Cobra (Sylvester Stallone) – Blu-Ray Review

Cobra Blu-Ray

Finally making its way to Blu-Ray is the critically hated, but fan loved, Sylvester Stallone violent action romp Cobra.  The 1986 film sees Stallone as Cobretti , a macho-gun wielding cop (better known as the Cobra) who is brought in only when things fail. It’s definitely an 80s film, complete with 80s muscle cars and post-Apocalyptic visions.

Much like Stallone’s Rocky and Rambo, the hero of Cobra is another one-man assault force. This time out his laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom. Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone) rejoins Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but to an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a “New Order” – and killing the inadvertent witness (Brigitte Nielsen) to their latest blood spree. Fortunately, Cobra is her protector.

Stallone presents Cobretti much like the ultra-violent Rambo character, with high end weaponry skills and rock hard abs. Nielsen, however, is charming and quite beautiful in one of her earliest roles. Her hair is quite long and she is bubbly and loveable.

On Blu-Ray it’s a disappointing upgrade to high definition, which shows no obvious attempts to restore, clean-up or better present the 30 year old film. That being said, it’s a better transfer than DVD and is available in the lower price range, making it an inexpensive upgrade.

Other than the trailer, the BD also includes a rather boring and uneventful commentary track from Cosmatos and a short 8 minute 1986 behind the scenes feature featuring interviews with Cosmatos and Stallone talking about the production and plot.