Rambo: Last Blood ends a forty-year-old franchise more with a pensive whimper than a unified hooah, but Sylvester Stallone's return to his iconic role has his moments that fans will enjoy. The one-man army draws blood for the last time on Blu-ray with an outstanding HD video presentation, an excellent Dolby Atmos soundtrack but a disappointingly small set of bonuses. In the end, the package is only Worth a Look.
You can read our full thoughts on Rambo: Last Blood in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings Rambo: Last Blood to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The Region A locked, BD50 disc is joined by a DVD-9 copy of the movie and housed inside a blue, eco-elite case with a glossy slipcover. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to a menu screen with music.
The dark, dramatic anti-hero draws blood for the last time on Blu-ray with an outstanding 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that occasionally impresses while also staying true to the filmmakers' creative intent.
Sourced from the Red digital camera system, the freshly-minted transfer swaggers about equipped with excellent definition in the clothing, the surrounding foliage and in the quaint farmhouse, exposing the minor imperfections and scratches of the aged wood throughout. We can plainly make out the small objects, random decorations and various gadgets in the background of the house and in the extensive tunnel maze, and facial complexions appear healthy with a mild sunburnt shade, revealing pores, wrinkles and minor blemishes.
The heavily-stylized photography of Brendan Galvin also boasts a contrast that runs moderately hotter than normal, making whites very lightly bloom but are still clean and brilliant. At the same time, the highlights in explosions, gunfire and in light fixtures remain crisp with strong visibility in the hottest spots. Black levels are accurate and rich, providing the 2.39:1 image with inky shadows while showing strong delineation within the darkest corners of the frame.
The orange-teal cinematography showers the gratuitous violence in a vibrant, full-bodied array of fiery oranges, amber browns and warm yellows. Meanwhile, primaries are slightly subdued and tamed, especially the greens looking a yellowish lime hue, but the reds of blood are a deep ruby crimson while blues are of a lighter shade. The notably skewed palette supplies the action with a rough, gritty edginess that's in line with the rest of the Rambo series.
Overall, the HD presentation looks fantastic and is sure to satisfy fans everywhere. (Video Rating: 88/100)
Rambo: Last Blood debuts on Blu-ray with the same excellent Dolby Atmos soundtrack as its Ultra HD counterpart. For a more in-depth take on the audio quality, you can read our review of the 4K Ultra HD HERE. (Dolby Atmos Audio Rating: 84/100)
Sylvester Stallone returns to his iconic role as the troubled and conflicted war vet in Rambo: Last Blood, the supposed final chapter to the near forty-year-old franchise. While the sequel has its moments worth appreciating and gruesomely gory violence, the fifth entry ultimately closes the series more with a pensive and divisive whimper than a satisfyingly explosive and a unified hooah. The one-man army draws blood for the last time on Blu-ray with a smashingly beautiful HD video presentation and an excellent Dolby Atmos soundtrack. With a disappointingly small and lackluster set of supplements, however, the overall package is only worth a look for devoted fans of the character and for completists not wanting to be left out.