Rambo First Blood, Rambo First Blood 2, and Rambo 3 Ultra HD Blu-ray 4K Review

  • The Movies
  • Video Quality
  • Audio Quality
  • Supplements
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Rambo is a franchise based on the David Morrell 1972 novel First Blood, about John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and guerrilla warfare.

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TECH SPECS:


RAMBO FIRST BLOOD

  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
  • Feature Running Time: 93 Minutes
  • 4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 2.34:1 Presentation
  • Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 2.34:1 Presentation
  • 4K Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ & Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ & Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • RAMBO FIRST BLOOD II

  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
  • Feature Running Time: 95 Minutes
  • 4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 2.34:1 Presentation
  • Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 2.34:1 Presentation
  • 4K Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ & Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ & Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • RAMBO 3

  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
  • Feature Running Time: 102 Minutes
  • 4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 2.35:1 Presentation
  • Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 2.35:1 Presentation
  • 4K Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ & Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™ & Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • VIDEO QUALITY:

    Rambo First Blood looks better than it ever has before! The film looks absolutely beautiful, and coming from a newly 4K remastered project from Studio Canal that featured the original camera negatives it’s definitely one for the ages. If you are as much a fan of Rambo as myself then you’ll be pleased at the result. You’ll get some small instances that make you raise a brow, but nothing that makes you roll your eyes. (Because hey, you couldn’t do better) The setting in which the film takes place can add to that dreary feel of the film at times. That being said, we’ve gotten the best we are going to get especially after viewing the Extra showcasing the before and after of the restorations.

    Rambo First Blood II much like First Blood looks exceptionally well. The first 3 scenes look damn near perfect with the dark levels filling in nicely where needed. It isn’t until chapter 4 that we get a bit murky. Of course this is the introduction of the jungle and darker night scenes so a lot could be relative to the source material. However what they were able to do restoring First Blood makes me wonder in regards to this film. A definite bit of opaqueness, but nothing that ruined my experience tho its highly evident in the night scenes. As soon as we get back to daylight and in the camp it all takes a sharp turn for the better. Much to my thought that it just goes back to the source material.

    Rambo 3 much like its predecessor Rambo 2 also shows its age during the night scenes. The lush landscape views of where there is daylight and where Rambo is helping in the village looks fantastic. Bright crisp flesh tones and rich colors. Some of the early views of Afghanistan with wide shots behind them look great. However there is one huge landscape like view reminiscent of like a grand canyon type shot and it looks horrible in the background. I almost wonder if it was a fake back drop. Ha. The picture is kind of all over the place where some shots look amazing, others look dark with distortion in the background or film grain present that maybe doesn’t need to be. For the most part tho those scenes happen fast, and quickly move onto scenes that do look great with deep blacks. I personally feel just like the other 2 films that the nit picking complaints are still tied to the source material. Overall I’m pleased, and I don’t expect a film of this age with this many different environment settings to look like a big budget Hollywood movie of today. However I dont feel like it was given the same level of attention as First Blood.

    AUDIO QUALITY:

    All 3 RAMBO Films come to us in UHD with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio Tracks. While somewhat limited by the original source material the films still translate well into the medium and whilst this isn’t Atmos tracks it’s still damn good all things considered. We’re talking the Rambo franchise, with the sounds of choppers, M60’s, AK-47’s, and a barrage of bullets that still make you clench and grab the remote to turn it down some as those shots ring out. Tho admittedly, the explosions post production effects are obviously not what they are today and it definitely shows it’s age. While mostly front heavy tracks, the rears are well utilized to help you feel immersed in the environments and movie. My only gripe is some of the dialogue at times, but overall I watch Rambo cause it’s Rambo. I grew up with these movies on VHS, and these are light years better then what I wore out.
     

    SUPPLEMENTS / SPECIAL FEATURES:

     
    All 3 Editions come with Digital Copies and the discs Include a New Retrospective Featurette, and the following Special Features below.
    The new retrospective is on the blu-ray discs only, but the Commentary tracks are on the 4K as well.

    RAMBO FIRST BLOOD


    4K UHD SPECIAL FEATURES

    · Audio Commentary by Sylvester Stallone

    · Audio Commentary by David Morrell

    BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

    · NEW: “Rambo Takes the 80s Part 1” Featurette

    · “Making Of” Featurette

    · Alternate Ending

    · Outtake

    · Deleted Scene

    · “Restoration” Featurette

    · “The Real Nam” Featurette

    · “Forging Heroes” Featurette

    · “How to Become Rambo Part 1” Featurette

    · Audio Commentary by Sylvester Stallone

    · Audio Commentary by David Morrell

    · Theatrical Trailer

    RAMBO FIRST BLOOD II

    4K UHD SPECIAL FEATURES

    · Audio Commentary by George P. Cosmatos

    BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

    · NEW: “Rambo Takes the ‘80s Part 2” Featurette

    · “We Get To Win This Time” Featurette

    · “Action in the Jungle” Featurette

    · “The Last American POW” Featurette

    · “Sean Baker – Fulfilling a Dream” Featurette

    · “Interview with Sylvester Stallone” Featurette

    · “Interview with Richard Crenna” Featurette

    · “Behind the Scene” Featurette

    · “How to Become Rambo Part 2” Featurette

    · Audio Commentary by George P. Cosmatos

    · Theatrical Trailer

    · Original TV Spots

    RAMBO 3

    4K UHD SPECIAL FEATURES

    · Audio Commentary by Peter MacDonald

    BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

    · NEW: “Rambo Takes the ‘80s Part 3” Featurette

    · “Full Circle” Featurette

    · “A Hero’s Journey” Featurette

    · “Rambo’s Survival Hardware” Featurette

    · Alternative Beginning

    · Deleted Scenes

    · “Interview with Sylvester Stallone” Featurette

    · “Afghanistan – A Land in Crisis” Featurette

    · “Guts and Glory” Featurette

    · “Behind the Scenes” Featurette

    · “Trautman & Rambo” Featurette

    · “How to Become Rambo Part 3” Featurette

    · “Selling a Hero” Featurette (Easter Egg)

    · Audio Commentary by Peter MacDonald

    · Theatrical Trailer

    · Original TV Spots

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