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エクスペンダブルズ 2 (期間限定価格版) [Blu-ray]
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シュワルツェネッガーの決め台詞"I'll be back!"など、要所要所でキャラを生かしたセリフも笑わされます。
Again, another’s roster of high list Hollywood names go on another romp full of humour, action and violence which is very reminiscent of a good old action movie from the 80s. Sylvester Stallone has made a great move making these films.
Enjoyable. Fun. Action packed. You can’t go wrong!
It opens with a fun rescue mission that's heavy on the gunfire and light on the subtlety, but soon part 1's 'Mr Church' (Willis) comes calling to claim a debt, and Stallone's crew are heading off on a mission to recover a secret package from a downed aircraft. The silliness quota has already been established by this point - Arnie is back, acting as stiffly as before, Stallone's 'Barney' has used his finger as a six-shooter in a ridiculous sniper takedown, and he's shown some old fashioned gentle chauvinism towards a mysterious oriental cast member who you know will end up being more than able to handle herself. Oh - and we've been introduced to Luke Hemsworth as a character so virtuous and perfect it's almost sickening.
Luckily Van Damme's bad guy shows up pretty rapidly and exhibits some genuine charisma and sadism, and Stallone's team goes in pursuit, to stop his evil plans.
The story feels looser this time - more of a chase movie across some pretty grimy and muddy 'Eastern Europe' looking areas, without a very strong sense of place. It certainly feels a lot more aimless than part one. It also makes the mistake of shoe-horning in Chuck Norris in a cameo that's so ridiculous the characters even start crowbarring disguised 'Chuck Norris' jokes into the screenplay. It's the kind of 'suspense of disbelief'-breaking that makes me cringe (although a friend of mine loved the moment, so it won't annoy everybody). However, the movie also finds an excuse to have Arnie & Willis show up and get far more involved in the action, so by the end it really does begin to feel like it's just an exercise in wedging more and more stars on screen to the detriment of the plot.
There is some good action thank goodness - Statham steals the show with a stunningly virtuoso piece of hand to hand combat midway through the film, and the final showdown between Stallone and Van Damme is also acted with great violence and charisma. It's an odd balance: CGI blood spatters and aircraft weapons that would crash the plane, excessive self-referencing and illusion breaking in the script, and lacklustre scenery combined with enthusiastic performances and some occasionally fun action. As sequels go, it's fun. But it's also an object-lesson that 'more' isn't always 'better'.
THE EXPANDABLES ARE BACK AND THIS TIME IT’S WAR! The team signs on for a mission that looks like an easy pay check. But things quickly go wrong for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries when one of their own is killed by a psychotic terrorist-for-hire. Hell-bent on payback, they cut a swathe of destruction through enemy territory and wreak havoc upon their opponents. In the midst of the mayhem, they must also shut down an unexpected threat in the nick of time and preventing five tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium from falling in the wrong hands.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins, Nan Yu, Amanda Ooms, Charisma Carpenter, Nikolette Noel, George Zlatarev, Alexander Moskov, Nikola Dodov, Wenbo Li, Borislav Zahariev, Penka Kodova, Arkanay Boonsong, Dimo Alexiev, Velislav Pavlov, Liubo Simeonov, Liubomir Simeonov, Aleksandar Belovski (uncredited), Novak Djokovic (uncredited) and Antoaneta Yordanova (uncredited)
Director: Simon West
Producers: Avi Lerner, Basil Iwanyk, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Danny Lerner, David Varod, Eda Kowan, Guymon Casady, Jason Constantine, J. Celeste Salzer, John Thompson, Jon Feltheimer, Kevin King Templeton, Les Weldon, Lonnie Ramati, Matthew O'Toole, Robert Earl, Trevor Short and Zygi Kamasa
Screenplay: Ken Kaufman (story), David Agosto (story), Richard Wenk (story/screenplay) and Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)
Composer: Brian Tyler
Cinematography: Shelly Johnson
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Neo:X playback, English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo optimised for late night listening and 2.0 Dolby Stereo Audio Description
Subtitles: English and English SDH
Running Time: 102 minutes
Region: Region B/2
Number of discs: 1
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Sylvester Stallone admits that he didn't quite nail the tone of ‘THE EXPENDABLES.’ That love letter to 1980s action flicks and the stars that kicked ass in them felt a bit slipshod despite some enthusiastic directing by Stallone and eager help from recent star Jason Statham. Stallone hands the directing reins over to Simon West this go-round, but is still heavily involved in ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2,’ which is a superior film in almost every way. Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Jet Li return, as do Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in expanded roles. ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ adds a dash of Jean-Claude Van Damme, as the villainous Jean Vilain, and two pinches of Liam Hemsworth and Chuck Norris to create a cinematic museum of immortal action legends. ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ hasn't suddenly gained Oscar aspirations, but bigger action sequences and more believable character interaction results in the film viewers wanted from the start.
Barney Ross [Sylvester Stallone] and fellow Expendables Lee Christmas [Jason Statham], Yin Yang [Jet Li], Gunner Jensen [Dolph Lundgren], Hale Caesar [Terry Crews], and Toll Road [Randy Couture] travel to Albania with new recruit Billy the Kid [Liam Hemsworth] and CIA agent Maggie Chan [Yu Nan] to recover a computer hidden in a downed airplane. The group runs into Villain and his henchman, who want the computer so they can locate a giant stash of abandoned plutonium. Vilain plans to sell the plutonium to the highest bidder, and CIA handler Mr. Church [Bruce Willis] strong-arms Barney Ross into tracking Villain after he steals the computer and leaves the Expendables in shambles.
In the weeks before ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ hit the cinemas, the Internet was abuzz about the possibility of it landing a PG rating. Something about Chuck Norris demanding it. What Norris wants, Norris gets, right? Whoever started that rumour was wrong – either that or the filmmakers backtracked at the last minute, because the film has plenty blood and gore. Most of the carnage is the CGI-splatter Sylvester Stallone used in Rambo, but an exploding head is an exploding head. The film kicks off with an extended action sequence in Nepal, where the Expendables unknowingly rescue Trench [Arnold Schwarzenegger], Barney Ross' arch enemy, and things don't stop going boom until the end credits.
The whole concept just works better in part two. The film retains its hard-hitting action beats, and inserts an appropriate amount of self-depreciating humour and nifty "see what we did there" references to remain buoyant. At its core, ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ is a generic, ripped-from-the-1980s tale of a standard-issue terrorist and the patriotic ass-kickers who fight him for country and cause, but that's the beauty of it. Jean-Claude Van Damme appears in the best shape of all the veteran actors, and his Villain serves up a mean roundhouse kick to the chest. Jean-Claude Van Damme provides just enough menace to be taken seriously, but the seasoned actor is clearly in on the joke.
The film also has ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ putting the key actors in many scenes together. In the first film, it was obvious that Arnold Schwarzenegger, Willis and Stallone were not often in the same room, resulting in more than a few continuity errors and a general aura of half-assedness. ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ solves that problem by lining up the talent for display. To avoid the "are they/aren't they" scepticism Michael Mann ran into with ‘HEAT,’ Simon West lets his big guns interact in tight spaces and during action sequences too complex to cheat. That's not to say all the actors were together in every sequence; early shots aboard a China-bound airplane were shot in different soundstages.
Fans of the material know this series is about celebrating action stars, and, while Sylvester Stallone and Simon West let the core Expendables carry the film, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris all get their close up. Bruce Willis is written into an action sequence this time, as is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who speaks only in lines recycled from his biggest blockbusters. Sylvester Stallone apparently allowed the former governor to write his character's dialogue, which was a questionable decision, but I laughed out loud when the Terminator ripped the door completely off of a Smart Car. Director Simon West of ‘CON AIR’ fame keeps the action coming. West is not as articulate a director as Stallone, but he has a keen eye for carnage and explosions.
Things wrap up nicely after an extended final showdown, and I left ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ much more excited about the prospect of future films than I did in 2010. Sylvester Stallone has friends in high places, and of course we see all the original actors, plus a few new band of recruits for a whole new action packed legends for the next outing of ‘THE EXPENDABLES 3.’ But of this film, it definitely loud, violent and over-the-top, ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ is served exactly as ordered and something I really enjoyed, as this franchise is totally magic and has all the actors I have loved in action packed films of this genre.
Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ arrives on Blu-ray with a solid aspect ratio of 2.40:1 in a stunning 1080p encoded transfer. Shot with Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 cameras, the film has a bold, gritty appearance throughout. I want to first hypothesise a bit about the final look of the film, as it appears some visual tweaks were done in post. I think the filmmakers did a bit of smoothing, perhaps to soften the worn mugs of the veteran actors, before upping the grain digitally. This results in some mismatched grain patterns that overlay slightly waxy faces, but all signs point to this being intentional and not some transfer-specific flaw. Otherwise, detail is frequently exceptional. Close-up shots reveal intimate facial features, and wide shots are deep and textured. West shoots with a softer focus in some scenes, but this doesn't diminish the clarity of the image. Black levels are solid, and the browns, greens and reds of the colour scheme are bold and well saturated. The film retains a pleasing layer of grain, and action sequences retain clarity. I noticed only minor aliasing, and compression artefacts are not an issue. Please Note: Playback Region B/2: This will not play on most Blu-ray players sold in North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Learn more about Blu-ray region specifications.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Audiophiles rejoice, ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ is the first ever Blu-ray to offer a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix that is optimised for 11.1 DTS Neo:X playback! Your humble reviewer has not yet upgraded to such impressive technology, but I can appreciate the awesome power of the 7.1 mix. Those of you with 11.1 setups will surely enjoy the added clarity and separation of the extended mix. The main mix is consistently impressive. This is an immersive, aggressive surround mix that makes you realize the value of a home-theatre surround-sound setup. Dialogue is absolutely clear throughout, and there is a fair amount of directional dialogue that pans the sound field. Viewers are placed amid the action, as ambient and action effects make great use of the surround speakers. The hum of airplane propellers buzzes in the rear speakers, the pop-pop of gunfire explodes from the left side of the room, and giant explosions kidnap the subwoofer and force it to shake the floor. Clarity is exceptional, and quieter scenes of dialogue are as pleasing as louder action scenes, which test the mix's excellent range. This is one of the best mixes I've had the pleasure to experience at home, and Lionsgate really delivers on this Blu-ray, which also includes an 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo “optimised for late night listening” and 2.0 Dolby Stereo Audio Description. Plus English and English SDH subtitles.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Audio Commentary: Commentary with Director Simon West: Simon West is the commentator here. Even though I was grateful to be done with Stallone's shaky-cam ways, I missed his presence on the director's commentary. The commentary on the first movie was extremely insightful. Full of Sylvester Stallone's vision as a director, his methods for doing things, and his true love for making movies. Here Simon West provides a rather anecdotal commentary that is neither as engaging nor perceptive as Sylvester Stallone's commentary was.
Special Feature: GODS OF WAR: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Antiheroes [1080p] [21:00] A behind-the-scenes commentary with cast and crew that addressed the writing process with franchise potential in mind, the transition from ‘THE EXPENDABLES’ to the sequel, expanding the cast and creative team, giving the audience their money’s worth and giving each character sufficient screen time. They also talk briefly about ‘THE EXPENDABLES 3’ and tease that they’re bringing in a new wave of action hero apprentices to train. The most interesting part here was learning how Sylvester Stallone and Simon West divided their workload.
Special Feature: ON THE ASSAULT: The Real-Life Weaponry of ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’  [14:00] A look at the real-life weaponry that is used in the film. Definitely a feature for any gun enthusiasts out there. But for me it was a very excruciating uncomfortable experience viewing this feature, where people seem to be so laid back in their approach to such dangerous weapons in how they were looking at all the horrendous horrible weapons for sale and a good advert to see why guns should be banned, which America does not seem to understand or learn from their mistakes.
DELETED SCENES [1080p] [5:00] A selection of five deleted scenes that were mostly just alternate or extended takes on conversational scenes in the film. One of the deleted scenes was a cool bit of fighting on Nan Yu’s part in which she beats on baddies with a hockey stick; another fight scene featuring Terry Crews and Randy Couture was also unfortunately cut. More Bruce Willis is always appreciated!
Special Feature: GAG REEL [1080p [5:00] A few minutes of the stars laughing and messing up their lines. This better-than-average gag reel shows the stars cutting up on set. I suspect thick accents had a lot to do with the flubs. There is even a random “fight scene” with Novak Djokovic wielding his tennis racket. The best part might be the zany alternative performances turned in by Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Finally, Sylvester Stallone again leads a troupe of veteran and current action stars into war in ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2.’ Sylvester Stallone passes directing duties to Simon West, who crafts a leaner, more exciting film that strikes a good balance between serious action and self-referential humour. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis get beefed-up roles, and Liam Hemsworth and Jean-Claude Van Damme join returning stars Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Jet Li. ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ is a rip roaring rollercoaster fun film and greatly improves on the mediocre first film. LIONSGATE's Blu-ray places solid picture and 10 out of 10 optimized 11.1 audio alongside a slew of interesting extra features. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
Le Cinema Paradiso
Do I seem half hearted about it - well, there's this nagging feeling that with a decent script and maybe half the cast there could have been a really much leaner more entertaining movie here. People often say that movies aren't as good as they used to be - but when you see a movie knowingly riffing on 80's movies, you can't help thinking that movies ARE in fact better than they used to be. Having said that, it's just plain old fun seeing these guys on the big screen, and if expendables 3 comes along then I'm not going to pretend I won't end up watching that too...
Okay, let me just say that, as a grown man, I felt suitably ashamed for loving The Expendables 2 as much as I did. Perhaps it was growing up in the eighties with Schwarzenegger and Van Damme as action heroes to my generation? Either way, for the first time on screen, we get to see Stallone, Arnie and Bruce Willis fighting side by side... in a Smart car.
And there we have it - a Smart car. That alone should tell you not to take The Expendables 2 too seriously. It's deliberately over the top, silly and daft. Chuck Norris is so hard he can wipe out an entire army in one go. Too much? If you think so, you'd better not watch this film. As for me, I find it perfectly plausible that someone as tough as Chuck can take out a tank and a platoon in less than five seconds, so, that's why The Expendables 2 is for me.
Men and boys will be one and the same when they watch this. The action is wonderfully over the top and the cheesy one-liners flow almost as much as the fake blood from the hundred and one stooges who get used as cannon fodder for our heroes.
I can't see how any self-respecting action junkie won't love this. I'm sure it's one for the boys. Especially as a female friend of mine watched it and commented how she wasn't happy that Jason Statham wasn't in it as much as he was in the first one. With more heroes, the screen time for Statham (and Jet Li) is cut slightly short.
Either way, it's action-packed fun that you shouldn't take too seriously.
Roll on Expendables 3.
If you have seen the first,it's basically about a group of mercenaries led by Stallone doing good deeds by fighting the bad guys.
This is more of the same,but far more loud and explosive,it is also a lot more fun. There is much more of Arnold in this film,and Chuck Norris is such a laugh.
Really,they are all a bunch of "has beens" but they don't hide their ages,they in fact use it to make the film. You have to listen to the banter and the wise-cracks,each one uses the others punch lines. They obviously all get on we'll together and had fun making it.
Don't read anything into the film,don't look for morals or anything,just enjoy it for the loud brash mickey take it is. Take you brain out before turning it on and enjoy. It is brilliant fun and I've watched it half a dozen times and catch more each time.
STALLONE STATHAM LI LUNDGREN NORRIS VAN DAMME WILLIS SCHWARZENEGGER
THE EXPENDABLES ARE BACK AND THIS TIME IT`S WAR.
If you have not seen this film but like action films I think you will like this movie, I remember watching this movie and thinking it was too short. But at a 102 minutes this has a bit of everything and for me was very enjoyable. A great tribute to the action stars, highly recommended.
Aspect Ratio: HD 2.40:1 (16.9)
Feature: 102 Mins Approx.
Features: AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Simon West
GODS OF WAR Assembling Earth`s Mightiest Anti-Heroes
ON THE ASSAULT The real-Life Weaponry of The Expendables
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Surround 7.1 & Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo optimised for late night veiwing.
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English and English for the hearing impaired
and it's a jam-packed film. I mean the plot is fantastic and the cast are so funny. Firstly the Die Hard actor of Bruce Willis does a
brilliant performance as Church because his character is a secretive CIA agent. Next the actor Sylvester Stallone does a great leading character as Barney Ross. So in my opinion I think that those two characters are the best.
Also the film is great value for money and this film is not to be taken seriously, however it is simply the sum of its part.
So thank you Amazon.co.uk for being a reliable service and I would recommend this product to any fan who likes films which are
packed with a whole load of action. Five stars all round!!!
Dont bother getting it on bluray, the film is an incredibly grainy mess. If you dont believe me do a Google search for "Expendables 2 gr" it will fill the rest in. The actual extras on the bluray really are reference quality though! When Stallone is sat talking to the camera its almost like he's sat in front of you through a portal. They have clearly made a collosal disaster of this transfer....
The sound is the only thing keeping me from not getting a refund, its the first bluray to cater for 11.1 surround sound in Master HD. If you want to destroy your living room with an insane sound stage then this is worth getting.
The action is great and practically non-stop, and the acting is as good as can be expected by the somewhat aging actors. Watched it with my wife and she thought it actually was quite good, and fun at times, even if it really is a macho movie for us guys.
Regarding the quality of the release the picture is a bit of a letdown. Too grainy in dark scenes, and sometimes a strange kind of blur which to me looks like a digital crop of the shot scene (perhaps they did this to cut the costs of reshooting the same scene). The sound however is fantastic! Great DTS-HD 7.1 mix, optimized for DTS Neo:X 11.1, with clearly audible dialogue over the shooting and explosions.
If you like the action movies from the late 80's and early 90's you'll love The Expendables 2!
By no means a classic, you have all your favourite action stars of old beating seven shades of good-for-the-roses out of one another accompanied by a few half-hearted attempts at one-liners and acting that's more wooden than Pinocchio. So switch off your brain, sit back with a snack and beverage of your choice and drift back to the 1980s, when men were men and women were only there to be rescued.
You are interested in Expendables 2 because it promises to be an action extravaganza filled with the best and most famous action stars of the past generation (OK, minus Steven Segal, but apparently he just doesn't 'get it').
It is actually very difficult to try not to give any spoilers away to ruin the plot because said plot is so threadbare, but it is the tried and tested formula of 'Good Guys vs. Bad Guys. Bad guys want to steal nuclear devices to sell to even Badder Guys. Bad Guys Terrorize Village. Good Guys Squable Amongst Themselves. Good Guys Resolve Differences. Stuff gets Shot Up and Blown Up. Good Guys Liberate Village and Roundhouse Kick Bad Guys (who can also roundhouse kick quite well, mind you). Everyone is happy at the end, except for Liam Hemsworth, but that probably has more to do with the fact that he is the 'Lesser Known Hemsworth.' Oh, and he has a ridiculously large knife driven into his chest by the main Vilain (the puns, oh, the puns!)
This film is full of so-so acting, so-so special effects, seriously bad puns galore, explosions galore, and all manner of things designed to make men feel 'manly.' (Probably why I like it).
What makes it perhaps more viewable is the fact that you can tell the entire cast is just having a field day. This is all one big Boys Day Out at the firing range.
So if you are going to watch Expendables 2, just remember, as with all action films (particularly those of the 80's and 90's, the realm of most of these action stars), just switch your brain to 'idle', and enjoy the ride.