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on 21 June 2017
Keeps sticking through the film then it jumps to a different part of the film
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on 28 June 2014
stallone plays a cop looking for a serial killers who has killed 16 people so far,a women witness is put under his and his partners protection and as the killer has help from an inside source of the police the killer goes looking for the witness to kill her,its stallones job to stop her
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on 13 May 2017
Excellent movie highly recommend it.
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on 27 July 2017
Brilliant film lots of action I have this film on video as well.
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on 20 July 2017
Such an underrated Sly film.
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on 13 May 2017
Ok but exactly the same as the dvd feel let down nothing uncut different or longer!!
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"You're a disease and I'm the cure" snarls Sylvester Stallone in a gravely whisper while dressed like a gun-toting gay strippergram in Cobra, one of the campest and worst looking films of the 80s, and that's saying quite something for the star of Rocky IV. Kicking off with a gun pointed at the audience while Stallone lispths his way through a catalogue of daily "wape and wobbewe" statistics and including much speachifying about BS rules and the judges being on the criminals' side and no shortage of scenes of the evil medya and liberal detectives out to crucify its misunderstood killing machine with a badge, it's a poor man's Dirty Harry that looks more like a cheap Cannon straight-to-video film than a major studio release. Although Cannon godfathers Golan and Globus have producers credits on the film, they had no involvement beyond lending the studio the star, who was then under contract to them.) Marion Cobretti is the kind of cop who drives a classic car, slices pizza with scissors, has a giant photo of Ronald Reagan in his office and has a ready supply of one liners for every psychopath: when one threatens to blow up a supermarket, he simply replies "I don't shop here" before blowing him away. But most of the film sees him protecting the then-Mrs Stallone, Brigitte Nielson in a bad blonde wig and the kind of makeup that makes her look like an inflatable woman, who is being stalked by a cult of poorly defined serial killers dreaming of a New World order of hunters culling the weak. All of which is just an excuse for lots of violence and an ever-escalating body count in the kind of alarmist reactionary fantasy that perversely holds most appeal to the kinds of low lives and gang members the film detests (at the time some theatres had to take on extra security before the word got round and the security men outnumbered the audience).

Most of it is executed with little panache, though the finale where he takes on dozens of bikers who couldn't hit a barn door with wrecking ball has a certain video game appeal and it's always fun to see a crashing car demolish a yacht. It certainly falls short of even the weaker Dirty Harry films it so obviously aspires to despite casting Dirty Harry alumni Reni Santoni, back on partner duties and delivering the best performance, and Andy Robinson, promoted from psychopath to smug by-the-book superior in the hopes that audiences might associate it with something rather better. The more telling casting is David Rasche, Sledge Hammer himself, as a horny photographer, which provides the more apt comparison: this is exactly the kind of film that Sledge would have wet dreams about... Though quite whether he would have included a truly bizarre bit of product placement for Toys-R-Us is debatable.

Whereas previous UK DVD releases have been cut and devoid of extras, the Blu-ray release is uncut and includes the director's commentary that often plays more like an audio description, brief featurette and trailer that were included on the US DVD release.
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on 15 June 2011
Never have so many classic lines been uttered in one film.
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on 2 July 2014
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VINE VOICEon 22 February 2012
I remember when Cobra first came out there were posters for it all over the place. I was mesmerized by the simplicity and suggestive nature of them. Stallone, against a red background, chewing a match, with his custom-made pistol tucked under his belt. I'd never seen anyone chew a matchstick before, I'd never seen a laser-targeting machine gun, and the idea of a cop associating himself with an animal was intriguing.

In 1988 I rented the VHS tape from the local store. It was one of those old, massive, clamshell cases with the old Warner logo on the side. That night, at the age of 7, I was left alone for a few hours and the movie was merely to keep me amused and out of trouble. It didn't so much amuse me as it did terrify me. For any action-junkie kid born in the 80s the words 'Night Slasher' will be forever carved into your consciousness. This guy, to me, at that age, was the ultimate villain, and pushed the movie out of the action genre and into horror. I developed a fear of strange men driving around in unassuming vans, which I still have. Brian Thompson (who was only 26 at the time) is utterly bone-chilling in the role. You might recognize him in a less terrifying role as the punk who challenges the naked T-800 with 'Nice night for a walk, eh?' in the first Terminator.

Marion Cobretti (Stallone in another bigger-than-life role) is part of the 'zombie squad', a group of LAPD cops who are the absolute bottom line and will do the jobs that no one else wants. The movie opens with some random psycho holding hostages in a supermarket. 'Call the Cobra' the normal, useless cops say. Cobra arrives in his muscle car and calmly enters the store, sipping some free beer and taunting the psycho before obliterating him, much to the distaste of the wimpy, bleeding-heart liberal media circus who have invaded the scene.

Cobra believes that the supermarket psycho is part of a bigger gang, an axe-clanking cult in which members from every facet of society gather in a sewer to clank axes over their heads. Their leader is the Night Slasher, a man who's head is 95% cheekbone and 5% staring, staring, staring eyes. He believes in creating a New World, not the Aldous Huxley kind but the kind which can be achieved, somehow, by murdering random blondes. His latest target is Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen in a so very not Oscar-winning role), a model who towers over Cobra by a full 4 inches, but she needs his protection and he needs to keep her alive as a witness. Not taking too kindly to having people being able to identify him the Night Slasher rounds up all of his fellow psychos and unleashes World War 3 on California, thus creating thousands more witness in the process, but logic is not this film's strong point.

After finding success with Rocky and Rambo, Stallone was clearing trying to create his own spin on Dirty Harry here (the Dirty Harry villain Scorpio even features here as an unhelpful Detective constantly berating Cobra). There is a strong right-wing theme of fighting fire with fire, and that with psychos as utterly demented as the Night Slasher you need someone just as unsympathetic and daring on the right side of the law to combat him. It's so far-fetched, and filled with dozens of logical and physical impossibilities that it makes Commando look like a freakin' documentary. But while Commando was cheerful, upbeat and self-aware, Cobra is deadly, deadly serious and believes itself to be making a serious point of how close society can come to complete anarchy if the Police were not there to keep the psychos off the streets.

This would be a fine message for an action picture, but there is a air of sleaziness to the production that spoils it. Many scenes are set in oppressive environments such as parking lots or concrete underpasses which give it a cold, alienating feel more like early James Glickenhaus or Joseph Zito films. Cobra is also produced by the notorious Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, and directed, mostly, like a pop music video by George Pan Cosmatos. There are lots of quick cuts and fish-eye lens shots. Cosmatos overdoes it with these gimmicks in a few scenes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. If there was a little more elegance to the production then perhaps the critics might not have been so merciless and it might have aged a bit better too. I realize that this not a Kenneth Branagh film, but it's still too mainstream to be outright exploitation and too sleazy to deliver the conservative message it so desperately wants us to believe in.

These days few movies are as straight-up and to-the-point as Cobra. The one-man army theme was the 80s zeitgeist. Before John McClane came along and made the vulnerable hero fashionable audiences preferred the bulletproof, genuine, straight-up tough guy. Cobra has endured a lasting cult following thanks to its undeniable 80s mentality. A film like this would be very, very quickly forgotten in modern times. If you want 87 minutes of entertainment it works, if you want to look beneath the surface at a possibly deeper message, Cobra almost, just barely has one.

It's insane to think that this film is basically Stallone's Beverly Hills Cop. When he was attached to star as Axel Foley he wanted to make the film more action-orientated. Paramount didn't want to spend so much money on the project so he left, and took his ideas with him. Those ideas were turned into Cobra, despite an onscreen credit for 'Based on the novel Fair Game, by Paula Gosling', a novel it bears little resemblance to, which was later turned into its own movie in 1995 (starring Steven Berkoff as the villain, who was also the villain in Beverly Hills Cop and Rambo 2) which is absolutely nothing like Beverly Hills Cop or Cobra. And on top of all that a poster for Cobra can be seen in Beverly Hills Cop 2, which stars Brigitte Nielsen.

Try getting your head around that.

The Blu Ray presents the film in a reasonable 1.78:1 1080p transfer. There aren't many high-key shots in the film to take full advantage of HD, but it's certainly a considerably upgrade from the shoddy DVD. The sound is in DTS HD-MA and there are a tiny amount of extras. A shame, as I'd really like to hear what Stallone thinks of this film these days.
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