The Running Man (1987) artwork

The Running Man (1987)

6th October 2002

The year is 2019 and criminals have two choices. Hard time or prime time. Now where did I put the pop corn?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland van Lidth, Marvin J. McIntyre, Gus Rethwisch, Professor Toru Tanaka
Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Crime
1 Hour 40 Minutes
Thank you for supporting DVD365.net when you order using the link(s) below.

The year is 2019 and law and order has broken down. America has turned into a police state with little sympathy for its inhabitants, let alone the criminal elements within. With the government controlling all of the television and radio channels there is little or no chance of finding any entertainment from the heavily censored programming.

The most popular show on television is the Running Man. This is a game show that gets its own back on the criminal by offering any convict, innocent or not, the chance of a full pardon. Unfortunately, winning a pardon is not going to be as easy as guessing a few pictures or values of playing cards. These contestant are forced to run for their lives as they are perused by numerous heavily armed stalkers. Naturally, there aren't too many winners.

One such contestant is ex-army helicopter pilot Ben Richard. Having refused to fire upon a group of people he was framed by the government and imprisoned in a hard labour camp. No camp is going to hold a thoroughly cheesed off Ben so along with a group of resistance fighters they soon make their escape. Unfortunately their freedom doesn't last long and they soon find themselves on the countries favourite television show. But this time it is the stalkers who have become the hunted.

The picture can be only rated as average with a picture full of imperfections, noise and dust scratches. It's almost like the film was sourced from an old video rental tape. Although the colour detail is reasonable enough, and there are no real signs of artifacting or outlining, for a film of such significance for Arnold Schwarzenegger's career you would have thought some attempt would have been made to clean it up a little.

If you thought the picture was bad enough then you are not going to be getting excited by the stereo soundtrack. It really is a mess with no real scene of depth or direction. For an action film it is truly criminal and detracts from what an action film is all about. Even the dated eighties soundtrack sounds so awful it comes to the point of being embarrassing.

With a poor picture and soundtrack there isn't much hope for the menu or extras. The menu is a static and silent affair with only a picture of a scowling Arnie in a spandex track suit. The only extra available is the standard theatrical trailer and, unsurprisingly, that picture quality is also on the poor side.

Although the movie music and various clothing makes the film look incredibly dated, it doesn't prevent it from being a classic. If you are an Arnie fan and can to put aside the problems with the picture and sound you'll soon realise that this is the film that finally launched Arnies mega-career skywards. And let's not forget that his famous catchphrase originated here to.

  • Theatrical Trailer
Skins S7 artwork

Skins S7

All six episodes of the seventh and final series of the drama about the chaotic lives and loves of a group of young people. This time round the show follows three characters from previous series - Effy, Cassie and ...
Man on Fire artwork

Man on Fire

The Tunnel  Vengeance artwork

The Tunnel Vengeance

Braquo S4 artwork

Braquo S4

Training Day artwork

Training Day

Dexter S2 artwork

Dexter S2

The Creator artwork

The Creator

Set amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, from writer/director Gareth Edwards comes the epic sci-fi action thriller The Creator, released on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD ...
Expend4bles artwork


The Old Oak artwork

The Old Oak

WWE: Crown Jewel 2023 artwork
Stigmata artwork


The Lost Weekend: A Love Story artwork
Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for the fifth instalment of the iconic franchise in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, arriving on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD 4th December 2023 from Walt Disney Home Entertainment ...
Discover what makes Blumhouse's The Exorcist: Believer horrifying with never-before-seen bonus content available 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on 8th January 2024, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.



From celebrated writer and director Christopher Nolan comes the must-see cinematic masterpiece about the man and the moment that changed the world forever as Oppenheimer arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD 22nd November 2023 from Universal Pictures ( ...
It's better to burn out than to fade away!
Highlander (1986)

Crimes Of The Future


Gregory's Girl


Fast X


Inside Man


The Sixth Commandment


Planet Earth III


London Kills: Series 4


Thor: Love and Thunder


Good Luck To You, Leo Grande





Starring #TomHanks, have a laugh & beat the midweek #Wednesday blues with #AManCalledOtto available on #DVD
Get a free daily news update. DVD365.net works with the Amazon Alexa flash briefing skill