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Red Scorpion (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (1988)

Dolph Lundgren , M. Emmet Walsh , Joseph Zito  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Brion James
  • Directors: Joseph Zito
  • Writers: Arne Olsen
  • Producers: Jack Abramoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PZ6T80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Scorpion (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

International action star Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Expendables) is Lt. Nikolai Rachenko, a Soviet Special Forces “killing machine” assigned to infiltrate an African rebel uprising and assassinate their anti-Communist leader. Taken into custody and tortured after the mission fails, he stages a harrowing prison escape. Befriended by an African bushman while on the run, Nikolai discovers he was fighting on the wrong side of this violent conflict all along. Nikolai finds the rebel army once more but, this time, he’s on their side and wages bloody war against his former comrades! This action-packed controversial cult classic is now available from Synapse Films in a brand-new 2K high-definition transfer of the uncensored version, containing footage never before seen in the U.S. Featuring amazing performances from Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple) and the late Brion James (Blade Runner), RED SCORPION contains bloody special effects from the legendary Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th). Loaded with interviews and other amazing special features, this disc will blow you away!
Bonus Features:
  • All-New 2K High-Definition Digital Restoration of the Uncensored Version
  • Audio Commentary with Director Joseph Zito and Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson
  • All-New DTS-HD MA 5.1 Soundtrack Mixed Specifically for This Release
  • ASSIGNMENT: AFRICA – Video Interview with Producer Jack Abramoff
  • SCORPION TALES – Video Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
  • Rare Original On-Set Behind-the-Scenes Video Footage
  • Animated Still Gallery
  • Liner Notes on the Making of RED SCORPION by Jérémie Damoiseau
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
  • Reversible Cover Design

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment below is misleading... April 11, 2012
The title of the customer's comment is misleading. There is a standard def DVD inside the package and the comment says "no standard def dvd", which is not true.
The customer is rating a product because they don't have a Blu-ray player, but fail to mention they can CERTAINLY play the standard definition DVD inside, which contains all the same special features as the Blu-ray, but in DVD format. The film is a combo pack, and the picture included in the listing clearly shows it also contains a standard definition DVD version inside.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable June 16, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
One of Dolph Lundgren's best starring films (which I know isn't saying a whole lot, but still), Red Scorpion is one of the most overlooked action gems from the 80s. Lundgren plays a Soviet Special Forces Lieutenant in Africa that turns against his fellow Soviets when he realizes that he's been fighting on the wrong side all along. That's pretty much it story wise, but what Red Scorpion delivers in terms of direction (by Joseph Zito, who helmed the Chuck Norris action cheese-fests Missing in Action and Invasion USA, as well as horror favorites The Prowler and Friday the 13th Part 4), action sequences, and makeup effects from the great Tom Savini more than makes up for any of its other shortcomings. Red Scorpion also has the dubious honor of being produced and written by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, which in itself makes it worth seeing regardless. Synapse Films went out of their way to pack enough special features into this Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack (they usually do) as well as beautifully restore the film's picture as well. All in all, if action movies are your thing, check out Red Scorpion, you'll be glad that you did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolph Lundgren great again March 28, 2001
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I thought this movie was great, definitely one of Dolph's best, I thought he did an excellent job, as a quite killing machine, who was known as a man of few words. Some of the greatest action scenes as well, with terrific explosive effects. This movie has power, humor, excitement, and a great portray of how the Soviet Union is, with their communism. I was only 6 years old when this film came out, and went and saw it with my older brother at the theatres, and loved it even when i was just a little kid, but im not saying let a 6 year old watch this, that was a mistake for me to see it at that young,but Red Scorpion rocks, enjoy!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolph in Africa January 26, 2001
Dolph plays a Soviet agent (Nikolai) who is sent to Angola (I think) to kill the leader of a band of rebels. Eventually, he realizes he is on the wrong side of this conflict and joins the rebel army. There is a scene where Nikolai is rescued from the desert by a Bushman. I think the Bushman character is a nice touch. The whole movie may be more relevant to people who are familiar with Africa, the Congo in particular and the past political situations there. Dolph doesn't really have that many lines, however, he does deliver the action and convey the emotions. His costars (the guys who play the bushman, one of the rebel leaders and a reporter) are excellent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE March 16, 2012
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Action star Dolph Lundgren got his big break playing Russian Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (1985), and he again plays a Russian in his fourth film Red Scorpion (1988), a military adventure set in Africa. Lundgren is Lt. Nikolai Rachenko, a member of "Spetsnaz"(Russian special forces) who is sent undercover to locate and assassinate a resistance leader. The action sequences are generally very well executed and often extreme, as the brute force of modern mechanized armies are unleashed on the native people. The film doesn't dwell on tragedy, taking a mostly surreal approach to the mayhem, and stylizing the violence. Red Scorpion also includes a "spiritual" element, as Rachenko comes to realize how the Soviets have been abusing the people, and becomes enlightened to their native ways.

Events take place in an African nation where forces of the Soviet Union and Cuba, are involved in the subjugation of the native people. Operating independently of the Cubans, the Soviets are after a rebel leader named Ango Sundata (Ruben Nthodi) who is in hiding somewhere in the bush. Following orders from General Vortek (T.P. McKenna), Rachenko gets himself tossed in jail, where Sundata's close friend Kallunda Kintash (Al White) is being held. When the opportunity presents itself, Rachenko, Kintash, and gutter-mouthed American reporter Dewey Nelson (M. Emmet Walsh), make a spectacular escape.

The trio eventually meet up with Sundata`s group, but Nikolai fails in his attempt to kill him and is knocked out and captured by the Cubans. Nikolai is abandoned by his commander, and suffers some cruel torture, before again escaping from captivity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice classic action movie January 9, 2012
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If your into the rambo's and other 80's style action flicks, this one is also a good kicker. It has a good plot and decent action. Basically, a rock cold solider becomes alive and his empathy against the enemy turns as his own turns against him. It all winds up to an explosive ending with a slice of redemption.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok. Enough action to keep me interested.
Published 28 days ago by Tim Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
I liked it. It was pretty good.
Published 28 days ago by Michael Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars O.k.action movie
Already had this movie in Vhs,so I bought this when I had seen it was available in Blu Ray.Better picture the plot and action.
Published 2 months ago by drs1964
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
added to my collection
Published 3 months ago by clyde
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Good action for a B class movie. I do like Dolph Lundgren, but only wished he played in better movies.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Powell
1.0 out of 5 stars RED SCORPION
Published 6 months ago by Martin E. Zahn
4.0 out of 5 stars A little different.
Early in dolphs career. It has that vibe of weird violence and lower budget production but my husband really likes this type.
Published 6 months ago by Richard Or Wendy Rudy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum Red Scorpion
I don't know why but one pretty well knows whats going to happen but goes right back and watches another movie like they've seen before. Same here. I guess I'm guilty also. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. East
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie brings back lots of mems
one of the most memorable movie line "I am still spetznatz but not in your army". cant beat a big russian
Published 7 months ago by Amanda Willson & Joshua Yeater
5.0 out of 5 stars A soviet defector in Africa
Dolph Lundgren SHOULD have been a much bigger action-star than he has been, and still is. Unfortunately, there already was a muscleman with a Germanic accent very well established... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ThorBjorn
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