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Rambo [DVD] [2007]

Sylvester Stallone , Julie Benz , Sylvester Stallone    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Ken Howard
  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00140UBFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,255 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Twenty years after the last film in the series, John Rambo (SYLVESTER STALLONE) has retreated to northern Thailand, where he's running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world's longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary, simple life in the mountains and jungles fishing and catching poisonous snakes to sell, has long given up fighting, even as medics, mercenaries, rebels and peace workers pass by on their way to the war-torn region.That all changes when a group of human rights missionaries search out the "American river guide" John Rambo. When Sarah (JULIE BENZ) and Michael Bennett (PAUL SCHULZE) approach him, they explain that since last year's trek to the refugee camps, the Burmese military has laid landmines along the road, making it too dangerous for overland travel. They ask Rambo to guide them up the Salween and drop them off, so they can deliver medical supplies an

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If you've been wondering what ever happened to ex–Green Beret super warrior John Rambo since he singlehandedly shot up a Pacific Northwest town (First Blood, 1982), returned to the jungles of 'Nam to free U.S. POWs held long after war's end (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1985), and interrupted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan long enough to blow lots of stuff up and rescue his old commandant from the Reds (Rambo III, 1988), then Rambo (2008) is for you. Without so much as a IV to dilute the brand name, Rambo --which is what most of us called the second, most iconic film in the series--may aspire to open a new era for a pop legend. But it's a thoroughly mechanical attempt to re-animate a franchise that, absent the anger, frustration, and self-loathing of the post-Vietnam years, has no meaning or purpose. For some time now Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has been putt-putting along the Thai-Burmese border in a longboat, catching exotic snakes to sell. As for the 60-year civil war in Burma between the brutal government and the Karen independence movement, he ignores it. Enter a party of American missionaries whose dewy blond spokeswoman (Dexter's Julie Benz) asks Rambo to haul them upriver so that they can bring medical aid to the insurgents. After the requisite number of monosyllabic refusals, he does. Soon afterward the do-gooders are in a world of hurt, and he's summoned to lead a squad of mercenaries on a rescue mission.

As storytelling, the latest Rambo is the most bare-bones of the bunch. Rambo has little to say, so it's especially galling that Stallone, as director and co-writer, obliges him to have essentially the same conversation at three different points (the final distillation: "Live for nothing or die for something"). The Burmese army goons seem in competition to commit the most hideous atrocity (e.g., child skull-crushing underfoot), the better to justify the eventual, lovingly protracted spectacle of them being eviscerated by high-powered weaponry. Although shot in Thailand, the movie has mostly been photographed in brown, reducing any particular sense of place but, perhaps, perversely increasing our gratitude for the splashes of purple whenever hot metal tatters flesh. --Richard T. Jameson


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely the most carnageous film ever made! 6 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
This is by far the most visceral, brutal and downright ultra-violent movie I have ever seen.

This quite surprised me, but it appears that Stallone has employed some new and rather ground-breaking cinematic techniques in the filming of the action scenes, as the level of carnage which is portrayed is simply breathtaking. JR dispenses this violence with such relish and gusto that I found myself laughing out loud in appreciation at the film-makers' dedication to this cause.

The fact that Stallone can still kick it at 60 is a real point of interest, and really adds to the film. With his dinosaur-sized neck and his permanent scowl, he looks hard as hell, and we soon discover that he is!

Yes it's gratuitous, but perhaps the stark pointless violence is itself a point that the movie is making? Certainly the scantness of story and the non-happy ending back this up.

Either way, it's ridiculously entertaining, and it's 5 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than I expected 1 Dec 2009
By Matty
Format:Blu-ray
I've never been a huge fan of the Rambo franchise, although I am a big admirer of the first film. I didn't rush out to watch this installment either. I should have though because it's a great film. Stallone really knows how to make the viewers root for a character, and he has a great gift for timing the arrival of his hero. Whenever the good guys are in the mire, Rambo pops up out of nowhere to pop off the bad guys in weird and wonderful ways (and very violent and bloodthirsty ways they are too). The film doesn't outstay its welcome either, running in at about 90 minutes.
One of the best action films I've seen in recent times.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed and ultra-violent 7 July 2008
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
After nearly 20 years, Sylvester Stallone returns to the role of John Rambo as he battles dozens of ruthless soldiers in search of a group of salvation workers who have gone missing.

If there was one word to sum up this film it would be "violent". The first three movies were violent back in the day, but with today's special effects, this film is ultra-realistic and disturbing when it comes to the explicit and brutal gore in this movie. The action is literally non-stop from the start and being at just over an hour and a quarter (not including the end credits) there's no time for this film to slow down at all and all the better for it. Sly is great as Rambo and is as good as he was back in his prime in the 80s and it feels like he's never been away from the role.

The Blu Ray quality is superb with perhaps one of the best discs for picture quality as everything looks just so sharp and is really clear. Even on the darker scenes there appeared to be next-to no graininess that I've noticed on other Columbia/Tri Star/Sony Pictures Blu Rays.

Overall it's not the most intelligent of movies but the Rambo series never has been, but it makes up for this with some great action and excitement and some great special effects (even if they are a bit sick). I recommend this film to anyone who loves old 80s action films and anyone who doesn't get shocked too easily.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun - forget the snobbery 11 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
I absolutely adored this movie; it took me back to the days of pop-corn action flicks like Predator, Commando and even Aliens. Back then; a film could be made that did not have deep routed moral undertones, realism and a political agenda so long as it's entertaining.

In the context of entertainment, this movie was the best trip to the cinema I've had in ages and I came out with a huge smile on my face; ready to watch it all over again.

I don't often write reviews on movies or music since both are incredible subjective and I'm sure that there are people out there who won't like this. However, many of the negative reviews are completely out of context with what the film was meant to be. If you want tense drama, watch Saving Private Ryan. If you want realism, watch the news. Whats more, comparisons with original Rambo are pointless. Neither the 2nd or 3rd were like the original so it wasn't likely that the fourth would be. As a movie series, First Blood is the anomaly, not Rambo 4.

This film has never made any pretention to be anything else than an action movie and as an action movie it succeeds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By G Parnell VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Rambo literately explodes onto your screen, with body parts flying in all directions and leaving bloody smears all over your TV screen.

Oh, be certain of one thing... Rambo is NOT for the faint hearted.

Unflinchingly violent, and boasting one of the biggest body counts in cinematic history (aparently beating Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando) this is an extremely violent film from the outset.

The story - if anyone is interested - runs thus. John Rambo is living out a nice, peaceful existence in Thailand, when he is approached by aid workers, who want to get upriver into Burma to offer support an aid to a region ravaged by war and genocide.

Rambo is unhelpful at first, believing that whatever these people do, they can't make a difference, but eventually (and predictably) he changes his mind, dropping off the aid workers.

Weeks later, he is alerted to the fact that the aid workers have failed to return. Rambo joins forces with a group of mercenaries to rescue the aid workers, and perhaps along the way, rid Burma of an unwanted genocidal tyrant.

As mentioned, this film really is violent, more so than any film before it. There are some incredibly brutal scenes here, so those with weak stomachs, or easily upset might not enjoy this film, as it really hammers its message home in a way that is, quite frankly - disturbing. One scene in particular, showing the awful way a whole village - including babies is massacred is probably the most upsetting. This isn't a gung ho, Commando style action film, but feels bone shudderingly realistic, and when Rambo finally does meet out some much needed retribution, it really is thoroughly warranted.

Yep, Stallone's aged - but still - somehow - manages to pull it off.
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