When First Blood was released, back in October of 1982, reviews were generally positive, and then the film took off, bringing in an almost 50mm domestic and 125mm international gross.
Retired Green Beret John Rambo became a very human super-hero overnight, and sequels were obvious.
The first film in the series, carrying the same title as author David Morrell’s novel has been released via Lionsgate as part of their ongoing upgrade of their catalog titles, but presumably also to tie in with Rambo V, due in the fall of 2019.
While there is probably less 4k to Andrew Laszlo’s cinematography, this is an example, especially in the mine sequence, in which HDR shines.
Lionsgate gives the film in an ultra-clean, cinema-like presentation, that is only eclipsed by Rambo: First Blood Part II, which will also be in release, (along with III), as it was photographed by the great Jack Cardiff. It seems that the production company spared no expense on the sequel.
Enough special features round out a superb presentation, especially taking into consideration of $15 street price.
This is a series worth owning in 4k, as the upgrade is obvious.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely
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