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Release Date: January 22nd, 2019 Movie Release Year: 1986

Cobra: Collector's Edition

Overview -

Scream Factory has re-released a brand new 1080p HD transfer of Sylvester Stallone's mid-1980's crazy action flick, Cobra. Stallone plays a cop who sets out to cure a disease of ax-wielding madmen by any means necessary while falling in love with the woman he is supposed to protect. The new video transfer is a great upgrade from previous versions and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix sounds decent. All of the new interviews with the cast of the film, sans Stallone, are all excellent and worth your time, making this Collector's Edition Recommended.


Lt. Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom! Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone) teams up again with Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a "New Order" – and killing a witness (Brigitte Nielsen) along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other!

Rating Breakdown
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Video Resolution/Codec:
1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s):
Audio Formats:
English: DTS-HD MA 2.0
English SDH
Special Features:
Teaser and Theatrical Trailers
Release Date:
January 22nd, 2019

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take


By 1986, Sylvester Stallone had finished four Rocky films and two Rambo movies before writing the screenplay and starring in Cobra, which was I think the beginning of his over-the-top action movie career that lasted a decade or more. In fact, the next movie Stallone did after Cobra was titled Over The Top. Nobody knows why Stallone was attracted to Cobra, but director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo II, Tombstone) set out to make a super violent film about a cop trying to take out an ax-welding cult who will kill anyone and anything. Despite the violence and big stunt work, the movie conjures up more laughs and silliness than thrills and suspense.

Stallone plays a trigger-happy Lt. named Mary-Ann, I mean Marion Cobretti, who goes by the name Cobra, which in real life is a big, furious snake. He wears form-fitting jeans, oversized sunglasses and is never without a piece of wood in his mouth. He is the supposed "cure" for "the disease", which is a cult-like group of leather-wearing bikes who perform synchronized dances with dual axes as if they were opening on a Broadway stage. Enter the picture the 9-foot tall Brigette Nielsen and real-life partner to Stallone at the time to be the female heroine of the movie

From this point, Cobra uses his gun and car to track down the bad guys and put an end to their way of life with no promise of the law. It's all silly, but it was and still is a lot of fun to watch the impressive action, stunts, and laugh at the one-liners throughout. After Cobra, Stallone went on for more than a decade with chaotic and hilarious big-budget action movies until he mostly settled down before The Expendables happened.

This film is the complete product of the mid-1980s where they tried to tell a compelling story, but it just comes across as funny, rather than thrilling or any sort of commentary on society, with the exception of the 2nd Amendment here where it seems like Cobra himself doesn't care for trials, but rather kill anyone to save the day. If Stallone is so hell-bent on doing sequels for all of his old movies these days, I think he should revisit this one too.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

Cobra comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Scream Factory with a brand new video transfer and two audio options. There is no insert for a digital download code. The disc is housed in a hard, blue plastic case and a cardboard sleeve. There is no alternate artwork for this Collector's Edition.

Video Review


Cobra comes with a new 2K-sourced 1080p HD transfer. This film was released several years ago on Blu-ray and didn't fare so well in the video department, but Scream Factory has done an excellent job with this new transfer. Film grain is intact and more stable this time around, especially in lower-lit scenes, and doesn't fluctuate or swarm like in previous releases.

Colors are more vibrant and realistic too. The scenes in the furnace lair of the cult have better reds, oranges, and yellows that light up the faces and background sets better with each lighting choice. Other scenes outside, show brighter blue skies and red carnage. The black shade of shirt and sunglasses on Stallone also has a richer look to it. Detail is much more vivid as well, where you can see the oil and sweat beads off shirtless people easier, along with the individual stubble on Stallone's face. Black levels are deeper and the skin tones are more natural. There are a few instances of debris still, which I think still adds to the time and grit of the film, but all other issues are non-existent.

Audio Review


Cobra comes with both a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix and a DTS-HD 2.0 stereo option. The 5.1 mix adds some depth, surround noises, and bass -- although both options are front heavy  -- but effects like gunshots, motorcycle engines, and fight-punches never deliver deep LFE like modern action movies.

Still, there are several moments in the bigger action sequences -- where bullets will fly by on the surround speakers along with the bikers riding past to the rear sets -- that sound good. The music/score always adds to the hilarious 1980's music style, along with some good ambient noises of people screaming and talking in the background. Certain explosions do bring the bass in, but it isn't often. Dialogue is also clear and loud, even with Stallone's delivery without any pops, cracks, or hiss

Special Features


Scream Factory delivers some great interviews with some of the actors from the film here. Sadly, Sylvester Stallone is nowhere to be found in any of the extras here. There is an old EPK featurette, an older commentary track by the director, and some brand new interviews which are quite fun to watch.

  • Audio Commentary - Director George P. Cosmatos delivers a stale and monotone commentary track where he discusses a ton of anecdotes and stories from the set and how he made the film. This is an older commentary track from a previous release more than 15 years ago. He basically just narrates the entire film and what's happening on screen, which can be funny at times.

  • Stalking and Slashing (HD, 26 Mins.) - This brand new interview has actor Brian Thompson who plays the main villain in the film talking about his time working on set. Brian recalls how he got the job, working with Stallone and the director, and getting hurt a few times on set. It seems it was a rocky production to be on, but he has some great stories. Appropriate clips and behind the scenes footage are used here too.

  • Meet the Disease (HD, 24 Mins.) - Marco Rodriguez gives a new interview here on his character in the film, which is the supermarket killer/the disease. He has a ton of great stories with Sylvester Stallone and his three bodyguards on set. He also talks about the chaotic director who was always yelling, which seems to be a theme here with these new interviews, along with meeting Quentin Tarantino who is a big fan of his character. Another segment of this interview is Marco takes the actual script from the film and starts reading his lines in character.

  • Feel the Heat (HD, 14 Mins.) - Actor Andrew Robinson gives a new interview here on his character Detective Monte in the film. Robinson talks about some fun stories from the set, including being punched by Stallone, the bodyguards, and the script of the movie. It's funny to hear him talk about how the production team screwed up the film by making it more like a music video with violence, instead of something with character development.

  • Double Crossed (HD, 9 Mins.) - In a new interview, actress Lee Garlington talks about working on the film, her audition for the movie and more. Her character is the female villain and she opens up quite a bit in this fun interview. She talks about her death scene in the film where she jumps on Stallone's back, which caused him to fall down to the floor a few times. She also talks about how Stallone had a big entourage on set at all times.

  • A Work of Art (HD, 9 Mins.) - Actor Art La Fleur talks about his character Captain Sears in the movie, working with the crazy director and Stallone himself. In fact, Art, as well as the other interviews, talk about how Stallone directed a lot of the movie and are surprised he didn't have a directing credit. He also talks about his other films.

  • Vintage Featurette (SD, 8 Mins.) - This is an old EPK type of segment from the 80s with a ton of behind the scenes footage, clips from the film and narration interviews from Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, the director, and a news anchor.

  • Trailers (HD, 4 Mins.) - A teaser and theatrical trailer for the film.

  • Still Galleries - There is a collection of behind the scenes photos, stills from the film, promo artwork, and lobby cards here you can click through.

Final Thoughts

Cobra launched a decade of insane Stallone's action movies, where most of his films during this time are funnier than they are thrilling. It's still a fun popcorn flick with tons of violence and over-the-top characters to enjoy all these decades later. The new video and audio presentations are both improvements from previous releases. All of the new extras are worth your time due to the honesty and fun stories from the set, but there is zero Stallone in them. Still, Cobra should be a part of your family and therefore is recommended!