""The war and all this may be wrong, but, dammit don't hate your country for it." "Hey..., I'd die for it." "Then what do you want?" "I want..., what they want. And every other guy that came over here & gave everything he had & spilled his guts, wants. For our country to love us, as much as we love it. That is what I want." - Rambo speaks, to his Colonel, as the voice of every American Veteran, (past, present, & future) & reminds Americans & the world over that freedom has a price thats worth fighting for, but, sometimes the simple personal rewards are elusive in "Rambo: First Blood Part II"
Thanks to the big screen & video success of "First Blood", Rambo lives on this second installment, thats just as good as the previous film, but, tends to get quite cartoonish towards the films end.
Serving a five year plus jail sentence for the trashing of the town in "First Blood", "Rambo" opens with the former Green Beret hammering rocks in the local prison. That doesn't last long as Colonel Sam Trautman, Rambo's former CO in the military, pays him a visit & offering him a sweet deal.
Satelite recon had picked up some unexpected movement in the P.O.W. camp that Rambo escaped from in '71. The camp is supposed to be abandoned, but, may still be holding some of Rambo's former P.O.W.'s. Rambo's mission is to sneak into the camp and take pictures & document actions of the camp's activities and report back to base. Trautman & American Forces would step in and invade the camp reclaiming & bringing home the P.O.W.'s. This would also lead to Rambo being reinstated in the special forces and, if the mission is a success, a Presidential Pardon on his prison record, with Rambo walking away a free man.
Rambo reluctantly accepts the challenge, but, upon sneaking into the camp he does indeed find many American Troops still being held hostage beaten, malnutritioned, and one breath away from death. Rambo screws his Kodak moment, taking matters into his own hands. If you've watched "First Blood" you know what happens next.
Filmed entirely in Mexico, "Rambo" is a different film than the first, but retains and expands the violence quotient. Stallone exchanged working in weather that was ten to fifteen below zero & wading in water thats 39 degrees farenheit (remember the scene in "First Blood" where the National Guard is out looking for Rambo who was all along hiding amongst the rocks of the river? Yeah, that water was 39 degrees farenheit. Thats cold ass water to be hiding in). Instead, for "Rambo", Sly worked in weather that reached 110 degrees and, in one scene where Rambo is captured by the Viet Cong, is dipped, from the neck down, in pig slop complete with real live leeches (the Russian General uses Rambo's knife to pick one off his chest. Gross).
The helicopter battle at the end of the film was pretty dangerous. The helicopters flew so low, that in one quick shot of the Russian copter flying over one of the huts, the copter takes the roof off! Director George P. Cosmatos left the scene in to show the danger & peril of the battle.
Stallone's daily schedule was getting up and working out for two to three hours in the early morning, a ten to twelve hour shooting day, & a two to three hour workout at night. All told, Stallone's average work week with the workouts included was approx. 80 to 90 hours a week. Its also said that Stallone was at his leanest, practically resculpturing his body for this movie, as well as, for "Rocky IV".
"Rambo: First Blood Part II" was released for the Memorial Day weekend of 1985, and proceeded to punch a hole in American pop-culture. Everything from toys, bubble gum cards, & a cartoon series were produced to cash in on the success of the film.
As for the S.E. DVD, this is definitely the definitive edition of the film (the recent Ultimate Edition is a dissapointment). Features include a retrospective of the film from Cosmatos, Stallone, Richard Crenna & others, to trailers, an audio commentary from the director, DTS audio soundtrack with Dolby Digital & surround. Rambo is not expendable and neither is this DVD."
Are we going to win this time? Abso-mother frocking-lutely
Frank Shanks | Buttwrench, ID | 06/25/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I fricking love to be an American. This movie demonstrates why. Guns, bombs, rocket laden helicopters, a hot Asian chick, and MORE GUNS!!!!!! What else do you need in this life? I almost wet myself when I saw this movie at the theater back in the 80s. Rambo is the new archetype of MAN, the new mythological/pedagogical device meant to help us realize our human potential. Come on, let's be honest, we've all been screwed by THE MAN. We've all been sent on errands meant to fail just to make our superiors look competent. We've all been abandoned under direct command. "And these are the people you protect.....with your pain." We're just grocery clerks sent to collect the bill (sorry, Apocalypse Now reference). But do you think I'd care if I was left alone on a mountain top surrounded by a division of North Vietnamese armed with AK-47s all after my arse. Not on your life Baby!!! At least, not since I saw this flick. I know I'd still be able to take care of business if I had a trusty sidearm, was sprayed with mildew, and had an emaciated countryman who'd been incarcerated into a stupor as a sidekick. "You may scream. There is no shame." No my friend. YOU!!! may scream, you Soviet tool, when Rambo rips you limb from limb in a fit of homicidal vengeance. Don't bother with that touchy feely pap like Platoon, or Saving Private Ryan, or Schindler's list. Any REAL man knows that this is what war's really about. I can't recommend this movie enough. It will absolutely satisfy any lust you may have for ultraviolence. God Bless."
One of the premiere action movies of all time!!!!!
retrowens | Alabama, USA | 12/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is a prisoner who is picked since he is an extraordinary vet who has won purple hearts among several other honors, to go on a mission in Southeast Asia to rescue POWs (prisoners of war). Being the hero that he is, Rambo isn't satisfied just taking photographs of a dangerous and possibly deadly camp, he would rather get into the action and make as many rescues as possible.Rambo can fly a helicopter better than most full-time pilots, he can shoot the bow & arrow with such skill that Robin Hood wouldn't even stand a chance, and he really knows his stuff when it comes to any kind of fighting with weapons, to say the least. I've always been a major fan of Sylvester Stallone's action flicks, and "Rambo: First Blood Part II" is one of my absolute favorites. Action movies are my favorite kind of movie, and Sylvester Stallone is probably my favorite action movie actor of all time.As always, Stallone more than delivers the goods in "Rambo: First Blood Part II." This movie has some of the absolute best action sequences ever put into a film. Even though this film was made in 1985, it has spectacular special effects and edge of the seat action sequences that can stand up even to today's climbing standards of movies.But action isn't all the "Rambo: First Blood Part II" has to offer. It also features a great, suspenseful musical score, a satisfying script, a great plot (and I didn't even reveal half of it to you!), it NEVER gets boring even after watching it several times over and over, and the great compliments could keep rolling from my mind to the keyboard all night.If you like all-around classic action films, don't hesitate to add "Rambo: First Blood Part II" to your collection. Unlike most sequels to great movies, this one can stand up to the original in shining honor."
An exciting and super-charged sequel
C. Howard | TN | 01/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As I said in my review of "First Blood", these movies are so much more than machine guns and explosions. There is so much truth portrayed in them about the Vietnam war, what is really was, and it's affect on men like John Rambo. Rambo is not at all a bad person, but rather a kind one who tries to get his life together after the war. Here he is released from workhouse prison by his friend and mentor, Col. Trautman, to rescue POW's in the jungles of 'nam. I won't put any spoilers in my review here, or anybody who hasn't seen this excellent sequel, but I'll use a quote from Trautman to the scumbag Murdock, "You act as if you're dealing with an ordinary man here." George P. Cosmatos's directing is superb, and stays in the middle of the action. The tension and drama isn't silly or bogus; it's superb in my opinion. Cosmatos would later go on to direct the modern-day classic Western, "Tombstone". Buy this movie today. In my opinion, it offers hope and courage that combats the Vietnam fiasco. It's anti-war piece....showing that war really is hell. It also shows there are many true patriots, men like Rambo and Trautman."
"Murdock, I'm comin' to get YOU!"
iansomniak | USA, Planet Earth | 01/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ARTISAN Entertainment's release of RAMBO: First Blood Part II should be the standard by which all DVD's are judged - excellent picture (with the exception of a few minor lines in a couple of scenes), great sound, plus a veritable plethora of special features. For starters, RAMBO comes in a "keep case," not one of those junky "snap cases" you get from Warner Bros. The cover photo is printed right on the disc, a feature Disney is now bragging about as if they invented the idea. The disc itself contains the digitally mastered widescreen version of the film; a very interesting commentary track with director George Cosmatos; vocally enhanced motion menus; theatrical trailer; production notes; cast and crew info; a fun trivia game; and to top it all off, the documentary, "An American Hero's Journey!" What more could you ask for? As any good American knows, RAMBO is the classic sequel to First Blood, and stars Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, Richard Crenna as Colonel Trautman, and Charles Napier as the nefarious CIA Special Operations officer, Murdock. This time, the intrepid "one man army" is sent on a mission to search for POW's in Vietnam. But Murdock orders him not to engage the enemy, just take pictures. Of course, Rambo is not satisfied to stop at photography; he means to bring his fellow soldiers home -- at all costs. Abandoned by Murdock's men, Rambo fights a war with both the Vietcong and the Russians all by himself - and very effectively I might add! The ultimate action thriller, "RAMBO: First Blood Part II" is a film no DVD collection should be without. A+Note that Rambo: First Blood Part II is rated R for lots of violence, gunplay, and really COOL explosions!"