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The Deer Hunter: Special Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1979]

Robert De Niro , Christopher Walken , Michael Cimino    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Michael Cimino
  • Writers: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker
  • Producers: Barry Spikings, Joann Carelli, John Peverall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Russian, Vietnamese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QNW8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Deer Hunter is an expansive portrait of friendship in a Pennsylvania steel town, and of the effects of the Vietnam War. Led by the trio of Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken (who won a supporting actor Oscar), the first hour is dominated by an engrossing Russian Orthodox wedding and reception. When the drama moves overseas it switches from anthropologically realistic documentation of a community's rituals to highly controversial and still shocking Russian Roulette scenes, symbolising the random horror of war. Unforgettable as they are, the Vietnam sequences occupy less than a third of the three-hour running time; defying movie convention The Deer Hunter is fundamentally a before-and-after ensemble character study anchored by De Niro's great performance.

Although it was the first serious Hollywood feature to address the Vietnam War, the plausibility of some of the later plot developments raises awkward questions. But the film remains powerfully effective, its deliberate pace, naturalistic overlapping dialogue and unflinching seriousness marking it very much a product of the 1970s. With nine Oscar nominations and five wins, including Best Picture and Director, it's a cinematic landmark that stands the test time, almost incidentally setting Meryl Streep on the road to superstardom in her first leading role.

On the DVD: The Deer Hunter: Special Edition has the film on the first disc with a serious yet amiable Region 2 exclusive discussion track between director Michael Cimino and critic SX Finnie. The picture is anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, and perfectly reproduces Vilmos Zsigmond's deliberately desaturated, necessarily grainy cinematography. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack clearly reveals the mono original, being largely focused on the centre speaker and while it does a good job, some of the choral music does sound harsh. Dialogue is sometimes indecipherable, but that's due to the naturalistic nature of the original sound recording and mixing.

Disc 2 offers excellent new interviews with Jon Savage (15 mins), Vilmos Zsigmond (15 mins) and Michael Cimino (23 mins). Also included is the original trailer (anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1), a routine photo gallery and a DVD version of the original press brochure. There's no trace of the 40 minutes of deleted material referred to by Cimino, but this presentation is still an object lesson in how quality of extras triumphs over quantity. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken star in this Michael Cimino war drama. As Michael (De Niro), Steven (Savage) and Nick (Walken) volunteer to serve in Vietnam, they fail to foresee the horrors that will encapsulate their future lives. When the men are captured by the Vietcong and forced to play Russian roulette for their entertainment, Michael and Steven manage to escape leaving Nick to fight off the enemy. As Steven is shipped home, severely disabled and damaged by the whole experience, he discovers that Nick has sent him money to help him get back into society. When the news of the fall of Saigon reaches home, Michael vows to return to Vietnam to bring home his friend.


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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Affecting 14 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
This film runs 'The Godfather' close for arguably the finest cast of any movie. The acting is second-to-none and boasts the combined talents of De Niro, Streep, Walken and Cazale. The early part of the movie is devoted to the relationships between the main characters and a marvellously joyous Russian Orthodox wedding scene that sets up the tragedy that befalls the three friends after their capture at the hands of the Viet-Cong. The changes both physical and mental as the men return from war and the effects on their loved ones is brilliantly portrayed. Russian roulette although arguably not historically correct is used as a metaphor for Walken's disregard for his own life and the hunting trip on De Niro's return only serves to highlight his own high regard for life.
It's one of those films that stays with you long after viewing and causes you to think deeply on the terrible effect war has on people and communities. Outstanding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Review 22 Dec 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Wow! I own this on HD DVD and I have to say that this Blu-Ray is even better looking and sounding. Plays region free since I am in the United States and have no problem playing it on my Panasonic BD35. Well worth the purchase.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One shot 24 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Although based in Vietnam this film is far more a look at the effects of war on the soldiers and the people "back home" in America than a film about the war (less than half the film is based in the actual war zone). You can really be sure your getting a vietnam film when it is entirely A-political and the Americans are not only the good guys, but also victims of the war.
This is the story of three friends who go to war together for their country and their people. Upon their return we see the psychological effects of the war on their characters. The characters become unwilling or unable to form relationships, self destructive, lonely and in some cases appear to remove any trace of personality. One of the most interesting aspects of this film is actually the relevance of the title; the deer hunting is used so well to gie us an insight into the characters, their attitudes and their loyalties. The wedding scene being equally vital for showing depth to the characters but it is the hunting later in the film that allows us to see how things change.
As a director Cimino really shines here. If you are a fan of his previous work, then you'll probably find this to be his best piece. The character development and depth is truly brilliant. He really allows the audience to get attached to the characters, which he uses to its best advantage later when we see how they have changed. Cimino creates a feeling where the film is no longer entertainment, but a lesson! A lesson that we watch and although shocked, we are thankful for.
The acting from DeNiro and Walken really is amazing and without them the overall feeling of this picture may not have been possible.
This is a film that will be especially loved by fans of the vietnam genre, but can really be loved by a mauch wider audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic film 20 Dec 2012
By Paul H
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I cannot believe The Deer Hunter was made well over 30 years ago, not long after the end of the Vietnam War. Robert De Niro stars with a first class cast in a film that has definately stood the test of time. It is an epic 3 hour film, about three friends from the steel industry in Pennsylvania who enlist to fight in the Vietnam war and whose lives are changed by dramatic consequenses of the conflict. Very worthy of its Academy Awards
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AUDIO DESCRIPTION INCORRECT 17 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
I have just bought this dvd on the strength of the description on Amazon which is normally very reliable. I was replacing my stereo vhs which I could have transferred to dvd but wanted the improvement of 5.1 audio, hence I bought this particular edition. The Audio is actually STEREO AND NOT 5.1 so unless the 1st reviewer got his versions mixed up the description is wrong.
NOTE TO AMAZON A HUGELY BENIFICIAL IMPROVEMENT TO YOUR SITE WOULD BE TO DISPLAY THE REVERSE OF THE DVD AS WELL AS THE FRONT SO THE DVD SPECIFICATION WOULD BE UNAMBIGOUS.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
'The Deer Hunter' is not a conventional war film. Rather, it's an exploration of the psychological effects of war on the individual. At over three hours long, some call this film epic, others horribly dull and depressing. Split into three acts, the first hour of the film follows the three main characters Mike, Nick and Steve (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage) in their home town of Clairton, a small, industrial town with a large contingent of Russian immigrants. The story begins with Steve's wedding, which doubles as a send-off party for the three men who have volunteered to fight in Vietnam, but with no real knowledge of what to expect. However, an uninvited guest at the wedding, a 'Green Beret' who has recently returned from Vietnam, hints at what they can expect... he is a man who has been psychologically destroyed, and his unusual behaviour is greeted at first with anger, then amusement, but no real comprehension. We also follow the men on a last deerhunting trip in the mountains, as the film builds up our understanding of each character. Indeed, the deer hunting segments serve as a powerful metaphor that underpins the rest of the movie. The peace and tranquility of the mountains are counterposed with the sound of choppers and gunfire in Vietnam. From the outset it is clear that Mike, who sees deerhunting as more than just mere sport, has a deeper understanding of what the war will do to them, as is somehow better placed to cope...
The second third of the movie throws us straight into the thick of battle, from the sleepy streets of a small Pennsylvanian town, to the brutality of the Vietnam War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 5 days ago by Liz Garrini
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deer Hunter
As good as I remembered it-------------------------Wonderful ------BUT --- Robert de Niro was in it so it couldn't fail shall play it again soon, cant stop singing th theme tune
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5.0 out of 5 stars DO IT!
Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken on top form, a very serious film about the different affects the Vietnamese war had on people, ranging from physical to emotional, a powerful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good film even in this day and age.
I had never watched this film but had always understood that it was a classic. Anything with Robert De Niro in is usually a good film so I decided to give it a watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juddz444
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Films of the Seventies.
I remember how often this film was talked about when it first came out. I have seen it a number of times and each time it seems to get better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicodemus
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty and brutish
Maybe is nasty and brutish but is a great film which "comments" on war, not just a specific one. Highly accomplished direction.
Published 2 months ago by Brian Last
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
I really like this film, would watch it again if I had the time. There is lots of drama, its a bit gory - and extremely sad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Gilani
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course if you know
This is a definitive romance and anti war novel a film of the Russian Orthodox era of entrapment in a conflict that grew out of Japan 1946 and cost the USA its biggest cost to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. M. Stagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Nam Film Ever
Just let the kids see it as they were not even a twinkle when it came out...and they loved it as I still do
Published 4 months ago by Aceface
5.0 out of 5 stars De Niro at his best
My all time favourite film of all time, great cast, excellent story and the acting is 1st class.
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