Metropolitan Film Export
If a thriller or action film is shortened slightly in two or three places in order to be able to broadcast it on TV earlier in the evening, then that’s not great, but it’s not terribly bad either. After all, it’s not primarily about violence…
The case is completely different with “ Rambo 5: Last Blood ”. Because you may think what you want of the late «Rambo» sequel with Sylvester Stallone — in any case, the violence here is not just a bonus, but a meaningful, central element. If the film that my colleague Carsten Baumgardt dubbed “ the most brutal Hollywood film of all time ” in the official FILMSTARTS review was less violent, then it would not have been necessary to shoot it in the first place!
And yet «Rambo 5» was broadcast on RTL at the German free TV premiere on August 22, 2021 at 10:30 p.m. — and the revenge actioner, which was released from the age of 18, was not allowed to run uncut. Instead, almost three minutes were missing at the end — the scissors were used in more than 30 places.
In the second attempt (probably) without cuts
But hey, everyone deserves a second chance, including those responsible for programming at RTL: The second broadcast of «Rambo 5: Last Blood» on June 6, 2022 actually doesn’t start until 11 p.m. — and thus at a time when films are also shown may be shown uncut from the age of 18. We can only be 100% sure which version RTL will show when it starts tonight – but everything currently indicates that the film will actually run without any disfiguring cuts.
Anything else would be an absolute cheek!
Guaranteed uncut, «Rambo: Last Blood» is of course also available as VoD and on DVD and Blu-ray. You can find both at Amazon:
» «Rambo: Last Blood» as VoD at Amazon Prime Video *
» «Rambo: Last Blood» as DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon *
The plot of «Rambo 5: Last Blood»: The war veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) lives with his housekeeper Maria ( Adriana Barraza ) and her granddaughter Gabrielle ( Yvette Monreal ) on a farm. But then Gabrielle falls into the clutches of drug lord Hugo Martinez’s ( Sergio Peris-Mencheta ) cartel while searching for her biological father in Mexico. She is drugged and forced into prostitution while Rambo himself heads to Mexico to get her out of there…
Rambo 5: Last Blood Trailer DF