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Rambo:First Blood


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett
  • Directors: Ted Kotcheff
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone, David Morrell, Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Buzz Feitshans, Herb Nanas
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alliance (Universal)
  • VHS Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784011370
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,964 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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It's easy to forget that this Spartan, violent film, which begat the Rambo series, was such a big hit in 1982 because it was a good movie. Green Beret vet John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into the wrong small town to find a fellow 'Nam buddy and gets the living heck kicked out of him by the local law enforcement (led by Brian Dennehy). The vet strikes back the only way he knows how, leading to a visceral, if unrealistic, flight and fight through the local mountains. Based on the 1972 novel by David Morrell, this film saved Stallone's then-foundering career and the Rambo character became the inspiration for countless political cartoons. But this film is Deliverance without the moral ambiguity. --Keith Simanton

Special Features

Drawing First Blood, First Blood : A Look Back, Audio Commentary With Sylvester Stallone, Audio Commentary With Writer David Morrell, Alternate Ending, Humorous Ending, 2 Trailers, Deleted Scenes : Dream In Saïgon, The Real Nam : Voices From Within, Forging Heroes : America’s Green Berets, Guts and Glory, and How To Become Rambo.

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Glover on Sept. 23 2003
Format: DVD
In "First Blood" Sylvester Stallone is John Rambo a wandering ex-Green Beret looking for a former Vietnam buddy in a small hostile town. Rambo is unjustly harassed and arrested by over zealous Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When Rambo is pushed to the limit he strikes back and single handedly beats up several officers in route to an escape into the surrounding hills.
Now that Rambo is back in his element things get interesting as a member of Teasle's posse unwittingly draws "First Blood" (hence the title) unleashing the wrath that is Rambo! The subsequent hoopla and bombast that accompanied the remaining two installments to the series really overshadow the quality of "First Blood." Stallone is at his monosyllabic best with a screenplay that keeps the dialogue down and revs the action up. Veteran action director Ted Kotcheff expertly handles the key set piece of the film that shows Rambo deftly ambushing several unsuspecting victims with such precision that none of them is fatally wounded. Finally Rambo comes face to face with his accuser Sheriff Teasle to issue an ultimatum that actually does more to up the stakes rather then cool the situation down. Rambo's former commanding officer Trautmen (Richard Crenna) is brought in for advice but instead issues his own declaration when he tells Sheriff Teasle that if he continues to pursue Rambo he better have a lot of body bags.
"First Blood" is really a study in wills and the stubbornness not to know when to back down. Sheriff Teasle is not able to admit that he is over matched and Rambo uses the injustice he has suffered both in the small town and in Vietnam as a reason to let his fury rage on an unsuspecting populace. Recent films like the disappointing "The Hunted" would have done well to mimic the terse sensibilities that served "First Blood" so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Stephanson on Sept. 22 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This 1982 film introduced the character "John Rambo", and was followed by other films that portrayed a powerful but misunderstood superhero. Rambo is arrested for walking through a small town, but makes his escape against great odds. He flees into the wilderness, Sheriff Teasel's men in hot pursuit. [Does this remind you of some early Hitchcock films?] The many forces combined against one man prove unequal. ["A Fistful of Dollars" or "Yojimbo"?] Like some Hitchcock films, the visuals are used more than dialog for the story.
Most of the film is devoted to the hunt for Rambo in the cold, rainy forest. Rambo eludes his pursuers, the hunted becomes the hunter. The dead and wounded are brought out of the wilderness. The forces against Rambo are escalated, yet success eludes them. Colonel Trautmann, who trained Rambo to be the best killing machine, shows up to confront the Sheriff, and attempts to end the conflict by a political solution ("let him go, get him later").
The burning gas station echoes that scene in "The Birds", a film about Nature taking revenge. Shooting into electrical transformers creates a blackout that is all too familiar. The explosions and fires are another disaster. Does the ending with the Colonel remind you of Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"? While Rambo walks away, the rest of the story is left to your imagination.
The military trains its guard dogs to be vicious, and to obey only their handler. When the handler leaves the service, his dog is destroyed; it has outlived its usefulness. This film is important as an example of propaganda in the movies. A psychotic drifter who kills police and National Guardsmen is portrayed as a hero! Could this happen in real life? Does the failure of the hunt for Rambo echo the Vietnam war? Does the attack on the town portend future terrorism?
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Format: DVD
In 1982 Sylvester Stallone releases yet another fantastic movie with "First Blood",the first in the Rambo series."First Blood" was inspired by David Morrell's epic novel of the same name.While it doesn't take entirely what is in the book and that many parts if not nearly each of them were written by Stallone himself.It is to notice that Stallone gave Rambo a more human perspective of the character than Morrell did.There have been three sequels that followed but whom all failed to reach the level of the first : "First Blood Part 2"(1985),"Rambo III"(1988) and the more recent "Rambo" in 2008.Decades latter and First Blood is still an amazing movie providing you both action and thrills.Stallone managed to bring two memorable franchises,Rocky And Rambo wich became some of America's most beloved movies.

In First Blood Stallone plays the role of John Rambo a Green Beret vet who went to Vietnam and was trained to kill.Rambo searches for the last of his comrades from the Green Berets days,and finds out he died from cancer a few years ago.He walks to a nearby town and is trown out of the town by Sheriff William Teasle.Rambo comes back and is "roughed up" by the cops who without knowing they had made a new powerfull ennnemy.John escapes and the police chases him.He then shows us how much of a killing machine he is by setting up traps and killing.That's when Colonel Samuel Trautman(who was initialy going to be played by Kirk Douglas and at the last minute it all changed)comes in.He claims to be the only one who can stop Rambo as he trained him and obeyed him.It turns out to be a terrific action movie full of suspense and at the same time full of drama and intense moments.Let me tell you if you enjoy movies with any of the mentionned above you are likely to love this movie.
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