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First Blood [Ultimate Edition] [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 6875651
  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Rating: R
John Rambo is back for the forth time on DVD with this Ultimate Edition of First Blood from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. What's special about this release is not just the newly added audio commentary from Stallone himself; the disc's producer's have also finally unearthed the never-before-seen alternate suicide ending -- a virtual Holy Grail of film footage long talked about, but rarely seen. Add onto that an outtake and yet another bonus flashback featuring a steamy sex scene (yes, you heard it right), and suddenly this reissue becomes worth the buy. However packed those extras might be, though, that doesn't seem to be enough for the Ultimate Edition. In probably one of the most overblown bonuses since the Blair Witch 2's "The Secret of Esrever" DVD feature, First Blood and both of its sequels have been graced with a "Survival Mode" feature that is every bit as worthless as it sounds. Using branching technology, the disc's producers have outfitted the DVD to give the viewer access to special character information, map recreations, and some rather ridiculous animations that serve no purpose other than to just be "flashy." The fact that they have chosen a name like "Survival Mode" to represent all of these features is fitting, since watching the film like this really is like a game of endurance for people with very little time on their hands. Other than the uneven group of bonus features, the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen picture looks stunning, with deep contrasts that enhance the gloom of the film, while the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio sports a exemplary mix that pulls you into the action yet still manages to handle the outdoor setting in a natural and absorbing way. As far as the commentary goes, Stallone delivers a fun track that borders on being a little too Inside the Actors Studio at times, but which is full of insight into the scripting and especially the casting (keep your ear open for the Kirk Douglas story). The alternate ending is faulted only because it lived on as a film legend for so long, which says nothing about its quality -- though it is actually quite short. When all is said and done, the disc is worth purchasing for first-time buyers of the series and for hardcore fans who salivate at the thought of the new extras. This DVD is also available in a three-disc Collector's Set of all three Ultimate Edition discs of this blockbuster series.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (60 out of 62)

    Special Features


    • 16 x 9 widescreen version (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
    • Groundbreaking military special operations features including: Survival Mode - enhance your Rambo experience with a suite of special ops playback upgrades; Early Warning System (EWS) - get advance notification of upcoming Survival Mode viewing enhancements; MetaBrief - access instant intelligence dossiers at critical moments in the film; MetaScope - scope out people, places, and events as they occur in the movie; MetaSight - acquire enemies and objectives via laser-guided targeting; MetaPoint - track action with a picture-in-picture radar sweep of topography and terrain; MetaMap - dial in a 3-D onscreen satellite positioning map
    • Never-before-seen alternate ending
    • Sylvester Stallone commentary
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    First Blood
    First Blood is the Sylvester Stallone film that unleashed "Rambo" onto an unsuspecting world. Wandering into a small, hostile town, ex-Green Beret John Rambo (Stallone) is targeted for persecution and abuse by potbellied Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When he can stand no more, Rambo goes bonkers, killing a deputy and heading into the surrounding hills, armed to the teeth. Only after Rambo has picked off practically every law enforcement officer within a radius of 50 miles do the local authorities bring in his former commanding officer, Trautman (Richard Crenna), for advice. Trautman's response -- that the locals had better get a lot of body bags ready -- is hardly encouraging. First Blood proved to be one of Stallone's biggest non-Rocky hits. Kirk Douglas had originally been cast as Trautman, but he quit the project when the producers refused to cave in to his demand that Trautman kill Rambo in the finale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sylvester Stallone
      Sylvester Stallone - John Rambo
    • Richard Crenna
      Richard Crenna - Trautman
    • Brian Dennehy
      Brian Dennehy - Teasle
    • David Caruso
      David Caruso - Mitch
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      Jack Starrett - Galt



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 62 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Don't judge a movie by it's DVD cover

      Posted
      SAA

      This action movie is what I like to call "realistic". Stallone does a good job of portraying a realistic character without saying much, and the movie looks very crisp considering it's from 1982. The action in this movie is very believable, and none of the characters do anything that wouldn't be possible in real life, which is why it's my favorite action movie. There are no lame video game shootouts or obvious stuntman CGI special effects you see in every single action movie today. This thing is the real deal. There are a few moments in the movie with some cheesy acting, like the scene where the general is talking inside the radio tent, or the National Guard guys when they're pinned down in the trench by Stallone, but other than that, everything is good, especially considering this was a low budget movie, I definitely believe it stands the test of time and is worth seeing by anyone who's fed up with computer animated green screen movies filled with braindead actors who read every line off the script page, or is looking for a good old school action movie that's not one to make fun of.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      First Blood

      Posted
      eckoe
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      First Blood is a 1982 American action adventure film directed by Ted Kotcheff. It is co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran who must rely on his combat and survival senses against the abusive law enforcement of a small town. It is based on David Morrell's 1972 novel of the same name and is the first installment of the Rambo series. Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna also appear in supporting roles. The film was released in the United States on October 22, 1982. Despite initial mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing $47.2 million at the box office. Since its release, First Blood has received reappraisal from critics, with many praising the roles of Stallone, Dennehy, and Crenna, and also praising its action sequences and has been recognized as a cult classic and an influential film in the action genre. The film's success spawned a franchise, consisting of three sequels (all which were co-written by and starred Stallone), an animated series, comic books, and novels.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Blueprints for the Future of Action

      Posted
      ThisIsMyName
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      Rambo, Predator, Terminator, and Die Hard basically designed the formula for thousands of actions films, most of which only borrowed the most bombastic, violent, effects-driven elements and some clever taglines, making stale, one-dimensional shadows of those original four films. The bulk of the "action" films coming after (of course, there have been plenty of great "action" films since) did away more and more with subtlety, essential dialogue, and the struggles/vulnerabilities of the heroes. Rambo has the missing stuff. It isn't perfect, but it isn't some silly, mindless murder-explosion-knife fight nonsense that it inspired in later films. There is a story here. And a pretty good one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Rocky the Vietnam vet....

      Posted
      Monstamac
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      Wow, the writing, the acting, the scenario, all amazing in this movie. Yes the 2 sequels aren't great, but this was an amazing follow-up to Rocky showing Stallone was a star in the making. John Rambo was just hoboing across the country to find his buddies from Vietnam and finding he is the only one left crushes his world and then is pushed to the limit by a small town, this is my kingdom, type of sheriff who pushes the wrong man too far. You should also watch the more recent Rambo movie after this to see where he is nowadays, a movie with more money and much better production value than this shoestring movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not what you think

      Posted
      MIKEoftheDEAD24
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      I did not see this film until recently. I was surprised by it because it was not what I expected. The first Rambo I saw was the forth one. It was a very bloody movie. I figured that Rambo would just go off killing a ton of people but when I was the movie that was not the case. This was a story about a man who came back from Vietnam and people were against him because they did not like the war. It is about a soldier who made a sacrifice to surve his country and now he was paying the price for it. Check this out cause it is more then you may think.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      FIRST BLOOD IS POWER PACKED!

      Posted
      KingofPop

      THIS MOVIE IS THE START OF A SERIES THAT IS AN ALL AMERICAN LEGENDARY EPIC THAT STARTS WITH A BANG AND ENDS WITH A BANG. THIS MOVIE STARS THE ALL TIME BEST ROCK HARD ,COLD STARE, TOUGH MAN IN MOVIE HISTORY. SYLVESTER STALLONE BLOWS IT AWAY IN THIS ONE. (LITERALLY) HAHA! THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR THE RAMBO SERIES TO MAKE SENSE. IF YOU LOVE GREAT ACTION AND WATCHING THE ULTIMATE FORCE TO BE RECOND WITH JOHN RAMBO THEN THIS FILM WILL LEAVE YOU COMPLETELY ENTERTAINED. IF YOU WERE NOT A STALLONE FAN BEFORE THIS FILM, YOU WILL BE AFTER WATCHING THIS MASTERPIECE!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      2002 Special Edition was much better

      Posted
      kevman79

      Great film, poor dvd...This 'First Blood: Ultimate Edition' is everything but ultimate. It drops all the special edition bonus features of the 2002 release, the DTS audio, and gives us a somewhat 'overdone' high-def transfer of the film. It adds a mediocre Sylvester Stallone commentary in lieu of the much better David Morrell (the writer) commentary on the original dvd release, plus a couple of lame deleted scenes. If you're going to buy this film, get the 2002 special edition version.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Essential Stallone

      Posted
      Kang
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      i bought this at Best Buy during their Post Thanksgiving/pre Christmas sale period. It was in a special display with other "essential" movies at a GREAT no-brainer price, a total impulse purchase. We watched it on one of our family movie nights and everyone loved it. We've since watched it again. A fun movie that might be a little dated, and a little corny, but still very entertaining and pure Stallone. Thanks Best Buy!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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