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Commando [Blu-ray] (2011)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Rae Dawn Chong , Mark L. Lester  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, James Olson
  • Directors: Mark L. Lester
  • Writers: Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Jeph Loeb, Joel Silver, Matthew Weisman, Robert Kosberg
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K0YLM8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Commando [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In this early action classic that features his unique blend of thrills and offbeat humor, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Col. John Matrix, ultimate soldier and one-man army. Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter (Alyssa Milano) is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, one of his former commandos, and a fully equipped private army. With the help of a feisty stewardess (Rae Dawn Chong) and an old friend, Matrix has only a few hours to overcome his greatest challenge: finding his daughter before she's killed.

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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic with Absolute Perfection August 16, 2007
Format:DVD
This is by far one of the greatest movies of the century. I can't believe what an awesome movie it is. It has no morals, no lessons to teach, no political statements, no coherence, and no sense whatsoever. When Schwarzenegger's beloved daughter is kidnapped by a psychotic dictator, he doesn't try to reason with the bad guys or take precautions like most action heroes would. He just goes bonkers and starts killing everyone in sight. The movie is packed with fantastic scenes such as Arnie crashing a car at about 80 mph, without a seatbelt, and being perfectly fine, Arnie tearing a phone booth out of a wall, Arnie punching a guy through a wall, etc. It's gloriously entertaining.

Also, despite his reputation for bad acting, he delivers all his lines with perfect comic timing ("Let off some steam, Bennett"). Bennett is also a great character, but no match for Arnold. You'd have to be completely devoid of personality to not find this at least slightly entertaining.

This is my favorite film of all time, hands down. Buy it, don't think about it. It will be the greatest investment you ever make for an action flick of the 80's.

10/10 stars. Seriously.
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If you think you've seen Commando before on DVD then you're gonna pass on this one, right?

WRONG!

This guilty pleasure is one of my all-time favorite testosterone pumping 80's Ahnuld action flicks chock full of some of the most memorable and hilariously over-the-top one-liners ever assembled in a single Schwarzenneger film with an exhaustive body count tally of 81 confirmed kills. Now it's finally getting the UNRATED Director's Cut treatment it deserves so we can see even more of the Governator at his macho 80's Republican finest.

The Commando Director's Cut DVD features the original 90-minute theatrical film and restores 96 seconds of mostly graphic violent shots that were trimmed to garner the film an R rating in this never-before-seen unrated version as envisioned by director Mark L. Lester restored back into the film via seamless branching. Additional DVD special features include director audio commentary, 3 deleted scenes which have not been added back into the film, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo galleries and more.

Special Features:

Commando Director's Cut is presented in widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround audio, Spanish Mono, French Stereo plus French and Spanish subtitles.
Bonus content includes:

* Seamlessly branched Director's Cut with never-before-seen footage
* Audio commentary by director Mark Lester (on theatrical version only)
* Deleted Scenes
* Pure Action featurette
* Let Off Some Steam featurette
* Photo galleries with over 150 images
- Creating Commando
- Domestic Bliss with John and Jenny
- Kill Arnold, Kill!
- Trashing the Galleria

Don't deprive yourself of some pleasure. Come on, Bennett... let's party!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Arnold December 1, 2004
Format:DVD
Arnold Schwarzenegger is Col. John Matrix, recently retired from some sort of military special-ops career (in which he was, of course, the best there was), and now living in a cabin in the hills with his little girl (Alyssa Milano). She'll be crushed if he has to go back into action again, and he promises he won't. But somebody is killing the members of his old unit one by one, and they may be coming for him next.

Sure enough, not long into the film, his daughter has been kidnapped. And the bad guys explain that they'll return her if he'll just perform one teeny-tiny little assassination . . .

That's the setup; the rest of the plot consists primarily of Arnold kicking a$$. That's what you wanted to see, isn't it? If not, skip this film.

But if you like this sort of thing -- as, obviously, I do -- _Commando_ will be one of your favorites (if it isn't already). Would you like to see Arnold 'drive' a sabotaged pickup truck by shoving it down a mountain and hopping in? Disembark from a jet aircraft while it's taking off? Pick up a phone booth while it's got a bad guy in it? Deliver classic lines like 'I'll be back' and 'Trust me'? Do all of the foregoing while whomping the behinds of some unambiguously evil bad guys? This is your movie.

The major villain -- Bennett, played by Vernon Wells -- looks and sounds as though he'd accidentally wandered into the set still in costume from _The Road Warrior_ (in which he played Wez). But you weren't watching this for its gritty realism, were you?

Rae Dawn Chong is in it too, as the 'feisty stewardess' that appears in so many of these films (see Halle Berry in _Executive Decision_ for one of the more recent). She gets a few of the good lines, and she even gets to fire a rocket launcher.

But the show belongs to the Gubernator. This is classic Schwarzenegger.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great bad movie. May 27, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
EVERYONE loved COMMANDO. And what's not to love? Definitely dated, this still stands up as an exciting, entertaining film. Arnold Schwarzenegger, hot from his stint as Conan and fresh from his role as the Terminator one year before, cemented his status as THE action hero for the next decade, starring in such similar fare as RAW DEAL, PREDATOR, and RUNNING MAN, and ultimately parodying himself in 1993's LAST ACTION HERO. A non-stop, over-the-top, excessively violent film, COMMANDO also introduced the world, previously only graced with "I'll be back," to a whole slew of Arnie-isms, e.g., "Don't disturb my friend, he's dead tired" and "Let off some steam."

As Col. John Matrix, Arnold has retired from the hectic life of a military killing machine. Happy with his life in the wilderness, he spends his days cutting down trees and spending quality time with his daughter (dig the title sequence montage in which the gentle giant feeds a fawn by hand). Not even fifteen minutes into the film, however, paradise crumbles as Matrix's comrade-turned-enemy kills all of his former unit and kidnaps his daughter in an attempt to force Matrix to assassinate a third-world leader so that wannabe dictator General Arius (so hilariously poorly portrayed by Dan "Nick Tortelli" Hedaya) can take control. The fast pace never lets up - though Matrix has eleven hours to complete his assignment, we, thankfully, are privy to only 90 minutes of compressed chaos. And what a terrible, wonderful hour and a half it is.

Bad acting, bad wardrobe, and an absolutely unbelievable premise are all easily ignored as our eyes glaze over and we watch, delighted, the body count grow by the second. Arnold kills everyone to save his daughter. EVERYONE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
I certainly don't want to come across as superficial, but the eye candy of Dawn Rae Chong and come on, Arnold in a speedo when he gets out of the plane is more than worth it to see... Read more
Published 1 day ago by InYourDreams
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a classic
Awesome movie. If you like Arnold films then this is a must see. Not to mention an amazing price to boot.
Published 3 days ago by Andrew clark
1.0 out of 5 stars not same picture like on the Website
Don't have to try right away the Blu-ray, I hope it's not a Chinese copy... You know what I mean...
Published 6 days ago by JEFFERSON
3.0 out of 5 stars shoot-em up
Standard Arnold fare. Rae Dawn Chong is a real scene stealer. Lots of F/X, and stunts. Grab a bag of pop corn and enjoy.
Published 12 days ago by Jeryl Hargrave
5.0 out of 5 stars commando
I bought this movie for a friend for christmas. She has the movie in vhs she wanted it in dvd. I would recommand this movie to anyone.
Published 28 days ago by wanda valentin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Decision Ever...
Arrived on time, n played immediately. I hadn't seen this movie n years, n I'm happy to have it. Big Schwarzenegger Fan Always.
Published 1 month ago by Pebbles
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Arnold, back when he was still a good guy
There are some people who play their roles in a set fashion -- and Schwarzenegger is one of those. Too much violence and blood for the PG set… and me.
Published 1 month ago by Geri H. Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Arnold at his prime
Classic movie from the Arnold library. Helped to put him more on the Hollywood map. Most everybody has seen it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 121adx
5.0 out of 5 stars AAGH-NOLD!!!
Classic -azz cinema here, folks. Love the part where he wrecks the car and then they cut to another scene and the car is perfect condition! Read more
Published 2 months ago by d. sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars Then you gotta co-operate, right? Wrong. *BAM*
That scene sets the tone for the entire movie. If you were watching this for the first time in these days you'd expect the protagonist to cooperate or beg for his daughter's life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Ryan
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Is this anamorphic?
Yes, both versions (theatrical and director's cut) are in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format.
The director's cut is exactly 96 seconds longer than the theatrical cut. (Theatrical runs 90:08 and director's cut runs 91:44)
Sep 18, 2007 by turnstile67 |  See all 3 posts
Commando Director's Cut
I understand it is the cut version (by almost 2 minutes) so some "gore" is lost.

The director's cut has 5.1 surround (as has blu ray) wheras the standard DVD/VHS was 2 channel I believe.

What really p****s me off is that they have not even made the effort to "port" across... Read more
Mar 12, 2009 by S. Edgar |  See all 3 posts
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