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Rambo: First Blood [DVD]

Sylvester Stallone , Brian Dennehy , Ted Kotcheff    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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  • 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: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050YLX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

The Rambo trilogy is also available on DVD as a complete set.

Product Description

First in the Rambo trilogy. Disturbed Vietnam vet John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) spends his days wandering from town to town, searching out his old service colleagues. When he resists a local sheriff's attempts to make him leave town, he is arrested for vagrancy. While in prison Rambo is forced to endure the abuse of a sadistic deputy, until he escapes and takes to the woods, relying on his old army skills to survive.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First and Best of the Rambo movies 26 Nov 2009
By MR
Format:DVD
Everything about this movie was brilliant when I first watched it back in the 80s - It also featured an iconic star in the form of Sylvester Stallone and two other fantastic actors in the form of Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehe.

The reason why this is the best of the Rambo movies is because of the pure thrilling stunts (motorbike chase, the fall from the clifftop, the jumping off trees and jumping on moving vehicles etc) the stunts are much better than those in its 3 sequels and of course the main reason for this movie being a classic is the performances of all the cast - there is real drama here when the local police are sent to hunt for a man that is like no other - they become the hunted themselves.

The movie is about survival - and the drama that ensues when one man wont give up to the face of his enemy - no matter what the odds - To me this is most watch-able because of the elements described.

This is a classic - forget the Bourne movies, forget Bond and Die Hard - First Blood is a real drama about survival of the fittest with a moving and dramatic performance from its hero.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best it's looked. 14 Feb 2010
By Bobby
Format:Blu-ray
Great film but not too much to shout about with this Blu Ray.

Yeah it's the best the movie has ever looked but I expect that with all Blu Rays regardless. Certain parts of the film look a bit grainy but the daytime shots do look much clearer. It's an improvement from the DVD but not by that much.

It's by no means a terrible transfer but it won't blow your mind either, in fact you'll probably forget halfway through your even watching it in HD.

Overall grab it if it's a absolute bargain but not really worth replacing your DVD with.

Still love the film though!

6/10
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Dr T
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
After reading various reviews of this Blu-ray, I was worried the picture quality would be awful. In a nutshell, it's not. The daylight, outdoor scenes are sharp, colourful and well-defined. Most of the mountain, forest scenes are pretty good with lots of detail. Some of the indoor, nighttime scenes have got a mixture of grain and (apparent) digital noise. There are some dodgy shots here and there with a lot of grain, but my suspicion is that these are pick-ups (perhaps shot using different film stock?). I've read online a comparison of the UK, US and other BD releases of First Blood. Apparently the UK release has the least DNR and is closest to the master source material (which may or may not be the best available master, but it's the one that's apparently been used for all the various BD editions around the world).

To my taste, the First Blood Blu-ray stands up fairly well alongside other catalogue releases (although it's no Bond-remaster). It's clearly better than a DVD. There are no compression artifacts. The colours and definition are better. The audio is solid too, with a Master Audio track available.

There's only one extra on the BD. This is a real shame. It's an interview with Sly. Sadly it's not even specifically about First Blood. Sly talks about the Rambo series as a whole. It seems it's taken from later Rambo (IV) promo material. (Strangely, this particular interview also appears on the Rambo 2 BD too... Odd that a rather pithy extra should be put on multiple releases!)

The film is great - in my opinion a joint best in the Rambo series, along with the latest (Rambo IV).

For a score, I think 4 stars is fair. The picture quality is OK, but could be a bit better and more consistent - as opposed to being so variable from scene to scene. It would also be nice to have (a lot) more extras.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars big rambo fan 30 Dec 2009
By Jason
Format:Blu-ray
the movie itself gets 5 stars.picture and sound quality are a big step up from the dvd.Shame the extras suck.Its missing the brill documentaries,deleted scenes,alternative ending were rambo kills himself,audio cometary by Stallone and audio cometary by the director.all off witch are available on the region one version.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top '80's movie! 5 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
For this price (and u can find it even cheaper if u look!) this DVD is a bargain! This is packed full of extras including two commentaries, a David Morrell commentary and a Stallone one. Why bother with the UK blu ray which is devoid of extras? Get this edition!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Christmas and somebody's coming to town. 17 Nov 2012
By Dutch
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
To bring the subject of post-traumatic stress syndrome to the big screen, especially during the action driven 80's takes balls and intelligence. This is one of the main reasons that this film just has not dated. It is as relevant today as it has ever been...maybe more so.

The film itself is incredibly detailed and does not spoon-feed the audience the information with obvious extra dialogue that is so often used in ... well, in most films.

It was Stallone who, when eventually on board, penned the character of John Rambo so brilliantly. He said that when he read the screenplay, Rambo was written as a savage who had lost all sense of humanity during the war. His problem with this was that the public would not care if this character lived or died. Stallone said he needed to give Rambo heart so that the public could empathise with the character. And it is impossible not to. Stallones' acting is fantastic and the story romps along with one outstanding scene after another.

The blu-ray itself is decent. The transfer is sympathetic to the original. I can see no use of DNR and the blacks are reasonably solid. There is heavy grain in some scenes but the film is intentionally dark and grain is a result when using film.

This film is an absolute must. I am very proud to have it in my blu-ray collection
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