Movie Review: COBRA (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

COBRA was directed by George P. Cosmatos from a screenplay by Paula Gosling (loosely based on her novel Fair Game) and Sylvester Stallone who stars alongside Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Brian Thompson, Lee Garlington, Art LaFleurand Andrew Robinson.

Los Angeles policeman Lt. Marion “Cobra” Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself at the center of a spate of murders carried out by a secret society called New Order: killers who select “weak” members of society for extermination. As the murder rate rises, Cobra takes model Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) into protective custody after she witnesses New Order’s leader in action. As Cobra falls for Ingrid, they find shelter in a small town, but must soon fight for survival.

This 1986 action-thriller follows Lt. Marion “Cobra” Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone), a member of the police department’s elite division known as the “Zombie Squad” who takes model Ingrid Knudsen (Brigitte Nielsen) into protective custody after she witnesses a murder by Night Slasher (Brian Thompson) and his ruthless supremacist group known as “The New World” that thinks all weak people should be eradicated. Cobra has his own way of doing things which doesn’t set well with some of the department, especially Detective Monte (Andrew Robinson) who has a special dislike for the rogue cop.

What happens is, Cobra teams up with Sergeant Tony Gonzales (Reni Santoni) and police officer Nancy Stalk (Lee Garlington) to protect the young model from this sinister gang that wants to kill her so they go into hiding and hit the road. The thing is, Cobra also has to deal with a crooked cop who’s betraying them while they’re on the run but he eventually figures out who it is and it’s all TCB baby. Cobra shows why he’s a one man army as he goes up against “The New World” and takes them out one by one until he comes face to face with Night Slasher and ultimately stops the menacing madman in his tracks before he takes another life. In the end, not only does Cobra take down the villain but he gets some sweet ass revenge against Detective Monte, and of course, he gets the girl.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some classic artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory gave Cobra a new 2K scan of the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisting Cobra which is a pure 80’s adrenaline rush from beginning to end. Director George P. Cosmatos teamed up again with action star Sylvester Stallone (they worked together on Rambo: First Blood Part II) to bring this gritty bubble gum action-thriller to life with its over-the-top main character who’s armed to the max like a small army, his awesome muscle car, the damsel in distress and the big bad villain. This came along when Stallone was the king of the mountain as far as action movies went, and even though Cobra has poor character development and some cheese to it, it’s still a really exciting watch that was geared towards the MTV generation. The movie is loaded with intense action scenes, exciting car chases, more bullets than you can count, wild explosions, a really nasty bad guy and a small dose of romance – all major ingredients to make an entertaining action-thriller from the 80’s. Cosmatos directed less than a dozen movies during his career where half of them ended up being some personal favorites of mine and this slice of cinematic pie is one of them. The best part about it is the film stars Sylvester Stallone during his superstardom and shows why he’s a living legend when it comes to being an action star. Cobra is now available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include five new interviews with some of the cast, audio commentary with the director, a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, two trailers and a still gallery.

  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements
  • NEW Stalking and Slashing – an interview with actor Brian Thompson (26:00)
  • NEW Meet the Disease – an interview with actor Marco Rodriguez (24:05)
  • NEW Feel the Heat – an interview with actor Andrew Robinson (14:15)
  • NEW Double Crossed – an interview with actress Lee Garlington (09:05)
  • NEW A Work of Art – an interview with actor Art LaFleur (08:23)
  • Audio Commentary with director George P. Cosmatos
  • Vintage Featurette (07:50)
  • Teaser Trailer (01:20)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:55)
  • Still Gallery – Photos (04:35)
  • Still Gallery – Movie Posters and Lobby Cards (05:19)
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