microscope? Gratuitously blowing up expensive equipment does not appear a prudent move for an underground resistance movement.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) Towards the end of the movie, when Blade is trying to retrieve his sword from a wall, a cast member can be seen clearly in the background, jumping up and down, apparently preparing to enter the ensuing fight scene.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 40 mins) When the lightning strikes the temple, you see it strike the assembled coffin/sarcophagus that Blade had been locked in, but this is after Karen has let him out. A little later you see that the halves are still apart.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) At the end of the film, during the time the flying skeletons exit the vampires' burning bodies, the same bodies are unburnt and visible in the wide-angle shots. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to the two female vampires.
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(at around 47 mins) During the party scene, where Frost kills Officer Krieger: Prior to Frost biting Krieger and throwing him in the pool, there are 6-7 rubber ducks floating in the water. In the very last shot (where Krieger is shown floating dead in the pool) all of the plastic toys are gone.
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Errors in geography 

(at around 1h 5 mins) During Gitano Dragonetti's death scene by the Pacific Ocean, the sun rises from the west.
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Plot holes 

(at around 41 mins) When Blade and Karen walk to the night club. Blade tells Karen that you must use a stake, silver, sunlight, or garlic. Also that it must be in the head or heart. Yet when he fights in the temple (at around 1h 45 mins) he stabs his mother in the stomach with a bone and she turns to ash.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 40 mins) After feeding on Karen (during ritual), Blade throws his head back and screams, revealing his pearly white all-too-human teeth. His fangs, which should have been highly visible, are absent.
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In the final fight, it's obvious where Blade has a stunt double, especially in the slow-motion sequence when the sword/rock/serum is falling around him.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During the fight in the Temple just before Blade recovers his sword, you can see the ground move and a stunt man bounce due to an ill-concealed mat.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) At the end of the final showdown between Blade and Frost/La Magra, when all the vial darts have hit Frost and his body swells up from the effect of the EDTA, you can see his left foot (right side to the viewer) "slide" sideways along with the pulsating of his bloated body.
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