After a disappointing turnout in theaters for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first leading role in a film since 2003, “The Last Stand” has hit Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a good thing we live in a day and age where movies get a second chance in a home entertainment environment. All the people who dismissed it the first time can see what they missed out on.
Ex-LAPD officer Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has retired to the small border town of Sommerton Junction. He’s taken the position of sheriff in the quiet community. Things get heated up when Ray discovers the leader of a drug cartel, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), is heading through the heart of Sommerton Junction as he speeds toward Mexico and freedom. It’s up to Owens and his inexperienced deputies to stop Cortez and his gang as they prepare for a daring escape across the border.
Frankly, “The Last Stand” is the perfect vehicle for Schwarzenegger to make his comeback in. it’s not an overhyped blockbuster or giant summer action film like a new “Terminator” would be. It’s a more personal and low-profile affair which basically has the actor playing himself. He’s getting older but doesn’t want to give up on the adrenaline rush of actively working and doing something physically challenging. Schwarzenegger is the type of guy that knows it’s almost time to start winding down but fights it tooth and nail.
If you spent the bulk of the past decade mourning the loss of the 1980s and 1990s action films you grew up on, “The Last Stand” will fill that void in your heart. It’s packed with that good old-fashioned violence, blood, and gore the politically correct will run from in herds. This is classic Schwarzenegger wrapped up in a new package.
The high-definition transfer for “The Last Stand” presents a crystal clear picture and great 7.1 surround sound. However, the clarity doesn’t distract from the gritty quality of the movie. Every blast of a gun, explosion, and crunching sound of someone getting hit blares out at the audience.
A nice amount of special features are included in the Blu-ray release of “The Last Stand.” There are three behind-the-scenes featurettes entitled “Not In My Town: Making ‘The Last Stand’,” “Cornfield Chaos: Scene Breakdown,” and “The Dinkum Firearm & Historic Weaponry Museum Tour.” Deleted and extended scenes are also included. Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander provide first person “Actor-Cam Anarchy” as well.
“The Last Stand” may not be an innovative action flick that will change the way we look at the genre. it never made any promises to do so. What it does do is put Arnold Schwarzenegger back where he belongs. He’s back in power as the king of action heroes. The aging actor might need to retire sometime, but it’s not today!
“The Last Stand” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.