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ディレクターズ・カット 1枚入り（DVD） 1,071円（購入時）
I remember buying this film on VHS years ago, and the scenes mentioned by other reviewers were in it. For example the neck breaking scene on the plane ETC. Well noticed those people. However that was a standard Theatrical version. Where as on the standard Region 2 DVD, these scenes have indeed been cut out. WHYYYYYYYY? Also the reviews for both the Region 2 AND the Director's Cut of this film are displayed on BOTH Region versions. Again WHYYYYYYYY? It gives people the idea that both versions have cut scenes. This is a Director's Cut DVD that I purchased (And am currently writing about) and has ALL the scenes plus more. For example an extended scene in the car when he is explaining to the lady about what's happened to his daughter Jenny, and how little time he spent with her when she was growing up. Also an extra moment near the end when he comes out of the shed and chops a soldier's arm off. If you want the full movie plus other scenes, make sure it is THE DIRECTOR'S CUT you buy, otherwise you are going to be a disappointed buyer. I hope this helps the Arnie Fans out there. Plus those fans of getting the full film you pay good money for. Five Stars for getting it ALL in the film.
The focus of this review is on this specific release of the film, which is the first time the uncensored theatrical cut of the film has been made available on DVD in the UK. I previously bought the 2003 DVD release of Commando, also from Fox, and was disappointed to discover that substantial cuts had been made to the violence in the film. In total, around 59 seconds of footage was was removed; the 2003 DVD was release was actually more heavily cut than the VHS release, which only had about 15 seconds of footage removed.
The film was subsequently resubmitted to the BBFC in 2007 for the Blu-ray release and all previous cuts were waived. So the film has been available uncut on Blu-ray in the UK since 2008, but it wasn't until 2015 that the uncut theatrical cut was released on DVD as well. The 2015 DVD also has superior picture quality to the 2003 release, and includes a feature commentary from director, Mark Lester. I'm overall pleased with the 2015 DVD, and advise anyone looking to buy the film on DVD to steer well clear of the 2003 release.
John Matrix is an ex-spec-ops soldier whose daughter is kidnapped by a deposed Central American dictator. He gives Matrix an ultimatum - return him to power or his daughter dies. Instead, Matrix goes on a one-man war against the terrorists!
The film is hilariously terrible and crosses over into the realm of extreme awesomeness! GO ARNIE!
Comic book writer Joseph "Jeph" Loeb was one of the writers of the script and it is probably him who contributed the memorable "rogue's gallery" of villains here - the "evil muscleman" Bennett, the "sleazy white guy" Sully, the "complacent psychopath" Cooke, etc - which makes the film so much fun to watch. The film is nicely situated between spoof and genuine thrilling action. Rather than undermine the film, the comedy here is to reinforce the thrills the film provides and knows you came for.
James Horner's score is quite good in a very cheesy way. While Horner has never done anything original in his life, he comes pretty close here - we can here lots of pre-echoes of the atmospheric militarism of his upcoming Aliens score, along with an extremely catchy melody performed on steelpan/steel drums. Also used are lots of keyboards (obviously), pan pipes (to indicate those of asian descent - really?) and, of course, the most 1980s instrument of all - the saxophone. Overall, it's extremely effective.
The film is definitely high on a list of great action films, from the heyday of excessive action, practical stunts and effects, and barely self-conscious thrills.
The UK Blu-ray is a straight port of the US one. The picture is good - grainy, no DNR. It's not the best picture you'll put on your TV but I shouldn't even need to say that. It's a fantastic HD representation of the film regardless. The sound is even more impressive - the lossless 5.1 really pumps the sound up loud, with only the bulldozer scene being somewhat problematic (tinny! noisy!). This is the US theatrical cut, by the way, uncensored in the UK for the first time since it's cinematic release (though this version has been screened on satellite television too), so we get the axe to the crotch, the severed arm, and the complete tool shed scene. Shame the director's cut, and commentary, could not be included as well, but it's no big loss.
Commando was never Arnie's best film. He moved on from this to Predator directed by John McTiernan, who actually passed on this, and that was surely better directed, better acted and had the better premise. This was Arnie trying a Rambo.
If you watch it with a critical eye you'll see the continuity errors, ask yourself has Bennett (the bad guy's bad man) got a Freddie Mercury thing going on, scoff at the 'Secret Seven' way he and Rae Dawn Chong 'discover' the baddy's hideout by finding a map, co-ordinates AND a photo of the seaplane.............and we all know the yellow Porsche that gets dented, then fixed then dented again...............
You can go on and rip it to shreds.
But watch it with fresh eyes and you start to understand why you enjoyed it. The 'Promise to kill Sully last' is possibly one of Arnie's defining moments. The simplicity is now what makes it a classic joy.
Blu Ray - for a film around thirty years old the picture quality is very good. An early shot let's you see not only Arnie's muscles but the beads of sweat on Arnie's muscles. Sound? I'll be honest and say it's not that brilliant, but we all know this was the point James Horner went all steel drums for a while. Trouble is as the sound systems we have have got better, the foley work (the sounds added after) now start to sound like sounds added after.
He wasn't back: Never spoilt by a mind numbing sequel, Commando does just what Arnie does. Sneaks in, makes hell of a blast, then moves on. Proper pop corn, beer swilling action.
a big hard as nails action star...CHECK
lots of action and violence....CHECK
an almost pointless plot.....CHECK
arnie plays retired army colonel john matrix, who lives a normal quiet life with his daughter (played by a young alyssa milano) but trouble crops up when men from his old unit start getting killed, it isnt long before they find arnie and kidnap his daughter. wanting him to kill the president of a foreign country, he will then get his daughter back.
after killing his chaperone and escaping the flight he is on.
arnie has a matter of hours to get daughter back before its discovered his flight pal is dead!
what follows is arnie cutting a huge bloody hole through the bad guys in a bid to find out where his daughter is being held, aided by a reluctant stewardess (played by rae dawn chong)
all this ends up in a huge battle between arnie and the main villains private army.
commando is the typical ott 80's action film and its great stuff.
the story is at times kinda forgettable, as arnie destroys an entire shopping malls security force you forget he is trying to get his daughter back.
this film is a typical turn your brain off and enjoy it, forget the plot or the acting and just watch it.
one thing i will point out this is the blu ray version i reviewed and is the FULL uncut version
(yes yes it includes the shed scene in all its glory....i loved it !)
Not reviewing the movie here - happy with Blu-ray purchase :)
Picture quality massively improved over DVD version!
The picture quality is very good, widescreen 1.85:1 (no black bars.)
A perfect action film, clear cut heroes & villains combined with
a genocidal body count. Chock full of violence and robotic
one liners, it's also uncut, the 'arm chop' is here & a smashing
sight it is!. 1985. Galleria/Sunspot.
Directors cut: Run time: 1hr 31mins 46secs.
Theatrical cut: Run time: 1hr 30mins 10secs.
Extras: commentary, two featurette's, stills gallery,
deleted scenes & three added scenes. You also
get the theatrical cut...not that your going to watch it. Champion
slip cover also.
Update: possible uncut film here
Unfortunately, despite being 18 rated, the DVD is censored in that they cut out the neck snap on board the plane (which otherwise confirms the guard is dead and not just unconscious) and some of the more gory aspects of the climatic mansion assault (which causes some very awkward cuts, no pun intended). For a film that is meant to be for adults only, the censoring of actions that can be mimicked by children seems to be a very odd decision.
The story is simple, John Matrix (Schwarzanaaaa) must race against time to rescue his daughter (Alyssa Milano from the Charmed series) from a group of vicious terrorists and his treacherous ex-comrade-in-arms Bennett (Vernon Wells) with the help of the attractive and ditsy Cindy (Rae Dawn Chong). Not much of a brain strain.
First you have the good guy Matrix who marches onto the screen with a large hunk of tree over his shoulder and a chainsaw in the other hand just to scream at us THIS MAN IS SOLDIER GOLIATH! You know then that this movie isn't taking itself seriously and you shouldn't take it seriously because it's a silly bit of entertainment that satisfies all our carnal desires to see Arnold cut a bloody path of bad guys towards his daughter.
The plot may be predictable, the action maybe cheesy, the main villain may look like Freddy Mercury on steroids, the dialogue may not be Shakespearean... but it's a riot of a film that should be enjoyed for what it is! This DVD is full and uncut with more violence that can be fitted into one and-a-half minutes. It's just a pity they haven't released this on Region 2.