Monday, January 20, 2014

Box Art: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II video disc

Collecting Physical Media is a dying hobby. Digital Media is becoming more overwhelming and prevalent all the time. Streaming services offer what seems to be an unlimited amount of titles. However, services like Netflix and Hulu are actually far more limited and temporary. So, in our hunt to find interesting titles that can only be obtained physically, I offer you the video disc of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II.
Rambo was a really big deal in 1984. So big that it was released in pretty much every format available.  Here is the short-lived CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc System) Video Disc.  CED was originally formatted as a way to increase sound quality and length of recording on vinyl audio records.  Originally created in 1964.  However, politics within the industry drove the laserdisc up, while the CED (or Videodisc) down.  This has a long history of occurences.  VHS vs Beta, Blu-Ray vs HD DVD, etc...  

And, so we come to Rambo: First Blood Part II.  The Rambo naming conventions for that series are perhaps the most confusing of any series ever.  So, you've got First Blood, then Rambo: First Blood Part II.  Makes sense so far.  Then, we come to Rambo 3.  Technically, the title should be Rambo 2: First Blood Part III or just First Blood 3.  Finally, the final film, Rambo.  What?!?  


This is one of those perennial favorites of mine.  In fact, I wrote my college thesis on it.  And, it's really really bad.  Politically it's a mess (very Libertarian, pro-Reagan, etc...)  As a film, Cosmatos edited together an extremetly entertaining disaster.  The film itself has basically no plot, just premise.  No characters develop.

But, A buffed-out Stallone with a rocket launcher in front of a bunch of fire?  I will watch that.

-J. Moret

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