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Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005W96NFU


In this riveting look at military life during the Vietnam conflict, Stanley Kubrick, who made the powerful antiwar classics PATHS OF GLORY (WWI) and DR. STRANGELOVE (the cold war), once again explores the behavior of men in battle. FULL METAL JACKET, adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel THE SHORT TIMERS, is broken down into two very different parts. The first half of the film focuses on the training of a squad of Marine grunts on Parris Island, and more specifically on the troubled relationship between the brutal drill sergeant (a frightening Lee Ermey) and an oafish misfit (a brilliant Vincent D'Onofrio) who just happens to be a sharpshooter. The first half ends with a devastating, unforgettable scene, leading into the second half, which takes the grunts to Hue City, the climactic battle of the 1968 Tet Offensive and the turning point of the Vietnam War. The story is told through the eyes of Private Joker (Matthew Modine), a cynical aspiring photojournalist who is soon forced to fight for his life and the lives of his fellow recruits. The sniper scene, which takes place amid bombed-out buildings (rather than in the familiar jungles), serves as a microcosm for the Vietnam War--as well as war in general. FULL METAL JACKET is an unrelenting, intelligent, and challenging examination of war told by a master filmmaker.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well -paced 19 Jun 2010
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Blu Ray conversion.... 3 Jun 2008
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HD release 7 Feb 2010
By audiris
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...classic, gritty and very raw ..." 16 April 2007
'Full Metal Jacket' is definitely a classic, gritty and very raw interpretation of military service during the Vietnam War. The film is essentially split in to two distinct parts: 1. boot camp where we first meet the recruits (also where we meet real life Marine R. Lee Ermey whose performance is intense to say the least as the Drill Instructor); 2. conflict in Vietnam itself. This division creates two distinct stories that, whilst relevant to one another, could be completely stand-alone but instead ground each other nicely and develop the stories of several of the characters far more.

There are a lot of good war films, but `Full Metal Jacket' falls into the same category as `Apocalypse Now' in that it is such a milestone. Sadly it's not as grand in scale as the epic that is `Apocalypse Now' and not nearly as rounded, but it does explore the psyche of your average soldier unprepared for war to a much greater degree and could easily be argued to be far more "real" than the aforementioned.

It is a must see and deserves to be hailed as one of the best war films of all time, but you'll be sorry when it ends far too soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous 18 Sep 2007
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Yes it's ok good old classic
Published 13 days ago by keith cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good film
Published 22 days ago by mr d m mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Blu-ray
fantastic film, they have cleaned up the picture, great depth and sorted the sound out :) for this classic flim.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Phillip Howarth
1.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Jacket produces an ambivalent response.
I would rate "Full Metal Jacket" a three star film. It depicts the appalling treatment of recruits and the massacre of Vietnamese villagers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JF Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest war flick of all time
The journey's of US marines as individuals and marines is a powerful view of war and its impact on the senses
Published 3 months ago by Chris Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces
Starting at Paris Island you find out how Marines become killing machines. Well, it's either kill or be killed. The marching cadences are great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ex-naval officer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant on bluray
Had this for a while on dvd decided to get it on bluray well worth it. Picture is amazing and lots of extras. One of the best films of this genre
Published 6 months ago by Ms. J. Winton
5.0 out of 5 stars full metal jacket dvd
another briil vietnam film ,although it does go on a bit ,but stay with it - a surprise at the end , excellent performance by matthew modine.
Published 7 months ago by Mr NJ Newboult
2.0 out of 5 stars A movie of two halves
A movie of two halves, the first half is brilliant but the second half is awful.
It isn't the best movie ever made but certainly not the worst.
Published 9 months ago by Professor Hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Goes without say that this is a belter of a movie, an absolute classic. Sarge is the real deal (or at least is a mirror of my old drill sarge). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pete
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