Red Dawn [DVD] [1984]

John Milius' Reagan-era cold war adventure film Red Dawn comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, production notes, and trivia. This is a solid, though unspectacular release from MGM/UA that is appealing at its inexpensive list price.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (129 out of 134)

    Special Features


    • Trivia and production notes
    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Red Dawn
    Set at an indeterminate point in the future, this drama with an overt anti-communist message begins as an ostensible war movie: Russian and Cuban forces have invaded the U.S. and are viciously eliminating the inhabitants of a small town, when a group of teens escapes and plans a counterattack. Jed (Patrick Swayze), Robert (C. Thomas Howell), and six of their friends watch in amazement as soldiers parachute into their town and start shooting. The teens grab a pickup truck, stock up on supplies at the local store, and head for the hills. Meanwhile, the men in the town -- after a minimal resistance -- are rounded up and held at a drive-in theater converted into a concentration camp. The sadistic Soviet military then make them watch acclaimed Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 classic Alexander Nevsky, as their punishing rehabilitation begins. Meanwhile, after minimal resistance from the adults, a Cuban, Bella (Ron O'Neal), is put in charge and is not certain how he can really defeat the teen army. The Soviets and Cubans have so far defeated the American Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, but these teens are really something else. After a successful ambush, the teen guerrillas gear up for future forays, when they are suddenly betrayed by one of their number and by doubts about the morality of what they are doing. Red Dawn is noteworthy for being the first movie released with the PG-13 rating, created by the MPAA after public outcry over violent content in the PG-rated Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Patrick Swayze
      Patrick Swayze - Jed
    • C. Thomas Howell
      C. Thomas Howell - Robert
    • Ron O'Neal
      Ron O'Neal - Bella
    • Powers Boothe
      Powers Boothe - Andy
    • Ben Johnson
      Ben Johnson - Manson



    Customer rating

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    97%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What is the Price of Freedom - the answer is here.

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      cwlw
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      Although the lead acting troop was relatively young their acting skills were both competent and believable – thus their satisfying viewing experience. The Stage Setting – It’s early Winter late September in central Colorado and gasoline is selling for $126.9/gallon back in 1984. This is a story of high school kids turned guerrilla and hardened by unconventional warfare against Communist armed intruders. September – April they fought with their will, their heart, and anything they could savage off the battlefield – until they expended themselves. The film touches the core of America – freedom at any price.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Wolverines!!

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      Hurley
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      The 1986 Red Dawn is an '80's classic which everyone should see. It's surprisingly topically for the times and has some great lines, scenes, and performances. Nearly every actor in the movie is recognizable from something, from Bodhi to Lorraine McFLy and Jeannie Bueller, to Brett (from Alien) and Mickey (from P ee Wee's Big Adventure). This Shout! Factory Blu-ray release has some nice extras and excellent packaging, especially if you can get ahold of one with a slipcover. The inside cover is also reversible from the Shout design to the original poster. I recommend this release to any one who doesn't already own the original Red Dawn on Blu-Ray.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Original is better!

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      eckoe
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      In the heartland of the United States of America, Russian and Cuban paratroopers begin to drop outside while classes go on in the high school. When the soldiers begin killing everyone in sight, local teens take to the hills to avoid the new totalitarian regime established in their little town and, as we later learn, throughout the world. As country folk, they are well familiarized with survival tactics and hunting, which allows them to carry out sophisticated acts of military sabotage, upsetting the balance of power in town with their guerilla warfare.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better Than the remake

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      eckoe04
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      In the heartland of the United States of America, Russian and Cuban paratroopers begin to drop outside while classes go on in the high school. When the soldiers begin killing everyone in sight, local teens take to the hills to avoid the new totalitarian regime established in their little town and, as we later learn, throughout the world. As country folk, they are well familiarized with survival tactics and hunting, which allows them to carry out sophisticated acts of military sabotage, upsetting the balance of power in town with their guerilla warfare.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Classic Cold-War Flag Waiver

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      MorpheusRising
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      Swayze, Sheen, Grey. That pretty much sums up how silly this movie is going to be. Take Platoon and try to add in some Dirty Dancing and you're almost there in terms of how seriously this movie can be taken. It doesn't matter, however, because this is a true Cold War Flag Waiving Classic. Russians invade America and High Schoolers save the day. There are some particularly good scenes with C. Thomas Howell and Powers Booth as well as some nice work by Harry Dean Stanton, but this isn't about the acting, it's about killing those darned Ruskie invaders. Pure silliness that leaves you satisfied on a 4th of July.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting movie scenario.

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      zick17
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      Someone recommended me this movie so I bought it. The idea is vey interesting and I hope it will never become a reality. I have noticed many small mistakes that actors made. This movie looks like it is one of the low budget movies. I understand that it is from 80’s but I expected something better from the scenario, director and actors. Yet, still recommend to see!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good old school fun

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      Eric66
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      I watched this movie as a teenager and it brought me back to my youth and how our fear of the Soviet Union out weighed anything else. The thought of a conflict with them was expected to be of the nuclear variety, but invasion was a very scary thought indeed. Lots of the stars in this movie got their start or were at the beginning of their careers. Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and C. Thomas Howell were just young stars when they made this movie. I'll pop it in now and then just to take me back to my youth.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely one of the best movies from my time.

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      ReynoldsTheLantern
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      Red Dawn brings up many memories. This was a definite see in my house growing up. My brother and I saw it together I don't know how many times. But we saw it so much that the VHS tape was so fuzzy you couldn't see the movie anymore. The story line was great. I love how a group of teenagers took matters into their own hands to defend their town and their country. Love it & definitely must see classic.

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