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First Blood 4K UHD Review

First

“First Blood” still holds up.

“First Blood,” the first in the Rambo series, revolves around a Vietnam war vet/war hero/Green Beret named John Rambo. The film begins with Rambo visiting a friend and veteran only to learn he has passed away. After that, he drifts into another town called Hope only to be mistreated by the local Sheriff. He even gets unfairly arrested and abused by other officers. Rambo snaps, escapes, and hides in the wilderness and begins to resort to being a soldier after a manhunt is in effect for him. From there on out, Rambo does his best to survive and fight and turn the tables on those hunting him. Rambo’s only hope of survival is the Colonel who made him and, perhaps, understands him.

The character of John Rambo may be best known as a gun toting super soldier action hero, but a lot of people forget that the first film is poignant. Sure, the action becomes overblown with the end siege on Hope, but, at its heart, this is a hard hitting story about veterans (especially those that are disrespected), PTSD, being broken and alone from war, and the notion of being seen as an enemy in your own world. You don’t often see a lot of action films with brains, but “First Blood” is certainly one of those movies.

“First Blood” may be an action-thriller, but it does boast a trio of strong performances. Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo role may largely be a physical one and he certainly excels in that department, but his dramatic acting should not be overlooked either. His breakdown at the end of the movie is particularly moving. Of course, part of what makes that final breakdown even more emotional is the performance of Richard Crenna as Colonel Trautman who plays extremely well off of Stallone. Lastly, there’s Brian Dennehy as the troublemaker Sheriff Teasle. This is the type of role that Dennehy really thrives in.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? Compared to the Blu-ray disc, this is a noticeably crisper transfer. The colors are especially sharper. A solid upgrade all around.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Although it’s a bummer there’s not a higher quality track, this 5.1 track delivers quality sounding action and dialogue.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Blu-ray copy
* Deleted scene and alternative ending.
* “First Blood” trailer.
* An outtake.
* “How To Become Rambo Part 1”- A body building training regiment.
* “Forging Heroes”- A featurette on real Green Berets.
* “The Real Nam”- A 27 minute documentary on the Vietnam War complete with interviews of veterans.
* “The Restoration”- A quick comparison of footage from the previous version of the film and the restoration.
* “Making Of”- A 22 minute making of with interviews, film clips, character and story discussions, talks about how the project came about, etc.

*“Rambo Takes The 80s: Part 1”- A featurette on the history and significance of “First Blood.”
* 2 commentary tracks- one by Stallone and the other by author David Morrell. Both tracks are very thoughtful and provide unique perspectives.

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November 13, 2018 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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