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Schwarzenegger's cheese-fueled action epic The Running Man charges its way to DVD in a two-disc Special Edition from Artisan Entertainment. The remastered picture comes in both a 1.85:1 widescreen image as well as the full-screen version, while the audio has been upgraded to an incredible 6.1 DTS-ES Surround Sound and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX tracks. With a remarkable new picture and crystal-clear sound options, it's unbelievable to see how much time has been put into this schlock-fest -- as evidenced also ...
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Schwarzenegger's cheese-fueled action epic The Running Man charges its way to DVD in a two-disc Special Edition from Artisan Entertainment. The remastered picture comes in both a 1.85:1 widescreen image as well as the full-screen version, while the audio has been upgraded to an incredible 6.1 DTS-ES Surround Sound and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX tracks. With a remarkable new picture and crystal-clear sound options, it's unbelievable to see how much time has been put into this schlock-fest -- as evidenced also in the staggering amount of extras included on this edition. The fun begins with not one, but two, commentary tracks, the first including producer Tim Zinnemann and none other than the original Starsky himself, director Paul Michael Glaser! The second track is the perfect companion to the first, as executive producer Rob Cohen (director of XXX and The Fast and the Furious) details the production's troubles with the countless initial directors who were all fired before Glaser had the pleasure of picking up the pieces after only the second week of shooting. Those two tracks alone (plus maybe a trailer, which is also included) would make for a fine edition for the film, but strangely enough, the DVD just doesn't quit there! Also awaiting courageous viewers are two documentaries, each dealing with the similarities between the film and the culture in which this disc finds itself released. While the idea sounds strange enough -- and also quite humorous -- the pair actually do make a nice companion to Arnold's neon-tinged gem. First off is "Lockdown on Main Street," an engaging 25-minute look at American citizens' privacy after the tragedy of 9/11. With the help of various professors and scholars, it gives the viewer a front-row seat into the vagueness that has infected the country since the controversial Patriot Act was hastily adopted into law and shows how the rights of the people have been slashed mostly without their knowledge. Compounded with that, the "Game Theory" documentary takes a magnifying glass to reality TV programming in the new century, dissecting the trends that have been sold as entertainment and what the future of television might hold. While extreme in their possibilities, both share an interesting look at what has happened since The Running Man burst onto theater screens and just how absurdly on-target the film's depiction of the future seems now. With the end in sight, one more feature comes barreling at viewers, this time a more fun throwaway bonus that comes in the form of "Meet the Stalkers," an interactive area where you can select each villain and view their highlights all the way to their costume specs. Sure, it's worthless and cheap-looking, but so is the movie -- thus, it makes even more sense that it was included! For a film that never really deserved this much credit, this two-disc release ends up being a wealth of fun and actually worthy of merit thanks to the people over at Artisan.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Newly remastered widescreen and full-screen versions; "Lockdown on Main Street" documentary about the current state of privacy and criminal issues in a post 9/11 society; "Game Theory" documentary: An inside look at reality TV programming and its cultural impact on society; Audio commentary with producer Tim Zinnemann and director Paul Michael Glaser; Audio commentary with Rob Cohen (executive producer) ; "Meet the Stalkers": Inside information about the deadliest foes in "The Running Man"; English and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on a fanciful page-turner written pseudonymously by Stephen King, this futuristic thriller -- crammed with action and breathlessly paced -- shows Arnold Schwarzenegger at his bone-crunching best. The Running Man, originally released in 1987, took a drubbing from overly sensitive critics who fretted that it glorified violence and wallowed in gore. Their protests certainly didn’t inhibit the film’s box-office performance, as it proved an international smash and enhanced Arnold’s burgeoning rep as a top draw. It also influenced at least a half dozen similarly themed sci-fi flicks that have followed. It takes place in the year 2019, with the United States under totalitarian control and its increasingly restive populace thirsting for violent entertainment. Unfairly imprisoned Ben Richards Schwarzenegger is chosen to participate in a bizarre show that pits convicts against ruthless assassins known as "stalkers." Prisoners who evade their murderous pursuers can earn their freedom, and Ben is determined to make the most of his opportunity. Directed with verve by former cop-show star Paul Michael Glaser The Cutting Edge, Running Man doesn’t offer much by way of social commentary. It does, though, dazzle viewers with a series of bloody battles and mind-blowing stunts. Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, and Jim Brown all afford Schwarzenegger able support, with Richard Dawson parodying his TV-host trade and Jesse Ventura in his WWF prime both adding to the fun. Unabashedly trashy, The Running Man is mindless fun that shows one of the screen’s greatest action heroes in peak form.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One of the better adaptations of novelist and short story writer Stephen King's fiction to the screen, this tongue-in-cheek science fiction-adventure ranks among the best of star Arnold Schwarzenegger's futuristic film efforts; its success likely influenced the tone of his later, quite similar Total Recall (1990). Screenwriters Steven E. de Souza and John Herzfeld take a jaundiced but delightfully jovial and cynically twisted view of the public's passion for professional wrestling, game shows, and bloody reality programming (all of which would become even more popular in the years after this film's release). The result is a vision of a dystopian future that will be familiar to fans of such 1970s fare as Logan's Run (1976) and Soylent Green (1973), but with a decidedly late '80s sense of humor. Schwarzenegger and his wrestling co-stars (including future governor Jesse Ventura) provide their usual qualities: hulking, muscle-bound menace. They do what they were hired to do, which is essentially smash the living heck out of each other, vehicles, walls, etc. The sole acting performance is a great one from former actor and game show host Richard Dawson, wickedly sending up his own image in a savagely funny fashion. The Running Man is definitely not the type of film to take home Oscars, but it's enormous fun for both those who "get" the film's sly lacerating of the modern zeitgeist and those who don't.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • UPC: 017153144543
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards
Maria Conchita Alonso Amber Mendez
Richard Dawson Damon Killian, Running Man Game-Show Host
Yaphet Kotto Laughlin
Jim Brown Fireball, Stalker
Jesse Ventura Capt. Freedom
Erland Van Lidth Dynamo, Stalker
Marvin J. McIntyre Weiss
Gus Rethwisch Buzzsaw, Stalker
Prof. Toru Tanaka Subzero, Stalker
Mick Fleetwood Mic, Underground Resistance Leader
Dweezil Zappa Stevie, Mic's Son
Karen Leigh Hopkins Brenda, Damon's Assistant
Sven Ole Thorsen Sven
Kerry Brennan Dancer
Paula Jean Brown Dancer
Tony Brubaker Soldier
Rodger Bumpass Phil Hiton
Roger Bumpass Don Pardo
Edward Bunker Lenny
Mario Celario Barrio Foreman
Sidney Chankin Custodian
Franco Columbu 911 Security Officer
Jon Cutler Underground Tech
Jesse Captain Freedom
Kurt Fuller Tony
Megan Gallivan Dancer
Wayne Grace 911 Security Officer
Donna Hardy Mrs. McArdle
Suzie Hardy Dancer
Sondra Holt Suzie Checkpoint
Melissa Hurley Dancer
John William James Barrio Bettor
Roger Kern Travel Pass Guard
Boyd Kestner Yuppie Yeller
Bryan Kestner Med Tech
Joel Kramer Soldier
Joe Leahy Orchestra Narrator
Ken Lerner
Greg Lewis Locker Room Manager
Billy Lucas Soldier
Barbara Lux Elderly Lady
Bill Margolin Leon
Mary Ann Oedy Dancer
Kim Pawlik Newscaster
Anthony Penya Valdez
Charlie Phillips Teen-Age Punk
Tommy Rosales Jr. Chico
Lin Shaye Propaganda Officer
Lynne Stewart Edith Wiggins
George Wilbur Lt. Saunders
Dey Young Amy
Technical Credits
Paul Michael Glaser Director
Paula Abdul Choreography
Keith Barish Executive Producer
Richard G. Berger Set Decoration/Design
Robert Blackman Costumes/Costume Designer
Jackie Burch Casting
The Burman Studio Makeup Special Effects
Chris Casady Special Effects
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Gary Daigler Production Manager
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Bennie E. Dobbins Stunts
Jim Duffy Set Decoration/Design
Harold Faltermeyer Score Composer
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Gutierrez Special Effects Supervisor
John Herzfeld Screenwriter
George Linder Producer
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Patton Set Decoration/Design
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects, Special Effects Supervisor
John Stoll Production Designer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
Mark Warner Editor
Edward Warschilka Editor
John Wright Editor
Tim Zinnemann Producer
Stephen King Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Year: 2017
2. Prison Riot
3. "He's Not One of Us"
4. Ruler of the Airwaves
5. Home Intrusion
6. The Perfect Candidate
7. A Little Trip
8. Preparing for the Game
9. Showtime!
10. The Guest Butcher
11. Welcome, Stalkers!
12. Live From the First Quad
13. New Stalkers, New Girl
14. Busting Buzzsaw
15. Attack of the Christmas Tree
16. A Career Opportunity
17. Betting on Richards
18. Last Season's Winners...
19. Capt. Freedom's Fake Fight
20. The Underground Fights Back
21. Truth and War on TV
22. "I Don't Do Requests"
23. End Credits
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Main Title/Year: 2017
2. Prison Riot
3. "He's Not One of Us"
4. Ruler of the Airwaves
5. Home Intrusion
6. The Perfect Candidate
7. A Little Trip
8. Preparing for the Game
9. Showtime!
10. The Guest Butcher
11. Welcome, Stalkers!
12. Live From the First Quad
13. New Stalkers, New Girl
14. Busting Buzzsaw
15. Attack of the Christmas Tree
16. A Career Opportunity
17. Betting on Richards
18. Last Season's Winners...
19. Capt. Freedom's Fake Fight
20. The Underground Fights Back
21. Truth and War on TV
22. "I Don't Do Requests"
23. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Paul Michael Glaser & Producer Tim Zinnemann
      Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Rob Cohen
      Lockdown on Main Street
   Setup
      Audio: DTS ES Digital Surround
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby EX Digital
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Game Theory
      Meet the Stalkers
         Fireball
            View Fireball's Highlights
            View Interesting Trivia and Comments From the Audience
            See His Costume in Detail
            Check Out Fireball's Weapons
         Subzero
            View Subzero's Highlights
            View Interesting Trivia and Comments From the Audience
            See His Costume in Detail
            Check Out Subzero's Weapons
         Captain Freedom
            View Captain Freedom's Highlights
            View Interesting Trivia and Comments From the Audience
            See His Costume in Detail
            Check Out Captain Freedom's Weapons
         Buzzsaw
            View Buzzsaw's Highlights
            View Interesting Trivia and Comments From the Audience
            See His Costume in Detail
            Check Out Buzzsaw's Weapons
         Dynamo
            View Dynamo's Highlights
            View Interesting Trivia and Comments From the Audience
            See His Costume in Detail
            Check Out Buzzsaw's Weapons
         Meet Damon Killian
            View Killian's Highlights
            View Interesting Trivia and Comments From the Audience
            See His Costume in Detail
      DVD Credits
   Setup
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: 2.0 Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the better Arnold movies

    This is the way prisons should be run. Funny as it's before reality shows. This would make a great one. Inmates are put on the google box and told to run a maze. If they get to the end they get to live but first they have to live through the horrors of working a job. Streets smarts are key here. The best is that the kissing bandit richard dawson is the game show king.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An underated movie.

    This is without doubt one of Arnold Schwarzeneggers most underated movies. It is actually really cool and i dont understand why people dont like it. Trust me, you will if you give it a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Mindless Action, but Fun

    Actually quite enjoyable to watch, as long as you're not expecting a deep story. Some of the dialogue is a bit stilted, but the characters are enjoyable. Dawson in particular makes the movie work, and the sendup of gameshows is a hoot. Some good bits are scattered throughout. The ending does degenerate into the usual shootout drivel. If you enjoy Arnold, Ventura, or Dawson in any of their other vehicles, this is worth a look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a mistake

    This movie isn't a very good one. For those of you who have read my review on total recall you heard me saw few movies i dislike. This is one.

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    Posted April 29, 2011

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    Posted July 9, 2010

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