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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston
  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers, David Elliot, Michael Gordon, Paul Lovett, Stuart Beattie
  • Producers: Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec. 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,419 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Live action, based on the Hasbro toys. G.I. JOE (Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity), with headquarters in Brussels, battles a n evil arms-dealing syndicate headed by a Scot.


The Rise of Cobra is not your grandfather's G.I. Joe. It's more like C.G.I. Joe with explosive special-effects action sequences that provide the film with a surplus of "Boom Boom Pow" (to quote the Black Eyed Peas song that drives the end credits). This blast from the summer past is very much like the metal-munching nano-mite missiles a (literally) mad Doctor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt cashing in some of his indie cred) and McCullen, a Scottish weapons dealer (Christopher Eccleston), threaten to unleash upon the world. It never stops. Ever. The original G.I. Joe action figure was an all-American hero. These Joes are--all together now--"the best of the best," an elite multi-national squad. Two soldiers, Duke (a buff Channing Tatum), an "on the ground, in the fight" kind of guy, and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), his wisecracking best friend, are rescued by the Joes after they are ambushed while transporting the missiles. These are no ordinary Joes. Snake-Eyes (Ray Park) is a silent ninja, Stella (Rachel Nichols) a bodacious brainiac, Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) the imposing weapons specialist, and Breaker (Said Taghamaoui) the techie. They are led by gruff Gen. Hawk (Dennis Quaid), who barks out lines like, "When all else fails, we don't," with polish. Duke and Ripcord are recruited to join the classified unit after Duke discovers that Ana (Sienna Miller), his former fiancée, is in cahoots with McCullen and now sports the sinister moniker the Baroness, not to mention killer cleavage-enhancing latex outfits. This being the first in a budding franchise, there is much backstory to cover. Flashbacks date back to 1641! But the order of the day is underground military command centers, underwater evil lairs, gleaming high-tech weaponry, breakneck chases, and cool gadgets, such as a speed-accelerating hydraulic suit. It's enough to make you want to dust off your original Hasbro action figures or, the studio no doubt hopes, buy the new ones. --Donald Liebenson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I fully expected this to be absolutely awful - but shame on me, because I actually quite enjoyed it. If you have children, any preteen boy will lap this up, and even if you don't I suspect you'll enjoy it too.

Sienna miller makes an appearance, which is always good - and this time we get to see what she looks like with black hair instead of blonde too. And I have to say the story was actually pretty good. It revolved around a new type of nano-bot warhead which falls into the wrong hands, so although futuristic, it wasn't too far fetched.

There were also quite a few twists and turns, which again, surprisingly I must admit I didn't see coming. This certainly became true as the film progressed and really started to make use of the 'G.I. Joe' franchise. This was one aspect I really liked. It felt like the writers had really taken the time to get this film to work as a 'G.I. Joe' film. And they succeeded.

If like me you grew up in the 80s playing with 'Action Force' toys, which later became Americanised as 'G.I. Joe' you'll recognise more than one or two of the characters from when you used to play with them on your bedroom floor, and I thought that some of them were very cleverly integrated into the film and used to build the story. Or rather part 1 of it.

The film is called G.I. Joe - 'The rise of Cobra', and it certainly feels like the start of something. I for one hope there's a second instalment on the way, as the film cleverly sets up what by all accounts could turn out to be a classic, story of politics and war. The ending makes it clear that that's the intention, leaving it wide open for part 2 in a tantalising way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2012
Format: DVD
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is directed by Stephen Sommers who also co writes the story and screenplay with four other people. It stars Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Christopher Eccleston, Saïd Taghmaoui, Lee Byung-hun, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Arnold Vosloo and Karolina Kurkova. Music is scored by Alan Silvestri and cinematography by Mitchell Amundsen.

It's all very well people coming forward and proclaiming that it is what it is, it was never going to be an intelligent film, it does what it says on the tin etc, but there has to still be a marker for the worth of a popcorn action movie. Put G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra up against something like Transformers, or Sommers' own The Mummy, and you get what G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is, an awful empty movie that uses crash bang and wallop to try and hide its short comings. Sure it has visceral thrills, it has to have those since the dialogue is so crummy, so crummy in fact it gives the terrible acting a run for its money as worst part of the film. It's near heartbreaking for a film fan to see actors like Dennis Quaid, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jonathan Pryce really scraping the bottom of the barrel. You gotta hand it to Sommers for his cheek, he only lets the film breath for about ten seconds at a time before moving things quickly on in the hope nobody notices. And we are of course expected to piece together the plot in those ten second snippets. The action is mounted like a child mounts a battle with his toy soldiers on the bedroom floor, while the computer effects are often shoddy and awash in a whirl of quick cuts, flash edits and spinning cameras.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 28 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
I was intrigued by this film due to the casting of Chris Eccleston, and the Mancunian actor's faintly dodgy Scottish accent notwithstanding, he and the film acquit themselves pretty well overall. Eccleston is the film's bad guy; oily businessman and magnetic industrialist, he also has a skeleton in his closet and a family history that means he is desperate for vengeance. With Hollywood veteran go-to guy Dennis Quaid as a no-nonsense General in charge of the eponymous elite fighting force, Sienna Miller as the femme fatale, and British stage and screen legend Jonathan Pryce playing the US President, there is no shortage of talent, and the action too is abundant and relentless. Whilst by its very nature a mindless action-adventure movie, this one does rise above its peers due to plenty of dry humour (mainly provided by Marlon Wyans' wisecracking squaddie), some nifty gadgets, and a certain joie de vivre, that even the gruesome opening scene can't dampen. Director Stephen Sommers provides a tone similar to that of his hit movies The Mummy [DVD] [1999] and The Mummy Returns [DVD] [2001], and also a host of lesser known but still familiar character actors (Arnold Vosloo and Kevin J O'Connor to name but two); Sommers' skill for great entertainment without emotional depth is still intact, and after the debacle that was the recent Transformers 2, I was cheered to see that this kind of popcorn movie can still be done so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marius Liesdek on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I watched the movie G.I. Joe with low expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. The action was spectacular and the plot did not get in the way. The plot is very simple but it is there to show off the action, but it does not have too many illogical or embarassingly bad moments (like transformers 2): there are good guys and bad guys and they fight for some motives and the story explains (for the most part) what you need to know.

The blu ray has a great transfer: the picture is clear and very detailed. There is no cinematic grain (which I hate) and the special effects hold up excellent.

The sound is in one word BOOMING: I had to put the volume very low in order to not scare too many birds away outside my house. The sound is not just loud but also very good: you can still hear the voices clearly in action scenes and the unique futuristic gadgets and stuff are fun to hear.

Conclusion: I thought this would be a dumb movie, but it turned out very ok. It's really entertaining. If you just want a futuristic action blaster movie that looks and sounds great, then rent or buy this blu ray. It's pure simple fun.
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