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Commando (Director's Cut) (1985)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Rae Dawn Chong , Mark L. Lester  |  R |  DVD
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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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RW3VCK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Commando (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong. When his daughter is kidnapped to assure his cooperation in a military coup, Colonel John Matrix won't let anything stand in his way: he readies himself for an all-out, one-man assault on the island headquarters where his daughter is being held! No shortage of action in this heavy-artillery adventure, now complete with audio commentary and deleted scenes! 1985/color/90 min/NR/widescreen.

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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic with Absolute Perfection August 16, 2007
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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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
If you think you've seen Commando before on DVD then you're gonna pass on this one, right?


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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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Arnold December 1, 2004
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For sheer, mindless mayhem, it's tough to beat "Commando." Just how many people does Ahnuld blow away...60? 70? 80? I lost count at 50.
Schwarzenegger plays Matrix (gotta love the name), an ex-Special Forces guy with a soft touch for his cute little kid (Alyssa Milano, before she hit puberty) and a way with weapons. Any weapons. Whether it's a rifle, knife, grenade, steam pipe, or common household tool (circular saw blades!!!), Matrix uses it to fell entire legions of men singlehandedly.
Just don't tell the LAPD he's back in town. They might want to talk to him about a couple of murders (one of which was witnessed!), carjacking, kidnapping, breaking and entering (with a Caterpillar tractor!!!), grand theft auto, about 100 counts of reckless driving, and, oh yes...using a rocket launcher to blow up a paddy wagon.
There's also the federal beefs, such as jumping off an airborne jumbo jet with no parachute. And the State Department might want to ask him why he decided to singlehandedly decimate the standing army of a foreign country.
But I digress...
It's all here...the classic Ahnuld one-liners ("Blow off some steam" is my favorite), entire armies of men who shoot millions of rounds at him (and all miss), and scenes of gratuitious muscle-flexing (don't think that rowboat scene happened by accident, folks).
What's not here, of course, is the intelligence, visual flair, and eye-popping special effects that made subsequent Schwarzenegger films like "Predator," "Total Recall," "Terminator 2," and "True Lies" something more than a mindless (but fun) moviegoing exercise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for 80's entertainment
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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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