Plot: What’s it about?
As one of the biggest action stars of all time, Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume of films under his belt. His Rambo and Rocky franchises have become iconic, while The Expendables films have proven he is still able to reel in audiences. Stallone has a wealth of films to his credit and in this special collection, you can see three great examples of his work. All three films are presented in 1080p HD with lossless DTS HD 5.1 soundtracks, plus all of the extras from previous releases. Rambo: First Blood is a classic, Cop Land lets Stallone show his more dramatic side, and Lock Up lets Stallone do what he does best, action. Below you’ll find a synopsis of each of these Stallone driven pictures.
Rambo: First Blood- John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is a decorated soldier who served his country in Vietnam, earning a Medal of Honor in the process. But when he returned home, he was not hailed as a hero, since most people disapproved of the U.S. presence in the region, so he became disillusioned about his place in the world. So Rambo becomes a drifter and as he hitchhikes to visit some soldier friends, he finds himself in the wrong place, at the wrong time. He stops in a small town to get some food, only to be approached by the local law, Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). Teasle asks Rambo to leave town, but when Rambo states he just wants some food and then he will depart, Teasle arrests him as a vagrant. While he sits in the cell, Rambo is abused by one of the deputies and Teasle sees no reason to intervene, so Rambo bides his time. As memories from his prison camp stay swirl in his mind, Rambo decides to break loose and escapes, heading toward a wooded area to find safety, as well as prepare for his attackers. As Teasle and his men prepare to engage Rambo, can Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) stop them in time, or will they discover first hand the extent of Rambo’s abilities in battle?
Cop Land- Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) is the sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey, a small town that is home to numerous police officers from New York. Heflin was never able to become a cop himself, thanks to his deafness and lack of physical fitness. Even so, he has always admired those who protect and serve, putting the profession on a pedestal. His kind nature and likable persona did allow him to live his dream in the end, as he was elected sheriff of Garrison. But in truth, he is a simple figurehead, as the other residents of Garrison enforce the law when needed, or break it if that is what they desire. So Heflin goes through the motions and tends to menial tasks, while the other law officers in town handle the real issues. He looks up to those men however, which causes him to look the other way when violations occur. When Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden (Robert De Niro) rolls into town though, Heflin is forced to take a hard look at his heroes. Tilden has uncovered some links to a widespread corruption inside the NYPD, one that could shake the entire town of Garrison to its very foundations. As much as he respects these men, Heflin wants to do the right thing and he agrees to help Tilden’s investigations. Will Heflin prove himself to be worthy of his position, or will he be torn down by his own idols?
Lock Up- Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) is in prison, but this is not a hard core, brutal life type lock down. Instead, Leone is allowed private visits with his girlfriend, he has befriended the guards, and the prison seems more like a controlled vacation. As plush as his stay has been, he looks forward to his release in just three weeks. So when he is transferred to a new prison, he is shocked, but soon learns the reason for his change of location. The new prison’s warden is Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland), who took a lot of heat when Leone escaped from his watch in the past. So now the warden used his influence to get the transfer and he plans to ensure that Leone slips up and earns more time. So now a trial of wills begins as Leone and Drumgoole push each other to the limit, but can Leone remain steadfast and earn his freedom?
Video: How does it look?
Rambo: First Blood is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen, while Lock Up and Cop Land are presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. All three films look excellent in these HD presentations, just like the previous individual releases. These are significant improvements over the DVD editions, with much more refined visuals and overall detail & depth. So if you’re a fan of these flicks, these HD treatments are the best way to experience them.
Audio: How does it sound?
All three films feature DTS HD 5.1 soundtracks, which of course sound excellent. Rambo: First Blood and Lock Up have active, dynamic soundtracks that deliver surround power and presence. Not just loud audio either, but well designed surround use that enhances the experience. Cop Land isn’t quite as action driven as the others, but it still sounds great here. All three films have English and Spanish subtitles, while Lock Up also offers Spanish and French soundtracks.
Supplements: What are the extras?
All of the extras from the individual discs have returned, so that is good news. Rambo: First Blood has two audio commentaries, some deleted scenes, and a look behind the scenes, while Cop Land offers an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, a storyboard comparison, and a behind the scenes piece. Lock Up’s extras are three brief promotional featurettes.