The Fight Continues
Video Release Date/Film Release Date: 2008 - 2007
Film Length: approx. 91 minutes
Video/Aspect Ratio: 1920x1080p/24 - 2.40:1
English Audio Track/s: DTS HD Master 7.1
Video Quality: 4.5
Audio Quality: 5
Player & Output used for review: Panasonic DMP-BD30 (Video: HDMI 1080p/24 - Audio: HDMI Bitstream)
My Review System
Overview and Film Information
Rambo is back!! and bloodier than ever. The Rambo films have always been a soft spot for me. The ultimate in macho chest thumping male enjoyment, I mean a real manly type of films. From First Blood all the way to this latest addition I have always been a fan of the Rambo offerings and this third sequel doesn't disappoint in the least. Rambo is a all out, violence filled shoot em up that delivers the goods in every way shape and form. Stallone is up to par and shows some excellent directing chops here as well. If you are a Rambo fan then I don't see anyway that you would not enjoy this film as much as I did. In these days of political correctness, it's nice to be able to see some good old fashion gory action movies.
Video Quality ****.5 out of *****
Rambo is presented in it's original aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and is encoded as 1080p/24 with Mpeg4 AVC. From the get go it isn't too hard to see that Lionsgate has given us a nearly reference release here in regards to video. This film has some amazing and beautiful cinematography that is done justice with this transfer. The color palette is slightly muted, leaning towards greens and yellows, the vegetation coming thru with startling naturalness with a real 3D factor. Film grain and some slight noise is visible which is a wonderful because that means there were zero attempts at noise reduction nor are there any edge enhancements for that matter. The image is sharp yet slightly soft throughout, lending to a perfect film like image that isn't polished or unnatural looking in anyway. Black levels are perfect during any night scenes as is contrast ratio which again gives the image even more 3D pop. There isn't anything negative to say about this image, it is spectacular. Just a hair sharper and I would have no problem giving it a reference 5.
Audio Quality ***** out of *****
Rambo includes a lossless 7.1 DTS HD Master audio track that is 100% breathtaking (my viewing was limited to 5.1). Solid and (may I add very low) bass activity that is perfectly natural, not boomy, bloated or fake. Dialog and center channel effects are crisp precise and never even came close to unintelligible. Explosions and gun shots are as close to the real thing as you can get. As I have noticed with nearly all DTS Master tracks the sound field is lush ,complete and natural including pans and surround activity. This is reference sound work here and when combined with the PQ of Blu-Ray we are in HT heaven.
Extra Features and Menus ****out of *****
This disc requires a BD player that features at minimum 1.1 profile capability, this is needed for the cool bonus view video track the runs picture in picture with the film as it plays. Bonus features on this disc are all in high definition which is always nice and includes: 6 making of featurettes, trailer gallery for all Rambo films and deleted scenes. In addition the disc features MoLog but requires a 2.0 profile player of which is not available to me. This release also includes a second disc SD digital copy for playback and storage on MAC or PC. The menu system is fabulous as well. A pretty solid bit of HD extras and the bonus view PiP feature is very nice indeed. If you don't have a profile 1.1 player I would suggest getting a profile 2.0 player as soon as they are released (such as the upcoming Panasonic DMP-BD50)
Overall ***** out of *****
Five out of five overall pretty much says it all. A DTS HD Master track that will amaze to no end, reference video, HD extras and a great film to boot. What's not to like?