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Running Man [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Maria Conchita Alonso , Paul Michael Glaser    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura
  • Directors: Paul Michael Glaser
  • Writers: Stephen King, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: George Linder, Keith Barish, Rob Cohen, Tim Zinnemann
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001932ZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,534 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In this action thriller based on an early story by Stephen King, Los Angeles in the year 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the global economy's total collapse. All forms of entertainment are government controlled, and the most popular show on television is an elaborate game show in which convicted criminals are given a chance to escape by running through a gauntlet of brutal killers known as "Stalkers." Anyone who survives is given their freedom and a condominium in Hawaii, so when a wrongly accused citizen (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is chosen as a contestant, all hell breaks loose. Cheesy sets and a slimy role for game-show host Richard Dawson make this violent mess of mayhem a candidate for guilty pleasure; it is the kind of movie that truly devoted Arnold fans will want to watch more than once. And check those credits--choreography by Paula Abdul! --Jeff Shannon

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars futuristic violent fun! (for all regions) 12 July 2008
Always had a soft spot for this cheesy but entertaining Arnie vehicle.
The story is set in the future about a uber-violent tv gameshow where convicts are forced to fight to the death in some quite elaborate ways.
Cue some classic Arnie one-liners, action and chase sequences, topped off with a great ending.

Features the great Yaphet Kotto, and the lovely Maria Conchita Alonso.
Trivia; Maria and Arnie, both faced the alien 'Predator', Arnie in the original Predator (Special Edition) [1987] and Maria in the unimaginably titled but underrated Predator sequel Predator 2 (2 Disc Special Edition) [1990], also similarly set in a violent future.
This was of course before the alien-v-predator franchise tarnished it forever...

They've really pushed the boat out here on this 2 disc version, with a great remastered anamorphic,(unlike the standard version[ASIN:B00005JSGU The Running Man [1987] [1988]]] widescreen (and fullscreen) print, 5.1EX,6.1 DTS-ES soundtracks, commentaries, documentaries etc. making this the definitive DVD version to get.

Note; although listed as region 1, i tested it in both a region 1 and 2 locked player, and it appears there is no regional coding applied, and why indeed should any older title such as this have any?
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyers beware! 24 Dec 2011
I have just watched this so called UNCUT version of The Running Man blu ray.
I noticed quickly that bits were missing!
It does not list the running time in the listing,it is 93 minutes,
My DVD version is 101 minutes,clearly this is 8 minutes less.
I am very disappointed with this version.
The sound is much improved but the picture is only
Marginally better than the DVD.
I hope this helps potential buyers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars arnies best 19 Mar 2012
If you love 80s films you will love this none stop action classic arnie one-liners.
Have to mention jesse ventura who is brilliant as capt freedom the former wrestling champion although killian in the film thinks hes a hasbeen, capt freedom comes in with funny as hell guns things on his arms.
A must see for all those arnie fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keep on running! 8 Feb 2007
It's an Arnie classic, although highly humourous to view a film about the future so stuck in the eighties. Resonates with all the reality TV on screen nowdays, although you can't help thinking Big Brother would be improved greatly if Jade Goody was forced to "Climb for Dollars." Arnie quips his way through the film only to be out quipped by a marvellous Richard Dawson (even good ole La Fours gets a quality last line) and a fantastic Jesse Ventura hairpiece. A solid entertaining sci-fi actioner, although certainly showing its age!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chopped version 22 Jan 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This German blu-Ray is cut to ribbons avoid at all costs it even says so on the sleeve.
Buyers should be pre warned
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality Tv Just Got Hardcore 6 Dec 2013
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
1)Arnold Schwarzenegger is excellent as Ben Richards who is wrongly convicted & given a chance of parole by appearing on a brutal reality game show.
2)Great story based on a short story by Stephen King.
3)Great action scenes & typical Arnie one liners.

1)Nothing really it's a 80's action classic, Although Mick Fleetwood & Erland Can Lidth as Dynamo acting leaves a lot to be desired.

1)Sven Ole Thorsen is a regular in Arnie movies & here he plays the main security guard.
2)Richard Dawson was host of long running US game show Family Feud.
3)Director Paul Michael Glaser played Starsky for 4 seasons in cop tv show Starsky & Hutch.
4)Yaphett Kotto was villian Doctor Kananga/Mr Big in Roger Moores debut as James Bond in Live & Let Die & also Played Parker in Alien.
5)Jesse Ventura as Captain Freedom his character is just brilliant was in Predator with Arnie..
6)Paula Abdul choreographed the dancers in the Running Man game intro.
7)I'll be back was the fourth time Arnie spoke this line the other times were The Terminator & twice in Commando.

Dvd Info.
Running time 99 minutes.

This is a film that was way before it's time as back in 1987 Reality Tv was unheard of apart from the odd talent show but now in 2013 you can't change channel for reality Tv.

This story based on Stephen Kings short story sees Arnie as Ben Richards who refuses to open fire on hungry helpless people so is detained, Imprisoned & labeled The Butcher Of Bakersfield a crime he didn't commit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who loves you, and who do you love? 13 Aug 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I ordered this German import Blu ray version of The Running Man with some trepidation, having seen a couple of reviews complaining of the movie being cut etc. If you are concerned about this or any other issues then my advice is: don't be, buy it! For starters the Blu ray comes in one of the thin style Blu ray cases, and the description on the back is all in German (given that this is the only region B release available at present, I can live with that), and the primary soundtrack language is German although this can be changed either with the audio button on your remote or via the menu screen. The back of the box states that it has either a German or English Dolby 2.0 soundtrack, and the running time is 96 mins. Both of these things are WRONG. The disc does indeed have a German Dolby 2.0 soundtrack, but also contains both an English DTS 5.1 AND German DTS 5.1 soundtrack. The running time of the feature is 100m43s (I think the 96min runtime may not include the end credits, but this is always included in the runtimes listed for movies). The transfer is good, not amazing, but the best I have seen this film look ( I have it on DVD and VHS), and certainly well worth the upgrade. So to sum up: you can either buy a multi-region Blu ray player and get the US release, wait for an English region B release, or buy this German import. I opted for the latter and am pleased that I did- buy with confidence!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Do you like X-Factor?
This movie is a precursor to dystopic daily life, where 'reality'-based gameshows are the prescribed weekly escape for the masses.

Think 1980s Hunger Games.
Published 1 day ago by Daniel Rozman
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
another fil i see some years ago but i still liked to see the old stuff thank you very happy
Published 26 days ago by pawlupawlu
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnie in action
I'm building up an arnie DVD collection, had them all on video yrs ago but love his films, they're timeless, this is one of my favourites too
Published 1 month ago by Bobbybj
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
a very good version, perfect for adults,the grafics in this film are cool, could watch this film hundrends of times.
Published 1 month ago by Smarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie
Was watching the hunger games with my daughter and thought it was like the Running Man so bought it so they could see what I was talking about. They agreed it was similar!
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Dawson
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS
DO NOT BUY firstly it's standard language is German, not noted in description, it's also been cut to s*** so calling it uncut is a straight up lie, way to ruin my fave film of all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bd82
5.0 out of 5 stars Killian!!!
What can I say about this film ....... Just absolute brilliance! Arnold at his best! If I had to select my best 3 Schwarzenegger films this would definitely be in there along with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by STARKILLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Really showing its age.
I bought this over the Blu-Ray as people said that the br. version had been chopped about to much with good scenes being lost. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tweed98
4.0 out of 5 stars classic arnie action
running man uncut edition

for everyone out there i used to have this movie on (PAL)VHS when i was kid,there was nothing ever cut from this movie
this blue ray has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by willcuk19
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie in it's day
It might be an older movie but it is one of the good ones Arnie starred in. Other than his terminator movies and Predator, and maybe Total Recall, this is one i was happy to watch... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard
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