That's right, all 4 films baby, OH YEAH!!!!!! When I was a young lad, growing up I had 3 movie heroes, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and John Rambo. I have lost count how many times I have probably seen Rambo: First Blood Part II. Back in the VHS days I had a taped off of HBO version of the movie. I watched that thing so many times that the picture quality became very soft and fuzzy.
I am very happy to have these films on DVD.
First Blood is an action classic that makes you think. The first and best of the series is a very different film than the sequels that made the character so popular. John Rambo, a former Green Beret, is plagued by the awful changes that are common in Vietnam vets like him. A small town sheriff, who is used to getting things his way, arrests a drifter on his way to get some food, Rambo. In jail, Rambo soon finds himself reliving the awful memories of his fighting days in 'Nam as he is put through the basic tests that are mandatory for all prisoners of the law. Rambo escapes and what follows is an intense manhunt for a man who only "wanted something to eat." As the publicity of Rambo's one-man war escalates, Colonel Trautman, Rambo’s former commander and the only one who may be able to stop the terrible fate awaiting everyone involved, confronts the Sheriff and his deputies. Awesome drama with some tense action. A+!!
Rambo: First Blood Part II
My favorite as a kid growing up because it was the one I saw first and because of the action. Once I saw the first film, part 2 became my second favorite.
Rambo is serving time in a federal prison. When the US military hears of American soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam War possibly still being alive and held captive, Colonel Trautman is authorized to send Rambo in to rescue them. For Rambo, this is what he would do best. If only the pencil pushers would stop getting in his way. Still one of my all time favorite action movies. It's still just too cool. A+!!!
John Rambo, unwilling to accompany old friend Colonel Trautman behind Soviet lines in Afghanistan, ends up going there on an unofficial rescue mission after Trautman is captured. Bullets and bombs fly in all directions as the indestructible Rambo quickly works his way through a large camp of Soviet soldiers. When part 3 came out it seemed apparent that moviegoers were looking for a new kind of action hero. The film was a success but the character was becoming stale and target for Hollywood parody. While my least favorite, Rambo III is still dear to my movie buff heart. The action still holds up after all these years. I still think the tank vs. helicopter is bad to the bone. C+!!!
Rambo Let me tell you, this picture says it all. Rambo is well on it's way to be my favorite action movie of '08. John Rambo has been living a fairly quiet life somewhere around Burma. One day these missionary folks visit him seeking passage up the river. He tells them he won't take them and suggests they go back home. Rambo has given up hope on humanity; he thinks the opposite what the kind good-hearted missionaries believe. No more does he believe in making a difference, everything he was taught to believe in, as a solider has been a waist. One of the missionaries convinces Rambo, so he takes them where they wish to go. Something bad happens (naturally) and Rambo has to fix it the only way he knows how. This time around Rambo has the help of a rough group of mercs, which adds a nice touch of depth and coolness. A+!!!
This set is a must have for any action movie or Rambo fan. Enjoy!! ~COX