Inside Pulse » Randy Couture A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Randy Couture Randy Couture Dresses Up As Chuck Liddell For Halloween, Former Rival Helps With Costume Parody Of Himself Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:00:32 +0000 Apparently Randy Couture has a sense of humor.

The former UFC fighter recently dressed up as former rival Chuck Liddell for Halloween and Liddell even helped him put together the look.

Our Halloween costumes for tonight! A ring girl and Chuck Liddell, lol,

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The Expendables 3 is a Raging Dumpster Fire of a Film – A Spoiler Heavy Review Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:00:42 +0000
Just … awful

The first two Expendables films had a solid rooting in good story-telling and nostalgia. The one thing Sylvester Stallone the writer, director and actor understood about the first two films was that you could mix in some nostalgia for the glory days of the action film if you told a linear, cogent story. Stallone the writer has always had a knack for writing a good screenplay if you could reel him in from a directing standpoint. He does have an Oscar for perhaps the greatest screenplay ever written in Rocky, after all.

Stallone does have a writing credit for Expendables 3 but it’s curious how much of the film he actually wrote. As it stands it’s easily the worst written film of his career alongside being one of the worst films of his career, period, in a career that has spawned such “classics” as Rhinestone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar. The Expendables 3 is such a profound misfire that it’s hard to imagine the franchise getting any worse if a fourth film in the franchise come to fruition.

Barney (Stallone) and his gang of misfits (Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham) start the film out by rescuing one of their former members (Wesley Snipes) from a prison train in an elaborate sequence. Newly recruited back into the fold, the gang is given a task by their latest CIA handler (Harrison Ford, replacing Bruce Willis). Sent to kill an international arms dealer (Mel Gibson), they wind up on nearly defeated with Caesar (Crews) in the hospital clinging to life.

Now there are a handful of ways this film could go.

1. Barney Ross (Stallone) and his crew track down Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson) in the same violent manner they took down Garza (David Zayas) and Munroe (Eric Roberts) in the first film.

2. Barney recruits even more mercenaries for one big job, uniting Trench Maueser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and McQuade (Chuck Norris) with their own groups of mercs for one super group of violence.

3. Barney fires his current team, recruits a team of rank amateurs (and Antonio Banderas) for a suicide mission that fails hilariously. Apparently Frasier Crane isn’t the best at recruiting mercenary talent for suicide missions. When that fails he reunites his old team for one big dumb action sequence, thus creating a bigger team of Expendables to pool from when contract negotiations for Expendables 4 get onerous.

If you guessed the third you’re right. Barney’s plan is to fire his old team, under the delusion that he doesn’t want to replace them after their deaths (like he did previous members of the team, as alluded to by Snipes in his inclusion) as he hires a mercenary recruiter (Kelsey Grammer) to get him a brand new team of untested rookies (Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Antonio Banderas). They all come complete with introductions, too, and the film hinges on a repeat of the first. Barney’s replacements get held hostage by Stonebanks and it’s up to the old Expendables team to bail out people they don’t know because of their friendship with Barney.

The film’s problem is purely from this profoundly awful plot line. Stallone has a fairly easy, duplicated formula he’s used in the first two films as a screenwriter (and director on the first). They had fairly simple, easy to follow plots that showcased something interesting that Stallone was trying to say about aging men of action. Stallone the writer had found some inner truth and Barney Ross was an interesting, insanely flawed man trying to do the right thing after a lifetime of doing plenty of bad ones. There was a nobility to him; Ross may be an inherently bad man but he saw that he could do some good things when his instincts say to let God sort it out.

Stallone is trying to say something similar, about the nature of their profession catching up to them in the same way it does to criminals. No mercenary has a happy ending, dying in combat or in prison, and Ross wants more for the guys he fights with than that. Years of replacing people in his band of misfits has left him not wanting to see the last of the old guard, of guys he views as friends instead of co-workers, die next to him like so many others. There’s something to be drawn out of this, of the old guard reflecting upon mortality like old men instead of feeling as invincible as they were in their youth.

Unfortunately Stallone takes all of this and fashions it into a gigantic turd. Even an inspired performance from Mel Gibson to lighten things up as the main villain, and Grammer nearly stealing the film in a minor role, can’t take away just how terrible this film is as a whole.

The film seems to think that just because someone looks cool doing something else it means they should be in this film. One shudders to think that if this were an ’80s film Stallone would’ve gotten the Empire Carpet spokesman in it, somehow, but that’s the only way to really describe the casting. This is a cast of old hands from the prior films, with Schwarzenegger and Jet Li returning for minor roles, and a handful of newcomers that are uniformly terrible. It’s one thing for Ortiz and Rousey to be bad, as they’re both professional fighters and not trained actors, but this is a franchise that makes the Fast & Furious franchise look like a prestige picture by comparison.

This is a film so focused on all these characters that the charms of the first two, of this small band of characters in this untenable situation, that it becomes a glorified cameo fest. The film is so focused on making everyone seem so awesome and cool that we stop caring about all of them. There’s only so many times we have to be reminded that Rousey is a woman, for starters, before it goes from terrible to beyond awful fairly quickly.

This is a case where Stallone wanted so many people in it that instead of properly using them in cameo parts that the film gets bloated beyond repair. The charm of the first two was that formerly big stars had smaller parts in the necessary way. You don’t need 100 scenes with Chuck Norris, but him being a part of two action sequences made it special. Same with Jean-Claude Van Damme; it was how they were used that made them feel bigger than the limited screen time they actually had. We don’t need an introduction to a bunch of disposables and that’s exactly what this film feels like: disposable.

The Expendables 3 isn’t quite Stallone playing a character who wants to be a country star, ala Rhinestone, but it’s profoundly more embarrassing of a film. The first two films had a sense of joy to them; this one has a sense of obligation. It shows because there’s no joy, or enjoyment, to be found in this film.

Director: Patrick Hughes
Writer: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedict and Sylvester Stallone based off character created by David Callaham
Notable Cast:
Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronda Rousey, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Antonio Banderas×120.jpg

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Inside Pulse Movies Giveaway – Ambushed with Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:00:10 +0000 Our friends at Anchor Bay are way too good for us. They’ve hooked me up with two copies of Ambushed on DVD and we’ve decided to give them away.

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Plot Summary: AMBUSHED charts the dark, seductive underbelly of Los Angeles, told from the point of view of two of its seedier denizens, mid-level drug pushers Eddie (Gianni Capaldi) and Frank (Daniel Bonjour). They want a chance to hit the big time. Unfortunately, they decide to achieve their goal by ripping off their middleman in a murderous bid for greatness, setting off a dangerous chain of events involving a ruthless crime boss, a dirty cop and the Federal agent chasing them all.

Agent Maxwell (Dolph Lundgren) is about to close in on an international cocaine smuggling operation run by criminal mastermind Vincent Camastra (Jones). When Agent Beverly Royce (Carly Pope) goes undercover with the drug dealers, she finds herself in deeper than she can handle. Up against ruthless killers as well as dirty cop Jack Reiley (Randy Couture), Frank and Eddie will soon find that dreams built on corruption sometimes exact a heavy toll…

To enter the contest is simple. Since I’m seeing a lot of the same people trying to win … you have to have not entered an Inside Pulse contest in the last 12 months. From the publishing of this post you have three days to enter, as well. We have two copies, so two winners will be notified in private.

How to win? Easy. First off, watch the following video I recorded from this past weekend’s Glory 11.

Comment “I Heart Bazooka Joe” on both the YouTube comments section as well as on this site. Then send me a Tweet saying “I Heart Bazooka Joe, Ch-Ch-Choose Me #Yargh” exactly 18 hours and 32 minutes after you comment. From there we’ll contact the winners, who’ll be randomly drawn and quartered. Good luck!×120.jpg

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Blu-ray Review: The Expendables 2 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:27:37 +0000 The Expendables 2 delivers on pretty much every front action junkies could hope for. ]]> The original Expendables was a cinematic treat for those who grew up watching ’80s action icons blow away bad guys in their own franchises, and dreamt of seeing them all together in the same movie. The film was both a fan favourite and a commercial success, so it’s no surprise that a sequel was green lit shortly after its release. Of course, you can’t just keep things the same the second time around, and one of the only ways to keep things fresh in this potential franchise, is by continuously adding more action icons that may have missed the boat previously – and that’s exactly what they did with The Expendables 2.

When viewed as a sequel made for fans, The Expendables 2 delivers on pretty much every front action junkies could hope for. The explosions are big; the blood flies by the gallon; and the one-liners are abundant and awesome. There are also plenty of fresh faces that were sorely missed the first time around, and help drive the story along nicely.

Speaking of the story, it’s arguably the weakest part of the film, which may not be too surprising to some, but Sylvester Stallone has had a solid track record as of late, and even the first had a pretty solid story to go along with the constant barrage of violence. Still, while weak, it’s actually not that bad. It’s the type of story we’d expect from another sequel to Rambo, as it’s got a straightforward objective, and is almost cliché (read: easy to predict) from the very start. Now of course I don’t expect shocks, twists and turns from a film like this, but it’s incredibly clear about 10 minutes in as to what will be the catalyst that sets the team off on their quest for vengeance.

I won’t spoil it, but odds are you’ll figure it out – unless of course this is the first action movie you’ve ever seen. But even then, it’s just so cliché that even if this was the first action movie you’ve seen you’d likely guess it right off the bat as well. The thing is, it’s not a bad cliché, and it works really well with the context of what these guys do, and the burden they carry because of it. It also makes Jean-Claude Van Damme a complete badass.

Yes, one of the most obvious missing stars from the first film has finds himself in a key role this time around; however, he’s unfortunately quite underutilized. Van Damme plays Vilain (Gotta love it!), the leader of an evil group called The Sangs, who makes things personal very quickly between himself and Barney Ross (Stallone), all in the name of making money.

Now I’ve always been a fan of Van Damme, and I always thought he’d make a great villain in an action flick, so I was thrilled to learn he was playing the main bad guy in this movie; however, I just wished they used him more. He’s got an amazing introduction, which is actually one of the coolest scenes in the movie. He delivers his lines well, and looks awesome in his sunglasses and coat. He’s just a cool bad guy that you love to hate, and while you want to see him get his, you also want to see him do more badass stuff before then.

That’s not so much the case, however, as The Expendables 2 – just like the original – needs to try and make time for each of the characters to do something special at least once, which is a good thing. So Van Damme has his awesome intro, and he has a great fight in the latter half of the film; however, there isn’t much of a “presence” from him throughout that leaves the mark of an iconic/memorable bad guy.

Aside from that minor complaint, as stated above, the film really delivers in true action sequel fashion. The first film laid the groundwork for who the characters are, and why they do what they do, and this time around they more or less just do it, while leaving their personal lives at home. It works, and things stay intense throughout; though I wouldn’t mind getting back into the heads of some of them the next time around, as the relationship between Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and Ross is a truly great one – so much so that they could make a buddy movie with just them and it’d be just as good.

As mentioned above, there’s some truly iconic one-liners said multiple times throughout, by various actors who weren’t always the originators. The first movie had that great scene between Ross, Church (Bruce Willis) and Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger), which was pretty much one of the greatest scenes in an action movie ever – which ironically had no action actually happening during it. This time around, both men have more action-packed parts in the film, and the exchanges between them and other characters are truly hilarious. It’s a big high-five to fans of their films, and it comes off beautifully. Chuck Norris has a somewhat minor role in the film; though if screen time was actually timed, he may be on par with most of the rest, it just seems smaller because he wasn’t around the first time. Small as it may be, his scene is just awesome, and completely plays off the Internet legend that he has become.

The Expendables 2 is pretty much what fans of the first film were hoping it would be. Adding new stars to an already packed cast is a double-edged sword, as it’s pretty much required in order to keep things fresh, however it does water things down and keep the story from being overly strong. Still, Stallone and fellow writer Richard Wenk did a solid job finding a decent balance while still keeping everything entertaining, and director Simon West (Con Air, Tomb Raider) really keeps the action looking fresh and fun throughout.

With a third Expendables on deck, and Nic Cage already confirmed (now there’s a guy you just know will play a kickass villain), it looks like there’s plenty of more life left in this franchise for the foreseeable future. So if you missed it theatrically, or are just looking to catch it again, go grab this testosterone filled Blu-ray, sit back and enjoy the ride. Yippee ki-yay.

The film looks great for the most part; however, there are a few grainy scenes that do pull you out of the experience from time to time. While this is sometimes done on purpose, the rest of the film is so crisp and sharp looking, that these few scenes are quite noticeable; albeit not a deal-breaker in terms of purchasing or not. The sound is great, with guns, explosions and knives blasting through perfectly alongside clear dialogue and a great music mix.

Audio Commentary with Director Simon West – West is someone who knows his action, and it shows in how he put the film together. He gives a lot of insight, and those looking for a bit of a deeper look into both the making of the film, and the behind-the-camera side of it will want to check this out.

Gods of War: Assembling Earth’s Mightiest Antiheroes – This feature is 21 minutes in length and is an in-depth look at the cast and crew talking about working on the film, Sly stepping down as director this time around since the workload on the first film almost killed him, and about the fun they all had together once again.

Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980s and the Rise of the Action Film – This is a 25 minute feature that focuses on the culture climate back in the ’80s, and how North America was primed and ready for the action star to emerge. It delves into which movies broke certain stars out, and why some had such a major impact on people.

On the Assault: The real-life Weaponry of The Expendables This is a feature that runs at 13.5 minutes in length and sees Randy Couture go to a gun shop in Vegas where he tests out some of the weapons used in the film.

Guns for Hire: The Real Expendables –
This feature follows the Trojan Securities International team, who are the real life versions of the Expendables. It runs at 24 minutes in length, and is an in-depth look at the heavy training these guys go through in order to do their job.

Deleted Scenes – The scenes run less than five minutes, but there are two that I think should’ve made the cut. Both take place in the final battle, with one being Nan Yu (Maggie) taking out a group of guys with some sweet moves, and the other being Couture and Terry Crews having a brief moment to shine taking out some bad guys. I’m sure they’ll be added into the director’s cut; though I don’t think they would’ve hurt this version any had they been put in.

Gag Reel – There’s a five minute gag reel that has some funny stuff happen throughout, and shows that these guys are really having fun together, which is great to see.

Lionsgate and Millennium Films Presents The Expendables 2. Directed by: Simon West. Written by: Sylvester Stallone and Richard Wenk. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins, Amanda Ooms, Charisma Carpenter. Running time: 100 minutes. Rating: R. Released: November 20, 2012. Available at×120.jpg

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The Expendables 2 – Review Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:00:41 +0000
Bigger, badder, more expendable-er

How do you top a film that embraced the ethos of the old school action film? You turn up the volume. That’s what The Expendables 2 provides: an amped up version of the first film.

Following our group of mercenaries, the job is simple this time. After CIA company man Mister Church (Bruce Willis) tracks down Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his band of misfits, they’re tasked with a new job. A plane has crashed with information leading to some nuclear material and the Expendables are tasked to retrieve it. When a villain conveniently named Jean Villain (Jean Claude Van-Damme) opts to take it from them instead, and executes one of the team in front of them for the fun of it, Ross and his crew are out to save the day and take a little revenge.

It’s not a terribly deep film in terms of plot and character, of course, but the one thing the film brings in spades is a good sense of fun action. One of the things that marked the first film being so successful was that it towed that line between mocking the once mighty ‘80s action film and being a great ‘80s action film; the sequel doesn’t do it this time around nearly as effectively but it still has the same spirit as the original. There was no way to go but down after that terrific first effort but the drop off isn’t all that significant. This is a film that has an inherent silliness to it and embraces it, of course, but it doesn’t go completely silly. Simon West manages to infuse the same sort of ridiculous action behavior that marked perhaps his peak as a director in Con Air into this film.

Stallone wisely conceded the director’s chair to genre director for hire West and it’s not a bad decision. West may not have Stallone’s steady hand as a story-teller but what he does bring is a much better looking film than before. The Expendables 2 looks better and is shot in a cleaner way; there’s no camera tricks or shaky-cam involved this time around. West doesn’t get nearly as strong performances out of his cast this time around either but in his defense the best actors in the group either exit early in the film (Jet Li) or didn’t return (Mickey Rourke). Liam Hemsworth has a small but solid part as the newest member of the team, Billy the kid, and he manages to hold his own on screen opposite a fairly strong cast.

The film’s biggest surprise comes from an unlikely source: Jean Claude Van-Damme. Always the stoic hero, as befits his usual roles, JCVD is a great villain and ridiculously over the top. In a film like this you need a villain who’s deliciously evil and JCVD is just that; there’s no liking him in any aspect and he manages to top Eric Roberts in the first film as an over the top evil-doer. JCVD has been a hero long enough to know what a bad guy needs to do opposite him to heart and is the bad guy he’d like to play off in his own films.

It doesn’t hurt that JCVD has a good script that systematically paints everything in a clean way with no shades of gray. West has a good script that maximizes everyone’s strengths to help him; Stallone the Oscar winning writer isn’t in brilliant form here but this is a film that doesn’t need a brilliant script. It just needs one that knows how to work to the strengths of its cast and allow the material to be engaging. Stallone does a great job at that and manages to work in small supporting parts for Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger along the way.

There’s something special about seeing Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis and Chuck Norris in one insanely over the top action sequence fighting against the goons of Jean Claude-Van Damme. Much like the church scene in the first film, getting these icons of action together for a ridiculous action scene, culminating in a one on one fist fight between Stallone and JCVD, that makes The Expendables 2the best film of the summer.

With The Dark Knight Rises falling to mediocrity, and The Avengers turning into The Transformers in tights, The Expendables 2 proves that there’s no school like the old school …. and Sylvester Stallone is your headmaster.

Director: Simon West
Writers: Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone
Notable Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Nan Yu, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris×120.jpg

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Trailer For UFC Star Randy Couture’s Hijacked Released Tue, 19 Jun 2012 02:00:05 +0000 A trailer for Randy Couture’s first starring vehicle has been released. You can watch it below.

Plot Summary: A high-octane, pulse-pounding story of one man out for justice in the sky, HIJACKED is coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on July 31st. HIJACKED stars a top-notch cast of action heroes including former UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture (The Expendables, and the upcoming The Expendables 2), Dominic Purcell (Straw Dogs, “Prison Break”), Tiffany Dupont (“Greek”), Holt McCallany (Fight Club), Craig Fairbrass (The Bank Job) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Kill The Irishman).

Special Agent Ross’ (Couture) plans to reconcile with his ex-fiancé are ruined when she boards a private jet that is targeted by hijackers working for the same crime lord that he is chasing. With no time to inform his team, Ross wriggles his way aboard the aircraft and risks it all to save the love of his life. HIJACKED is an adrenaline-fueled action-packed film that puts the fear back in flying!×120.jpg

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New Poster For The Expendables 2 Released Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:00:01 +0000 The latest poster for The Expendables 2 has been released.

Plot Summary: Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.×120.jpg

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The Expendables 3 Set For This Fall? Randy Couture Seems To Indicate Shooting Schedule Set Up Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:00:28 +0000 The Expendables 2 has not come out into theaters as of yet but apparently Randy Couture might’ve just confirmed that a third film in the trilogy, which hasn’t been announced by anyone deeper inside, had some interesting words for BJJ Addict.×120.jpg

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Blu-ray Review: The Expendables Extended Director’s Cut Mon, 09 Jan 2012 02:00:48 +0000 The Expendables was one of the biggest action films of last year and one of the most testosterone-fueled movies of all-time. Now, with the trailer for the 2012 sequel making its rounds via the Internet, Sylvester Stallone has sat down and put together an extended cut of his movie for guys who like movies. Do the extra handful of minutes, musical changes and randomly changed cuts really make the film better? In Stallone’s opinion, yes; this is exactly what his original vision for the film was. But what about those of us who may be trying to decide which version to pick up or whether or not one should invest in this version if they already own the original?

For the uninitiated, The Expendables is about a team of mercenaries that are hired by a man known only as “Church” to infiltrate a small South American island and kill the ruthless dictator, General Garza (Dexter’s David Zayas). Of course, the team isn’t aware that they’re actually being played by the CIA into taking out a rogue CIA agent named James Munroe (Eric Roberts), who is the puppet master behind Garza’s criminal actions. Lots of stuff explodes, witty lines are traded back and forth and things get very bloody, and that’s pretty much all there is to know about the plot of the film.

That may sound fairly cut and paste, and it is to a degree (much like most of the movies that these action stars have starred in), but that’s okay, because that’s what we expect and because that’s what works. The all-star action cast is led by Sylvester Stallone (who also co-wrote and directed the film), and fleshed out with Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis. This really is the who’s who of action stars, with the sequel only upping the ante come August with the addition of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris.

Stallone really nails the genre with this film and takes what each of these actors are known for in their films crams them all into one explosive package. He’s got an incredible knack for directing, and if The Expendables isn’t proof enough for you, take a look at his recent resurrections of Rocky Balboa and Rambo. Stallone just knows how to tell the story he wants to tell in a way that appeals to his target audience. The greatest part about his work on The Expendables is that even with so many individual stars involved he makes sure they each get their moments to shine within the film – and that’s even truer with the extended edition.

While it may only be a few additional minutes in the long run, The Expendables: The Extended Director’s Cut adds a few extra moments to each character, allowing them more time to grow as opposed to the theatrical cut’s main focus being on Stallone and Statham’s characters (though that was for a good reason, as they are the two most interesting characters with the best chemistry). The opening sequence when the team is flying home from a mission is where we get to see things slow down a bit more, and helps humanize these muscle-bound men somewhat. It’s a nice addition and helps set the pace for the small additions to come.

That being said, those looking for a whole new version of the film will be disappointed. While I do believe this is the superior cut of the film, and that the extended moments and minor changes help add a bit of character to a movie that’s all about body counts, witty dialogue and fantastic action sequences, if you’re not a big fan of double-dipping then this might be a tough sell. However, those who haven’t picked up a copy of the original, or who are fans of the series in general, The Expendables Extended Director’s Cut is definitely the way to go.

The video is shown in 1080p HD and looks great. There are no noticeable complaints to be had as far as the transfer is concerned, and that goes the same for audio. The dialogue is so quick-witted and filled with one-liners and back and forth banter that it would be unfortunate if it was muffled out by the explosions or soundtrack. Fortunately that’s not the case, as the film sounds fantastic presented in its 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

As far as special features are concerned, those who have the original release of the film are the only ones who have Stallone’s director’s commentary. So if you’re looking for the commentary, it unfortunately isn’t included on this release due to the changes made and Stallone not being able to re-record a new commentary as he’s filming the sequel.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of other behind-the-scenes featurettes that should tide even the most picky extras fan over.

Introduction by Sylvester Stallone – This is a quick two and a half minute introduction by Stallone where he talks about how during post-production sometimes the filmmaker’s view on the movie changes, and that’s what happened with the theatrical cut of The Expendables. He then quickly skims over how he went back and added a few changes throughout, as well as musical additions that he had originally chosen to be in the film.

Sylvester Stallone: A Director in Action – This is an interesting, in-depth 20-minute interview with Stallone about his work on The Expendables. While it’s not a commentary, it at least gives viewers an idea about what it was like for him being both in front of and behind the camera during such an explosive shoot.

Inferno: The Making of The Expendables – This featurette runs at just over 90-minutes in length, so to say that it covers pretty much all you’d want covered as far as the film is concerned is an understatement. Those who have the original release will likely have seen this, and those who haven’t will eat it up.

Action: The Expendables – This is a Spike TV special on the film, running at roughly 20-minutes in length. Those who didn’t get enough with the previous features can get a few other tidbits from the set by watching this piece as well.

There’s also the music video to “Sinner’s Prayer” by Sully Erna for those interested.

The Expendables Extended Director’s Cut is the way to watch the film if you have the choice. While there are no ground-breaking changes that alter the film in any way that would make this pick-up essential to those who already own the original release, the Extended Director’s Cut is highly recommended to anyone who doesn’t already own it, to those who can’t get enough action in their diet, and to anyone who ever wanted to know the answer to which is faster, bullets or a blade?

Lionsgate and Millennium Films present The Expendables: Extended Director’s Cut. Directed by: Sylvester Stallone. Written by: David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis. Running time: 113 minutes. Rating: R. Released on Blu-ray: December 13, 2011. Available at×120.jpg

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis Join Sly Stallone In Expendables 2 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:00:04 +0000 With the entire cast returning, as well as Donnie Yen being potentially added to the mix, two more big names have gone from being rumored to confirmed for the film (outside of the rumored additions of other big stars):

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis

The former governor of California and the star of Die Hard have closed deals to star in the film per Deadline Hollywood. The trio briefly had parts together in the first, with Willis taking the role of the man behind their mission in Mr. Church with Schwarzenegger as a rival to Stallone as Trent Mauser. The roles for the two are going to be much more substantial this time; Willis will have two weeks on the set before filming Die Hard 5 and is rumored to be this film’s villain (or close to it).

What does this mean? I loved the first and the sequel is something I’m genuinely excited for. After the response received to having all three in the same film, the question would seem to turn to “What could they do with all three in big parts, not just Stallone?” Apparently we’re going to find out.

What do you think? Are the big three of action needed in substantial roles? Or was once enough? Let us know what you think below.×120.jpg

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