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Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick Collection 2001 Release) (DVD)
Director Stanley Kubrick rips the skin from the face of war to expose the dehumanizing effect of the military on the people fed to its emotional meat grinder in Full Metal Jacket. Through the eyes of an 18-year-old recruit--from his first days in the seeming hell of Marine Corps boot camp as his superiors try to strip of him his individuality and re-create him as a Marine, to the hell of the 1968 Tet offensive, Kubrick reveals the damage done to the collective human soul by the inhumanity of war. Based on the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford.]]>
Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty of reason to wonder why he made the film at all: essentially a two-part drama that begins on a Parris Island boot camp for rookie Marines and abruptly switches to Vietnam (actually shot on sound stages and locations near London), Full Metal Jacket comes across as a series of self-contained chapters in a story whose logical and thematic development is oblique at best. Then again, much the same was said about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a masterwork both enthralled with and satiric about the future's role in the unfinished business of human evolution. In a way, Full Metal Jacket is the wholly grim counterpart of 2001. While the latter is a truly 1960s film, both wide-eyed and wary, about the intertwining of progress and isolation (ending in our redemption, finally, by death), Full Metal Jacket is a cynical, Reagan-era view of the 1960s' hunger for experience and consciousness that fulfilled itself in violence. Lee Ermey made film history as the Marine drill instructor whose ritualized debasement of men in the name of tribal uniformity creates its darkest angel in a murderous half-wit (Vincent D'Onofrio). Matthew Modine gives a smart and savvy performance as Private Joker, the clowning, military journalist who yearns to get away from the propaganda machine and know firsthand the horrific revelation of the front line. In Full Metal Jacket, depravity and fulfillment go hand in hand, and it's no wonder Kubrick kept his steely distance from the material to make the point. --Tom Keogh
Shoot! - I didn't carefully look over the details of this disk -- 1.33 aspect ratio. That's right - cropped to fit the old style 4/3 tube TV format. YUCK! Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. Ryan
Marxists utilize the tactic of employing false oppositions, more commonly referred to by Marxists as the ‘Scissors Strategy’, in which the blades represent the two falsely opposed... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dean M. Jackson
FMJ is my all time favorite war film about the lives of Marines.Published 5 days ago by Jennifer Jackman
Item arrived as promised. Prompted service as advertised. Enjoying the item ordered. Thank you.Published 6 days ago by Shiryl
A word of caution to the wise: This film was made before the "Politically Correct" Era, and as such it contains language that may be offensive to 2015 audiences. Read morePublished 10 days ago by HonestGuy3017
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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.
Do your research.
Nov 23, 2007 by Heybub1 | See all 5 posts
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
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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 Mertado | 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
Jul 31, 2010 by Derek McCumber | See all 18 posts
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