Rambo: First Blood Part II

Overview

John Rambo is back for the third time on DVD with this Ultimate Edition of Rambo: First Blood Part II from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. Only George P. Cosmatos' commentary has been carried over from Artisan's previous discs, though that doesn't mean that this disc isn't packed. In probably one of the most overblown bonuses since the Blair Witch 2's "The Secret of Esrever" DVD feature, Rambo has been graced with a "Survival Mode" feature that is every bit as worthless as it sounds. Using branching technology, ...
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Overview

John Rambo is back for the third time on DVD with this Ultimate Edition of Rambo: First Blood Part II from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. Only George P. Cosmatos' commentary has been carried over from Artisan's previous discs, though that doesn't mean that this disc isn't packed. In probably one of the most overblown bonuses since the Blair Witch 2's "The Secret of Esrever" DVD feature, Rambo has 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 sports fine contrast and details, while the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio sports a exemplary mix that explodes with action and does a good job at transporting the viewer into the jungle setting. As far as the commentary goes, Cosmatos might be a little too technical at times, but his knowledge of the stunt work is a big bonus that keeps the track interesting throughout. When all is said and done, the disc is worth purchasing for first-time buyers of the series, but should be of no use to those who own the previous superior discs. 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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 012236163572
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,366

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone John Rambo
Richard Crenna Trautman
Charles Napier Murdock
Julia Nickson Co Bao
Steven Berkoff Podovsky
Martin Kove Ericson
George Cheung Tay
Andy Wood POW Banks
Baoan Coleman Gunboat Captain
Vojo Goric Yushin
William Ghent Vinh
Dana Lee Kish
Steven Williams Lifer
Don Collins P.O.W. #1
Christopher Grant P.O.W. #2
John Sterlini P.O.W. #3
Alain Hocquenghem P.O.W. #4
William Rothlein P.O.W. #5
Tony Munafo Prison Guard
Tom Gehrke Russian Pilot
Technical Credits
George Pan Cosmatos Director
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Mel Dellar Associate Producer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Richard Diamond Farnsworth Stunts
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Mark Helfrich Editor
Gib Jaffe Editor
James Cameron Screenwriter
Loren Janes Stunts
Kevin Jarre Original Story
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Bill Kenney Production Designer
William Ladd Skinner Set Decoration/Design
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Rob Young Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hellhole
2. Main Credits
3. Chosen One
4. "It's Still Alive"
5. "No Fear, No Regrets"
6. Preparations
7. Cutting Loose
8. Connection
9. Down the River
10. Expendable
11. Empty Camp
12. No More Orders
13. Eliminating the Enemy
14. Next Morning
15. Sold Out
16. "This Is the End"
17. Abort the Mission
18. Mistake
19. The Russians
20. Captured
21. Shock Treatment
22. Murdock
23. Narrow Escape
24. Safe for Now
25. Rambo's War
26. Reinforcements
27. Explosions
28. Direct Hit
29. Hijack
30. Bombing
31. Evacuation
32. Dogfight
33. Lone Wolf
34. Destruction
35. Mission Accomplished
36. 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
         Colonel Trautman
         Michael Reed Ericson
         Marshall Murdock
         CO
         Whitfield C. Hamilton (The POW)
         Lt. Colonel Podovsky
      MetaScope - Scope Out People, Places and Events as They Occur in the Movie
         Rambo's Court Martial
         Weapons Issued for the Mission
         Rambo's Knife
         Russian Rocket Launcher
         How Rambo Got His Scar
         The North Vietnamese Prison Camp
         Rambo's Bows and Arrows
         Leeches
         Electrocution as Torture
         Buddhist Monks
         Rambo's Explosive Arrow Tips
         Hind MI-24 Russian Assault Helicopter
         Rambo's Machine Gun
         Play All
      MetaSight - Acquire Enemies and Objectives via Laser-Guided Targeting
         Assess Jungle Threats
         Eliminate Snipers at the Creek
         Elude Enemy Helicopters
         Play All
      MetaPoint - Track Action With a Picture-in-Picture Radar Sweep of Topography and Terrain
         Get Briefed on Rambo's Mission
         Scan for the North Vietnamese Camp
         Escape the North Vietnamese Camp
         Lose Pursuers in the Weeds
         Play All
      MetaMap - Dial in a 3-D On-Screen Satellite Positioning Map
         Track Rambo's Insertion
         Track the Rescue Helicopter's Arrival
         View Thermal Image of the Town
         Track Rambo's Approach to Headquarters
         Play All
      About Survival Mode
   Scene Index
   Audio Setup
      English 5.1
      English 2.0
   Bonus Features
      Audio Commentary With Director George Cosmatos: On
      Audio Commentary With Director George Cosmatos: Off
   About Survival Mode
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