First Blood

First Blood

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Director: Ted Kotcheff

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy

     
 

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John Rambo is back for the forth time on DVD with this Ultimate Edition of First Blood from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. What's special about this release is not just the newly added audio commentary from Stallone himself; the disc's producer's have also finally unearthed the never-before-seen alternate suicide ending -- a virtual Holy Grail of film footageSee more details below

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John Rambo is back for the forth time on DVD with this Ultimate Edition of First Blood from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. What's special about this release is not just the newly added audio commentary from Stallone himself; the disc's producer's have also finally unearthed the never-before-seen alternate suicide ending -- a virtual Holy Grail of film footage long talked about, but rarely seen. Add onto that an outtake and yet another bonus flashback featuring a steamy sex scene (yes, you heard it right), and suddenly this reissue becomes worth the buy. However packed those extras might be, though, that doesn't seem to be enough for the Ultimate Edition. In probably one of the most overblown bonuses since the Blair Witch 2's "The Secret of Esrever" DVD feature, First Blood and both of its sequels have been graced with a "Survival Mode" feature that is every bit as worthless as it sounds. Using branching technology, the disc's producers have outfitted the DVD to give the viewer access to special character information, map recreations, and some rather ridiculous animations that serve no purpose other than to just be "flashy." The fact that they have chosen a name like "Survival Mode" to represent all of these features is fitting, since watching the film like this really is like a game of endurance for people with very little time on their hands. Other than the uneven group of bonus features, the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen picture looks stunning, with deep contrasts that enhance the gloom of the film, while the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio sports a exemplary mix that pulls you into the action yet still manages to handle the outdoor setting in a natural and absorbing way. As far as the commentary goes, Stallone delivers a fun track that borders on being a little too Inside the Actors Studio at times, but which is full of insight into the scripting and especially the casting (keep your ear open for the Kirk Douglas story). The alternate ending is faulted only because it lived on as a film legend for so long, which says nothing about its quality -- though it is actually quite short. When all is said and done, the disc is worth purchasing for first-time buyers of the series and for hardcore fans who salivate at the thought of the new extras. This DVD is also available in a three-disc Collector's Set of all three Ultimate Edition discs of this blockbuster series.

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Before John Rambo became one of the most parodied action figures in film history, known primarily for strafing deserts full of enemies with his machine gun, First Blood introduced him as a hunted dog just trying to stay alive after a wrongful arrest. In a performance mostly free from dialogue, which many agree finds Sylvester Stallone at his best, the actor makes frantic escape an engrossing experience. The film's middle portion is its best, as Rambo sprints through a dense forest, emerging bleeding but intact after many near misses, including the memorable moment when he's forced to leap from the side of a rocky crag, hoping against hope that the evergreens beneath him will provide cushion. That Rambo's survival instincts often involve killing innocent cops is rendered less offensive by the first act, in which he is imprisoned merely for looking sketchy and utterly mishandled by every station of hick cop. A film whose skewed morality is best ignored in favor of veteran action director Ted Kotcheff's finesse with crisp set pieces, First Blood was a hit whose relative subtlety was quickly overshadowed by the box-office bravura and overblown idiocy of its sequels.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
UPC:
0012236163565
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
8,386

Special Features

Closed Caption; Groundbreaking military special operations features including: Survival Mode - enhance your Rambo experience with a suite of special ops playback upgrades; Early Warning System (EWS) - get advance notification of upcoming Survival Mode viewing enhancements; MetaBrief - access instant intelligence dossiers at critical moments in the film; MetaScope - scope out people, places, and events as they occur in the movie; MetaSight - acquire enemies and objectives via laser-guided targeting; MetaPoint - track action with a picture-in-picture radar sweep of topography and terrain; MetaMap - dial in a 3-D onscreen satellite positioning map; 16 x 9 widescreen version (2.35:1 aspect ratio); 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround; Sylvester Stallone commentary; Never-before-seen alternate ending

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone John Rambo
Richard Crenna Trautman
Brian Dennehy Teasle
David Caruso Mitch
Jack Starrett Galt
Michael Talbott Balford
David Crowley Shingleton
Chris Mulkey Ward
Don Mackay Preston
Alf Humphreys Lester
John McLiam Orval
Bill McKinney Kern
Craig Huston Radio Operator
Frank Tamburo Actor
Charles Tamburro Pilot
David Peterson Trooper
Patrick Stack Lt. Morgan
Stephen E. Miller Guardsman #1
Raimund Stamm Guardsman #2
Robert Metcalfe Guardsman
Stephen Dimopoulos Guardsman #4
Bruce Greenwood Guardsman #5
Mike Winlaw TV Reporter
Donald Adams Guard C.O
Gary Hetherington Hunter
Bruce Barbour Cathcart
Suzee Pai Actor

Technical Credits
Ted Kotcheff Director
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan E. Chapman Editor
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Toni Howard Casting
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Michael Kozoll Screenwriter
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
G. Moonblood Screenwriter
Herb Nanas Producer
Thom Noble Editor
Tom Noble Editor
Stéphane Reichel Art Director
Kimberley Richardson Set Decoration/Design
William Sackheim Screenwriter
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Michael Westmore Makeup
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Credits
2. Served Together
3. The Law
4. Concealed Weapon
5. "Your Name?"
6. Fingerprints
7. Escape
8. Tailing Rambo
9. Fleeing Justice
10. Free Fall
11. War Hero
12. Decoy
13. Weakening the Enemy
14. Colonel Samuel Trautman
15. Defuse the Situation
16. Drew First Blood
17. No Shooting
18. Trapped
19. Rats
20. Passage Out
21. On the Loose
22. Diversion
23. Evacuation
24. On the Roof
25. Power Outage
26. Revenge
27. "It's Over"
28. Can't Forget
29. Surrender
30. End Credits

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