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Rambo: First Blood [Remastered]

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7.71 h 33 min1982X-Ray15
Fully restored for the first time ever, FIRST BLOOD is the explosive action-thriller that started it all! A breathtaking portrayal of America at odds with itself.
Directors
Ted Kotcheff
Starring
Sylvester StalloneBrian Dennehy
Genres
SuspenseAdventureAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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4.7 out of 5 stars

6042 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
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R B HarrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant cult epic governments never wanted to be made!
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I remember back in the 80’s some critics repeatedly branding Stallone as “a protein fed action hero whose career would rely on his ability to retain muscle and be in films that didn’t require him to speak intelligently”. I’m not sure what they were watching but clearly they didn’t see past the superficial. The reason this movie is a cult classic is because it does very intelligently meet a formula that audiences respond to. “Man treated badly by his country and lost in a world without kindness and compromise to which he has to respond in the only way he knows how...” and the audience takes this journey with, with his pain and the unfairness he faces. At the time Stallone and the producers faced horrendous criticism for the storyline not least because of its political castigation. They made it anyway, and now all these years later when we continue to see wars engaged by leaders of nations who might never step into the front line, whose rhetoric is fuelled by things the public aren’t allowed to see, we can see history repeating itself and the John Rambos of the world continue to question what it was all for.
A great movie, with characters and a storyline undoubtedly inspired by some truth, it has depth and gravity among blood, shooting and lots of testosterone. And Stallone - well he has already successfully challenged his critics more times than this movie has been watched.
11 people found this helpful
Dean HedgesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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The 4k ultra hd blu ray disc version of the film has greatly improved sound and picture quality over the standard blu ray disc version when played through a ultra hd blu ray player and a 4k ultra hd tv with hdr (high dynamic range)
19 people found this helpful
Eric CranstonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
An ‘80s Classic in stunning 4K. Shame about the subtitles
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I’ve always enjoyed this movie. I remember it was one of the first ex-rental VHS tapes my dad bought. I think it’s one of Stallone’s best films, with also great supporting acting from Richard Crenna especially. The 4K pressing is stunning. The most notable improvement being in the mine scenes as Stallone makes his way out after the entrance being blown up. The only criticism I can make is the English subtitles are terrible. I mean absolutely some of the worst I have seen. They are not accurate at all, almost like they have been translated from another language.
5 people found this helpful
S P MeadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 June 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
an excellent film
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"First Blood" (1982) is a action film with psychological undercurrents. It stars Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, one of the defining roles if his acting career. It's a popular movie, and inspired three sequels. This first film in the saga is based on a bestselling novel, by David Morrell, which - in the midst of an action storyline - explores some of the difficulties faced by soldiers returning home to the USA after fighting in Vietnam, and the post traumatic stress suffered. The book introduced Rambo - although it was this film series that turned the character into a global phenomenon.

The film concerns John Rambo, who's living as a vagrant, being picked up by local police in a small town in rural America. The police don't particularly like Rambo's looks or attitude. In turn, Rambo doesn't seem to care about what the police think ... He's arrested, and while being detained is mistreated by some of the officers. During a moment of flashback - to an ordeal during the Vietnam War, when he was tortured - Rambo gets mad, fights the police officers and escapes. Hiding in the nearby mountains, Rambo is pursued by the police. It's then that the police learn that Rambo is an elite warrior - an ex-special forces soldier who's trained to evade capture, survive in the wilderness, and kill the enemy using any tactics. Ultimately, the police utterly fail to apprehend Rambo - and so now the military join-in the manhunt, led by Rambo's former commanding officer Colonel Sam Trautman. In the final act of the film, Rambo destroys the local town - and then, persuaded by Trautman, gives himself up.

This is a violent film. Yet it's not violence for its own sake, merely to titillate. Rather, the storyline is handled in a serious manner - and Rambo's tortured psyche is explored (being clearly depicted in the final scene, when he suffers an emotional breakdown). This is as much a drama about a man being mistreated, and refusing to simply accept such mistreatment, as it is an action film. Stallone acts well, portraying the central protagonist in a meaningful way. He's brilliantly supported by both Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehy.

This is a defining film of the 1980's - inspiring a host of copy-cat movies. The Blu-ray edition presents excellent quality video and audio. Unfortunately, it has few special features.
26 people found this helpful
ab..cReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crying out for a posh big telly!
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The disk is very well rendered in terms of sound stage and vision improvements. Mine is shown on a 32" Toshiba and it's clearly displayed. If you have an Oled tv the contrast alone would be stunning. And indeed there are included several scenes I have not seen before in this movie. I bought this as I rented it on Firestick and after three times it's cheaper to buy the disk than streaming this again and again. My player benfitted from a firmware update before this Blu-ray. Also, I have installed a 2.1 sound system on my telly, that is very revealing in terms of sound stages and clarity, and this is enjoyably done on this disk. This initial movie is better storytelling than the second and third Rambo movies (i.m.h.o). If your in the mood of pursuing the options on this disk there are commentaries. multilingual versions and lots of topics for film anoraks to see.
7 people found this helpful
MAD DOGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
"NOTHING IS OVER..........NOTHING"
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People often ask me why review old films that we already know are great. Ill tell you why. Because I love films and to do a quick review enables me to show a bit of affection for the movies I have loved all my life. One of of them being First Blood amongst many many others.

This classic is a pefect example of a Vietnam vet movie in which the very troubled Green Beret is still struggling with the civilian world many years after the war ended. John Rambo is still fighting a war.....in his head.

First Blood is by far the best charecter Sylvester Stallone has created since Rocky Balboa, bringing a real sense of vulnerability and depth that most actors perhaps could not with this type of film. Yes John Rambo did change slightly with the second and third film but was back to basics in the fouth film which I think is way up there with First Blood and one of the best action films ever.

First Blood though is simply wonderful and more of a drama than an action film when you look deeper into it. Stallone does a cracking job acting with pure conviction to the role. The ending is brilliant where John Rambo breaks down releasing his demons to Col Trautman. Some of the best acting I think Sly has ever pulled off. That scene even brings a lump to my throat.

The flash backs to Nam are realistic and horrific when you seevRambo being cut across the chest. And the scene where Rambo picks up the smashed bloody dead body of the police officer bully who falls from the chopper onto the rocks below. Sly looks disturbed as he stares into the dead eyes of the cop, with the music used in the flash back scenes building. What I love about that scene is that we don't get to see the image in Rambo's mind but Slys face says it all. God only knows what is going on in Rambo's head.

From the very first scene with the opening Jerry Goldsmith theme to the end credits with the fairly cheesy 80's balad the film never really let's up. Everything works perfectly.

So if you don't own a copy of First Blood then the Bluray is the copy to get because it's loaded with informative extras. The steel book is a nice edition and the limited edition granada box set with all four films is an absolute must.

I'm slighty mad as I own all of the films on steel book, the grenade, the DVDs with the original art work and a VHS box set of Rambo 1-3 that is still sealed.

I keep hearing that Stallone is going to make a 5th Rambo film called Last Blood. How true it is I don't know but fingers crossed.
15 people found this helpful
Tommy Page Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Why you pushing me!
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The first and best , of all the Rambo movies. Where it started, John Rambo a ex Soldier back home from Vietnam . Trying to settle into normal life as a civalian again, where a Local Small Town Sheriff named Teasel. Gives Rambo a lift and. Picks on him on how he looks , and drops him off at the end of a bridge . Where he wants to go to Portand , he turns round makes his way back into town the angered Sheriff cuts him of , and arrests him . But what he doesn't know is he's a trained Soldier a one man army who win medal of honour, a pure war hero. As Rambo lashes out from pure rage, traumised from visions what he gone through in Nam, he escapes and takes to the mountains to escape. But he starts his own private war , with Teasel and he uses his expertise and survival skills. To stay alive , only one person can help Rambo , is Colonel Trautman . Who trained him ,and taught him . Everything he knows, and to try and stop Rambo . Before he goes too far, and passes the point of no return. This superb movie is so iconic and by far , the best of the collection.
2 people found this helpful
Roger RobertsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic movie.
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What can I say about this film that hasn't already been said?
Full of action, vioience, suspense, all that you'd want from a war movie, except it's not really a war movie. it's about the unseen consequences of war, how it damages those who are called on to fight, how they often find it difficult to adjust to civilian life, how they are misunderstood by society. It's an anti-war film.
I'd recommend the extras on this copy to viewers, including a discussion of how many people misunderstood the message back in the 80s, which I'd not thought about before, possibly because it seemed so obvious to me at the time when it was on general theatre release. I wasn't aware of the alternate ending, which is closer to the original novel's ending. It's a great action film, but there is a message that can be missed in the excitement, a message that was lost in the sequels.
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