Also I'd like to point out that First Blood did not work on my pc which had updated firmware for the drives and the latest cyberlink Powerdvd installed. From making-of documentaries to reminiscences from cast and crew particularly Stallone, who opens up about all of the movies , the added content will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Rambo, and probably more. Sounds like a walk in the park to America's most lethal soldier. Several scenes also suffered from hazy edges and spiking grain fields. Rambo, living in a Thai monastery and stick-fighting for money, wants no part of it — so naturally, Trautman gets captured and Rambo has to go in and kill a bunch of people to save him. Now I just have an extra copy of First Blood if a friend should want to borrow it.
If you own a Blu-Ray player and love the Rambo series you owe it to yourself to buy these. They did the same with Rocky and Terminator and a string of other movies. Several days later, he's visited by the pastor of the church sponsoring the mission trip, and told of their disappearance from the village they intended to help. All of these are very interesting. I know I was nervous when 'Rocky Balboa' and 'Rambo' were announced as projects. Falling into a Vietnam flashback, Rambo breaks free and escapes into the woods surrounding the town. If you are fan of Rambo, do not hesitate to buy this complete collector's set before it is out of stock.
A few scratches, a handful of soft background elements, and a bit of seemingly random damage toward the end of the film hold the transfer back, but rarely distract from its overall impact. Everyone can sit and debate over Stallone's acting ability, but many really can't discount his writing ability. As mentioned in the opening section of this review, The Complete Collector's Set includes the same discs released individually and as part of the earlier film trilogy. Otherwise, I'd suggest you keep what you currently have and wait for the inevitable upgrade to arrive at some point in the future. Reviewed by Chris McEneany Im a huge fan of Rambo theres no denying that, is there? As such, there's little reason to descend into an extensive analysis of the video quality, since I agree completely with fellow reviewer Martin Liebman's earlier assessments of the transfer quality. At 22 minutes, it's hardly comprehensive, but it gives you a good quick overview, and some perspectives aside from Sly and Morrell's. The special edition set that was released prior to this one, had more documentaries, so is it really worth buying the ultra-edition just for the sake of a few minor changes.
Though near impossible to reach the classic stature of 'First Blood,' in the end, the final fourth film and character that it represents concludes the entire story on a fantastically bloody high note, one where Rambo's character journey is again at the center. Burdened by an abundance of technical asides and the filmmaker's heavy accent, Cosmatos fumbles through production tidbits, location factoids, and some fairly dull anecdotes. Rocky may be equally as noble and heroic as Rambo, but whilst Balboa is apt to shrug his glum shoulders and tell his opponent to Go for it before taking a thorough beating, our Johnny would be picking the same guys teeth out of the strawberry jam hed made of his head long before the first bell had rung. Aside from the lack of a newly-upgraded audio offering on First Blood, I'm still quite pleased with the audio proficiency on each of the four discs in this collection though I'll again mention that these specs are exactly the same as the prior editions, so there's no reason to upgrade if you already own them. There's even a surprisingly touching moment often unheard in an audio commentary in which Morrell discusses his son's encounters with Stallone.
Each Blu-ray Disc is loaded with insightful and entertaining bonus materials. I could easily count the leaves in most shots, the miniscule air bubbles in the mud, and the smallest indentations on the Vietcong's tattered weaponry. If you're on the market for a demo-worthy showcase of your new home theater set-up, Rambo 2008 is the way to go. The Rambo Complete Collector's Set video transfers range from strong to excellent, especially when taking into consideration their various ages. Rambo: First Blood Part ii demonstrates marginal gains in the consistency of contrast and black level depth, but the same inconsistency in clarity from scene to scene plague the majority of the production. The first twenty minutes are a little rough around the edges as Rambo strolls into town under the gray hues of an overcast sky, but the darkness that dominates the rest of the film isn't hindered by the sort of oppressive artifacting, source noise, and black crush I thought I'd encounter.
I had bought First Blood on Blu-Ray when it first came out after I had rented it at a Blockbuster and was so impressed by the picture I had to buy it. Despite my distaste for the 'Rambo' sequels, I wholeheartedly recommend this first entry in the series. In its place, we get the most ridiculous and over the top action in the series. I have all these movies in dvd versions for years already. Like the first commentary on the disc, this one includes an abundance of great stories about the production and the version of 'First Blood' that made it to theaters.
It's easy to forget that the original '' was a very restrained film, one less about visceral thrills than it was a serious examination of the cost of Vietnam on both America and the soldiers who fought it. The discount is provided by Amazon. Since this is the second Rambo Collection, and the discs appear to be the same prints as previous Blu-ray release let's revisit what my High-Def Digest colleagues have said about these films. Pans are transparent one moment and stocky the next, directionality is accurate when it comes to battle scenes but uninvolving during conversations, and the rear channels occasionally take a break at inopportune moments. Relying on his survival skills, military training, and war experience, he evades the police at every turn and brings the fight to their doorstep. I'll stick with 'First Blood' and leave the rest of the sequels to the people who actually enjoy them. I don't mind to have 2 blue ray disc of same movie, because I can give the extra to relative or friend as gift.
Aided by over a decade of sound advancements, the only non surprise is how much better 'Rambo' sounds than its ancestors. Later versions of Rambo still show him wrestling with a desire to leave his violent past behind, but in the case of First Blood, it's almost a painstakingly difficult decision for him to eventually pick up a gun. I would love to see 'First Blood' without such artificial makeup, but I doubt another remaster is in the cards for at least a few years. Beyond that, the only slight problems I could find were fairly inconsequential -- contrast wavering rears its head on a half dozen occasions and a hint of edge enhancement pops up from time to time. Combat has taken its toll on John Rambo Stallone , but he has finally begun to find inner peace inside a monastery -- until his friend and mentor Col.
The images in this review do not reflect the image quality on the Blu-ray discs. What my real point is however, is that this is a no problemo situation for ones that have not wasted their time with the older sets at their release dates. Nice detail and a clarity I have never seen with this film. So long as you expect huge explosions, amped up violence, and preposterous action sequences throughout the majority of the film, I doubt you'll come away disappointed. Rounding out the disc three supplements, we have a feature length audio commentary with director Peter MacDonald, a pop-up trivia supplement that plays during the film, and a collection of high definition trailers advertising other Lionsgate Blu-ray offerings. Fans of the sequels may not agree, but I wish 'First Blood' had concluded with just such a scene. Even worse, the film is punctuated by useless sequences that don't move the film forward at all, including a stick fight at the beginning and Rambo engaging in a sports game involving a dead sheep it doesn't make much more sense in context, either.
But it plays well in a blu ray player just not a pc drive. This is an exceptional commentary track that shouldn't be skipped by anyone who has a 'Rambo' flick sitting on their shelves. I read, a long time ago, however, in an interview with Rambo's creator, David Morrell, that a sequel to the film was already intended, which, of course, is why Rambo lived at the end. Ambiance is still limited by the film's uninvolving sound design, but it's at least a more substantial element of the soundscape this time. You can take the man out of war, but can you take the war out of the man? He discusses the genesis of the 'Rambo' series, the progression of the character, the original script treatments, and his role in front of and behind the camera. It's amazing when it comes to preservation how some films are lucky to be treated so well.