First Blood - A classic - Even though not as good as the novel - It was highly dramatic and excellent reflection on a warrior. Great performance from Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehe and Richard Crenna. It is also memorable for some great action sequences and stunts - particularly a motorbike chase sequence and a scene where Stallone jumps off a cliff-side and falling thousands of feet down, using an ingenious yet painful method to break his fall...
Rambo - First Blood Part 2 - Probably the worst of the series in terms of story and acting (until number 4 came along that is) - yet probably one of the most influential movies of the 80s and highly enjoyable. It was the blue print of many action movies to follow. It has a memorable bad guy played by Steven Berkoff. This one is probably the most memorable and most loved of the sequels.
Rambo 3 - This is spectacular - probably the largest scale Rambo sequel of the series - spectacular helicopter and tank battles, huge battle scenes, beautiful desert scenery and some great performances by Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna and Marc De Jong who plays a great Russian villain. This one is memorable for some humour and for being the best Rambo sequel out of the lot. Its also one of the most violent movies ever - with the highest body count of all the Rambo movies.
Rambo - The fourth in the series is probably the most visualy bloody, unfortunately its also the weakest in terms of plot - Its nowhere near as thrilling as the 1st movie and not nearly as entertaining as the other sequels - yet it does have a gripping sense of danger and is extremely watchable due to the excellent performances of the cast members. The beginning of a new trilogy as the ending reveals and a great action movie (probably the best action movie of 2008 actually)...
This box-set is amazing - First Blood and Rambo 3 are beautiful to behold on a 42 inch screen - The movies have a great soundtrack and are well worth repeated viewing.
here is how I rate the movies:
First Blood = 5
Rambo: First Blood Part 2 = 4 Stars
Rambo 3 = 5 stars
Rambo = 3.5 stars
As a collection it beats any other collection out there (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Evil Dead, Indiana Jones etc) - the Rambo series is surprisingly coherent and consistent and most importantly it is highly entertaining, remaining true to audience expectations and surpassing them.
A must buy collection.