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Last Action Hero [Blu-ray] (1993)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Austin O'Brien , John McTiernan  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O'Brien, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Frank McRae
  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V9PEU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Last Action Hero [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Action-adventure superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger bursts through the screen as a larger-than-life movie hero in this nonstop adventure from acclaimed director John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard).

Jack Slater is an action-film hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. An old projectionist (Robert Prosky) hands a magic movie ticket to Jack's biggest preteen fan (Austin O'Brien), and the kid steps right inside the latest Jack Slater film, becoming the actor star's sidekick in gunfights and car chases. But when Jack's nemesis (Charles Dance) gets his hands on the ticket, the fight busts out into the real world and Jack (à la Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear) refuses to believe he's a fictional character. Director John McTiernan churns some nifty scenes out of this setup, although the fiction-to-reality shuffle is not as deft as in, say, Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, and the plot needs the kind of logic and discipline found in that classic when-worlds-collide film Back to the Future. Still, Schwarzenegger has moments of wit and smashing action, and we get a faux-movie trailer advertising an intriguing new shoot-'em-up: "Something's rotten in the State of Denmark--and Hamlet is taking out the trash!"

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, under-rated and over-looked satire January 31, 2011
It's sad to think that 18 years after its release Last Action Hero is still trying to find its target audience. Audiences don't like smart movies. Or perhaps I should say audiences don't like to be OUTSMARTED by movies. In the summer of 1993 the world was going crazy for a certain dinosaur movie, almost everything else didn't stand a chance. LAH came out a week after Jurassic Park. The only people who really went to see it were those who were too late for sold-out screenings of Spielberg's movie. Bad word of mouth spread for many reasons.

Those lucky enough to actually see it on the big screen walked away confused and disorientated. They thought they were in for a straight-up action movie, not an existential, meta-fictional parody of the genre they cherish. It was just too much and they weren't ready for it. Arnold had been riding the wave of Total Recall and Terminator 2 before the release of Last Action Hero, no one expected such a radical deviation from the norm.

Danny Madigan is a lonely kid living in a tiny New York apartment with his single MILF. His only friend is Nick, an old-time projectionist at a run down theater (a REAL theater, no multiplex nonsense). Danny likes to escape into the world of action movies, his biggest hero, obviously, being Arnie himself. The latest Arnie blockbuster, the simply-titled Jack Slater IV, is a day away from its premiere, and old Nick has been tasked with checking the print. Before Danny sits down for his own personal pre-premiere midnight screening Nick gives him a magical ticket he's been saving since childhood. Five minutes after Jack Slater IV begins Danny is warped into the cinema screen and becomes part of the movie.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever "inside" humor, but DVD has a BIG flaw August 4, 2004
I think I know why this film was so poorly received and tanked at the box office. It was TOO "inside". Much of this film is a series of jokes about the standard, conventional, formulaic, bombastic action film genre. But the humor was so tongue-in-cheek so often that it probably didn't bode well with the average action-junkie film fan. "Last Action Hero" made fun of itself as it unfolded, and one would need a certain sense of humor to fully appreciate it on its intended level. I dare say that most folks who went to this film just didn't "get it". Too bad for them.

The major flaw of the DVD is that the film is presented in the god-awful Pan and Scan format. Pan and Scan presentations of frenetically-shot widescreen films should be outlawed, it's just that simple. You almost get a headache watching this P&S version. The digital pan is so obtrusive and distracting that it can drive one to anger! It pulls you out of the film, to say the least. I like (but don't really love) this film, and the low price of the DVD makes the purchase a no-brainer. But it is too optically uncomfortable to watch in P&S.

Release it in widescreen and all will be okay.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch and NOT be disappointed!!! November 11, 2003
This is one of those movies that a lot of people that haven't seen it say, "That movie wasn't really that good, was it?" but those that have seen it, say, "Why wasn't this movie more popular?" Maybe it was bad timing, or as some others suggested, just not correctly billed to the public.
Last Action Hero is hard to describe. It's funny, it's witty, with lots of those one-liners that Arnold became so popular with, and I loved the way he constantly poked fun at his fictional character as well as his "real" self. Some of my favorite dialogue in the movie is when the kid is trying to convince "character Arnold (aka: Jack Slater)" that he's actually just a character in a movie. The kid starts asking about phone numbers and how can they possibly all start with 555- in a city with several million phone numbers, when Jack Slater exasperatedly says, "That's why we have Area Codes..." Priceless. The movie is full of fun stuff like that, and I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is even remotely a Schwarzenegger fan, or who just like campy, yet intelligent, movies. The parody within a parody, and movie within a movie actually worked well in this one.
I thought the movie had a lot of great character performances, and clever scripting, and I think this movie got a bum rap. It's really a great movie, I'm glad I bought the DVD. The transfer is a little sloppy in places on the one I bought, but since it's a "Special Anniversary Edition", I have a feeling that had something to do with it. There's only a fullscreen version on my DVD, no widescreen, and the camera pans are really noticeable in a few places.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dumbing Down of America February 22, 2007
The following story will tell you why this movie bombed at the box office.

While visiting family in Miami one of my cousins went to see the movie. When he got home he was telling me how much the movie stunk. As he was talking it became obvious to me that he had taken the movie seriously. So I yelled at him "It's a parody!! He's making fun of action movies in general and himself in particular!!" I could see the lightbulb go on over his head and he went right out and saw it again.

Needless to say, he loved the film. As do I. It's not often that a big star has the guts to make fun of himself just to make his fans laugh. So if you have this film languishing in your collection somewhere you need to see it with this in mind. It's parody. Satire. Comedy! Watch it and have fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Watched this a lot in the past ...
Excellent movie. Watched this a lot in the past but now I own it. It's how movies were meant to be made....little but good computer graphics and more of the live action! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jenny Mae Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arnold at his best, mocking Arnold.
Published 15 days ago by Timothy P. Hilliard
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Action Hero
Great old Arnie flick - glad to have it in my collection - SBJ
Published 20 days ago by Stephen B. Jontez
4.0 out of 5 stars The way to go to buy this underrated gem
As a movie, Last Action Hero is a very underrated film that parodies the kinds of action movies it was originally marketed as. Read more
Published 21 days ago by MovieMan12
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what if.........
Published 1 month ago by Daren L. Cavalliere
1.0 out of 5 stars No not recommend. Bad Bad Bad movie
Last Action Hero is probably Arnold's worst movie. I would recommend most of his other films, not this one.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun movie
We've been waiting for this on Blu-Ray for years!

This movie is to the Die Hard (and similar) series much as Galaxy Quest is to Star Trek.
Published 1 month ago by KnowledgeMerchant
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
movie is much better than the reviews. the blu ray quality is poor. not any better than dvd.
Published 1 month ago by John Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance and Mckellan (Sorry Arnold Braunschweiger)
5 stars for several reasons, 2 of which are The 'Villians', Benedict and Death. Charles Dance plays his character so well that he leaves Arnie and others in the dust as far as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by deaays
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have won awards!!
This one was somehow missed at the box office (very low ratings), but, is the best action/comedy/ family movie EVER.
Published 1 month ago by NancyS
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