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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White, T.P. McKenna, Carmen Argenziano
  • Directors: Joseph Zito
  • Writers: Jack Abramoff
  • Producers: Jack Abramoff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RJ59
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Scorpion" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. May Jr. on April 11, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn E. Ribas on January 26, 2001
Format: DVD
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Olesen on January 9, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jed L. Harrison on March 16, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
THE MOVIE RED SCORPION WAS AN INTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE STORY. DOLF LUNDGREN IS BELIEVABLE IN THE RED SCORPION MOVIE. JED
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