So much was made of “The Expendables 3” being PG-13 that I think the movie wasn’t given a fair shake from the beginning. Lionsgate gives folks who get the Blu-ray the option to see it in an unrated edition. If it was more gore you were looking for, I’m sad to report it won’t fulfill your desires. I’m still trying to figure out what makes this version any graphic than the theatrical one.
After one of his team is gravely injured on a mission, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) retires his old crew. He seeks out new members for the Expendables who are younger and more tech-savvy to go after an old enemy. When his campaign of revenge goes south, will Barney’s former gang be willing to step up and save the day?
“The Expendables 3: Unrated Edition” is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1) with a 7.1 Dolby TruHD Atmos mix. The video brings the action alive through solid picture quality and vivid detail. A few of the explosions look a bit digitally “manufactured,” but it’s nothing too distracting. The audio blends together clean dialogue, explosive sound effects, and a rousing musical score by Brian Tyler.
Bonus material for “The Expendables 3: Unrated Edition” includes featurettes, a documentary, gag reel, and an extended scene. “New Blood: Stacked and Jacked” and “The Total Action Package” take a look at the younger members of the team and complex high points of the film. Both the unrated and PG-13 versions of the movie are found as well. There’s about 5 minutes difference between the two.
The unrated version of “The Expendables 3” features violence including sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and profanity. The PG-13 edition features the same elements. I honestly don’t know what pushes the movie into more extreme territory which makes it unrated. It still felt like a PG-13 film to me.
The only thing different about “The Expendables 3: Unrated Edition” when it comes right down to it is the fact that there aren’t ounces of blood splashing all over the screen. The chemistry between the characters and the storyline are no better or worse than the previous two entries. The mix of younger and more seasoned generations of team members was a genius way of showing the differences between the new technological ways of fighting a war in contrast with the old more physical approach. The blend makes for an exciting and humorous viewing experience that is heightened by some engaging special features.
“The Expendables 3: Unrated Edition” is available now on Blu-ray.
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