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Full Metal Jacket [1987] [DVD]

Matthew Modine , R. Lee Ermey , Stanley Kubrick    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B756
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,720 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stanley Kubrick's first film for seven years details the dehumanizing effect of military combat, as experienced by a bunch of Vietnam conscripts under the training of the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey). The second half of the film follows one of the recruits, Joker (Matthew Modine), onto the battlefield as he is thrown into the war at the height of the Tet offensive. The entire movie was shot on location in East London.

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One of a series of revisionist Vietnam cinema released in the late 1980s, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is essentially split into two stories linked by a number of characters. The film follows new recruit Joker (Matthew Modine) and his fellow soldiers through their basic training and into combat in Vietnam. The first half is a chilling portrayal of military brutality and de-humanisation, mainly at the hands of Sgt Hartman (played at a level of staggering intensity by ex-Marine Lee Ermey), that centres around the tragic character of Private Pyle, a young man pushed to the edge of his endurance. The tone of the film is no less harsh when transported to the combat zone as we see the results of the training process in action: the young men turned into unquestioning killing machines. Joker is perhaps the one exception, a soldier with "Born to Kill" written on his helmet who also sports a peace sign on his lapel. But the film finds itself caught in the trap of many of the war movies of the time--how to create audience empathy with characters who are essentially in the wrong. It's a dilemma that Full Metal Jacket never really solves, although as a spectacle the film is a masterpiece. Made in the days before CGI became the norm, the battle sequences--filmed, rather bizarrely, in London's Docklands before its redevelopment--are hugely realistic and are perhaps the key moments of the movie, heightening the disorientation and fear felt by the soldiers. By offering no more than a snapshot of the Vietnam conflict (the action deals with one individual skirmish), Kubrick cleverly leaves any judgement on the war to the audience, although clearly attempting to influence them. The fate of the characters who survive is also left in the balance, but we can perhaps imagine what awaits them.

On the DVD: Part of a series of Kubrick DVD reissues, Full Metal Jacket has been treated to the full remastering and restoration treatment. The battle sequences have benefited the most, gaining a new audio and visual crispness and clarity that adds to their already impressive sense of realism--you can almost feel the heat searing from the screen and the explosions detonating around you. Maybe not the best war film ever made, as some may claim, but certainly one to take you right to the heart of the action. --Phil Udell


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well -paced 19 Jun 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Deluxe version Blu-ray review. This film seems to disturb people, partly because it does not take the strongly polarised position that other war films take, and they cannot categorise it. Is it pro-war, or is it anti-war? Its ambiguity lets us make our own minds up, but I don't think that is clear-cut enough for many people, so it disturbs them. The film is essentially split in two; a long look at the nature of Marine training, and the dehumanising nature of preparing people to kill, and then a move to Vietnam to see what happens to some of them next. Interestingly, most of the fighting, which never took over from the characters, took place in cities or towns, rather than in the jungle, which is the norm in Vietnam war films.

I hadn't seen the film for a long-time, the last time being on late night TV, so this was a fresh look. I really liked it, particularly its portrayal of human frailties, without judging them. The best thing for me though was the pace. It maintained a steady almost rhythmical pace, with events often well telegraphed, but it drew me in and kept my attention throughout nonetheless.

Full metal Jacket was a very early Bluray transfer and was widely criticised at the time. Warner Brothers took the criticism on the chin, and they redid the transfer for this deluxe version. It is presented in 1.78:1 format, giving full-screen on a widescreen TV. Detail was good, well focused without being pin-sharp, with good saturated colours, particularly the green of the uniforms. Some of the colours appeared just slightly off to me, which may have been a deliberate effect.

Audio Quality was good, with an uncompressed PCM 5.1 track in English.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Blu Ray conversion.... 3 Jun 2008
Format:Blu-ray
This is, of course, a classic film and we all know the quality of casting and the cinematography however, you cant help but wonder how it's going to look when put on to Blu Ray. The good news is, you're not going to be disappointed!

It's been remastered in to full 1080p which brings a great depth of colour and added realism to the film. Like with The Shining, it makes an old film look like a recent production. While you cant always see a difference between DVD & Blu Ray, this is a great film to show you just how much more vibrant it really does look. The improved sound also helps, you can now watch it on any decent surround sound system and not have to keep turning it up or down depending on the scene.

I'd highly recommend this version of the film. If you enjoyed it originally, this will definitely improve your viewing pleasure and it'll be a great addition to your ever growning Blu Ray collection!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HD release 7 Feb 2010
By audiris
Format:Blu-ray
Never mind the other comments, they are for the 2007 Blu-Ray. This 2008 edition has a great 1080p image that feels very natural, with a pleasing amount of grain. It looks very close to how the film looked in theaters.

Unlike the previous edition this one has a couple of interesting extras, above all a very good commentary. Especially Vincent d'Onofrio offers a lot of insight into the making of the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous 18 Sep 2007
By Tangerine VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Realistic is a word used far to often to describe Films these days and whilst I don't want to get into the 'back in my day' mentality it is something I do find a little frustrating. Full Metal Jacket is however an example of a film being so fantastic that you can believe that something very much like this happened. The film is told in such a brutally realistic way that you could be forgiven for believing this was a documentary at times. The acting is first rate, the story well paced and thoughtful. Full Metal Jacket doesn't dumb itself down or sell its soul simply to allow the masses to appreciate it. Its a film that just does things very well in an adult themed environment thats not for kids. Ironically, the main characters are American youngsters who are followed throughout their basic training in preperation for the Vietnam conflict. Harrowing at times but always magnificent Full Metal Jacket is without a doubt one of the finest films ever made. Lee Ermey is just superb in this and gives a lesson to any would be actors. Words almost fail me. You must see this. Its just brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative -ingenious intelligent war epic 10 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
The most influential and seminal work to come out of Hollywood on modern day warfare .
It is both stunning and philosophical with a very pluralistic look at the Vietnam conflict, while it has no sentimental observations about the victims ,but just a non chalant attitude to the protagonists who are involved in war as a casual everyday exercise as a necessity.
It is neither patronising nor glorifying just seeking to express the perceived truth from the makers viewpoint and it reaches a celestial height both creatively and artistically .

Matthew Modine gives a great performance as 'joker',but the limelight is stolen by the miscellaneous cameos and short-lived but memorable characters played by a terrific cast of gifted actors .

Kubricks definitive look at twentieth century war with an innovative narrative which inspired later movies like Saving private ryan and numerous others ,but none ever achieved the brillance captured by the master in this masterpiece .

The sequence with a guerilla sniper in a derelict urban ruin is one of the greatest moments in cinema history ;both harrowing and thought provoking yet blessed with a strange surreal passion for life in it's chilling horror , you almost feel redeemed of your inner demons after it is over as if it has achieved the eternal quest for truth pertaining to human existence .

Kubrick's last masterpiece with a great musical score and perfect cast in a made to order script for every character ,which shows his innovative technical genius too and how to capture the complex audio editing effects with intricate existential visuals in a unique style which can never be reproduced.
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