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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Contributor||Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Hedaya, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Mark L. Lester|
|Runtime||1 hour and 28 minutes|
In this early action classic that features his unique blend of thrills and off-beat humour, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as retired Colonel John Matrix. The ex-head of a special commando strike team, he's forced back into action when his daughter (Alyssa Milano) is kidnapped. With the help of a fiesty stewardess Matrix has only a few hours to overcome his greatest challenge: to find his daughter before she gets killed.
- Product dimensions : 135 x 13 x 190 cm; 60 Grams
- Director : Mark L. Lester
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : 14 March 2001
- Actors : Alyssa Milano, Dan Hedaya, Rae Dawn Chong, Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B01DRYRQ7A
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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I genuinely believe the Director, produced and script writers were actually taking the movie seriously, although it's clear to observers that Arnie and the rest of the Cast are enjoying an inside joke and not really taking the plot seriously. Why on earth would they do that? - well I'll tell you, here are some great scenes and plot twists for you to look forward to:
-Arnie 'smells' the bad guys approaching his home
-Arnie jumps about 200m from a jet plane and jumps up without a single injury
-The scene where Arnie and girlfriend crash into a lamp pole in an ancient car with no seat belts (or even a seat) and appear completely uninjured
-The scene where Arnie breaks into the local store for supplies and finds it's more heavily equipped with grenades and tactical weaponry than a US marines depot
-The scene where Arnies girlfriend whom he just met opts to shooti a rocket launcher at the local police
-The scene where Arnie goes to war with the entire army of a fictional south american country and dodges about 3000 rounds without even trying to duck, all while shooting various weaponry from the hip with unfailing accuracy
-The scene where Arnie is surrounded in a gardeners shed by about ten enemy troops whom are heavily armed with machine guns, but somehow Arnie manages to dispatch them all with nothing more than a Machete, a couple of Buzzsaw blades and a pitchfork - you would think that at least one enemy combatant would just shoot him, but no, DEAD. ALL DEAD.
-The final scene were daddy Arnie rips a piece of 10 inch steel pipe from a wall and impales the main protagonist without even slightly upsetting his little girl or giving her the lifelong trauma that any normal 10 year old might experience after witnessing daddy at work on the bad guys.
Anyway, alls well that ends well right? This movie is so stupid it will have you in stitches and I think that's part of it's appeal. A solid three star. (Almost two star because of that damn awful sax music). Too dumb to take seriously, even the violent bits are just too dumb to shock.
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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!