Movie Review: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II is based on the is based on the 1972 novel of the same name by David Morrell. The movie was directed by George P. Cosmatos from a screenplay by James Cameron and Sylvester Stallone who stars alongside Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson, Charles Napier and Steve Berkoff.

He’s back! Superstar Sylvester Stallone is John Rambo, the ultimate action hero, in this explosive Oscar-nominated sequel to First Blood that boasts a riveting screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and James Cameron (Titanic). Although the Vietnam War is officially over, Rambo remains the perfect fighting machine. But his survival skills are tested with a vengeance on a top-secret mission that takes him back to the jungles of Vietnam in search of American POWs. For when Rambo is double-crossed, this “expendable” hero, armed with just a bow, arrows and knife, must defeat savage enemies equipped with deadly firepower.

In this explosive 1985 sequel, Col. Troutman (Richard Crenna) gets John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) out of doing hard time in prison and sends him on a top-secret reconnaissance mission back to Vietnam to see if he can locate some POW’s. The plan is for Rambo to sneak in and simply observe and report back to his team but things go wrong and the hero has to go on the defensive against the enemy. There’s also a twist when it comes to the enemy because they have some surprise help and when Rambo ends up getting captured, his enemies try to torture him to get some answers.

This is where Co Bao (Julia Nickson) comes into the picture and she ends up helping Rambo escape from his captors where he’s able to come up with a plan to retaliate and get his revenge. The American hero also ends up having a brief romantic fling with Co Bao but it’s short-lived because she’s killed by his own team. This doesn’t sit well with Rambo at all so not only does he have to deal with the two foreign powers and get the POW’s rescued but he goes after the ones who turned on him and killed Co Bao. Simply put, Rambo gets his revenge on those who crossed him. In the end, Col. Troutman comes in and checks on the former soldier but the relationship and trust between the two men has been severed and Rambo ends up walking away from what he knows best – war.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc (black stripe) and Blu-ray disc (blue stripe) both feature some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Rambo: First Blood Part II picks up after the events of the first movie and sends the hero back out into the war zone on a top-secret mission to rescue some POW’s. This movie was a major departure from what the first one had to offer because the majority of Rambo takes place back in the killing fields of Vietnam. The movie amps everything up to the next level with the action and violence but it also gives Rambo a romantic interest even though it was short-lived. Even though Rambo: First Blood Part II has a small over-the-top fantasy element to it, the movie still touches on the mental and physical scars that this soldier has to live with so many years after the war. Something else Rambo has to deal with this time is the fact that some of his own people turns on him, so not only does he have to battle it out with not one but two foreign enemies but he has a feud with what’s supposed to be his own team. This second installment in the franchise was easily the biggest and baddest of all the Rambo movies as far as box office goes and it still delivers the goods after all these years. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Rambo: First Blood Part II is now available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD).

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Format: Dolby Vision 2160P Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.34:1)

4K Audio Status: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.34:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This release includes extras imported over from a previous home video release and also features a new, never-before-seen featurette, “Rambo Takes the 80’s Part 2”, which looks back at the incredible impact of this evergreen film.

4K UHD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by George P. Cosmatos

Blu-ray/Digital Special Features

  • NEW “Rambo Takes the ‘80s Part 2” Featurette  (11:37)
  • “We Get To Win This Time” Featurette (20:03)
  • “Action in the Jungle” Featurette (07:40)
  • “The Last American POW” Featurette (02:15)
  • “Sean Baker – Fulfilling a Dream” Featurette (02:16)
  • “Interview with Sylvester Stallone” Featurette (02:11)
  • “Interview with Richard Crenna” Featurette (01:33)
  • “Behind the Scene” Featurette (02:17)
  • The Restauration (01:02)
  • “How to Become Rambo Part 2” Featurette (14:32)
  • Audio Commentary by George P. Cosmatos
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:46)
  • Original TV Spots (02:44)

 

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