Manly Movies

Richard Crenna

First Blood (1982)

First Blood (1982)

First Blood    22 Oct 1982

R 93 minReleased

IMDB: 7.7/10 200 votes

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, ...

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood Part II    22 May 1985

R 96 minReleased

IMDB: 6.5/10 137 votes

It has a paltry 6.4 rating on the IMDb. It has an even lower 32% rating on amen-corner Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated and/or awarded for worst picture, worst actor, worst director and worst screenplay. But those conformists are all wrong. Rambo: First Blood Part II is one of history’s greatest action sequels and a movie that was never given its due. Critically it was the whipping boy and easy target. Few had the ...

Rambo III (1988)

Rambo III (1988)

Rambo III    25 May 1988

R 102 minReleased

IMDB: 5.8/10 108 votes

Let’s talk about Rambo III here. One of those movies that took body blows from multiple directions – and never really deserved it. Starting with the status quo denouncing the movie for criticizing the Soviet Union at a time when people were trying to build bridges. And nobody wanted to hear about Afghanistan in 1988 (the film was originally supposed to be set in Siberia), a lot had changed in 12 months after Rambo III was filmed ...