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4.0 out of 5 stars Rambo 4 disc collection: From the sublime to the ridiculous, but all good fun., 9 Jun. 2011
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This 4 disc collection brings together the 4 Rambo films starring Sylvester Stallone into one easy package. All have been nicely mastered and are well presented.

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.

Rambo - The fourth film in the series finds Rambo leading a quiet life in the East. Some missionaries get into trouble in Burma, and it is up to an ageing Sly to get them out. Stallone fits back into the role with remarkable ease, and gives a pretty good performance of a man torn by his desire for the quite life and the knowledge that he is a man of action and it is his destiny to act. It is by far bloodier and more gruesome than any of its predecessors, but still an entertaining film.

All in all a great box set with three silly but entertaining films and one more serious and actually very worthy film. A highly recommended buy!
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