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  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, John C. McGinley
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BNY6XK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Winner* of four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Director, this harrowingly realistic war film (based on director Oliver Stone’s firsthand experience) arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in this 25th Anniversary Edition--loaded with explosive extras that take you to the front lines of moviemaking.

Starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen, Platoon is a powerful, riveting and starkly brutal tale of an American soldier’s descent into the chaos and horror of the Vietnam War.

*1986--Best Picture, Director, Film Editing, Sound.

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary by director Oliver Stone
  • Audio commentary by military advisor Dale Dye
  • Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Flashback to Platoon--Snapshot in Time: 1967–1968, Creating the ’Nam, Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon
  • Documentaries: One War, Many Stories, Preparing for ’Nam
  • Vignettes: Caputo & the 7th Fleet, Dye Training Method, Gordon Gekko
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spots

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Arguably Oliver Stone’s best film, Platoon was the first of three movies the director has made to date centred firmly on the Vietnam war. Born On The Fourth Of July and Heaven And Earth followed, but this one’s the best, picking up four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Based very much on Stone’s personal experiences, Platoon follows Charlie Sheen’s Chris Taylor as he joins the Vietnam conflict, only to discover that the battle he ends up fighting isn’t the one he necessarily thought he was signing up for. As such, in the face of his commanding officers, played superbly by Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, he struggles with what he’s expected to do, and how it ultimately makes him act.

It’s a harrowing piece of cinema, certainly, but in this instance, that’s very much to Platoon’s credit. For its story isn’t an easy one, and Stone pulls no punches in telling it.

The high definition upgrade does it real justice, too, bringing the haunting visuals vividly to life. It’s an astonishing piece of cinema, and one very worthy of a Blu-ray upgrade. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Platoon is a superlative masterpiece, written and directed by Oliver Stone. From its striking visuals to its perfectly chosen score, you will find it hard to take your eyes away from the screen untill the last frame. With majestic performences from Charlie Sheen, William Dafoe and Tom Berenger, it ranks as one of the most powerful and brutally realistic films ever made. The battle sequences are exquisitly choreographed, but to me, it was the narration from Charlie Sheen, combined with the use of 'Adagio For Strings' by Samuel Barber that captured the unique atmosphere of Vietnam. A line of note - "The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days. As I'm sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Roch called, posession of my soul. There are times since, that I've felt like the child, born of those two fathers." Buy this film. You will not be dissappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
the film remains one of the best 'Vietnam' movies ever.
'Oliver Stone' is one of the most accomplished director's with movies
like 'J.F.K' 'WALL STREET' 'ALEXANDER' along with 'PLATOON' and
many other notable movies under his belt.
the movie follows a small platoon of U.S soldiers fighting to stay alive
in the theatre of war that was 'Vietnam'
fighting any enemy that are relentless and often seemingly invisible.
tensions build up within the ranks as those in charge do not agree with
each others tactics or methods.
a brutal account of the realities of the war that could not be won.
great cast......maybe not the best transfer to Blu-ray, however sharper
than the DVD version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steveosnapper on 27 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Wonderful movie this.........but a poor, lazy HD transfer!!! Especially as it won an Oscar for Best Sound. Powerful and raw performances from all the actors. The scene where they find a local village and what follows is one of the most powerful scenes I have watched in a war movie. The deleted and extended scenes (with Director voice-over) are revealing. Barber`s Adagio for Strings is badly let down by the poor sound, even though it`s DTS 5.1 HD audio. The darker scenes suffer from a real lack of contrast and are clearly not fully re-mastered. That said, it is still worth buying on HD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 May 2006
Format: DVD
I have watched Platoon more than any other war movie. So much so that I've had to give it a rest over the last few years.

Why is it so good?

Perhaps because it is the most realistic (certainly Vietnam) war movie ever made. Its based on Oliver Stones own experiences in Vietnam. Now I doubt whether there were actually two so clearly good and bad characters, as represented by Willem Dafoe and Tom Beringer in the film, but it is the spark between these two that creates much of the films atmosphere.

There are quite a few scenes in this film, such as when the Charlie Sheen character wakes up in the middle of the night (in the jungle), that are wonderfully done. You really get an idea of just how scary being a soldier might be.

I'm also sure that the film would not not have been as successful as it was, without its marvellous soundtrack. Most noteably Samuel Barbers 'Adagio for Strings'. This piece of music alone adds an extra dimension to the scenes it is used in. A very haunting and sad piece of music.

The ending of the film is perhaps the only weak point, but it is a minor quibble about a very powerful and moving film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
This is probably one of the best Vietnam movies out there. It has a moving soundtrack, great cinematography and you find yourself engrossed and involved when watching the development of one naive recruit as he becomes hardened by the war and his experiences. You also see him profoundly changed in his outlook, that you too will share, as the film closes. A brilliant film, that should be watched by all.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo on 1 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have recently revisited two great classics about the Vietnam war: Full Metal Jacket, from Kubrick, and Oliver Stone's Platoon.
When I first saw these two films in the theater, over two decades ago, I had the impression that Kubrick had made a better movie.
When I saw them again, in blu-ray, I realized it was the other way around.
Platoon is much, much better. It beats Kubrick's film in many aspects: screenplay, density of the story, carachter interest, and imagery.
Watching Platoon in Blu-ray is an immersive experience. You live the horror of that war in a way only surpassed by Apocalypse Now.
The transfer is beautyful and the extras are not as complete as I would expect from a film like this.
However, it's an honest buy. You pay not so much, for a pristine transfer of a magnificent film and some bonus material.
From my point of view, this film deserves a place in any blu-ray collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The one and only time I saw this film was two years ago on television. Its effect on me was so great that I have been looking for a copy of the video for myself ever since then. This is one video release that I will definitely be looking forward to, and I will soon, at last, be able to see it again. Oliver Stone's translation of his own Vietnam experiences to the screen is almost faultless and it is obvious that great care was taken to make it as real for the viewer as possible. There are not many words to describe the impact of watching 'Platoon' but to see it is essential if you are a person who likes War films. It even has its own 'classic' scene; the vision of Elias reaching for salvation with Barber's 'Adagio for strings' in the background goes further than any other film to make you realise what war is about.
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