This is a review of the 2014 Blu-ray release.
I never understood why this movie didn't do better. Perhaps because it didn't take itself seriously - it is, after all, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie mocking Arnold Schwarzenegger action movies - so maybe we feel like we shouldn't take it seriously either.
Arnold by this time had well established himself as an action hero, indeed THE action hero to many. But he had also starred in several successful comedies, such as Twins and Kindergarten Cop. And while there is plenty of action in this movie, it is more a comedy than an action movie. It is surprisingly (and refreshingly) self-aware in its analysis of the fictional reflection of our real world that exists only in the movies - sort of a modern-day Alice Through the Looking Glass. Whether mocking that there are no ordinary-looking women in the movies, only gorgeous models; or the impossibility that all phone numbers begin with "555", this movie asks us to examine the holes in the fictional reality we are fed in the movie theater, rather than overlook them. It is not often that we get a refreshingly honest script as this.
Unfortunately, this Blu-ray presentation leaves something to be desired. The transfer is a bit soft, with weak blacks, and even some fuzzy blurring to the edge of the image in at least one scene (the last projection booth scene). There are ZERO extras, (not even a trailer), and the menu consists of one choice - "Play Movie". No soundtrack or subtitle options. Obviously Columbia has not shown the love to this movie. So, much as I regret it, this Blu-ray only gets 3 stars, due to the quality of the transfer. However, don't let that dissuade you. This really is a gem of a movie.