Arnold Schwarzenegger was undoubtedly one of biggest action stars of the late 80’s and 90’s starring in numerous films such as Terminator, Terminator 2, True Lies, etc. His popularity led him to even star in family oriented films such as The Kindergarden Cop. Now let’s see what’s inside this release.
Did you grow up in the 90’s watching movies during your adolescents? If your answer is yes, then you probably remember Last Action Hero! Get to the chopppppppppa! Ok, wrong movie … but I just had to say that. Last Action Hero could be cheesy and lame to some, but for a guy like me it was a movie way before its time. It was creative, refreshing, and epic all in one. Personally, I think it was one of Arnold’s hidden gems. The movie has a campy charm to it and is perfect for some young kids, but not too young since it still holds down a PG-13 rating. It’s definitely a fun viewing and Arnold Schwarzenegger brings a delight of witty one-liners and self-referential comedy to the flick.
Arnold plays a movie star Jack Slater (a fictional character) in Last Action Hero. 11-year-old Danny (Austin O’Brien), is given a magic ticket that warps him out of his seat and into the action movie of Jack Slater’s. It’s here that he teams up with the Governator, oops I mean Jack Slater to ride out his wildest dreams alongside his idol. It isn’t until the antagonist (Charles Dance) gets a ticket that the fight moves into the real world. A movie within a movie, a parody within a parody, Last Action Hero is a fun filled entertaining evening and a lot better than most are willing to admit.
Over the years we look back and see a film like this and many will either set it aside or simply just not understand it. The film was no way near bad by all means it was a great movie. The acting, the script and just over the top silly action made it great. The film has many great lines that we can easily associate with other films as we are watching. I can guarantee you that. The film even includes several parody posters and films, if you pay attention you can even spot Stallone’s face in the Terminator 2 poster where Arnold’s was in. The last thing that rounded the film was the direction of the film, the plot always seemed like it was following a nice line. This being my very first time watching Last Action Hero, I truly enjoyed the film without a doubt.
Last Action Hero arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-4/AVC encode framed at 2.40:1. While it’s not the best transfer out there is not the worst, however, it is a bit of a letdown. There’s two different views you have to take a look at, first you have Danny’s world which to my surprise it appeared uninteresting. It was dark and the colors aren’t vibrant at all. The image appeared dull and lifeless. Then we have Slater’s world inside the screen where everything is the complete opposite. You have colors that are more vibrant and the fine details increase. The image does appear somewhat soft at times and the image is not as pristine as one would wish. As previously mentioned is not a bad transfer, it’s just not as shiny as I would have expect it to be.
Last Action Hero arrives on Blu-ray with a 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. The audio is rather impressive; an action film should never have to suffer on this section. There are explosions, gunfire, more explosions, and more gunfire and for every single time this happens we have a nice reproduction from your sound system. Every bullet shot there’s a nice thud same for every explosion is heard loud and clear. The dialog and music score is great, but I am afraid the ambient effects are rather lacking.
Last Action Hero doesn’t sport many supplements which is rather disappointing. I suppose something is better than nothing at all. Check below for a list of items that are included in the disc.
Trailers – Featuring The Da Vinci Code, Ghostbusters, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A River Runs Through It, Angels & Demons, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, Armored, The Stepfather, Soul Power, and It Might Get Loud.
Without a doubt Last Action Hero is a fun action packed film starring one of the biggest, if not THE BIGGEST, action star of the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The spoof is great in so many ways and Director John McTiernan did an excellent job in driving the film in the right direction. The video is not the greatest, but it’s not the worst and the audio is great for the most part. There are no supplement which is disappointing, but at the end most will worry about the film. This comes highly recommended.