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Rambo III (Special Edition) (1988)

Sylvester Stallone , Richard Crenna , Peter MacDonald  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith, Spiros Focás
  • Directors: Peter MacDonald
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone, David Morrell, Sheldon Lettich
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Buzz Feitshans, Mario Kassar, Tony Munafo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Live, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640S3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest action star of all time at his zenith January 2, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rambo 3 is usually regarded as the weakest in the series. However, I love this film, simply because Stallone plays a borderline superhero better than anyone else. How many other men can combine such a powerful physical presense with so much force of character? While the real-life Stallone is certainly not as virtuous as Rambo, he is known to have incredible willpower and determination. These qualities dominate his portrayal of John Rambo.You look into this man's eyes and you simply cannot imagine him being small or petty. He is reminiscent of Harry Callahan in that regard. Whatever his limitations may be, his integrity and courage are beyond question. In addition, Stallone is so devoted to the discipline of bodybuilding that he has actually managed to create a distinctive look for this film. (As he has done on many other occassions for various movies.) Stallone is so powerfully built in Rambo 3 that he actually seems like an extension of the rugged Middle Eastern desert environment. But, back in the 80's, his approach was always Spartan.....he kept himself on such a strict diet, and was, by his own admission, so overtrained, that he could easily have been even more developed, had he wished.But that Spartan approach suited the roles he played to absolute perfection. His range may be limited, as we saw in his 'comedy' films, but when he sticks to his forte, playing great heroes, Stallone is the greatest ever.

However, Rambo 3 has other good qualities besides Stallone. There are several great action sequences. The opening stick fight is brutal and effective. The helicopter attack on the Afghan village is horrific and violent. Crenna's character seems to summon a warmth from Rambo that we do not often see. They work well together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! IGNORE ALL 1 STAR RATINGS! December 29, 2011
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First of all this movie is not pro-Taliban or pro-Al Qaeda
many people on here hate on this movie because Rambo joins the "Taliban"... This is very laughable because those people were Mujahadeens if you didnt know there are 3 different ethnic groups in Afghanistan Tajiks(Who were in the movie) Hazaras(Mongoloid people) and Pashtoons(Talibans) these people in here assume that just because u are an afghan trying to defend ur country against the russians you are a "terrorist" or "taliban" its also funny because this movie was set in the 1980's Taliban wasnt even formed until the 1990's. JUST SHOWS HOW STUPID SOME PEOPLE ARE. AND HOW IGNORANT! SHAME ON YOU!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am RAMBO, hear me Roar! August 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
John Rambo is once again caught up in the world of War and death as he comes out of 'retirement' to rescue his long time friend Colonel Trautmen from the Russians in Afghanistan.
This explosive action movie brings back Sylvester Stallone as the grunting, no-smiles, super buff, near indestructible, one-man army guy, John Rambo. With a vast array of weaponry (some I'm sure he pulls out of nowhere), helicopter gunships, tanks, his trustee Rambo bowie knife, and funny one liners, he will win this war, even if he has to kill everyone to prove it. This is great for a high-action, no brainer night of fun with the mates. RECOMMENDED!!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Action Classic with Current Times Twist December 14, 2001
By Waheed
It seems America needs the help of John Rambo one more time as he treks out to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan to save his friend. This movie is packed with action straight from the beginning until the end!
Starting off in the Orient where Rambo seeks to find inner peace by living with Buddhist monks and making some extra money by stick fighting locals. All is well until old pal, Col. Trautman and his CIA friend show up to persuade John to help them funnel arms to the Afghan freedom fighters, (who at the time were fighting the Red army). Rambo quickly declines the offer (Even after seeing some persuading pictures of maimed Afghan children) claiming his war is over.
Dissapointed, Col. Trautman leaves on a solo mission with a convoy of Afghan and American fighters to end up being caught by a ruthless Russian commander who tortures him, and Afghan men and women prisoners day and night.
Rambo learns of the news and now is forced to back to the war he didn't want to fight to save his friend. Along the way, he makes Afghan friends and saves the day by almost single handedly taking out a whole Russian battalion including Spetnaz commandos.
The story is straight out of a comic book, but this movie was made to please one market. Die-Hard Action fans like me who just love to see a one man army take on overwhelming odds, kick enormous butt, and live to tell about it.
On a Sidenote:
In the end of the movie, a message gives thanks to: "The Gallant People of Afghanistan." Which is the least the makers of this film could do since during the whole movie, Rambo is depicted as the man who turned the tide. Anyone who doesn't know yet, the Afghan/Russian war was solely fought with Afghan blood, but with our gold.
In ways Afghans and Rambo are alike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rambo III February 17, 2008
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I thought Rambo II was better than Rambo I, and I didn't think the writers/directers, etc. could top Rambo II. Rambo III is different because the war is in Afghanistan against the Russians instead of Vietnam. Still, it was terrific. John Rambo's character is even more mature, yet still hasn't come "full circle" as his former commanding officer tells him. This one has lots of action, enough fighting to keep guys interested and enough relational themes to keep gals happy -- not to mention that Sly actually looks even better in Rambo III than in Rambo II. I didn't think that was possible. Ladies, if you like Stallone and haven't seen this one, your life is about to get better! Order it today! Keep a drool bag handy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rambo Is Reduced To A Killing Machine
Rambo III is the third installment of the Rambo movie franchise.In it,John Rambo launched a mission on his own to save Colonel Trautman. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by DESERTMAN40
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Husband was very happy to get this and has watched it again.
Published 7 days ago by patb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film to raise the average American's awareness of the...
Wonderful film to raise the average American's awareness of the Soviet/Afghan war. Sure, lots of violence, bangs and booms but little to no graphic gore. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Hyperjump
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!!!
Published 1 month ago by Todd A Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie? Great! VHS purchase? Poor!
The movie, in my opinion, was great! However, I'd give my purchase a "one star" because it (the tape) was defective.
Published 1 month ago by Nate Tsutsumi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I'm a native from Afghanistan, and this is one of the best Rambo movies made with Sylvester Stallone. Lots of action.
Published 2 months ago by MOSTAFA MANSOORI
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie
It came with 2 discs and the full screen version would not play. No problem with the wide screen version.
Published 2 months ago by buzz73
4.0 out of 5 stars before CGI
still one of the best photographed action flicks out there...director is a well known camera operator...all directors should learn camera first.
Published 3 months ago by Uilem
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the movie
This is one of the classic movies by Sylvester stallone and have loved the series and have watched multiple times. One of the good action movies.
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