Rambo 1-3 [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Six hours of monosyllabic John Rambo high jinks, best savored in surround sound (for the bone-rattling explosions) and with your brain on pause (for everything else). Sylvester Stallone's second signature character, after Rocky, a seething ex-Green Beret killing machine, went from Viet-vet victim in the original picture, First Blood, flipping out over the ingratitude of his beloved homeland, to a muscle-bound terminator in Rambo III, mowing down Commies in the deserts of Afghanistan. You should consider bypassing the box set in favor of just the middle chapter, Rambo: First Blood Part 2, written by James Cameron and directed by George Pan Cosmotos. It's the most balanced and satisfying of the three films: Rambo is dropped back into 'Nam to rescue some POWs, and the action builds steadily in scale and ferocity. Each fireball seems to be bigger than the last. Of all the recent headbanger action movies, only the first Die Hard offers more bang for the buck. The underrated character actor Richard Crenna (a standout sleazebag in Body Heat), as Rambo's military mentor and staunch defender, is the series' secret weapon, providing some welcome human ballast. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rambo-First Blood starts the series out with a bang.John Rambo,a highly decorated Vietnam vet,is traveling through Hope,Oregon when he gets stopped and literally driven out of town by the chief of police(Brian Dennehey),just for how he looks.He takes alot of abuse,but returns to the town and gets arrested.In jail he is again abused while being held and he finally can't take anymore.He breaks out and is on the run.The State police and National Guard are called out to assist in the manhunt.This gets the attention of his former commander Col.Read more ›
The Rambo series is Stallone's second best (can't top Rocky!). Let me take a brief look at the films that comprise this trilogy.
First Blood: An all-time action classic, somehow underrated these days. This is a relentless piece of non-stop action that has served as a model for many other action pics. Some call John Rambo's "breakdown" scene laughable; I call it one of Stallone's finest acting moments. 5 Stars
Rambo: First Blood Part II: Totally different from the first one, this film was highly immitated due to it's overwhelming box-office success. Not nearly as effective as the first, it is more of a "guilty pleasure" as it consists primarily of Rambo blowing stuff up. 3 Stars
Rambo III: As Stallone's physique hardened, Rambo's personality softened. Sly has never been more chiseled, but he has turned Rambo into a nice guy who tosses off one-liners whenever given the chance. Still, there is more story here than in Part II (even if the topical story lost a lot of edge by the time the film hit theaters, as the Russians had pulled out of Afghanistan in real life). I prefer this to Part II, this movie went way over budget but the money is on the screen: the action sequences will leave you breathless. 3 1/2 Stars
This set is a bargain, and if special features are important to you (they aren't to me) you'll be pleased to have the 4th bonus disc which is exclusive to this set.
One important side note, unlike the previous DVD release, Rambo III does NOT include English subtitles for the Russian language that is spoken in some scenes. This is a significant error on Artisan's part, so consider yourself warned.
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I had been looking for the Rambo movies in one package and this package does the job. Good quality productPublished on Aug. 8 2013 by Khawar Ali
This a great package overall, much better than what is availible here in Australia but the dts/5.1 mix on the first two movies is non existent everything comes through the center... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Daniel J. Cohen
I love this movies. It rocks my house up big time. I recommend for soldiers who wants a piece of the action. Watch them in widescreen. Is much better to watch. Enjoy.Published on March 28 2004
I really used to like the rambo movie's but was never what you'd call a HUGE fan.The first one was the best then i think they basically should have laid it to rest,cause it was a... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004