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on March 5, 2015
Easily my favourite Arnie movie, and there's a lot to pick from! Great price too, thanks

Edited (since I've now viewed this copy);
I didn't know there was an original Sony release of this film in 2010. So now I'm stuck with a 25GB copy produced from an inferior studio.
Only reason I bring up these points is because after watching it last night it had a lot of grain and sharpening issues with image quality, and the sound wasnt all that crisp. Those aren't issues with many blu-rays these days....

Unfortunately doesnt offer the Sony edition and I don't really look around unless I'm comparing prices, but the price was already good for me on this. So I only found this all out after a disappointing viewing experience and some research.

Considering the better copy on is roughly the same price (and the version I ordered from came from the states anyway,) I would highly recommend going over there. They ship to Canada too.

I guess I can be happy that its a better copy than my full-screen DVD edition!
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on June 30, 2003
LAH is a lot of fun if you're willing to keep two mindsets at hand and switch between them on demand -- because LAH suffers from having multiple screenwriters with wildly divergent attitudes toward the concept: fluffy parody (seen mainly in Slater's world) and fairly dark satire (in "ours"). It's two halves of two good films edited together, and they don't blend _at all_. In one half, the comedy sidekick bounces across housetops on his bicycle with no harm done and all the bullets miss our heroes; in the other, the hero, angst-ridden since the death (debatably, murder) of his son, ends up in a traffic-stuck ambulance dying graphically in blood and agony.
Oil and water would look positively emulsified by comparison.
But it's an _interesting_ film, especially for the type of people who like to argue over issues like creators' moral responsibility toward their characters. ("...I don't really like you. You've brought me nothing but pain." -- J Slater to A Schwarzenegger)
I grant that the animated cat does not belong in the picture at all.
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on December 18, 1998
I haven't seen the DVD version yet but I enjoyed the theater release very much (saw it twice).
I thought it was one of Arnold's best movies, in fact. I couldn't understand why it got such bad reviews.
Maybe they missed the point of all the self-mocking sarcasm? Arnold got a chance to relax and make some serious fun of himself and his image.
It's a great fantasy, where a kid is sucked into the movie screen, into the world of his favorite action hero movie star. And then he tries to convince the hero that the hero's world is just a fiction in the movies.
Like, the hero gets someone's phone number and the kid points out, so if this is all real, then how come everybody's phone number starts with "555"?
And they're in a video store and they see a poster for a movie that starred Arnold in real life. Only in the hero's world, it starred Sylvester Stallone, and the hero says how much he loved Stallone's performance.
I really think the naysayers just missed the whole point. It really stood up to my 2nd viewing and I will check out the DVD version soon.
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LAST ACTION HERO [1993/2010] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Schwarzenegger, Can Be Your Last Action Hero!

Action-adventure superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger bursts through the screen as a larger-than-life movie hero in this nonstop adventure from acclaimed director John McTiernan 'Predator' and 'Die Hard.' Jack Slater is an action-film hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. An old projectionist Nick [Robert Prosky] who hands a magic movie ticket to Jack's biggest preteen fan Danny Madigan [Austin O'Brien], and the kid steps right inside the latest Jack Slater film, becoming the actor star's sidekick in gunfights and car chases.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Frank McRae, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Mercedes Ruehl, Austin O'Brien, Professor Toru Tanaka, Joan Plowright, Keith Barish, Karen Duffy, Larry Ferguson, Melvin Van Peebles, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Noah Emmerich, Michael Chieffo, John Finnegan, Frank McRae, Ryan Todd, Bobbie Brown (cameo), Angie Everhart (cameo), John McTiernan Sr. (cameo), Franco Columbu (cameo), Tina Turner (cameo), Sharon Stone (cameo), Robert Patrick (cameo), Catherine Tramell (cameo), Mike Muscat (cameo), Sylvester Stallone (cameo), Angie Everhart (cameo), Maria Shriver (cameo), Little Richard (cameo), Leeza Gibbons (cameo), James Belushi (cameo), Damon Wayans (cameo), Chevy Chase (cameo), Timothy Dalton (cameo), Jean-Claude Van Damme (cameo), MC Hammer (cameo), Wilson Phillips (cameo), Sir Ian McKellen (cameo) Symba (uncredited) and Danny DeVito (uncredited)

Director: John McTiernan

Producers: John McTiernan and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Screenplay: David Arnott, Shane Black and William Goldman (uncredited)

Composer: Michael Kamen

Cinematography: Dean Semler

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 5. 1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Portuguese: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Running Time: 131 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: Fun fact: In the summer of 1993, 'Last Action Hero' opened one week after 'Jurassic Park.' Studio bosses at Columbia Pictures were convinced that Arnold Schwarzenegger would clobber the dinosaurs, and played up this battle of the box office behemoths in their promotion for the film. They were gravely mistaken. Arnold Schwarzenegger got stomped like Bambi under Godzilla's foot. I can recall going to a big multiplex with Steven Spielberg's film on five screens. Even in its second week, lines to see it went through the theatre lobby and out the door. In comparison, 'Last Action Hero' opened there on just a single screen with a half-empty auditorium. After a string of mega-hits including 'Total Recall' and 'Terminator 2,' the actor had his first outright flop. As a potential contender for the big summer blockbuster of the year, 'Last Action Hero' was simply not to be.

In hindsight, there was simply no way that any picture in its position could have ever succeeded. Not even the biggest film star in the world, which Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the time, could face off against the defining cultural moment for a generation of moviegoers and survive unscathed. However, bad timing was certainly not the film's only problem. Even if not for its box office competition, the movie's poor screenplay, inconsistent tone, and the irritating performance from one of its lead stars would have likely done it in anyway.

Somewhere during its development, 'Last Action Hero' started off as a [supposedly] clever idea, even metaphysical, high-concept pitch. The story works as a sort of reverse spin on Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose of Cairo.' Life in the big city slums of New York hasn't been easy for young Danny Madigan [Austin O'Brien]. In between home invasions and muggings, the boy's only form of entertainment is to watch films at the run-down old theatre where he's befriended the doddering projectionist Nick [Robert Prosky] who owns his personal Cinema. Like most 12 year-olds, he has an enthusiasm for films but hasn't yet developed taste in them. His favourites are the mindless shoot-'em-ups starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, yes, the actor name-checks himself, as loose cannon cop Jack Slater. After one particularly bad day, his projectionist friend offers Danny Madigan a special advance screening of 'Jack Slater IV', all by himself at midnight. The boy jumps at the chance. When he arrives, he's also given a magic ticket said to be passed down from Harry Houdini. Danny Madigan is in hog heaven as he settles down to watch Jack Slater take revenge on the Mafioso, who killed his second-cousin.

Well, it turns out that the magic ticket really is magical. At a key moment, Danny Madigan is sucked into the theatre screen and passes right through into the world of the film itself. Against his disbelief, he's living in his favourite film, paired up as Jack Slater's newest partner. His attempts to explain the predicament to anyone and everyone in earshot are met with indifference. Now, Danny Madigan must find a way to get back to the real world. In the process, he'll have to help Jack Slater foil the Mob's latest scheme to take over Los Angeles.

It's [supposedly] a neat idea, and 'Last Action Hero' has a handful of funny scenes to support it. Early on, bored at school, Danny Madigan fantasises about Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over for Laurence Olivier in 'Hamlet' and blowing the hell out of Denmark. In Jack Slater's crazy celluloid universe, the L.A.P.D. is populated by all sorts of wacko cops in outlandish uniforms. Blink-and-you'll-miss-'em celebrity cameos pop up all over, like Sharon Stone as Catherine Trammel, Robert Patrick as the T-1000, and Danny DeVito as the voice of an animated cat detective, to name but a few. The film takes pot-shots at action film clichés like the crusty police captain, the hero's bad puns, the overly-talky killer, the cop killed with only two days to retirement, a chase through the oft-used L.A. River, and many ridiculous stunts and explosions. Arnold Schwarzenegger is plenty game to send-up his own persona and career. And the meta-filmic twists go into overdrive when the main villain Benedict [Charles Dance] who is delightfully creepy, escapes into the real world with a plot to disrupt the 'Jack Slater IV' premiere and kill the true Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Towards the end of the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as himself, attending the New York opening of his latest Jack Slater film, accompanied by his wife, Maria Shriver, and blithely unaware that Jack Slater is fighting for his life in another part of the theatre. Instead, Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen hustling the Jack Slater merchandise that, like the "Last Action Hero" T-shirts, caps and poster are being sold to promote the film.

Unfortunately, these things take up maybe 15 to 20 minutes of screen time in a 131-minute film. Whatever good ideas the original script may have held were eventually watered down through countless rewrites, studio interference, test screening feedback, and last-minute reshoots. Danny Madigan is an incredibly whiny and annoying lead character that engenders no audience sympathy at all. I can't blame poor Austin O'Brien too much; I'm sure the kid did exactly what everyone asked of him. The hiring of John McTiernan as the director, especially where he made his mark with 'Predator' and 'Die Hard,' also turned out to be a much bigger mistake than anyone realised. The director may be deft with the action stuff, but has no sense of comedy whatsoever. Far too many of the gags in the film are thudding unfunny. For long stretches of the film, everyone seems to forget that they're making a spoof of dumb action films, and instead just proceeds to make a dumb action film.

'Last Action Hero' is slightly overlong, and not nearly as funny, smart, or entertaining as it thinks it is. Sadly, everyone realised it. At $85 million, the film was quite expensive for its day and it cost more than 'Jurassic Park' did, and yet grossed a paltry $50 million domestically. It did better overseas, and I'm sure turned a profit eventually. But the vanity project is still remembered as a black mark in its star's career. On the other hand, 'Last Action Hero' is not quite the worthless disaster that it was made out to be at the time either. If you can go into it with low expectations, the picture is just moderately clever enough to be watchable. Just barely, though and set those expectations really low.

With his lantern jaw and square-cut, comic-book looks, Arnold Schwarzenegger handles his various roles with good humour: it is fun being the boss. Young Austin O'Brien is also a very slick performer. Note should be made of the contributions of Dean Semler, the director of photography; Eugenio Zanetti, the production designer, and Richard Greenberg, the visual effects consultant.

Blu-ray Video Quality ' Considering its history on the very inferior DVD, 'Last Action Hero' looks surprisingly respectable on Blu-ray. The 1080p transfer is presented in the films correct 2.40:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The image is at least reasonably sharp enough that the small engraving on Arnold's belt buckle is legible. Black levels are solid and the contrast range appears to be properly rendered without artificial boosting. Colours are well saturated and sometimes striking. In another pleasant surprise, I didn't spot any edge enhancement artefacts. My initial expectation was that Sony would merely recycle their DVD master from 2001, and the studio's DVDs of the era were almost all plagued with edge ringing problems. Countering that, however, is some moderate but noticeable Digital Noise Reduction filtering that does give the transfer a dated appearance. This causes occasional smearing during motion, and frozen grain patterns. Grain representation in general is a problem with the disc. The movie's photography is fairly grainy in spots, especially during special effects shots. The high-definition transfer doesn't handle the grain very well. It looks very noisy and even blocky at times, which suggests either poor digitalisation during the telecine transfer or poor compression during the disc encoding.

Blu-ray Audio Quality ' In similar respects, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is decent all around, but not quite exceptional. 'Last Action Hero' had the distinction of being the first movie released theatrically in the SDDS 7.1 audio format, Sony's competition for Dolby Digital and DTS. The latter debuted a week earlier with 'Jurassic Park' and stole most of Sony's thunder. Many of the theatres equipped with SDDS experienced technical problems; for several years, and the format was referred to as a complete failure. In order to show off their 7.1 channels, the film's mixers loaded up the soundtrack with lots of zinging directional and surround activity. Bullets whiz all through the soundstage repeatedly. Even as mixed down to 5.1 channels here, the track is still very aggressive. It also matrixes well into 7.1 configuration with Dolby ProLogic IIx processing. Overall fidelity is pretty good. The rockin' score and songs on the soundtrack are satisfyingly broad across the front channels. Sound effects such as knives are quite sharp and piercing. Gun fire has a nice kick. Dynamic range is a little on the shallow side. The movie has plenty of explosions, but few of them dig particularly deep. In baseball terms, this would be a solid double.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: Just like earlier DVD editions of this film, the Blu-ray has no bonus features. Unless you count a bunch of trailers that are not very relevant, which is to my mind, a complete waste of a Blu-ray disc.

Finally, film for film and despite a couple of misfires in an otherwise exemplary résumé, there was at one point nobody better in the Action movie business than John McTiernan, and after a string of cranking out three of the most successful Action films of all time, the Director proved himself abundantly capable of delivering what was and still arguably is the quintessential Action spoof film in 'Last Action Hero.' Starring history's biggest Action hero and delivering a fun and magical plot that perfectly intermixes general parody of the Action movie business, 'Last Action Hero' makes for an infinitely re-watchable picture for Action and Arnold Schwarzenegger fans alike. Sony's Blu-ray release, however, is rather tepid, featuring a fairly decent 1080p picture quality, a booming lossless soundtrack, and next to no extras. Recommended for diehard fans of the film, but for more casual viewers should wait for, hopefully a special edition at some point in the future will be released, I hope so. Despite it being slightly a disappointing film, that should have been better, I am still glad I have got this in my Blu-ray Collection, as I am really keen to build up an extensive Arnold Schwarzenegger Blu-ray Collection.

Andrew C. Miller ' Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan.
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on May 15, 2000
John McTiernan's "Last Action Hero" is always looked at as one of the big flops in modern day cinema. The truth is the film is a lot better than a lot of people are willing to admit. In Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" a desperate women falls in love with a character in a film she watches who just happens to jump out of the screen. Well it is basically the same sort of formula only a kid gets in on the action of the latest Schwarzenegger film, "Jack Slater 4" yet befriends the character and not the actor who thinks all of it is real and not a film. True, it is not as bittersweet as Allen's movie but I don't find that to be a flaw. It is a very fun movie and it was very enjoyable the whole way through. Arnold Schwarzenegger does a great parody of himself as Slater who spits out one liners during violent conflicts. I even found Austin O' Brien to be a fairly decent child actor in this film and that is a rare suprise in this sort of a film. The film is also backed by a great score of hard rock music from AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Megadeath and more. John McTiernan and Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered heavy blows with this film. True, it was not either of their best work but I think the critics were way too cruel. Its should not be viewed as a failure but as an enjoyable action adventure that it is.
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on November 11, 2003
This is one of those movies that a lot of people that haven't seen it say, "That movie wasn't really that good, was it?" but those that have seen it, say, "Why wasn't this movie more popular?" Maybe it was bad timing, or as some others suggested, just not correctly billed to the public.
Last Action Hero is hard to describe. It's funny, it's witty, with lots of those one-liners that Arnold became so popular with, and I loved the way he constantly poked fun at his fictional character as well as his "real" self. Some of my favorite dialogue in the movie is when the kid is trying to convince "character Arnold (aka: Jack Slater)" that he's actually just a character in a movie. The kid starts asking about phone numbers and how can they possibly all start with 555- in a city with several million phone numbers, when Jack Slater exasperatedly says, "That's why we have Area Codes..." Priceless. The movie is full of fun stuff like that, and I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is even remotely a Schwarzenegger fan, or who just like campy, yet intelligent, movies. The parody within a parody, and movie within a movie actually worked well in this one.
I thought the movie had a lot of great character performances, and clever scripting, and I think this movie got a bum rap. It's really a great movie, I'm glad I bought the DVD. The transfer is a little sloppy in places on the one I bought, but since it's a "Special Anniversary Edition", I have a feeling that had something to do with it. There's only a fullscreen version on my DVD, no widescreen, and the camera pans are really noticeable in a few places.
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on May 2, 2003
If there was ever any movie that celebrated Arnold Schwarzenegger movies it's "Last Action Hero." Actually, this film celebrates action movies in general. Directed by action legend John McTiernan (Hunt for Red October, Die Hard), this fantasy film about a kid named Danny who goes inside a Schwarzenegger film is loaded with nonstop action, some good laughs, and tons of cameo appearences, including: Ian McKellan, Robert Patrick, Tina Turner, Chevy Chase, Jim Belushi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Little Richard, and Danny DeVito as an animated cat! This film brings in loads of fun, and the casting of Charles Dance as the villain is genius. Sure, this film isn't perfect, but if you're an Arnold fan it's plenty fun. Sometimes, the movie even works as a spoof of action, like in the car chase scene where literally every single car explodes. This film really isn't as bad as people make it out to be. It's actually one of my favorite Arnold films. I'd recommend this film to the child-at-heart; to the people who never really grew up. It's fun for the kid in all of us.
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on December 5, 2003
After his monumental success with Terminator 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger re-united with his Predator director John McTiernan for this action/fantasy farce. The storyline concerns a young boy (Austin O'Brien) who comes across a magic movie ticket which allows Jack Slater (Schwarzenegger), a movie character who is played by Arnie, to leave his film world and come to the real world. Get all that? Good. Schwarzenegger (who also served as executive producer) is great as he pokes fun at his action roles, his career, and himself. The cast is sharp (including Charles Dance, Mercedes Ruehl, Tom Noonan, Bridgette Wilson, and Ian McKellan) with plenty of cameos (including Jean Claude Van Damme, Sharon Stone, Tina Turner, Robert Patrick, and Arnie's wife Maria Shriver) and the action is nicely directed, but Last Action Hero comes close to wearing out it's welcome thanks to it's overly long running time and anti-climatic ending. Last Action Hero wasn't too well received by critics upon it's release, but it still stands as a fun Arnie romp.
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on January 9, 2000
Forget what the critics said. This movie works beautifully on several different levels. As an action spoof it is hilarious, with many in-jokes, gags and cameos. As a fantasy it is ingenious with Austin O'Brien very appealing as a kid with a "magic ticket" that can transport him from the real world into the fake world of action films. And it works splendidly as a send up of Schwarzenegger's movie image giving him a big chance to do what he does best-poke fun at himself. It also works as one of the most original buddy movies ever. There is a lot going on here and it will take a few viewings to catch everything but that is what makes a good movie good. The action is wall-to-wall, no doubt, like many other action films, good or bad. The sequences are very well done but contrived, just like many of those previously mentioned films. But they are contrived for a reason-to spoof the genre. Because a lot of people who originally saw this didn't get it, it is, in this critic's humble opinion, one of the most misunderstood films of all time. That accounted for its bad reviews and low box office. But it is my belief that this was largely due to poor marketing. When Schwarzenegger (who served as executive producer) would appear on television to plug it, he made a fatal mistake. His description of this as a family movie was wrong. It is very violent, even though that too is done for a purpose. Imagine what a lot of parents thought when they took their kids to see this and within the first fifteen minutes or so, several people are killed or injured and there are gunshots and explosions galore. It is a mistake that to this day Arnold's career hasn't been able to completely recover from.Be that as it may, you must see this film for what it is and enjoy imagination and spoof at its finest. You will not be disappointed!
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on February 17, 2002
With its super-over-the-top take-offs of the most hackneyed action flick cliches ever seen on the silver screen, 'Last Action Hero' is one of the most enjoyable cheeseball classics I've ever experienced. Sure, it has the reputation of being a bad film, but it's bad in a so-bad-it's-good kinda way. Ah-nold's physical presence and delightfully deep-toned & accented banter really adds a great deal of... um... well, pretty much the same things to this flick as it has all the other actioners he's ever been in. And, like other flicks that feature a prepubescent kid, budding thespian Austin O'Brien gives this baby that tried-and-true aw-shucks-isn't-he-just-keeyoot factor that adds to both the hokey fun AND the nausea! The on-screen chemistry between him and Arnold is part 'Laurel & Hardy', and part Riggs-and-Murtaugh. Well, actually it's more part Abbott & Costello, and part 'Tango & Cash'... um, no that's not quite right, either. Well, let's just say it's a much better team-up than Sylvester Stallone & Estelle Getty ('Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot'). Come to think of it, what action-comedy team-up ISN'T better than that?
But I digress. If you're looking for a not-half-bad action/comedy flick that possesses plenty of super-hokey megacheese moments, and will leave you both entertained and mortified that you were entertained by it, 'Last Action Hero' just might be the movie you've been looking for!
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