Picks and Pans Review: Rambo: the Rescue
Rambo has changed a little in his animated videotape incarnation: His diction is better. (Actor Neil Ross, not Stallone, does the voice-over.) He is also not quite so graphically violent; while this tape is 100 minutes of relentless skirmishes, nobody really gets hurt. The plot has to do with a Latin American country menaced by a dictator, the subtly named General Warhawk. Warhawk wears a crypto-Nazi outfit; his voice is done by Michael Ansara, TV's old Chief Cochise. Rambo has two sidekicks, a young white woman and a young black man, and keeps prating about teamwork, though since he never has to deal with more than 300 or so bad guys at once, he doesn't really need any help. A commercial for Rambo toys is shamelessly tacked on after the story ends, so the alert parent may want to head for the rewind button when the credits Start. (Family Home Entertainment, $39.95)
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