Rambo #1 Again!

EmpireOnLine.com recently posted their list of The Top 25 Best One Man Armies in the Movies. Of course, Rambo came in at #1. Who could argue with that? The rest of the list can [and should] be debated. Isn’t that the purpose of lists? Here are my suggestions for the top ten:

  2. Lee played by BRUCE LEE in ENTER THE DRAGON
  3. Bryan Mills played by LIAM NEESON in TAKEN
  4. Geno Felino played by STEVEN SEAGAL in OUT FOR JUSTICE
  5. Creasy played by DENZEL WASHINGTON in MAN ON FIRE
  6. Walker played by LEE MARVIN in POINT BLANK
  8. John Matrix played by ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER in COMMANDO
  10. John Preston played by CHRISTIAN BALE in EQUILIBRIUM

To see the full list, click here.

SZ Discount @ Hollywood Collectibles

Mark, from the Hollywood Collectibles Group recently dropped an e-mail to give SZoners an update on their Rambo II Sylvester Stallone Signature Knife. The museum quality replica knife was officially authorized by Sly, features an authentic reproduction of his signature, and is a strictly limited edition of just 10,000 individually numbered pieces worldwide. Mark also provided SZoners with the following 10% dicount code: R2SLY [all uppercase]. You can read more about the piece here.
Thanks to Mark for the StalloneZone discount! – Craig

Rambo Collector’s Set Contest

On Tuesday, May 27th, for the first time, LIONSGATE will release all four Rambo films together in Rambo: The Complete Collector’s Set. To celebrate the release of these great action movies, LIONSGATE has provided me with three sets to award to three lucky winners.

Before we learn about how to enter the contest, let’s take a look at this 6-disc super set which comes in a limited edition metal tin and includes First Blood: Ultimate Edition, Rambo First Blood Part II: Ultimate Edition, Rambo III: Ultimate Edition and the latest installment, Rambo: 2-Disc Special Edition (which includes a digital copy of the film). Each film comes with bonus features (over 20 in all) plus the set includes a special bonus disc with 10 featurettes and the theatrical trailers for all four films.

First Blood: Ultimate Edition: DVD Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with Sylvester Stallone
  • Audio commentary with author David Morrell
  • Alternate Ending
  • Seven Interactive Military Special Operations Features

Rambo First Blood Part II: DVD Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with director George P. Cosmatos
  • Seven Interactive Military Special Operations Features

Rambo III: Ultimate Edition Synopsis: DVD Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Peter MacDonald
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Seven Interactive Military Special Operations Features

Rambo: 2-Disc Special Edition Synopsis: Rambo Disc 1 DVD Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by Sylvester Stallone
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Legacy of Despair: The Struggle in Burma” featurette
  • “It’s a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon” featurette
  • “A Score to Settle: The Music of Rambo” featurette
  • “The Art of War: Completing Rambo” featurette
  • “The Weaponry of Rambo” featurette
  • “A Hero’s Welcome: Release & Reaction” featurette

Rambo Disc 2 DVD Special Features:

  • Digital Copy of the feature film


  • “The Real Nam: Voices from Within” featurette
  • “Guts and Glory” featurette
  • “The Forging of Heroes: America’s Green Berets” featurette
  • “Rambo-nomics” featurette
  • “Selling a Hero” featurette
  • “Suiting Up” featurette
  • “An American Hero’s Journey: The Rambo Trilogy” featurette
  • “Drawing First Blood” featurette
  • “We Get to Win This Time” featurette
  • “Afghanistan: Land in Crisis” featurette
  • Plus – Theatrical Trailers for all 4 Films

Now on to the contest:

  • Simply post which of the Rambo movies is your favorite and why.
  • E-mail Craig at stallonezone.com with your name and mailing address. In the subject line put RAMBO CONTEST.
  • The contest runs from today until 12pm EST May 31, 2008.
  • I will then randomly draw three names and forward the winners information to LIONSGATE who will then send out the prizes.
  • At the request of the LIONSGATE, only U.S. readers may enter.
  • Winners will be announced on the next update following the conclusion of the contest.
  • Only one entry per mailing address will be accepted.
  • If you can not wait to win, then click HERE.

First Blood Exclusive

On May 15th at 7:30 p.m. at select theaters nationwide, Stallone fans will be able to see a special showing of “First Blood.” Then, following the film, the alternate ending (where Rambo dies) will be shown for the first time ever in theatres. Then to top off this one night event an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Sylvester Stallone [who will discuss all of the Rambo films] will be screened. For full details, click HERE. – Craig

Rambo Lands @ SPIKE TV

Spike TV has purchased the exclusive rights to all four Rambo films. According to the press release:

“Rambo: First Blood” launches on Spike Saturday, May 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT featuring decorated Vietnam veteran John Rambo, who is abused by a small town’s police force and proceeds to launch a one man war with it. “Rambo: First Blood Part II” will begin its run on Spike in January 2010, and follows Rambo on his journey back to Vietnam to free American POWs. In March 2011, Rambo III will launch on Spike as Rambo’s Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) is held hostage in Afghanistan, and it’s up to Rambo to rescue him.

You can read the full article HERE. Thanks for the tip to SZoner, Joe Petitto – Craig

Bill Pruitt Checks In

SZoner, Bill Pruitt checked in with the cool photo above and this… Hi Craig, Today I got to meet the stunt coordinator for “Rambo First Blood II, Diamond Farnsworth. Ironically, I was working on a new “John Rambo” piece at Universal Citywalk when he happened to be up there. He couldn’t have been nicer and was very impressed that I knew who he was. (I’ve only seen him in Rambo II photos when Sly is doing bow and arrow target practice.) He said he taught Sly how to shoot the bow and arrow. Bill

That’s Diamond on the left and Bill on the right. Click HERE if you’d like a closer look at Bill’s new Rambo painting! Thanks to Bill for sharing. Check out his site HERE. – Craig

Rambo II One of the Best

The June 22, 2007 issue of Entertainment Weekly lists their choices for the Top 25 Action Movies of All Time and they follow up on their on-line site with the top 50. Rambo, First Blood Part II came in at 35 and here’s what they had to say:35. RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II

Directed by George P. Cosmatos (1985)
Here’s where Rambo gets elevated from wounded Vietnam veteran trying to find a place in the world to entire-village-slaying, POW-rescuing American myth. Written by James Cameron (at the same time he was writing Aliens — busy boy!), this sequel corners like it’s on rails, hugging the plot turns and accelerating straight through to the speechifying finish. 

The same issue of Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Bruce Willis where Sly’s connection to “Die Hard” is discussed:EW: I’ve read that you were the studio’s fifth choice to play John McClane…
BW: Oh, I think I was the 50th choice! They went to everybody.
EW: I’ve heard Richard Gere…
BW: I heard that.
EW: Arnold Schwarzenegger…
BW: Clint Eastwood…
EW: Stallone and Burt Reynolds…
BW: [Laughs] Burt Reynolds? All of those guys probably would’ve been great John McClanes.

– Craig


Gerardo Moreno’s Rocky and Rambo DVD Packages!

Gerardo Moreno checked in to the SZ with pics of his design work for a Rocky and Rambo dvd packages sold

If you’d like to see more of Gerardo’s work; he specializes in illustrations [traditional and digital], graphic design,  as well as sculpture and photography; then check out his website and tell him I sent you! – Craig

New Bill Pruitt Rambo Painting!

New Bill Pruitt Rambo Painting!

Bill Pruitt recently sent in the scan to the left of a Rambo painting that he’d done a while back. When I asked him what else he’d been up to he replied:

“I have been keeping busy painting. I have several pieces that I am working on with a couple other Sly / Rocky pieces and several regular portrait commissions. Also, I will have two pieces of Marilyn Monroe in an upcoming coffee table book called Marilyn in Art tentatively due out in March.”

Bill’s an amazing artist. You can check out his work at his site. You’ll be glad that you did!

– Craig

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