Rambo (2008) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden,
Rated: R/Region O/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films
When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappears into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. It’s been twenty years since Rambo helped mujahedeen rebels fend off Soviet invaders in Afghanistan, and these days the former soldier lives a simple life in northern Thailand. But it’s time now for Rambo to take up arms once more and mete out his own, unique, brand of justice.
Rambo returns to save Christian missionaries from what basically amounts to terrorist in 2008’s Rambo! This is probably the most bloody and violent Rambo movie you can find out there and I love it. Heck, it might be the most reality-based one since the original. While I love Rambo 2, the action could be called cartoon-ish in spots. With this movie, we have some very realistic and bloody moments. That might be the main thing that people remember about it overall, but I think it is a solid story and the Rambo character oddly fits in without question and you get behind him and want to see him win the day and you do so perhaps even more so than you ever have before. That’s how strong and at times brutal this movie is. Stallone has a way of just making things work and 2008’s Rambo might be one of the more surprisingly good movies he has ever made.
Something about this movie just feels gritty and real. You could say the violence is a bit much in spots, especially when you see scenes like when Rambo takes a street sweeper and turns it on some bad guys at close range, but if you are also a horror fan like I am, you can really appreciate the violence. War isn’t pretty and Stallone makes sure this one isn’t pretty at all with all the blood and gore. That all pops well in this 4K release. It has that gritty look but it still looks really good. It might be the best looking Rambo 4K movie out there of the four that is now out. I feel this is the second-best Rambo movie out there and I hope it starts to get the respect it deserves. If it wasn’t for the newer Rambo movie coming out, this would have been the perfect way to end this series. I personally love Rambo and I love this movie. Because of all of that I love this release.
– Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone (Theatrical Cut Only)
– “It’s a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon” Featurette
– “A Score to Settle: The Music of Rambo” Featurette
– “The Art of War: Completing Rambo” Multi-Part Featurette
– “The Weaponry of Rambo” Featurette
– “A Hero’s Welcome: Release and Reaction” Featurette
– “Legacy of Despair: The Real Struggle In Burma” Featurette
– “Rambo: To Hell & Back” Director’s Production Diary
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%