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Full Metal Jacket 1987

This is a riveting, unrelenting and intelligent look at military life during the Vietnam war. The first half focuses on training a squad of Marines and on the relationship between the brutal drill sergeant and a misfit. The second half takes the Marines to Hue City and the climactic battle of the Tet Offensive.

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Stanley Kubrick
Starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey
Supporting actors Dorian Harewood, Ed O'Ross, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Finally an excellent and complete blu ray edition: I bought it also because it includes italian audio and subs. In Italy we have a wonderful dubbing tradition and this is one of the best dubbed films ever. So, further than watching it in english (which is fantastic of course) I often love the italian version: even Kubrick congratulated for the quality and spirit of this dubbing, saying it was at the same level as the english version. This is so true for the characters of Drill Instructor Hartman and Jokers. The fist one was amazingly dubbed, to such a level of adherence to the actor, that, although him being extraordinary, his "italian voice" makes him even better.
About the film, apart from the rich extras and quality of the blu ray, I don't know what to add: the more I watch it the more I think it is still and even greater. The good thing of Kubrick is that everytime you watch one of his films again, you realize and find out more details, layers and intuitions.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is, of course, a classic film and we all know the quality of casting and the cinematography however, you cant help but wonder how it's going to look when put on to Blu Ray. The good news is, you're not going to be disappointed!

It's been remastered in to full 1080p which brings a great depth of colour and added realism to the film. Like with The Shining, it makes an old film look like a recent production. While you cant always see a difference between DVD & Blu Ray, this is a great film to show you just how much more vibrant it really does look. The improved sound also helps, you can now watch it on any decent surround sound system and not have to keep turning it up or down depending on the scene.

I'd highly recommend this version of the film. If you enjoyed it originally, this will definitely improve your viewing pleasure and it'll be a great addition to your ever growning Blu Ray collection!
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Format: Blu-ray
Although this is a fantastic film, I have to say I was very very disappointed with the 'supposed' Blu-Ray high definition. This film was supposedly remastered in 1080p Blu-Ray in this version of the disc I bought, but i cannot see any signs of the HD effect....did they actually forget to remaster it? It looks no different to my original DVD copy. Playing back through my Tosh 37X3030 (which has proven to be a simply stunning Full HD TV on other Blu-Ray titles I bought), there is lots of video noise, there is little evidence of 1080p remastering. If you have watched the Blu-Ray version of, say, Casino Royale, or Planet Earth at 1080p, with its pin-sharp picture and sound, then you will be very disappointed with this version of Full Metal Jacket. I realise its an older film, but it does not even LOOK like HD to my eyes. This means I will probably be avoiding all old 'remastered' films....Not the High Definition treat I was hoping for when I took the HD plunge.
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Format: Blu-ray
Never mind the other comments, they are for the 2007 Blu-Ray. This 2008 edition has a great 1080p image that feels very natural, with a pleasing amount of grain. It looks very close to how the film looked in theaters.

Unlike the previous edition this one has a couple of interesting extras, above all a very good commentary. Especially Vincent d'Onofrio offers a lot of insight into the making of the film.
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Format: DVD
This is the journey undertaken by Private "Joker" J.T. Davis, from brutal training camp to Vietnam itself.

As most people know by now, Full Metal Jacket is divided very much into two different halves, halves that to me show the best and worst of the talented director, Stanley Kubrick. For the first part we are subjected to the training regime inflicted on wet behind the ears boys, boys soon to become Marines out in the harshness of the Vietnam War. This is real dehumanising stuff, frighteningly essayed by the brilliance of drill instructor R Lee Ermey's performance. We know, see and feel that the boys are primed to be killing machines, unemotional killing machines at that, with Kubrick astutely weaving the brutality of camp into the moral quandary that was the war itself. One particular recruit, Private Gomer {a heartfelt and unnervingly great Vincent D'Onofrio} is the film, and Gustav Hasford's {writer of the novel and co screenwriter here} point of reference in this incredible first half. It's with this strand that "Jacket" burns itself into the soul of the viewer, to hopefully set us up for what will be Private "Joker's" {Matthew Modine} preparation for the Vietnmam conflict.

Then it's that second half........

Where do we go from here? We already know that "Joker" and his mentally brutalised colleagues have been stripped of their basic humanity. Soldiers primed to kill, it's harsh, but true. But Kubrick has already chilled our blood and bludgeoned us repeatedly courtesy of the "Boot Camp" set up. Modine's {who isn't strong enough to carry the picture} "Joker" is now the films axis, a clever, most definitely articulate character, who is thrust into the murky and muddled battle of the Tet Offensive, yeah and so?
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For my fellow aficionados of Full Metal Jacket this line uttered by Ronald Lee Ermey in the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is the catalyst for a series of events leading to a tragic final showdown with Private Pyle.

FILM TRIVA.... Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was later bestowed with the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam.

FILM TRIVA.... Ronald Lee Ermey was originally hired as a technical advisor for the actor who was to play the drill instructor, but he did such a good job at it that Ermey himself was hired for the part by Director Stanley Kubrick
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