Rambo Box Set (First Blood / Rambo: First Blood Part II / Rambo III ) [Blu-ray]
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First Blood" - A troubled Vietnam Vet squares off against an oppressive sheriff in a small Northwestern town - a battle that escalates into an all-out assault on a town! "Rambo: First Blood Part II" - John Rambo is released from Federal incarceration to help the U.S. government in a covert mission: locate and rescue Vietnam War P.O.W.s still being held captive! "Rambo III" - John Rambo now lives a private life, attempting to deal with the demons of his past. But his rest is short-lived when his friend Colonel Trautman is kidnapped in Afghanistan...
Audio Commentary with Writer David Morrell
"Drawing First Blood"
Audio Commentary with Director George P. Cosmatos
"We Get to Win This Time" Documentary
Audio Commentary with Director Peter MacDonald
"Afghanistan: Land in Crisis" Documentary
1080P High Definition 16X9 Widescreen
English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
"Out of the Blu" Trivia Track
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The Blu Ray discs come in individual cases, I was hoping for a space saving case for my library, I would have rather had a slim case with a hinged spindle instead of this bulky box set.
Disc one houses the first film which looks the best it has ever looked on home video. Nice detail and a clarity I have never seen with this film. It also includes several audio options and two commentaries. The bonuses are a little thinner than the 2 disc DVD Special Editions, but what's here is very good.. A 20 + minute documentary, deleted scenes including the original ending and a nice Trivia option for watching the film. All of these are very interesting. The film itself is by far the best in the series and one of my favorite Stallone vehicles. A great supporting cast,fast pace and a good mix of action make this one worth the price of this set alone.
Disc two holds Rambo II, which also looks the best it ever has, the bonuses include a 20 minute documentary and the trivia option like the first film. This sequel is fair at best, it starts off interesting and is a well made film, but the comic book over the top situations make it hard to really be engrossed in the story because we sense no danger for our hero. The man literally beats an army with a bow and arrow. That being said it only runs out of steam in the last act and isn't a total disaster.
The third disc holds Rambo III which is the weakest in the series, but like the first sequel it starts off promising and runs of of gas with too many sporadic explosions and gunfire. It should be noted that I pretty much wrote the two sequels off until Stallone redeemed himself with a 4th installment named plainly Rambo which I truly enjoyed. Once again a nice upgrade from SD with a 30 minute documentary, but this one isn't all that great as it focuses mainly on Afghanistan and not so much about the movie, there is also the trivia option while attaching the movie.
If you're a fan of these films this is probably worth picking up, while I like bonus features the Rambo series is not all that important to me personally the extras here are very good and informative. At the price point of one Blu Ray, it's hard to resist even only being a true fan of the original. If the last film in the series was included and this was in a slim case or multi disc case, I would have given it 5 stars, regardless it's still a good deal for three quality blu ray transfers of the first three films.
Arguably the 3 best movies of all time. The 1st one is the best though, all set in a forest. Rambo picked on by the law. Greatest lines all time all the way through especially by Trautman: "Get the body bags ready" "Rambo's been trained to eat things that'd make a billygoat puke" The faced on the deputies in the forest as they're taken out one by one is terrific. Stallone plays the part very well, having that Bronson style stare. The 2nd one is more gory and has more action. Yet again, Trautman always dressed perfectly, not a bead of sweat steals the show. Great scene when Rambo threatens Murdock! The 3rd finishes off a great series of 1980s movies.
But that's not why you want this DVD set. If you just want to watch Rambo you can rent it.
You want THIS set because of the extras. It was actually worth watching the whole movie AGAIN with Stallone's commentary running instead of the regular soundtrack. Stallone fills in some backstory about the characters, why the sheriff is the way he is and a whole heap of a tale about the making of the film. Did you ever wonder why films today are so clean cut and Hollywood just can't seem to produce the dark grit of films like Rambo anymore? Well, listen to Stallone tell his tale and you'll understand why films like Rambo just don't get made very often.
I confess I'm doing this review without having seen the other two movies yet but the first movie with the extras has already justified my purchase. I'm really looking forward to seeing the other two and hearing what Stallone has to say about them as well. There are haters out there who hate on Rambo because it's not up to par with their level of sophistication but the loss is theirs. Rambo is a great film and Stallone's commentary adds a lot of value to this set.
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