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5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Pure & Simple
These films have certainly been panned over the years, especially the last two films. But usaully the critics doing the panning have no interest or knowledge of the action film genre. Ok so they are not going to win any oscars for their acting or scripts but for slam bang action pure & simple you cant go wrong. They are certainly alot better than the rubbish Seagel and...
Published on 4 Oct. 2007 by D Skilton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movies, mediocre edition
This version is NOT full widescreen, as the sides of the picture are chopped off. It is not Dolby 5.1 either. Buy the Stallone Rambo Trilogy by Artisan instead, currently the best trilogy DVD set available - from amazon.com (cheapest). If you aren't as technically fussy as me, then please ignore. Enjoy!
Published on 17 Aug. 2005


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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movies, mediocre edition, 17 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
This version is NOT full widescreen, as the sides of the picture are chopped off. It is not Dolby 5.1 either. Buy the Stallone Rambo Trilogy by Artisan instead, currently the best trilogy DVD set available - from amazon.com (cheapest). If you aren't as technically fussy as me, then please ignore. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Pure & Simple, 4 Oct. 2007
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D Skilton (east sussex uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
These films have certainly been panned over the years, especially the last two films. But usaully the critics doing the panning have no interest or knowledge of the action film genre. Ok so they are not going to win any oscars for their acting or scripts but for slam bang action pure & simple you cant go wrong. They are certainly alot better than the rubbish Seagel and Van Damme churn out. They are also well filmed. The helicopter attack on the village and the Afgan horsemen charging the Russian army in Rambo 3 are two scenes in particular that come to mind. So if you want an afternoon(or evening)of great action these are the movies for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars BREAK OUT THE HEAD BANDS, 26 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
The first film, First Blood, was excellent and believable. John Rambo returns from an unpopular war (Vietnam) to find no work, no friends and a country who frankly shunned veterans. Rambo gets into trouble with the local Sheriff and is duely hunted through mountainous woodland. They've picked the wrong man to hunt however, as Rambo is a special forces soldier who quickly turns the tables on his hunters. Enter the national guard who swamp the whole area. Rambo escapes and exacts his revenge on the town Sheriff in a memorable machine gun fest. Rambo is captured and the trilogy continues.

In the second film we find Rambo sent to establish whether POW's are still being held in Vietnam. The third film sees him helping his old boss carry weapons into Afghanistan to help the Mujahaddin fight the Russkies. The second/third films are all action stuff, but lack the story of the original film.

Good set, however and recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambo 3 disc collection: From the sublime to the ridiculous, but all good fun, 11 Jan. 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
This 3 disc collection brings together the first three Rambo films starring Sylvester Stallone into one easy package. For the same money you can now buy the 4 film box set, with better mastering and sound, I would recommend looking at that in preference to this.

First Blood: the original, and in my opinion, the best. It is a thoughtful and well put together film which examines the attitudes of America to its returning Vietnam veterans. John Rambo is drifting around until he meets Brian Dennehey's tough sherriff, who sets out on a personal mission to drive Rambo out of town. Pushed too far by the police, Rambo snaps and goes on the run, using all his survival expertise to deter those hunting him until he decides finally to take explosive vengeance on the town that broke him. It has its fair share of big action set pieces and lots of shots of Sly hitting, shooting and stabbing things, but it is essentially an excellent character study of one man pushed to his limit and another man's obsession. It also does not live up to its violent reputation, Rambo only kills one person, and that is by accident.

First Blood 2 - Here the series starts to get silly. Rambo is asked to go on a deniable black op into Vietnam in peacetime to suss out a camp where some American soldiers might still be held even after the cease of hostilities years before. Cue Rambo's one man mission to rescue the soldiers against all the odds after he is cut off by his duplicitous superior. There are lots of explosions as he blows up anything he can and kills everything that moves. It's big, loud, daft, and a whole lot of fun. Stallone tries to put in some character study, but this movie is all about the big bangs and the body count.

First Blood 3 - Rambo goes off on a one man mission to save his old boss, Colonel Troutman, from nasty Russian types in the depths of Afghanistan. As with First Blood 2, this film is all about big bangs and body counts as Rambo wreaks havoc all around, managing to save the Colonel and singlehandedly winning the war against the Russkies for the Mujahadin in the process. It's very very silly (especially the helicopter/tank duel) but very well shot big action adventure that really entertains.

All in all a good box set with two silly but entertaining films and one more serious and actually very worthy film. But you’re better off looking up the 4 film set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably better than you remember, 5 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
I hadn't seen a Rambo movie in over twelve or more years. My brother caught ten minutes of Rambo 3 on TV and commented on how directly Hot Shots Part Deux is based on it. It sparked an interest in me so I watched the three movies again.

Part one (four stars) is a perfectly good action film. Not too silly, not too over the top and quite dramatic. Strange to see a young David Caruso playing a sheriff in it. I liked it a lot although the ending isn't up to the quality of the rest of the film.

On my Region 1 DVD from 1998 the picture is a bit too dark in some scenes. The extras show some clips that are clearer and brighter than in the movie itself.

Part two (three stars) plods along enjoyably. Only gets way too silly towards the end. I liked it, but it's not anything special. Though it was better than I remembered it to be. The action isn't particularly well filmed but decent enough if you're undemanding.

The picture quality is sometimes very soft, almost out of focus, but I think that's a deliberate decision by the cinematographer.

The first two movies both have an unusual structure. The first forty minutes or so come to a definite climax. Then the story continues, but in effect the movies reset and follow a second, almost unrelated story to what has gone before. It's almost like two short movies bolted together. (eg. First film - Rambo defeats the sheriffs. Second part, the sheriffs call in the national guard. Second film - Rambo completes his mission but doesn't get picked up. Second part, he escapes from captivity).

Part three (two stars) is not very good. Forgetting the politics and concentrating on the movie, it has to be said that it doesn't really work. I've heard that when it was made, it was the most expensive movie ever filmed. It's a shame that it doesn't look all that expensive. A few extras in a barren desert with two or three helicopters and tanks does not make it look like $60 million was splashed about. Also the original director Russell Mulchey (he made Highlander) walked out/was fired after a few days of shooting. The replacement director was a uninspired hack who no one has ever heard of before or since.

Take my advice and skip the first 45 minutes. It's all dull, almost actionless, set up that could have been covered with a written text message or a few minutes of montages.

The ending is very stupid and unimpressive with Stallone and Crenna in a small crevice taking on a large Russian army until they're rescued by the Afghanistan freedom fighters (Taliban?).

You can criticise the movie extensively but as a generic dumb 80's action flick, it just about works as mindless entertainment once Stallone gets into the Russian fortress.

All three movies end with truly terrible 80's ballads sung with very manly voices.

Some reviewers of this edition say it's not in widescreen. I've some DVDs that claim to be widescreen but play in fullscreen. Sometimes if you go to the set up screen on your DVD player and change the picture mode to 16:9 then the movie will be displayed in the correct widescreen mode from then on?

I also watched Hot Shots Part Deux again (four stars). It's plot is an amalgamation of the second and third movie. Very funny but not vicious enough on the Rambo movies. Extra points though for getting Crenna to parody his own signature role. Strangely my DVD (the Region 2 two pack with the first movie) has a scene missing from it - the back-seat of the limo love scene with the driver going to extreme lengths to watch the couple he's driving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Good Movie, 26 April 2008
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Mr. Z. Riaz "Lord Zeb" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
The first Rambo is really good. Its original and Sly actually does some good acting. The other two are typical sequals RubbisH. Just buy yourself the Rambo 1. Poor on Extra features aswell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Iconic 80's Action Trilogy, 26 Feb. 2008
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R. Mullaney (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
The original trilogy of Rambo movies in a 3 disc box set.

First Blood: ****

When John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) tries to peacefully pass through a small American mountain town the prejudiced Sheriff (Brian Dennehy) takes an instant dislike to him due to his unkempt appearance. When Rambo ignores the subtle warning to leave town, he is arrested for vagrancy, locked up, beaten and humiliated by the Sheriff and his men. What the men don't know is that their prisoner is a green beret Vietnam veteran and winner of the congressional medal of honour. He is a killing machine haunted by his war experiences and when they push him too far he snaps and escapes into nearby mountains. Using all his military skills, Rambo wages a one man war against his pursuers.

Sylvester Stallone's Rambo character is one of the most iconic of all the 80's action heroes. First Blood is the first and finest in the franchise and Stallones performance is arguably the best of his career.

Rambo: First Blood part II: **

After his violent rampage in First Blood, Vietnam war hero John Rambo is serving hard time breaking rocks in prison when he is offered a chance at freedom by his mentor Col. Trautman. If Rambo will agree to go back behind enemy lines in Vietnam to gather evidence that the Vietcong are still holding American POW's, then the President will pardon his crimes. Soon Rambo is parachuting into the jungle armed with nothing but a Bowie knife, bow and arrows and a red headband.

Whilst First Blood was a surprisingly good action thriller, First Blood part II is just an excuse for unimaginative violence. The dialogue is poor considering James Cameron co-wrote it (I wonder how much Stallone re-wrote?) and the story is as weak as Stallones performance. As it says in the Amazon review above, First Blood II was just an excuse for America to fight the Vietnamese and win. There are some decent action moments and anyone who was a kid in the 80's will no doubt enjoy it a bit, but unfortunately the franchise went downhill after the original.

Rambo III: **

After his rescue of American POW's from Vietnam in First Blood part II, Rambo has retired to a Thai monastery to live a peaceful life in a community he feels accepts him. When his mentor and friend Col. Trautman asks for his assistance on a mission into Northern Afghanistan to deliver weapons to 'freedom fighters' (the Taliban) so they can defend themselves against the Soviet invasion, Rambo declines. Unfortunately Trautman is captured when his team is ambushed and the United States won't take official action so Rambo decides to wage another unofficial one man war to rescue his friend.

I can't decide which is worse, this or First Blood part II. I think probably this one because it's truly laughable in parts. Rambo was a man haunted by war in First Blood which brought an interesting dimension to his character. In Rambo III he has become a caricature. A bullet dodging, indestructible killing machine who can't keep a vest on for more than 10 minutes. He is almost as ridiculous as his spoof alter ego, Topper Harley in Hot Shots. Again there are some good action sequences (Rambo on horseback vs. helicopter) but the film is let down by poor dialogue and weak story (Trautman goes to Afghanistan, gets captured and Rambo finds out before agreeing to go and arriving within a 5 minute window). Poor excuse for violent action.

Overall: *** because the sequels are pretty rubbish.

Like this? Try: Predator 1& 2 Boxset.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Trilogy In The World!, 21 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
If you like non-stop action, loads of guns and people getting killed, then this trilogy is the thing for you! I have loved rambo for years and years and when it finally came out on DVD i was over the moon. I am sure that it will give you the same plaesure.
Rambo - First Blood - Stars Sylvester Stallone as a hard-as-nails, ex-green beret, vietnam vet who wanderes into the wrong place at the wrong time and is arrested. After being beaten up, Rambo reacts the only way he know and kills a man in his violent escape. Fleeing into the forest, he proceeds to wage a one-man-war with an entire police force.
Rambo - First Blood - Part 2 - While in prision, Rambo is asked by his friend Col Trautman to go on a mission back to Vietnam and take pictures of POW's so that America can move in and recue them. However, Rambo refuses to leave them there and attepts to resue them single handedly.
Rambo 3 - Now living in a monestry, Rambo is approched by his friend Col Trautman(again) who asks him to acopanny him on a mission in Afganistan. Rambo refuses but when he later hears that his frined has been captured, Rambo springs into action and goes on yet another resue mission to get his friend back.
This DVD comes with some good extras including a trailer and a few documentaries. I would recommend this to ANYONE. So buy it as soon as possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars RAMBO IN ALL HIS GLORY, 31 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
This triology box set shows Sylvester Sallone in all his active role as the invicible RAMBO.
Although now dated ,the action sequences in all three films are still amazing and practically over the top.
For those who enjoy action adventure films which show a bit of american bias this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars who doesn't love Rambo!, 30 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: The Rambo Trilogy : First Blood / Rambo - First Blood 2 / Rambo 3 (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Every other Stallone film seems to say "Stallone back to his best" however i think it should say " Stallone, never lost it!"
and rambo is one of his most well known roles!
great films, he seems to grow into his character more with each film!
super fast delivery too
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