Lt. Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom! Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone) teams up again with Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a “New Order”, and killing a witness (Brigitte Nielsen) along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other!

Studio: Shout Factory
Year: 2019
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Run time: 87 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

My favorite best Stallone action movie. But from the 80’s that Stallone made action films is the first stand alone film not meaning Rocky and Rambo. ‘Cobra’ will never stop been my favorite best action movie horror thriller from the 80’s that is out there. It is one of my personal favorite movies. I wish only the movie wouldn’t be that short but still it was directed by George P. Cosmatos who directed Rambo this movie was made right after Rambo: First Blood Part II was released.

‘Cobra’ is also a Cannon film and one of the best action horror thrillers that is out there. ‘Cobra’ simply rocks! And it is a highly entertaining underrated action flick that guarantees the viewer a great show. ‘Cobra’ is another one of those movies. It’s not deep, it has a social message but doesn’t really care about it. Its just pure old fun. The night slasher kills people randomly. He targets anyone, anywhere. The police don’t have a clue, they can’t stop him, all they can do is wait for the next death. But that all changes when Ingrid gets a good clear look at the chief of the gang. Yes, it’s not one person, it’s a group of killers that have set their minds on hunting the weak of society. Now they’ll do anything to kill the only witness, the woman that can finish their ‘dream’ but they didn’t count on one man: Marion Cobretti.

The movie plays with the idea that murderers use the system to get away with their crimes. It explores the fear in society, the impotence of the courts and introduces Cobretti, a cop who doesn’t care about the law only his justice. Although I don’t agree with this I still enjoyed the movie since Stallone didn’t spend much time making his point, rather went fast for the action.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Shout ups the anti with the video presentation. The previous DVD release did not look bad at all by any means and was actually the best looking at the time. You can easily see some nice tweaks and updates made throughout ‘Cobra’ to really enhance the quality of the image. It helps that the original source of the film was in mint condition to get this new transfer looking even better. Clarity and details really take a center stage with this film. Another tweak is that colors look even more vibrant than before which is fantastic.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Here is another case where the audio follows the same footprint as the picture quality. The audio has received a nice bump in having a more dynamic feel when compared to the previous release in the trilogy pack. Shout has really been outdoing themselves here with the latest crop of releases. The soundfield is very dynamic at all times with bullets panning in the background and explosions occurring. I feel like Shout did an excellent job expanding the mix taking advantage of the DTS-HD mix bringing more life to the streets. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director George P. Cosmatos
  • Stalking and Slashing – An Interview with Actor Brian Thompson [HD]
  • Meet the Disease Interview with Actor Marco Rodríguez [HD]
  • Feel the Heat Interview with Actor Andrew Robinson [HD]
  • Double Crossed – An Interview with Actress Lee Garlington [HD]
  • A Work of Art – An Interview with Actor Art LaFleur [HD]
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Teaser Trailer [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]
  • Still Gallery: Photos [HD]
  • Still Gallery: Movie Posters and Lobby Cards [HD]

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

If you like your villains evil for no reason, your lead females unrealistically sexy, and your protagonist one hulking mass of rebel – Cobra is the movie for you. This version of ‘Cobra’ is the best the film has looked yet.
Overall Rating: 8/10