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Last Action Hero:   Retro VHS Style

         review by Bobby Blakey

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For years Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the biggest action stars in the world with films like the Terminator franchise, True Lies, Eraser and so many more. In 1993 he re-teamed with Predator and Die Hard director John McTiernan for Last Action Hero that most considered the beginning of the end of his big screen dominance co-starring F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Tom Noonan, Anthony Quinn, and Ian McKellan. Now fans can bring this cult classic action comedy home to Blu-ray in an all-new retro VHS style packaging.

Last Action Hero follows young Danny Madigan who is a big fan of Jack Slater, a larger-than-life action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a magic ticket to the new Jack Slater film, Danny is transported into Slater's world, where the good guys always win. One of Slater's enemies, Benedict the hitman, gets hold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world, where he realizes that if he can kill Schwarzenegger, Slater will be no more. Slater and Danny must travel back and stop him. This was one of those films that even when it first came out I thought was a blast. I never understood all the hate on it. I get that it wasn’t the usual Arnold action flick and was insanely silly, but that was part of the charm. I have always loved when action guys can make fun of themselves and that is exactly what this movie does while still bringing the fun action along with it.

Maybe it was the kid’s film direction that threw people I still don’t know and will defend the fun of this film all day. I also loved seeing all the cameos during the premiere sequence that kind of cemented how big this movie really was. I know it had some production issues and doesn’t break down the barriers in the action world, but it is still packed with action, laughs and cheesy one liners which was everything I hoped it would have.

This release doesn’t offer up any bonus content, but this fun new packaging along with the 90s awesomeness of it all make it one worth picking up.

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