Also available in a four-disc Special Edition DVD Collection, which includes additional supplemental material and collectible packaging.
Based on the novel by David Morrell, First Blood stars Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, an ex-Green Beret who is haunted by memories of Vietnam. He is persecuted by a small-town sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and when unjustly imprisoned, he escapes and becomes the target of a massive manhunt.
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits astounding improvements over the previously released DVD (Issue 31). The picture is much smoother, with clean, sharp lines and nicely rendered detail. While colors appear smeared and reddish on the previous DVD, hues exhibit better balance, with more accurately rendered fleshtones and deeper blacks on the new DVD. Viewed alone, the picture is quite satisfying. There is some edge enhancement apparent, and pixelization is noticed at times. The source element is revealing of some film grain and artifacts, but the picture is much cleaner than the previous DVD. (Suzanne Hodges)
The remastered audio clearly exhibits the original recording's age, yet is also a nice restoration with subtle dimensional enhancement. The surrounds are typically mono in nature, with some modest instances of stereo atmosphere. Dimensionality across the screen is adequate with quite good depth. Another aspect of the audio repurposing is some low-end enhancement with .1 LFE channel activity. The DTS
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