In the desert camps, fanatical Mujahedin warriors engage occupying Russian forces, pitting untrained riflemen, ragged horse cavalry and petrol bombs against mortars, big tanks and air supremacy. The motley guerrilla resistance is further hampered by spies in their midst, as enemy agents are everywhere under the new communist regime. However, knowing he's on his way is not the same thing as seeing him coming, and Rambo proves he's just as stealthy as any Hong Kong movie ninja, when he sneaks into a ramshackle yet strongly defended Soviet fortress to free Trautman (who has been tortured), along with numerous rebel POWs.
Director Peter MacDonald did the helicopter stunts on Rambo: First Blood II. In this sequel he makes good use of the gigantic Hind-D (a heavily armed USSR helicopter that's big as a house), and ably bridges the action and war film genres with absurdly dramatic scenes - like the one in which our hero shoots down an attacking gunship with his trusty bow and arrow. Of course, this being a Stallone adventure, there's little understanding of the complex realities of Afghan culture and politics. Instead, what Rambo III delivers is a rousing battle fest (shot on locations in Israel and Arizona by veteran stunt supervisor Vic Armstrong), with a sky-high body count that requires no thought whatsoever to appreciate.
DVD extras: scene finder (16 chapters), two trailers, three making-of shorts ("It's almost Rambo of Arabia." - Richard Crenna), some nifty animated menus, photo gallery, four-language sound, and six language subtitles.