The Running Man [Blu-ray] [1987]

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  • Release Date: 02/19/2013
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 33)

Special Features


  • New audio commentary with director Paul Michael Glaser

Synopsis


The Running Man
Directed by former Starsky and Hutch TV star Paul Michael Glaser, this post-apocalyptic science fiction yarn satirized American entertainment, mocking pro wrestling, game shows, and law-and-order reality programming. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards, a cop in the totalitarian America of 2019, framed for massacring rioting civilians during a famine. After escaping from jail, Richards tries to prove his innocence, but his efforts are thwarted at every turn by a regime in need of a scapegoat. Richards is captured along with an innocent civilian, Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso), and they are forced to participate in a violent game show called "The Running Man," hosted by the unctuous Damon Killian (Richard Dawson). The object of the game for Richards and Mendez: obtain freedom by staying alive against a gauntlet of skillful assassins like "Subzero" (Prof. Toru Tanaka) and "Captain Freedom" (Jesse Ventura), each armed with unique weapons like razor-sharp hockey sticks and chainsaws. With the help of some fellow "contestants," Richards is able to tap into government computers and prove his innocence. The Running Man was very loosely based on a short story by Stephen King, who wrote it under the name Richard Bachman. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger - Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards
  • Maria Conchita Alonso
    Maria Conchita Alonso - Amber Mendez
  • Richard Dawson
    Richard Dawson - Damon Killian, Running Man Game-Show Host
  • Yaphet Kotto
    Yaphet Kotto - Laughlin
  • Jim Brown
    Jim Brown - Fireball, Stalker



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Schwarzenegger's Best!

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    kevman79

    By far Arnold Schwarzenegger's best film in my opinion, 'The Running Man' has achieved quite a fervent following over the years. This special edition dvd set is very good, featuring a couple of excellent audio commentaries and beautiful anamorphic video. This is one of few high-def transfers I've seen done properly, giving us a very clean and detailed picture without sacrificing the film's original cinematography. The audio is also superb with the DTS track standing out especially. Well worth the buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Blu Ray Release!

    Posted
    Chelray1
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    Olive Films has finally given us an upgrade to the Running Man! The blu ray has the best Picture quality of all the prior Running Man releases. Its not perfect by any means, but its very doubtful that they will remaster this again in 4K. So if you are holding back on this DONT! Not very many extras though. I was hoping for at least what was on the prior DVD release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Arnold in another great action movie

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    mfletcher
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    If you like Hunger Games, you'll love this movie too! An old classic action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as an action hero for the underdog masses. It is about a race to survive, but the people in the race getting killed aren't the criminals that everyone thinks and the superhero killers aren't really the good guys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only Game Show You Need To Watch

    Posted
    samanark

    This movie is like 1984 meets Manhunt (the video game) meets the Roman Colosseum. Great sociological commentary on the influence of television in the public's lives and the amount of violence portrayed in entertainment, as well as the possible outcome of a "people oriented" authoritarian government.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An Arnold classic

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    Chuck
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    This isn't the greatest movie but is an Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. This is only a movie for Arnold fans or fans of 80's scifi action. I loved it as a kid so it is nostalgic for me. Blu ray quality looks good for an 80's film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate 80's Action!

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    Kenrocker2008
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    Before The Hunger Games there was The Running Man! Back when Arnold was the number one action hero! If you love mindless action and endless 80's cheesiness you'll love this flick! The picture quality is fantastic and is much better then the dvd.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A classic Arnold Flick

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    Chris
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    Great nostalgia trip. Love the plot and actors involve: Arnold, Richard Dawson, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown. Already own the DVD, but the Blu ray looks and sounds better, IMO. If you enjoy a good action flick, I recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Running Man BD disc

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    pactech1
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    I used to have this on DVD and was glad to see that it was finally on Blu Ray disc. Kind of dated but it is fun to watch in HD. Another great find at a great price at bestbuy.com.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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