First Blood

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 012236163565
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,318

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
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
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
St├ęphane 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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Play in Survival Mode
   Survival Mode Direct Access
      MetaBrief - Access Instant Intelligence Dossiers at Critical Moments in the Film
         John Rambo
         Sheriff Will Teasle
         Deputy Arthur Galt
         Deputy Mitch Rogers
         Colonel Trautman
      MetaScope - Scope Out People, Places and Events as They Occur in the Movie
         Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
         Rambo's Knife
         Punji Stakes, Vietnamese Booby Trap
         Wild Boar
         Triangulation
         M16 and M136 Rocket Launcher
         M60 Machine Gun
         Play All
      MetaSight - Acquire Enemies and Objectives via Laser-Guided Targeting
         The Leap
         Release the Hounds!
         Shootout at the Mine
         Rat Attack
         Taking Down the Grid
         Play All
      MetaPoint - Track Action With a Picture-in-Picture Radar Sweep of Topography and Terrain
         Rambo Adrift
         Track Teasle's Pursuit of Rambo
         Triangulating Rambo's Location
         Rambo Seizes the Offensive
         Play All
      MetaMap - Dial in a 3-D On-Screen Satellite Positioning Map
         Trautman's Arrival
         The Final Surrender
         Play All
      About Survival Mode
   Scene Access
   Audio Setup
      English 5.1
      English 2.0
   Bonus Features
      Audio Commentary With Sylvester Stallone: On
      Audio Commentary With Sylvester Stallone: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Alternate Ending
         Saigon Bar Flashback
         Humourous Ending
   About Survival Mode
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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    The One that Started it All!

    First Blood, This movie is a without question a magnificent movie because John Rambo, an ex-green beret Vietnam veteran portrays to every vet and what they desire most mental peace of mind. I recommend this film because the award winning nominee Sylvester Stallone, stars in this movie as John Rambo, an ex-green beret. First Blood is an explosive thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through! I love this movie for its brilliancy in plot and story. John Rambo is a character of knowledge and strength! That uses his whit¿s in and out of war. Sylvester Stallone had the lead roll in this movie in 1982, and was directed by Ted Kotcheff. This film was released October 22, 1982. This movie was based on a book of the same name and was the first of many books and movies. The explosive action in this movie will make you not want to quit watching! If you even watch five minutes of this film I grantee you will be interested the amount of thrill in this will make you watch it over and over again I¿ve watched this movie alone more than six times! That¿s how good it is! The excitement of this movie never ends! This film was shot in numerous locations such as North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Pitt lake, Hope British Columbia. The main actors for this film is Sylvester Stallone Rambo, Richard Crenna Trautman, Brain Denneby Teasle, I think as far as the actors and locations I see no large mistakes. I have a high recommendation for this movie because of it¿s actors, design, plot and quotes. I have a strong like for this film and I believe you will too. You have heard everything I have said about this movie and if you have any since at all you will listen to what I have said and you will go out and buy this movie right now! I¿M SERIOUS GO AND BUY IT!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    When in doubt, kill,

    Rambo is a classic action flick, flawlessly simple yet swarming with underlying themes that push it to the edge. The story of a wandering Vietnam vet who walks into a small, quiet town in Washington in search of his last remaining friend never reaches a happy ending. Upon discovering that his last buddy has died of cancer, John Rambo heads into town trying to find a place to eat and collect his thoughts but instead he gets picked up by the sheriff and thrown into jail for vagrancy. When Rambo starts seeing flashbacks from his days as a prisoner of war that mimic the abuse caused by deputy Teasle and his buddies all hell breaks loose as he fights his way out of the prison, grabbing his 14 split sawteeth blade, the only trusty friend in his world and dashes out in the wilderness. <BR/><BR/>From his dog tags the sheriff knows that Rambo is a war hero and a green beret, but still is unable to leave him alone. He drives after him and begins a hunt, one that will change his life in allsorts of ways. Attacked for no reason, Rambo tries to talk his way out but when they draw first blood he fights back the only way he knows how, and that only means one thing - lots of surprise attacks and lots of bodies that starts to vanish, as if sucked into the mountainous terrain by a mysterious force. The more Teasle pushes to find Rambo the worse their personal war gets and in the end the town in hanging by its last legs as John unleashes all the demons in his head unto the smug sheriff and his unfriendly town. <BR/><BR/>This is such a great movie, I finally got to see it again after many years and it's still amazing. I was in the mood to make it a Rambo day yesterday and see the other three parts but life got in the way. But man, this is so enjoyable and satisfying, it reminds me of the sweet days I spend with my dad watching these movies as a kid and while he lives far away they make me feel close to him. The misty, smoky mountains turned into a trap that Rambo maneuvered skillfully with bare hands except for his trusty knife. I still have a memory of my father making a replica of the Rambo knife, without the compass, so seeing it in the movie made me chuckle, the shape burned into my memory. For those who have never seen it give it a try, it's good even all those years later and has truly stood the test of time. <BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite Stallone movie

    The action in this movie is awesome. John Rambo is a fromer Vietnam Veteran who visits an old Army buddy and then wonders to a nearby town to grab a bite to eat. Will Teasle is a cold-blooded, brutal sheriff who tries to hunt him down. The local sheriffs department arrests him for being a drifter and then tortures him while in jail. He escapes and flees to evade the cops and then fights back to save his honor. There's plenty of action in this film. I especially love the part where he blows up the gas station. This movie shows how our veterans fought and risked their lives while serving our country and then are abused by those who they were defending when they got home.

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