Commando: Director’s Cut

DVD Reviews | Oct 11th, 2007

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Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, James Olson
Written By: Steven de Souza
Directed By: Mark L. Lester
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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“Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last? I Lied!” One of the greatest lines & scenes in an action movie..EVER! Commando used to be one of my favorite action movies when I was growing up. Just seeing Arnold killing everyone in sight with various objects & guns is an awesome sight. Who knew there was more footage from this movie! Well I wouldn’t really call it extra footage, but extra clips of people getting killed in graphic ways. Either way, this version of Commando should be the DVD shelves of all men!

Commando is about a father named John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who lives up in the mountains with his teenage daughter, Jenny (Alyssa Milano). Matrix is called out of retirement from the Army since a special unit he once was in has turned up missing and got killed. John Matrix’s house gets ambushed by some dangerous men and takes him hostage along with his daughter. John Matrix escapes but the bad guys take away his daughter to a secret location in South America. Matrix comes out of retirement and starts to hunt down the men who took his daughter.

Like I said above, this is one of my favorite action movies because the violence and one-liners are so over the top. Arnold was definitely in his prime when this movie came out. He was just so bad ass in this movie. The violence is so over the top, you see guy’s get their heads cut off with buzzsaw blades and killed with pitchforks. What a way to go! You see Arnold play Tarzan in a mall, throw guys off cliffs, pick up heavy phone booths, blow up whole buildings, jump out of an airplane into a swamp, kill a guy with a metal tube and so on. Just think of some way that someone can get killed by a special forces guy and this movie has it. One of the scenes that I loved when I was a kid was seeing John Matrix go into the gun shop. He just stocks up on guns, and anything he needs to kill all these South Americans. There’s so many funny and great things about this movie. The one-liners alone are worth the DVD purchase. This film definitely raised the bar for all those 80’s action movies. Rambo ain’t got shit on John Matrix.

The extras for this DVD were pretty good, especially for an old 80’s movie. Some of the actors are back to talk about the movie, as well as the writer, director, etc. Unsurprisingly, Arnold is a no-show but there is archive footage of him. The pure action featurette was great because people talk about making the movie, and how the movie even got made in the first place. Producer Joel Silver told the director at the Playboy Mansion that he can’t read the script because he won’t agree to do it then. That’s just funny! The other featurette was all about the campiness of the movie and all the one-liners. Just brilliant stuff hehe! Rounding out the extras is deleted scenes, galleries and an audio commentary track with director Lester. The featurettes are definitely worth watching once you’re done watching the movie.

After not seeing the movie for awhile, Commando is still an entertaining action flick that isn’t very realistic. Some of the explosions in the movie are so bad, you can see the badly placed mannequins. This movie is definitely something that needs to be watch with a bunch of buddies. The jokes will be flying for sure! But if you previously owned Commando on DVD, be sure to get this upgrade!

Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director Mark L. Lester
Pure Action Featurette
Let Off Some Steam Featurette
Exclusive Still Galleries – Over 160 Images
Deleted Scenes
3 Added Scenes

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Sully and Matrix in the mall, Matrix dropping Sully, The gun shop, the finale
Rating: NR
Running Time: 94 minutes
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