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Hamburger Hill [DVD]


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  • Actors: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan, Don James
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AVV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,367 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Bennett on 13 Aug 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What the Empire review fails to mention is that this film is at least based on a true story which adds reality to this gritty tale.
Marvelously directed, the film opens on the Vietnam Veteran's Wall in Washington, DC to the strains of Philip Glass's excellent and chilling musical score. The names on the Wall blend to become the elephant grass of South Vietnam where the 101st are pinned down and in the process of pulling back.
We soon meet the new recruits, the cherries, the FNGs, as they are taken into the squad of Sgt Franz. We stay with this squad as they face their fears and address their heroism on the slopes of Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley.
Granted, the story is not the most imaginative: men go up hill and get shot, but it is not just the story that makes the film. The excellent direction, music and strong acting of the then mostly unknown actors merge to offer us 90 minutes of some of the most gory war pictures seen.
It is sad that this film was released so soon after Platoon as it never received the praise it deserved - perhaps the reviewers were not yet ready for such excellence?
This film is so good that my first copy wore out. I can give it no better recommendation than that. JB
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mikeyr101 on 6 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
If you're reading this review, chances are you've seen the bigger 'Nam movies... "Platoon", "Apocalypse Now", or maybe "We were Soldiers". I'm not a Kubrick fan so I won't mention "that other one"... These were all decent films in their own right, but there's one that stands head and shoulders above them all. And that's John Irvin's seminal classic, "Hamburger Hill".
Its timing was unlucky, its budget was low and it had precious little star content, with no real Hollywood talent in it at all. Maybe that's what made this work so well. What it does is *keep everything low key*. There aren't really any outstanding stills to grab from the film, no crowning scene that'll idolise it in film history. There's no brazen theme blaring out through your speaker systems. There's no classic lines, artistic shots or tear-jerking scenes at all. In fact, it makes the whole thing, the whole squad look so... boring, tired and sometimes even pathetic that it feels like it's got to be real. If a guy gets hit and horribly injured there's no violin music, no close reaction shots of characters' horror (ok, only once but that's because he looked like he was about to be sick).
At only a hundred and five minutes it's fairly short, but it often feels longer when you watch it straight through, and that's exactly what Irvin must have been aiming for. You're just watching these grunts swear at each other, moan about the s**t they've gotten into, and die in a pathetic and bloody heap in some water-filled mudhole. It becomes a ponderous meat grinder and almost as soon as you actually start to give a damn about any of the squad they get shot to bits or blown up. You begin to wonder if anyone will survive it at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling on 26 April 2013
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I would rank this film with Platoon,Full Metal Jacket and The Deerhunter in the Vietnam war catagory.
HH works very well despite the absence of any major stars or big name directors.A terrific effort was put in by all concerned to portray the grim reality of this episode of the war,namely the attack on Hill 937 by the 101st airborne.
It is violent and doesn"t hold back showing the sheer cruelty of conflict between men driven to their limits in their desire to survive the carnage of this battle.
I would also recommend When Trumpets Fade [DVD] [2000] (sometimes known as HH 2) also directed by John Irvin,which deals with a lesser known action during WW2.
But if you are looking for a gritty,well acted and thoughtful film about the Vietnam war this is a good example.Recommended.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct 2001
Format: DVD
it focused more on real life personal issues in a war situation. Issues such as race, family and military rank were raised in this film but you realised that they became less of an issue as the soldiers learnt how to work together as a team regardless of personal vendettas. Whilst the voilence in both Platoon and Full Metal Jacket was horrific to say the least, Hamburger Hill focused more on the camaraderie that grew between the troops, making it firstly more interesting, and secondly more lifelike. It was the type of film that made you sad when someone died, but it also made you think about the grim reality of war, and moreover the stupidity of the battle these men were fighting. There are some really memorable charachters who made me laugh in places. 'Doc' the Medic comes to mind as a charachter who was a truly professional soldier but could see also see the bigger picture and make light of his dire situation. All in all a very thought-provoking and deep film that moves away from the conventional formula of military styled films especially of the Vietnam genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dazman on 8 May 2008
Format: DVD
People always go on about Platoon being such a great film, whilst I like the film, Hamburger Hill is even better as far as I'm concerned.

The action feels and looks very real, everyone puts in good solid performances, it deals with the moral issue of war constructively and very well, we get to know some of characters and see them attempting to deal with the issue of war as well as their personal issues too.

There's a nice bit of action, some of the scenes are brutal as is the nature of war, people are killed, maimed and just plain wiped off the face of the Earth with barely a trace of them left, but there also some lighthearted moments too so it's not a constant action, action, action film, but moves at a good pace throughout.

Overall an excellent film and well worth picking up, I've had this film for a long time now and can watch it time and time again (and do).
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