- 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
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Warner
- DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
- Run Time: 176 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005V4V4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,349 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Deer Hunter [DVD] 
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Screen Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
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Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
Couple of comments on what it was like to re-watch the movie after all these years: while I recalled quite a bit of the movie, I was struck by the many details that jumped out at me, such as the beautiful wedding scenes and subsequent reception scenes. Also struck by the beauty and grace of the young Meryl Streep (then in a relationship with cancer-stricken John Cazale, who passed away shortly after shooting this and never saw the completed movie). Also very impressed with the devastating performance from John Savage as the vulnerable Stevie, how did this not get noticed come Oscar time? Also when you look at the early/mid 70s steel town scenes, all I could think was "those were horrible times!". The now infamous Russian Roulette scenes remain as difficult to watch now as they were then, although I will say that it was a shock seeing them as an 18 yr. old. I did not expect to react to the movie as emotionally as I did, given that I knew exactly how it would play out. As it turned out, I found myself in tears on many occasions throughout the movie, and at the conclusion of it, I was a wreck, clear and simple.Read more ›
the aftermath of the war shows De Niro finding it impossible to adjust to life back home alienating his friends Meryl Streep(excellent, as ever)and John Cazale.Savage is without his legs in a veteran's hospital and Walken roams the vietnam streets playing russian roulette for money,a ghost searching for his deliverance. When that final curtain comes it is an incredibly powerful blow that will leave the viewer reeling.Gripping and powerful, The deerhunter is a perfect companion piece to Apocalypse Now and Platoon.It may be heartbreaking and gruelling but it is ultimately rewarding.
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What a film, DVD in great condition, as new!! Watched the movie twice in one week. Had forgotten how powerful certain films can be.Published 1 month ago by Grace Coupland