When it came down to the cast, countless names came to mind for each and every action fan, we all no doubt have our own ideas for what would be the ultimate roster as we all have our favourites. Now aside from all the bullshit surrounding people who could have starred in this bad boy (Van Damme for one), I was alright with the cast for the most part. I’d have dropped Randy Couture for one as he's not even a movie star but other than that I can't really complain. Sly did well enough with giving each guy their screen time though the ball certainly fell in his, Jet Li's, Dolph's and Statham's court for the most part. I could have cared less about seeing more Couture but I’d have loved more Terry Crews.
Say what you will about the plot but my only beef was the whole "Southern Dictator" bit, I felt they could have done better like hunting down a rogue merc group or something (like Arnold’s group perhaps), hopefully we'll see bigger and better things from the next one story wise. The Dolph thing was back and forth for me and after the way it panned out (I won't ruin anything I promise) I was even more confused about it, that being the only real negative vibe I really had. The action was top notch (thank GOD they went with a hard R rating), seeing Dolph blow a dude clean in half at the beginning and then having Crews decimate with his insane automatic shotgun was a blast. There was no shortage of adrenaline here and that was the real money in the bank.
THE EXPENDABLES was a risky but brilliant move for Sly and it shows me that even at sixty-four years young, the man can deliver (and how can we not go to bat for him here after he broke his damn neck filming the thing). As for the Arnold and Willis cameos, I enjoyed the hell out of them but at the same time wasn't expecting much. Sadly, I think some people were and as such left disappointed. This flick was pure action and just the right kick in the nuts this genre needed. I've been overly worried about the death of the action film lately but this flick renewed my faith on some levels. Here's hoping for more from Sly and more from The Expendables.
Ultimate Recon Mode: This interactive mode plays through the film with a smaller pop up screen full of extra stuff to see and rummage through. These are all the rage now but fun nonetheless.
Comic-Con 2010 Panel: This is the full Comic-Con panel, forty five minutes of badass awesomeness and I wish I’d been there to see it. That said, it would have been cooler to see the entire cast.
Inferno: The making of the Expendables: Just as he did with JOHN RAMBO, Sly pulls out all the stops for a making-of documentary that runs just as long as the film itself.
From the Ashes: Post Production Documentary: I love where Sly goes with this; explaining that when it comes down to the heat of the moment you don’t always get what you wanted but make it work with what you have. He’s got a true eye for directing.
Gag Reel: Its hilarious watching these guys screw around and shoot the shit, they obviously had a blast working together and it shows.
Deleted Scenes: They totally should have left this one in, if for no better reason than it being there helps make sense of what Gunner means when he says, “what he said.”
Previews: There’s a bunch of trailers, BD-LIVE content, Blu-ray commercials, a photo gallery and a DVD Copy as well as a Digital Copy of the film.