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Rambo [Blu-ray] (2008)

Sylvester Stallone , Julie Benz , Sylvester Stallone  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish
  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XHP2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rambo [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

• 2-Disc Set includes Digital Copy of the film (Disc 2)
• All Special features presented in High Definition
• 16x9 Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1 aspect) in 1080p
• 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio
• 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX
• Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone featuring a Blu-ray exclusive expanded op

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If you've been wondering what ever happened to ex–Green Beret superwarrior John Rambo since he singlehandedly shot up a Pacific Northwest town (First Blood, 1982), returned to the jungles of 'Nam to free U.S. POWs held long after war's end (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1985), and interrupted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan long enough to blow lots of stuff up and rescue his old commandant from the Reds (Rambo III, 1988), then Rambo (2008) is for you. Without so much as a IV to dilute the brand name, Rambo--which is what most of us called the second, most iconic film in the series--may aspire to open a new era for a pop legend. But it's a thoroughly mechanical attempt to reanimate a franchise that, absent the anger, frustration, and self-loathing of the post-Vietnam years, has no meaning or purpose. For some time now Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has been putt-putting along the Thai-Burmese border in a longboat, catching exotic snakes to sell. As for the 60-year civil war in Burma between the brutal government and the Karen independence movement, he ignores it. Enter a party of American missionaries whose dewy blond spokeswoman (Dexter's Julie Benz) asks Rambo to haul them upriver so that they can bring medical aid to the insurgents. After the requisite number of monosyllabic refusals, he does. Soon afterward the do-gooders are in a world of hurt, and he's summoned to lead a squad of mercenaries on a rescue mission.

As storytelling, the latest Rambo is the most bare-bones of the bunch. Rambo has little to say, so it's especially galling that Stallone, as director and co-writer, obliges him to have essentially the same conversation at three different points (the final distillation: "Live for nothing or die for something"). The Burmese army goons seem in competition to commit the most hideous atrocity (e.g., child skull-crushing underfoot), the better to justify the eventual, lovingly protracted spectacle of them being eviscerated by high-powered weaponry. Although shot in Thailand, the movie has mostly been photographed in brown, reducing any particular sense of place but, perhaps, perversely increasing our gratitude for the splashes of purple whenever hot metal tatters flesh. --Richard T. Jameson

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The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by missionaries to protect them during a humanitarian aid effort on behalf of the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After the missionaries are taken prisoner by Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: rescue the missionaries in the midst of a civil war.

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXTENDED EDITION worth fighting for! July 23, 2010
By Deckard
Format:Blu-ray
Well I must admit I had to have this, cos let's face it, it's Rambo. I'm a huge fan of the original trilogy and was a huge fan of Stallone's recent revival of the character in 'John Rambo' which i thought was a raw and gritty supercharged action film yet with depth of character and story that easily surpassed any of it's disposable contemporaries. Make no bones about it; "the expendables" sticker on the front the "expendables" trailer; the trailers of films from all of the actors in the "expendables" - this is a pure money making and marketing combo to tie in with the release of Sly's latest actioner. BUT, I have to say, what whilst expecting nothing more than the all new "Rambo - to hell and back" production diaries special feature, and maybe a couple of extended scenes in the movie, I was actually really surprised at just how different this new cut of the film is.

This is not just the theatrical cut with a couple of extra bits, this is a true director's cut style extended edition with a completely re-edited opening, many extended takes, many alternate takes, and whole new extra scenes that all blend seemlessly to really compliment and add much to the film. A lot of this really helps to elaborate the story, and really flesh out character and themes that whilst hinted at in the original, were never really fully explored. When Rambo says in the original "no, what you're trying to do is change what is", and Sara asks him "and what is?"; he just says "go home". I always used to wonder, "yeah, what is??". Well, a whole knew alternate take here reveals all, and also a few real home truths about his real feelings about war and regret.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest action movies of all time March 29, 2008
Format:DVD
Ignore the fact that this is a Rambo movie and some have the audacity to say that Stallone is past his prime. This Rambo movie is not only the best in the Rambo series, but it's also one of the best action movies of all time.

Did you think that Commando had a lot of killing? BAH!
Did you think that Saving Private Ryan had the most gruesome injuries? Hardly.

This movie is saturated with arms being cut off, legs exploding into bloody stumps, heads popping like over-inflated balloons, and enough gun-play to satisfy even the most hardcore, extremist gun-enthusiast. If it isn't an arrow evenly dividing a man's skull, or someone's intestines being spilled on the ground, then it's an extreme amount of people being sawed in half by high calibre machine gun fire. There's even a crazy-intense seen in which Rambo basically pulls off the throat removal move from Roadhouse, only with a little slower satisfaction to it. About the only thing lacking is a Colombian necktie.

The story itself plays second-fiddle to the incredible amount of action. A church-group from Colorado is doing peacework in Burma, bringing medicine and religion to people oppressed by a militaristic regime intent on genocide. To make their way into hostile territory, the church-goers ask for Rambo's services as a river guide. At first he is hesitant, but the kind-hearted but deadly Rambo eventually consents.

Sure enough, after Rambo drops them off for their jungle-trek to the villagers, the church-group gets caught in the middle of chaos, as the evil military members are senselessly slaughtering every villager in sight. Once they are captured, it's up to Rambo to save the day.
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178 of 214 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting funny and I was given philosophy April 23, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I must admit, that as of recent I have enjoyed current mainstream movies regardless if they are released to the theater or directly to video so I can abase them. In other words, I truly find pleasure in ripping movies apart. It has been my perception, my perception, that about 70% of movies made in the past 5 to 6 years are horrid.

One might ask why I feel this way, well it is rather simple. Most movies are a plug in for a new phone, car or maybe to promote a soundtrack. These movies also rely more on special effects and visual stimulation, where acting, directing and story take the backseat. Therefore, movies (for the most part) in modern times are nothing more than a 90 to 100 minute commercial.

Then of course there are the movies that are so over the top they are just down right silly. This is the perception I had when I saw the trailer for "Rambo" (it was titled "John Rambo" when I first viewed it on the internet). I thought, "What the hell is Stallone thinking"? I didn't see the most recent "Rocky", but I heard it wasn't any good. I didn't really care too much about the quality of a new "Rocky" movie, but I felt like there was nothing else to do and all doors were closed when "Rocky 5" was made. Why was Stallone going back to Rocky? Was there a point to it? Now he is going to make another Rambo movie, why? Both these characters whose names start with "R" make a return after not being seen for almost 20 years?

I digress to the trailer for Rambo I saw on the internet. I was laughing so hard I couldn't take it. The way this movie was presented was comical. I had said to my brother and some friends, "I can't wait to see this movie, I need a good laugh".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Rambo movie
Good come back for Rambo in this New war I cant wait to see what is next for Rambo. Hope to see one last movie of Rambo.
Published 1 day ago by Jonathan Mercado
4.0 out of 5 stars I lost count of the bodies
Classic tale of really bad men getting their deserved desserts at the hands of John Rambo. It was obvious that God may protect drunks and crazies, he does not protect the stupid. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Don Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Rambo
Super show as all the Rambo's were, this one is great and I loved it, and I think anyone who likes this type of movie, would like this dvd as well, very well made, and very good to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Timothy J. Kornmann
5.0 out of 5 stars always good
I absolutely love this movie! The action and the story are a perfect match! I like all the other rambo movies but this one is definitely my favorite
Published 7 days ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Stallone has such expressive facial features and it almost seems you can tell what he is going to say before he says
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Published 9 days ago by martha s. hart
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
this is a replacement for the regular dvd,so I would have the set in blu-ray.Picture quality and options are wonderful.
Published 10 days ago by drs1964
4.0 out of 5 stars An aging soldier finds a cause.
In this, likely the last installment of the Rambo films, Sylvester Stallone once again plays former Green Beret, Vietnam Vet John Rambo. Read more
Published 16 days ago by JAG 2.0
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta have it, cool packaging
Unique packaging I think. Really liked the packaging setup. Gory, action packed, and lots of gratuitous kill shots. Win Win.
Published 19 days ago by Discount Purchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not Rambo without gore but its still good
I saw Rambo at the movies i have it on dvd but this version is different theirs less gore and there's a lot more taken out but the beginning it says John Rambo when it comes on
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
this movie may not be for everyone, but everyone should watch it at least once to find out.

i love it...
Published 1 month ago by SamHain
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Digital copy?
Yes it does, I just got it today
Jun 3, 2008 by Michael Collins |  See all 4 posts
Digital Code has expired
If your Digital Copy code will not redeem, go here to request a new iTunes Digital Copy code: http://www.lionsgatedigitalcopy.com/support/support_form.html

This is the LionsGate Digital Copy Support form. You can obtain your replacement iTunes Digital Copy code for Rambo here. I am sure... Read more
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movie money?
i know that the extended cut of Rambo does not have movie money
Jul 31, 2010 by William J. Robinson |  See all 4 posts
DVD release?
DVD Active announced it will premiere only on Blu-ray Disc in Canada and the United States on July 27, 2010 sorry about that
Jul 31, 2010 by William J. Robinson |  See all 3 posts
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Amazon never charges me for something I've ordered until it actually ships. I've got pre-orders going up to a year in advance. Hope this helps.
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