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THE DEER HUNTER [Blu-Ray/DVD | US | Universal Studios | 2012 | Region: FREE]
on 20 January 2017
[MOVIE | 5 out of 5]
Run time: 183:43 mins. | Production: 1978
Here's a rare occasion that I can 100 % agree with the Academy Awards: It won a total of five Oscars in 1979:
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Walken), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
That was before the Academy Awards started awarding horrible movies (TITANIC) and bad actors (DiCaprio)...
THE DEER HUNTER is an epic war drama about three soldiers in the Vietnam war portrayed by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage. It was co-written and directed by Michael Cimino and even as of today stands out as one of the best war movies ever made.
THE DEER HUNTER is a tragic and depressing film. It deals more with the aftermath of the war and the effects of the war on the soldiers and their families. It's one of those few films that the characters actually grow on you and what happens to them haunts you even after the end credits roll. The psychological depth this film has is phenomenal.
The lead actors are superb, especially Christopher Walken, who even steals the show from Robert De Niro, something that normally would be impossible..
THE DEER HUNTER has been criticized for its portrayal of the Vietnam war, mainly the American side, Critics made the same mistake here that they made with AMERICAN SNIPER: the film is not about the war, about it being right or wrong, it is about the PEOPLE that fought in the war, the soldiers and the psychological effects of the war. And this the film get 100 % right. At the end it is irrelevant whether the war was right or wrong, at the end it is about the effect the war had on the soldiers, their friends and families.
THE DEER HUNTER is definitely a must-see, right up there with APOCALYPSE NOW.
[VIDEO | 4 out of 5]
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
[AUDIO | 4 out of 5]
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
- Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
English HoH, French, Spanish
[EXTRAS | 2 out of 5]
- Feature Film on DVD
- Audio Commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fischer
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (16:57)
- Theatrical Trailer (2:47)
- My Scenes Feature
- 100 Years of Academy Award Winners Featurette (9:35)