Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as a pumped-up Shakespearian hero while an announcer bellows, "Something is rotten in Denmark -- and Hamlet is taking out the trash!" This gag sets the stage for the post-modernist action epic The Last Action Hero. The film concerns Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien), a lonely eleven-year-old boy who escapes from his bleak New York City reality by glorying in the action adventure movies of his favorite film character, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Danny's friend is an elderly movie projectionist, Nick (Robert Prosky), who lets Danny into the shabby Times Square movie theater where he works so Danny can see Slater's new movie. He hands Danny a magic ticket given to him years ago by Houdini, and when Nick rips the ticket and gives Danny the stub, Danny finds himself catapulted from the theater into the back seat of Slater's speeding sports car in "Jack Slater IV." Danny becomes Slater's helper as Jack battles a trio of nefarious bad guys --Benedict (Charles Dance), Vivaldi (Anthony Quinn) and The Ripper (Tom Noonan). But things get out of hand when Benedict steals Danny's magic ticket stub and transports himself into Danny's reality. Benedict and The Ripper proceed to wreak havoc along Broadway, forcing Slater to cross into reality to get the villains and, in the process, learn about blood and pain.~Paul Brenner
Arnold SchwarzeneggerSergeant Jack Slater
Austin O'BrienDanny Madigan
F. Murray AbrahamJohn Practice
Anthony QuinnTony Vivaldi
Professor Toru TanakaTough Asian Man
Tina TurnerThe Mayor
Robert PatrickT-1000 (uncredited)
Sharon StoneCatherine Tramell
Timothy DaltonHimself [uncredited]
Billy LucasSWAT Cop
Ryan ToddAndrew Slater
Mike MuscatCop in Los Angeles Station
John FinneganWatch Commander
Angie EverhartVideo Babe
Sven Ole ThorsenGunman
Anthony PeckCop at Ex-Wife's House
Anna NavarroCop in Station
Nick DimitriDoctor, Funeral
Rick DucommunRipper's Agent
John McTiernan, Sr.Cigar Stand Man
Michael Vincente GazzoTorelli
Stephen J. RothProducer
Adam LeffScreen Story
Zak PennScreen Story
Lee OrloffMusical Direction/Supervision
Michael KamenComposer (Music Score)
Frank J. UriosteEditor
Richard A. HarrisEditor
Eugenio ZanettiProduction Designer
William C. GerrityProduction Designer
John Wright StevensArt Director
Marek DobrowoiskiArt Director
Rick HeinrichsArt Director
Robert E. RelyeaCo-producer
Arnold SchwarzeneggerExecutive Producer
Carl StenselSet Designer
Cindy CarrSet Designer
Elizabeth LappSet Designer
Gloria GreshamCostume Designer
Chuck Picerni, Jr.Stunts
James M. HaltyStunts
John E. SullivanVisual Effects Supervisor
Action and Adventure,Comedy,Fantasy
Action Thriller,Buddy Film,Fantasy Comedy
Last Action Hero
Year of Release
Includes Digital Copy, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
Last Action Hero [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
This is my first time seeing this movie, and I couldn’t have picked a better time. I think back in the day when it was first released I didn’t know about the satire and making fun of itself theme. I went in knowing that now, and thought it was very entertaining and hilarious at times. The PQ/AQ are absolutely fantastic. I was very impressed. The SteelBook looks gorgeous in person and is a must have!
One of the better steelbook designs; a very shiny aesthetic that’s befitting of the movie! The new master is such a revelation for fans of a movie with a notoriously poor home video track record. I can’t recommend this title enough!
Looks and sounds amazing in 4K. Sony as always does a great job on their releases in this format. The Steelbook cover is what made me choose this version over waiting for the standard. Looks even better in person.
This is a much improved reissue of LAST ACTION HERO, compared to the most recent "retro VHS packaging" version. Instead of 8 chapter selections, at random spots in the movie, you get a more standard set of chapters at narrative breaks that make sense. Also, the new commentary by McTiernan is terrific, and while he can't remember all the little production details that's fine--it's been almost 30 years. Just his general observations about Hollywood in the late 80s/early 90s, the big struggles he had during shooting and the muted reception upon release are worth the purchase. Also, the steelbook packaging with the original poster art is great. A movie well worth your time, and one ripe for reevaluation.
I hate to admit this is the first time I’ve ever seen this movie. When it came out 30 plus years ago I just wasn’t impressed. In the first 30 minutes of the movie with the satire and cheesy humor my wife asked “how much did you pay for this movie?” As the movie progressed it does draw you in and you almost look back in time to when it was made. Plan on some satire and nostalgia plenty of lines from other movies with brief camera shots of Hollywood stars. The 4K UHD and audio quality are pretty good. Let’s face it movie technology has advanced tremendously and current 4K UHD is far superior. Old movie transferred to 4K UHD are ok but not present day quality.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One of the Greatest movies AND Steelbooks EVER.
Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
I can't sing the praises on this enough.
Not only is this one of the best action movies of all time (and best love letters to the genre), they managed to create one of the best steelbooks of all time. Holographic, clean, precise. A wonderful add to the collection.
The movie also looks great in it's 4K restoration and I highly recommended fans of old and newcomers who haven't seen this film to give it a watch.
Good luck finding this now, as it has become quite rare. If there is a re-issue. Grab it.