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Full Metal Jacket [VHS] (1987)

Matthew Modine , R. Lee Ermey , Stanley Kubrick  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,042 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Michael Herr, Philip Hobbs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Vietnamese
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Studios
  • VHS Release Date: August 12, 1997
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,042 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790701251
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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EDITOR'S NOTE: According to a Warner Home Video technician involved in the production of The Stanley Kubrick Collection, Kubrick authorized all aspects of the Collection, from the use of Digital Component Video (or "D-1") masters originally approved in 1989, to the use of minimalist screen menus, chapter stops, and (in the case of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining on DVD) supplementary materials. Full-screen presentation of The Shining and Full Metal Jacket was also approved by Kubrick, who recomposed his original framing, reportedly believing that those films looked best on video in the full-screen format. (In fact, the original theatrical aspect ratio of The Shining was 1.66:1, meaning that a relatively small portion of the image is lost.) Kubrick also chose mono over stereo, believing that inconsistencies in theatrical sound systems resulted in loss of control over theatrical presentation. In every respect, the Warner spokesman said, the films in the Collection remain as Kubrick approved them. Any future attempt to remaster or alter them would have to be approved by an appointee of the Kubrick estate.

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118 of 129 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Buying (again) October 25, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you're a fan of this film like me and had bought the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD before and thought "This is hi-def?", then you're in for a treat. This newly remastered version has a sharper picture and better color image and new commentaries to boot. While not as stunning a transfer as "The Shining" or "2001", this is still a much improved re-release. Trade in your old copy and purchase with confidence.
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387 of 436 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jungian thing... January 19, 2003
Format:DVD
Stanley Kubrick has been quoted as saying that with Full Metal Jacket, he wanted to make a war film, as opposed to an ANTI-war film. Condemning war is easily. It's a moral no-brainer. Trying to understand its nature is something far more challenging. As a result, Full Metal Jacket does something far more subtle and difficult than simply tell us that War is Hell (although it does that, too). To understand what and how, one must consider the film's structure:
Full Metal Jacket is split brutally into two parts, the first of which follows our hero, Private Joker (Matthew Modine) through basic training at Parris Island. A tubby, slow-witted misfit named Leonard Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio in an effective performance) is pushed too hard by the sadistic drill instructor Hartmann (R. Lee Ermey), and ends up killing both Hartman and himself in the Grand Guignol blackout sketch that ends part one.
It is at this point that many people have trouble with Full Metal Jacket, as the second half jumps to Viet Nam with no warning. Although Joker and another character named Cowboy (Arliss Howard) carry over from the first part of the film, they never so much as talk about Parris Island or the murder-suicide that marked their training there. It is as though that event happened in another universe, or at least a different movie.
The key to this apparent gaffe in story cohesion is contained in a scene where Joker is confronted by a Major over having "Born to Kill" scrawled on his helmet at the same time he wears a peace symbol on his flak jacket.
"I was trying to say something about the duality of man," he says, "...the Jungian thing, SIR!"
Duality of man; duality of film.
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123 of 138 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I spent 1992-2001 in the Marine Corps Infantry. And this movie is a favorite among Marines no matter where they are.

While I think that it is absolutely inappropriate for children, you will have to make that decision on your own as a parent. But be warned, the language in this movie is very harsh.

R. Lee Ermey plays the part of Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Seargeant Hartman (that's a mouthfull), his euphemisms, mannerisms and behavior are perfect. He absolutely nailed it.

If you've got any friends, relatives or acquaintances that are in the Corps, this is always a winner of a gift. Particularly if they are getting ready for deployment (ship life is a drag).

A caveat about reality...with the demise of conscription and the institution of the "all volunteer force," Drill Instructors no longer administer corporal punishment (i.e. they do not strike the recruits). Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a former recruit trying to embellish the experience (for amorous purposes no doubt), or smear the Marine Corps (for nefarious purposes no doubt).
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118 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last you too can know what war is really like December 20, 2006
Format:DVD
I was drafted out of college in 1968 when graduate school deferments ended. Yes, I know I could have avoided the whole thing just by swearing that I was homosexual or handicapped or by convincing my father to win a Senate seat. Alas, Dad was a World War II vet who worked for Ford and who thought it was about time I started acting like a man. And, I was young then and idealistic and it seemed important to me that year that I should share the same risks that other young men were being compelled to take.

At least, unlike so many of my peers, I have not since been forced to wonder what I missed. Because, I didn't really miss any of it.

Most of the war movies that have been produced since Vietnam have been made by men who have never heard a shot fired in anger and have been haunted by what they missed all their lives. For example, 'Saving Private Ryan' looks and sounds and feels nothing like war. I have always felt insulted by 'Apocalypse Now.' And, 'Platoon' sometimes looks like Vietnam but not usually and I don't really think Oliver Stone has anything more to say on the subject of that war that what Jane Fonda has already said a thousand times. And, I realize it is idiosyncaratic of me, but I also had a good friend named Jack Rambo who met a tragic and painful end in late November 1969 and so I have always been annoyed that Sylvester Stallone, who spent the war hiding in Switzerland, should not only give himself permission to appropriate my friend's name but go on to more or less slander all Vietnam Vets at the same time and then get rich by doing it.

But 'Full Metal Jacket' is very different from all these other Vietnam films. Most of the kids with whom I served were bright, funny, anti-authoritarian, ironic, tough and very dangerous.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intense movie about the Corp and Vietnam February 11, 2006
Format:DVD
I served two tours in the Vietnam war and I am sometimes wary to watch a movie about it. My grandson told me about this movie and so I decided to watch it and see. Overall the movie at times seems embellished with hollywood but that does not mean they are stretching the truth, perhaps just adding some color to it. The boot camp scenes were all to familiar as I had a lot of memories come back doing pushups, situps, and getting yelled at for someone else's mistake.

The battle scenes were not far off but not accurate to be applied to all the men and women who were are in combat. The scene that stuck out in my mind was when the man called "animal mother" played by Alec Baldwin was wanting to go take out the sniper. Sometimes these things happen but all to often the first and foremost thing you want to do is make sure you don't get killed trying to be a hero and doing something stupid that could endanger you and your fellow marines around you.

There is a lot of comeraderie and this movie did a good job of showing that with the men. It also did show that some damn near do lose their marbles. Many people watching it probably found some scenes to be resentful or sickening. That they are, but one has to realize that it's another world over there in the war zone, and how you cope and are able to get through it sometimes would be deemed bad or wrong. It's easy to judge when your at home in your recliner, and not crawling over bodies in the mud while someone is shooting at you.

The film to me was emotional at the end as the men regrouped and headed out on patrol, where there will be another sniper waiting, another letter from home that won't reach it's recipient, and another friend lost to war. Full Metal Jacket embodies many things that were common in the Vietnam war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ending is very sad.
This is a very intense movie. It truly seems to show what these gentlemen go through. The ending is very sad.
Published 1 day ago by R. A. Macgaren
5.0 out of 5 stars HD DVD will only work on HD DVD player!!!
Great, of you have an obsolete HD DVD player. Very niche market.
Published 1 day ago by mike tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars said was great
ordered for my brother and he loved it
Published 1 day ago by Roz Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT!!!
Published 1 day ago by SONIA1027
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 5 days ago by Kelly Harrelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a favorite!
Published 6 days ago by DAVID W DEHAAN II
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie, brings back alot of memories of being in the beautiful lush gardens of the Asian countryside, while smelling the aroma of rotting flesh and gun powder while trying... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Charles Hearne
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie and I am happy I purchased it
This is a great movie and I am happy I purchased it. Received in a timely manner and good condition.
Published 7 days ago by Pop
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is absolutely amazing..
This movie is absolutely amazing...I have seen it countless times and recommend it to anyone who loves war movies. It has an amazing cast and is very well done. 5 stars!!
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Another same full screen release again?
I know I'm late to this party but the film was actually filmed in widescreen but Kubrick mandated it be shown on home video/laser disc/dvd in full screen. The box set that was released 10/23/07 is the first time a home viewer can see it in the original wide-screen format.
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Nov 23, 2007 by Heybub1 |  See all 5 posts
Special Features?
I've been wondering the same thing. I've come tot he conclusion that the second disc is the film's soundtrack (or OST). I saw it in one of the descriptions for one that is being sold.

I'm definitely buying this from one of the used sellers (even though I own the regular edition already) that... Read More
Oct 18, 2008 by John DeVito |  See all 2 posts
Why no 10% discount?
Uhhh, because it's NOT HD? Read the Format line again. HD DVD's actually say HD DVD, and contain a notice telling you that it may or may not also contain a format standard version on the disc.
Jun 21, 2007 by T. Silva |  See all 2 posts
No True Widescreen For Full Metal Jacket
I have the original Release of "The Kubrick Collection" on DVD, the only version approved by Kubrick himself. Kubrick did NOT like widescreen format, preferring the old TV format of 1.39:1. Clockwork Orange was filmed in the 1.85:1 format, but was cropped by Kubrick to 1.69:1 for VHS... Read More
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