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"The Expendables" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

The Expendables

Synopsis

After a successful mission off the coast of Somalia, in which The Expendables - a group of mercenaries - rescue hostages from pirates, they are offered another job by someone named Mr. Church (Bruce Willis in a cameo role) which involves going to an island in the Gulf of Mexico and assassinating a vicious dictator, General Garza (Zayas).

So, off they go, The Expendables, led by Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Statham), Ying Yang (Jet Li), Gunner Jensen (Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Crews), and Toll Road (Couture).

When they get there, they realize that a drug dealer, James Munroe (Roberts), who is also an ex CIA agent, protects General Garza so that he can continue with his drug operations. The job description for The Expendables has expanded to get rid of both of them.

To complicate matters (there is always a complication), Barney takes a liking to General Garza's daughter, Sandra, who detests what her father and Munroe have done to her people on the island. After a firefight that must have cost half the production budget, the island is turned over to Sandra who will restore democracy to the people.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate - Stage G Films
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Giselle Itie, Bruce Willis, David Zayas, Terry Crews, Randy Couture
  • Directed by Sylvester Stallone
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The film is entertaining for a couple of reasons. One is that Stallone knows what the audiences wants to see when they go to the theater to watch one of his movies. Secondly, there are multiple stars here with martial arts capabilities.

Technical

The video quality is superb, and the DTS-HD Master Audio handles the dynamic pyrotechnics very well.

Extras

These include Commentary by the Director, Inferno: The Making Of, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, From the Ashes, and BD-Live.