The Expendables [DVD] [2010]

  • SKU: 1519259
  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (594 out of 607)

Special Features


  • "Before the Battle" making-of featurette
  • Audio commentary with Sylvester Stallone
  • Deleted scene
  • Gag reel
  • Marketing archive
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Expendables
An all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone's explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. Approached by the shadowy Church (Bruce Willis) to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza (David Zayas) and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross (Stallone) rounds up an unstoppable team that includes former SAS soldier and blade specialist Lee Christmas (Jason Statham); martial arts expert Yin (Jet Li); trigger-happy Hale Caesar (Terry Crews); and cerebral demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture). Traveling to Vilena on a reconnaissance mission with his old pal Christmas, Barney meets their local contact, a cagey guerrilla fighter named Sandra (Giselle Itie), and together the trio scopes out the landscape.. It isn't long before Barney and Christmas have discovered that their actual target is not General Gaza but James Monroe (Eric Roberts), a former CIA operative who has recently gone rogue. Monroe won't be easy to get to either, because his hulking bodyguard Paine (Steve Austin) is a force to be reckoned with. When their mission is compromised, Barney and Christmas are forced to flee, leaving Sandra behind to face almost certain death. But Barney isn't the kind of soldier to abandon a mission, or a hostage, and now in order to get the job done he'll need the help of his old crew. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Sylvester Stallone
    Sylvester Stallone - Barney 'The Schizo' Ross
  • Jason Statham
    Jason Statham - Lee Christmas
  • Mickey Rourke
    Mickey Rourke - Tool
  • Terry Crews
    Terry Crews - Hale Caesar
  • Jet Li
    Jet Li - Yin Yang



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 607 reviews

98%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Too old for this stuff...? Nope!

    Posted
    JakeInLivnColor
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    Sylvester Stallone is arguably one of the biggest box office stars of all time, but in every star's career there are low points. Stallone starred in some box office hits in the 90s, with Demolition Man and Cliffhanger being some of his best films, but also starring in some big duds such as Judge Dredd, The Specialist, Stop or My Mom Will Shoot!, and many more. I'm glad he got some great notices from James Mangold's Cop Land, but then he kept choosing box office poison, swigging down the likes of Driven, D-Tox, and Spy Kids 3D. Luckily he saw he was down, but not out and drummed up Rocky Balboa and followed it up with Rambo, earning critical and commercial success. He then dreamed up a great idea, gather up the old and discarded action heroes from the 1980s (and some modern stars as well) and team up for a blow 'em up extravaganza and in all of its R-rated glory. Apparently it worked, with 2 sequels (With a 3rd on the way)a female-oriented spin-off and huge sales of the DVD and BluRay discs, but is it all for nostalgia or is it truly awesome? Stallone stars as Barney Ross (Stallone), head of The Expendables, a team of tough-as-nails mercenaries hired to do suicide missions that most wouldn't survive outside this group. The group consists of Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Hale Ceasar (Terry Crews), Toll Road (MMA star Randy Couture) and Gunner (Dolph Lundgren) and team support at home with Todd (Mickey Rourke), offering tattoos, tune-ups and wise philosophy. After several disagreements with Gunner, Ross returns home, only for his much-needed break to be interrupted by a mysterious man named Mr. Church (Bruce WIllis, in cameo form). They are hired by Church (In a much-publicized scene between Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger as Trench) to fly to a Caribbean island, Vilena, to stop a drug trade ran by Munroe (Eric Roberts) and his puppet leader. Forcing to team up with his crew and facing a familiar face and similarly beefed-up bros (Headed up by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin) to stop the drug trade, save Ross' love interest and rescue a nation ruled by a dictatorship. Think Commando + Red Heat and a helping of Cobra and you're on the right track. I was hoping for so much with this film, promised with brainless, balls-to-the-wall action filled with all the bone, blood and sinew your eyes can take in, but I was left fairly disappointed. When I read about the cast, I was expecting more legendary action stars in the film (No Van Damme, Norris, Chan, Schwarzenegger in a bigger role, Snipes or Russell?) and I'm glad they had Lundgren and Stallone, but they filled it with more contemporary stars and athletes than anything. Stallone and Statham are positively awesome in this movie, with a type of "bromestry" only a few films can capture. Terry Crews is always a welcome sight, not afraid to be a lovable goofball, but also not afraid to kick some butt. Rourke makes the most of his role, and Schwarzenegger and Willis manage to have fun in their cameos as well. Roberts, a good actor when given good material, manages to have some fun, acting over-the-top as the main villain but isn't exactly a great villain. Austin, Li and Couture are, either given nothing to do or are uninteresting (Li in this case) or are acting very poorly (As in this case, Austin and Couture). The direction, provided by Stallone is overall pretty decent, with Sly capably directing action scenes and exciting set pieces, manages to get some decent performances and balances it all rather well. The screenplay is very poor, but given this is a love-letter to the 80s action stars/films, its to be expected. The films cinematography, when not indulging in "shaky cam", looks pretty good, with the image lending a dark and grainy film, giving The Expendables a grindhouse feel, making all your nostalgia come crashing in. The score is decent, the sound mix is incredible, the CGI is okay, and is everything a big-budget film should have. Moving on to the DVD, we start with the PQ. The film (Shot on Super 35, giving us that grainy look) was shot in the 2.35 aspect ratio, and is preserved well on the DVD and is anamorphically enhanced to fit HDTV's. The PQ is very well done for a modern DVD, with the details being sharp, colors and contrast balanced, accurate skin tones and upscaling on a BluRay player with a 1080p TV boosts up image quality considerably. The audio quality is also excellent (for DVD) with the 5.1 Dolby Digital EX track being an extremely active track, with the audio depicting explosions, gunshots, music, and one-liners with accurate and bass-y use. Moving on to the extras, the film contains a commentary track with writer/director/producer/star Sylvester Stallone, giving us a smart and detailed track, keeping it lively with plenty of BTS info and terrific insight. Next up is a terrific making-of documentary titled "Before the Battle", lasting around 20 minutes, with plenty of interviews, BTS footage and also showing the injuries Stallone had incurred during filming (He broke his neck during a fight scene with Steve Austin!), severely slowing the shoot to a crawl. A very good documentary, but for the full length version, buy the BluRay/DVD combo pack. Next up is a single deleted scene, which lasts less than a minute, is a terrible joke, told terribly by Lundgren and understandably deleted. Next. Last, but not least, is a fun gag reel and some trailers round out this decently packed release. All in all, this is a fun movie, but it does take itself a bit to seriously in a few scenes which dampens the fun, but before you can say automatic shotgun, the film becomes a blast, and with stellar specs (for a DVD) and decent extras, it is worthy to add on your shelf. Still consider the BluRay though, with terrific HD picture and demo worthy sound with a ton more extras to plow through, its a no brainer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    STUFF BLOWS UP!!! Funny one liners are said!

    Posted
    Wim1

    That's pretty much it! :) When doing a rating of a movie, you are given the option to individually rate plot, cinematography and acting. I chose to skip those options because if you care about these things in your action movie, The Expendables is not the tree up which you should bark. This is a loosely thrown together vehicle that finally gives a chance for people's favorite action film stars from the last 3-ish decades to share the screen and say cheesy things to each other while blowing stuff up, making blood splatter and bad guys fall over. That being said, I LOVED IT! My wife and I laughed our way through this film as you can't help but give an involuntary little cheer each time another of your favorites melodramatically steps on screen. They spout cheesy line after tired cliche and all the while shoot the bad guys, blow stuff up and get out of really dangerous situations. It could aptly be called Deus Ex Machina, but that may or may not have lost much of their intended audience. ;) Did I mention they blow stuff up?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    MUSCLES, MAYHEM AND MADNESS

    Posted
    ROBOB

    The EXPENDABLES can been seen as a remake of the 1969 Sam Peckenpah classic film, The Wild Bunch. But instead of horses, six shooters and shotguns; this bunch employs Uzi’s, rockets and grenade launchers. Sylvester Stallone leads a band of hardcore ex combat vets, turned mercenaries for hire. On one of their nefarious missions in a small South American country, Stallone comes in contact with the activist daughter of the brutal regimes dictator. After completing their mission and departing in a fury of fire and smoke, Stallone begins to feel pangs of regret and guilt for having left the daughter behind to fend for herself. Upon returning home, he decides he must go back and rescue her. Stallone, Stratham, Rourke, Lundgren, Willis, Austin, Li, Crew, Couture, and a Schwarzenegger cameo; with this cast of Hollywood characters/ heroes, expect bullets, bombs, broken bones, and blood. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this action packed film will not disappoint the purist of this genre. Stallone does a bang up job of maintaining control with an iron fist, but with a sensitive side that adds dimension to his character. I would not recommend this film for children under 17 years. But it is well worth the watch, and as always in the end the good guys prevail, and the bad guys, they just die.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, not great.

    Posted
    filmfreak
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    The action scenes are thick, fast and brutal, but arrive in batches more towards the latter part of the film. I did like Rambo more as action was its main driving force, Sly really want to deliver some plot and it does slow the film down at times, but I think he knows that as come the second film he steps down as Director and the balance of EX2 has way more laughs, even bigger names and action. This film is a great start to a franchise. The one distracting factor throughout this and the 2nd film is the CGI is pretty poor and Rambo for that matter I notice that Lionsgate is behind these films so makes me question if its down to them)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awsome Movie.

    Posted
    JokerSnk
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    Now this movie was one of the best of the year to come out in my thoughts. this movie has all the action packed stars you could want. statham,stallone,li,lundgreen,willis,arnold,and many more this movie was directed by stalllone and he also stars in it.. if you like to watch action packed movies then you will want to get this movie even if you juts collect them. good price and all together a great movie. GO Buy It...(p.s stallone is thinking about making a sequel and he hinted it is already in production.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good

    Posted
    Akuma2000
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    Sly Stone is one of my favorite actors and this movie doesn’t disappoint, this movie unofficially starts after the Rambo movies and the action is just as good if not better from beginning to end and with a cast of well known action heroes and main lead male characters we all know from movies and television you won’t be disappointed but on the edge of your seat from the bombs and explosions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst of 2010

    Posted
    DRFronkensteen

    I thought this movie was going to be awesome, as I am a fan of "classic" 1980s action movies. I was thoroughly disappointed. Sorry excuse for a plot, horrible acting, and a 65 your old Stallone spending too much time without his shirt on. (Jean Claude Van Dame turned down a role because he thought the script was bad. When Van Damme turns down your script, time to consider scrapping the project, or at least a re write) I have no idea how this has a 4.8 out of five right now. Spend your money on a better movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Been waiting for this movie a long...long...time!

    Posted
    lurchdog

    I have heard negative talk about this movie and I let it go in one ear and out the other! I thought this movie was awesome! The extras were great and even had my non-action movie wife interested. I knew this was a great movie when she sat down with me, watched it and said "hmmm, that was actually pretty good." This is a movie that I could watch over and over and not get tired of it. I can't wait to see what Stallone does for the second one.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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