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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
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...
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by MR

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3.0 out of 5 stars As always the original remains the best...
John Rambo is a vietnam veteran,winner of the congressional medal of honor, a war hero. Now the war is over and Rambo is finding it increasingly difficult to re-adjust to civilian life. After a petty incident with a small town cop, Rambo is arrested for vagrancy - a move that culminates in one of the biggest and most violent manhunts in film history. Rambo uses all his...
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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
This review is from: First Blood [DVD] (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
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Bobby (Button Moon) - See all my reviews
This review is from: First Blood [Blu-ray] (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected Blu-ray for First Blood (Rambo), 24 Sep 2010
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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
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This review is from: First Blood [Blu-ray] (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
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This review is from: First Blood [DVD] (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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo. It's all in the past now., 22 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: First Blood [DVD] (DVD)
First Blood is directed by Ted Kotcheff and adapted by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim and Sylvester Stallone, from the novel written by David Morrell. It stars Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney and Jack Starrett. Cinematography is by Andrew Laszlo and the music scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Locations for the shoot were in British Columbia.

John Rambo (Stallone), ex Vietnam war veteran, wanders into small town Oregon and is met with hostility by Sheriff Will Teasle (Dennehy). Arrested for a trumped up charge of vagrancy, Rambo is subjected to rough house treatment by Teasle and his staff. Fuelled by the haunted images of his time in Vietnam, Rambo breaks out of custody and makes for the hills, with Teasle and the force in hot pursuit. But this is terrain made for Rambo, an expert soldier trained to survive and kill, it's a war, Rambo versus the rest.

The character of John Rambo would slip into pop culture and forever be associated with cartoon excess. By his own admission, Stallone himself felt they dropped the ball after the original film, and he's right. However, First Blood is often wrongly lumped in as part of that excessive package, because it's a film well worthy of revisits to see just how well it holds up as a taut and tense thriller. A film led by the bold theme of showing just how badly some of America's soldiers were received upon returning from Vietnam. First Blood delves deeper into the psyche of one such soldier whilst casting a caustic eye over small town Americana. The makers rarely let up on the troubling thematics at work, developing Rambo with clinical strokes as the plot unfolds, the trick in the tail being that the audience are firmly on his side as he goes about bringing his Vietnam to the picturesque place the locals call home. By 1982, it seems, America was on the side of the soldier.

Stallone is a perfect fit for the role, his physicality unquestionable, he brings the brood and pain to Rambo like few actors of his ilk ever could. The sarcastic may point to his lack of dialogue hardly constituting a great acting performance, that's rot, because this is a fine character portrayal by Stallone. Dennehy is on fine form as the brutish bully Sheriff who just couldn't leave Rambo alone, while in the support ranks McKinney and Starrett leave good impressions. The interesting casting comes with Crenna as Rambo's "maker", Col. Samuel Trautman. The role was Kirk Douglas' hook line and sinker, but he wanted a different script and insisted that the film end the same way as the novel. In the end the makers just couldn't give in to his requests and he walked at the last minute. In stepped Crenna to put a bit of father figure pathos into Trautman, and subsequently earning himself a three picture deal and a place in pop culture in the process.

It's also a film that's photographed with great skill by Lazlo. He captures the British Columbia mountains and forests with beautiful scope, but in keeping with the tone of the film his colour palette is suitably grey and green. Goldsmith provides an effective score, particularly when the narrative is focusing on Rambo's alienation, while the stunt work is very impressive. Even if we drift away from the theme of the piece, it still works extremely well as an action movie drama, be it motorcycle/helicopter pursuits, or jungle warfare, First Blood pumps the blood frequently. All neatly constructed by the director of Weekend at Bernie's! On release it grabbed the attention and became a monster box office hit Worldwide, today it still stands as a damn great movie, and you know what? Stallone and co were right and Kirk Douglas was wrong. 9/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As excitng and as relevant today as it ever was., 6 Jun 2012
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The Truth "How it is" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: First Blood [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The name Rambo gets thrown about and used as a joke in so many situation these days it's easy to tar the film with the same brush, but don't. Never forget what a brilliant film this is.

It's an absolute classic with an important message behind the brutal action. The performances by all the cast are incredibly strong, especially Sly's closing scene which is a powerfully emotional performance.

I'm glad to say that the transfer if this Bluray does the film justice and the picture looks great making it even more of a joy to watch. And if you haven't seen this film in a while I suggests it's about time you pull it out for another viewing.

Or better yet, stump up the cash for a new copy on Blu Ray. It's one of those films that has stood the test of time and looks as good today and feels just as relevant as the day it was released. Just like John Rambo himself - First Blood is still one of the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stallones best, 1 Mar 2012
This review is from: First Blood [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Have always loved this fiim.You know the story..And after picking it up on blu ray.Was totally happy with the upgrade.One of the best blu rays I own for picture and sound.As its terrible on dvd.A hard film to beat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simply Stunning Film, 31 Oct 2009
This review is from: Rambo: First Blood [DVD] (DVD)
Rambo: First Blood [DVD] [1982]...The emotional performance given by Sly Stallone in this masterpiece is nothing short of stunning. This film portrays the way that American society shamelessly shunned, spat at and castigated the returning soldiers of the Vietnam War.

John J. Rambo walks through the wrong town at the wrong time and walks right into an ignorant, small time sherrif, excellently played by Brian Dennehey. What insues next is probably one of the greatest, violent, emotional and very political manhunts in cinema history. The disturbing thing is that at the time ( 1982), you can imagine it really happening in America. That is what makes this work of art so captivating.

If you've never seen it, then buy, rent or obtain urgently. It is an enigma.

This totally wipes the floor with it's big budget Hollywood follow-ups " Rambo II" & " Rambo III". Only the magnificent final Rambo film walks hand in hand with this and gives a fitting end to the highly scarred and emotionally wounded John.J.

In the top 3% of all time: AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++
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