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First Blood (1982)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the "Ultimate Edition" First Blood DVD. A different commentary track is available on the earlier "Special Edition" DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actor Sylvester Stallone Rating:7.8/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by TommyT on September 10th, 2007:Find all reviews by TommyT
For a film that's usually considered a "joke" (for lack of a better word) this commentary by Kotcheff is really quite good. Lots of things I didn't know about the production. Also, Kotcheff shares that most of the films he directed before this one were comedies.
Reviewed by aph86 on March 10th, 2009:Find all reviews by aph86
A very good and honest commentary. Sly talks about his whole involvement with this movie and how hard it was to make and points out the things in it that do and don't work and how many different people were going to make it before he did. A good listen.
Reviewed by badge on November 29th, 2011:Find all reviews by badge
Stallone provides forthright insight into this film: even though he concludes that it's likely the best action film he's ever made, it's remarkable hearing how he, along with others, thought the three-hour finished version was unwatchable and wretched and was amazed (and gained new respect for editors) when he saw it salvaged in post-production. This was a film that it seemed nobody wanted to make, or star in, in a location that was economically depressed with hostile weather, and a miserable endurance feat for everyone involved that resulted in all kinds of injuries. After listening to this you'll want to watch the movie just to see it in a new light. Full of background information and several amusing asides and anecodotes, there's a certain intimacy to this commentary, just like Sly sitting in the room with you while having a chat about the movie.
Reviewed by reidca on February 7th, 2012:Find all reviews by reidca
Surprisingly excellent commentary. Stallone, despite having some minor reservations, such as some poor performances and occasionally flimsy dialogue, clearly holds this film in high regard and discusses various aspects of the film from cold locations to the various injuries he sustained to his fellow actors (admitting he doesn't know the names of some of them) and speaks with good humour and a nostalgic regard.
Reviewed by Kgprophet79 on June 21st, 2013:Find all reviews by Kgprophet79
A testament to how great a person Sly Stallone is. He does not sound egotistical when talking about this film. He also is obviously very well schooled in his art. An eye-opening commentary for me.
Reviewed by Magneat-o on March 6th, 2015:Find all reviews by Magneat-o
I really enjoyed this. Stallone is surprisingly interesting and funny guy.
I was also surprised by how difficult this film was to make and how many people involved in the film hated it including Stallone himself.
At times he makes some off handed and dismissive remarks about the locations and people in the film which came off as a bit of Hollywood elitist but his down to earth attitude and praise for some in the film balances this out. Evidently he was not in a good frame of mind while making this and I think it helped his character.

There was a funny story about how he found Rambo's outfit. ' I actually really found that. It was just this old dirty cloth tarp and it was really there just sitting on the ground. No wardrobe department, nothing. I cut it with a knife and it just shredded so easy. I still have it too. I think it's hanging up in a closet beside a tux'.

A very good commentary about the making of this iconic film and also the post-production and marketing that went into letting it see the light of day.
Reviewed by grimjack on February 22nd, 2016:Find all reviews by grimjack
Well color me surprised. I never would've thought Stallone would provide such a genuinely great commentary track. But here he makes the back story about the making, the difficult process to film, and how the film was finally received all rather interesting. I never knew the film was initially close to three hours and he had lots of dialogue. Or that nobody wanted to release the film, and finish it, until it was so edited down that it became the exciting hit that started a lot of trends. It definitely adds to the enjoyment of the film itself.