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Platoon - Definitive Edition [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Arnold Kopelson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian, Polish
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M3420Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,102 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oliver Stone's award winning film tells the story of a young innocent 19-year-old soldier, Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), who is thrown headfirst into the bloody Vietnam conflict. He is forced to fight not only the Viet Cong, but also his own fears and intense anger. As a result of not being able to make any progress against the enemy, the soldiers, led by the strict and unsympathetic Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), are forced to turn their anger and guns on each other. Barnes also has a personal battle with fellow officer Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), who is the more understanding and compassionate of the two officers and helps Sheen to cope with his personal problems.

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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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16 of 17 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 Brynalinading on 12 July 2009
Format: DVD
this film is one of the best vietnam films ever made for many reasons . the first being that the man who wrote it was actually a vietnam vet (oliver stone) and after writing memoirs of his time in vietnam he simply converted some of the story and that became Platoon. this film deals with a lot of the various issues in the US involvement in vietnam for instance racism, drugs, fragging and the importance of the countdown of the year long tour . it follows private chris taylor who has just come to vietnam after dropping out of college and volenteered for infantry for reasons explained later. it follows him in his time just struggling to do the right thing against the against the more aggresive "short timers" , it is a brilliant film which will definatly give you something to think about after watching it especaily with the awesome soundtrack (odagio for strings) which makes the film and experiance
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MarshMan on 25 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Speaking as a (very) old soldier, I have switched off more war films in exasperation than I care to remember. This however is the best. I ought to qualify that as I know little about tank warfare in the steppes of central Russia but when it comes to jungle warfare then this is the most realistic film you will ever see - long periods of boredom interspersed with short periods of absolute terror and mayhem. Forget about stereotypical rubbish like Full Metal Jacket - this is the real thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Horse to water on 31 Oct 2012
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Platoon defined my eighties as much as Aliens did. It was arguably the first real film about the "police action" in Vietnam. It still is. The Green Berets was a repulsively sachrrine propaganda film. Apocalypse Now was Hearts of Darkness is an Asian setting. Full metal Jacket had an excellent first half, but the second half in-country was awful. The less said about Hamburger hill or the awful, awful Casualties of War, the better.

Platoon succeeds where others fail, because it feels so authentic. Stone is writing and directing what he experienced, and it shows. Checkout the extras to find out what the cast was put through to get performances Stone was happy with.

Chris, a volunteer turns up in 'Nam with the other FNGs. (The N stands for new, the G for Guy). One of the first things he sees is a row of body bags setup to occupy the plane he's leaving. One thousand yard stare later, and we're in the jungle with elements of Bravo company.

After a rude awakening, Chris' idealism has been replaced by a far less pleasant reality. Few experienced soldiers even want to know his name. They view him as they would any FNG. A risk. Someone who might get you killed.

His platoon, nominally run by a Leiutenant is split into two camps, personified by the Sergeants, Barnes and Elias. Barnes is utterly ruthless, vindictive and unbalanced. A frighteningly scarred figure who has been shot numerous times, and lived. Someone who believes the war is winnable if they were given authority to do "what was necessary".

The gaunt Elias has been in Vietnam at least as long as Barnes, and has come to the opposite conclusion. While Barnes may have lost his humanity voluntarily, Elias holds onto his. And he and Barnes hate each other with a passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 10 Dec 2014
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PLATOON is a shattering experience. Writer-director Stone, a Vietnam veteran, used his first-hand knowledge to create one of the most realistic war films ever made, one whose success lies in the mass of detail Stone brings to the screen, bombarding the senses with vivid sights and sounds that have the feel of actual experience. Stone captures the heat, the dampness, the bugs, the jungle rot, and, most important, the confusion and fear experienced by the average soldier.

The men in PLATOON do perform heroic acts on occasion, but the heroism isn't motivated by love of country or idealism--it is motivated by pure terror, by desperation, by a desire to end the madness one way or another. Never before in a war film has stark terror among soldiers been such a tangible, motivating force.

There is nothing appealing in Stone's war; it doesn't have a "recruitment flavor." However, while PLATOON has no equal when it comes to capturing the reality of the combat experience, with incredible production values and superb acting all round.

On an incredibly low budget of $6.5 million, Stone brought his cast and crew to the Philippines and shot PLATOON in a swift 54 days. To everyone's surprise, the film was a massive hit with the critics and the public, not to be missed.
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