First Blood (1982)This time he's fighting for his life.
The time has rolled around again for another home media update for First Blood. It has been released on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, now it’s 4K UHD Blu-Ray’s turn. The film is being released separately along with two of the other sequels, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III (both reviewed in the coming week, as well). No Rambo though, the reason for that is unclear to me. I was going to review all three together, but it’s probably better to do each individually.
Sylvester Stallone heads on into Jerkwater, USA, looking “for something to eat”. Well, that kinda thing is unacceptable to the local Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy, a surprisingly young 42 here) who takes Stallone in. And after a rampaging escape from the Police Department, the hunt is on. The best Rambo movie, the best Stallone movie and the best manhunt movie. Rambo is the ultimate weapon, retreating to the wilderness and eating things that’ll make a billy goat puke.
After being pushed by “that king-shit cop”, the Green Beret gets pissed and turns on his pursuers. Bringing in half the National Guard only serves to madden the veteran. Stallone looks damned near Terminator-like in his efficiency. I mean, you just love how within minutes one solitary survival knife is put to all sorts of uses. Something Stallone later references in Rambo II. Raw, thrilling and down to Earth. And the hero doesn’t get away either. Ground breaking.
Along with the A-Team, another show where outcast underdog Vietnam Veterans are painted in a positive light, First Blood was a first step in America bringing its PTSD-ridden, mistreated heroes back in from the cold.
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