Movie Review: RAMBO III (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

RAMBO III is based on the is based on the 1972 novel of the same name by David Morrell. The movie was directed by Peter MacDonald from a screenplay by Sheldon Lettich and Sylvester Stallone who stars alongside Richard Crenna, Mark De Jonge and Curtwood Smith.

The battle rages on as superstar Sylvester Stallone detonates the third blast in the action-packed Rambo series. Combat has taken its toll on John Rambo (Stallone), but he has finally begun to find inner peace inside a monastery — until his friend and mentor Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) shows up to ask for his help on a top-secret mission in Afghanistan. A war-weary Rambo declines, but when Trautman is captured, Rambo erupts into a one-man firestorm to rescue his former commanding officer and decimate the enemy. It’s an intense, pulse- pounding adventure that boasts unrelenting action and suspense from start to finish!

Col. Sam Trautman travels to Thailand to recruit John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) for a new training mission to Afghanistan but Rambo has finally found some inner peace and turns his old commander down. What happens is, Trautman ends up going into Afghanistan alone to help the mujahideen and he ends up getting captured by a ruthless Russian colonel (Marc de Jonge) who submits him to torture. The news ends up getting back to Rambo so he decides to travel across the world on a top-secret one man mission to rescue Col. Trautman.

Upon arrival, Rambo is befriended by a small group of Afghan rebels that have been fighting against the invading Russians and some of them end up accompanying the American hero into enemy territory. Rambo and his new allies are heavily outnumbered and outgunned but they’re able to infiltrate the compound and ultimately rescue Trautman and get him out of his prison of doom. Now that Trautman has been rescued, Rambo and his small team continue to battle it out with the Russians where they end up getting a little backup from more of the local rebels and ultimately find a way to win this small 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, even though Rambo III is the weakest of the trilogy it’s still a fun action movie that features this iconic character who looks more like an 80s rock star than a heroic war veteran. This third entry takes things a little over-the-top with the storyline and the action is elevated to the next level. As grounded as the first movie was, this one is the exact opposite because it plays like a true Hollywood commercial property – and that’s not a good thing. Even the dialogue gets a little silly because Rambo, who is normally a man of few words, is now talking a little more and even cranks out a few cheesy one liners. One of the things I did like about the movie is that we finally get to see how close of a relationship Rambo and Trautman have because the two men would do anything for each other and that plays out in the movie. It’s more like a father son relationship and we finally get to see more of that in this third entry. Other standouts are the incredible action scenes and this movie is packing with heavy artillery. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Rambo III is now available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD).

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Format: Dolby Vision 2160P Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

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

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

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 3”, which looks back at the incredible impact of this evergreen film.

4K UHD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Peter MacDonald

Blu-ray/Digital Special Features

  • NEW “Rambo Takes the ‘80s Part 3” Featurette (10:47)
  • “Full Circle” Featurette (05:58)
  • “A Hero’s Journey” Featurette (25:29)
  • “Rambo’s Survival Hardware” Featurette (08:41)
  • Alternative Beginning (03:37)
  • Deleted Scenes  (07:20)
  • “Interview with Sylvester Stallone” Featurette (08:41)
  • “Afghanistan – A Land in Crisis” Featurette (29:48)
  • “Guts and Glory” Featurette (27:11)
  • “Behind the Scenes” Featurette (06:08)
  • The Restauration Featurette (01:21)
  • “Trautman & Rambo” Featurette (02:38)
  • “How to Become Rambo Part 3” Featurette (15:12)
  • “Selling a Hero” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary by Peter MacDonald
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:07)
  • Original TV Spots (03:18)


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