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Platoon 1986

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A naive young soldier must choose between his two platoon leaders and confront his fears in the terror of Vietnam.

Starring:
Tom Berenger, Keith David
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Oliver Stone
Starring Tom Berenger, Keith David
Supporting actors Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Reggie Johnson, Mark Moses, Corey Glover, Johnny Depp, Chris Pedersen, Bob Orwig, Corkey Ford, David Neidorf, Charlie Sheen, Richard Edson, Tony Todd, Kevin Eshelman, James Terry McIlvain
Studio MGM
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2006
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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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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Format: DVD
Platoon has become a Vietnam War classic film. With a tramendus cast and a successful director like Oliver Stone, the film deals with the cruelty of the war, exploring at the same time the difficulties at the relationships between the sholdiers. All these with a fantastic music score and a fabulus photography make this film one of the best of its kind. An absolute buy for the collector and not only.
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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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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2008
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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Format: Blu-ray
as you all know great film,so i will just say how dissapointed i am with bluray release. Picture quaility is pretty good mostly,but does have a lot of grain in places,but worst is the sound. Its dts hd master,but sounds terrible,very flat and dull,doesnt sound any better than average stereo sound,rear speaker are barely used. Rating only 3stars
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