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Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray] (2007)

Stanley Kubrick  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48UO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Jay Cocks

New Featurette: Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil

Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

Marine recruits endure basic training under a leather-lunged D.I., then plunge into the hell of Vietnam. Matthew Modine heads a talented ensemble in this searing look at a process that turns people into killers.

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379 of 424 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jungian thing... January 19, 2003
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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113 of 124 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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121 of 135 people found the following review helpful
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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108 of 124 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
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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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Research the Aspect Ratio September 7, 2007
In response to the complaints made by some reviewers that Full Metal Jacket is not available in a widescreen ratio, the full screen ratio shown here was Kubrick's intended ratio for home viewing. Unlike many films that are shot and exhibited in a widescreen ratio, then cropped to a standard ratio for home theater release, Full Metal Jacket was originally shot in standard. For the theatrical release, the top and bottom of the film were cut off to create a widescreen aspect ratio. Then, for the home release, these excised portions of the film were returned. So the full screen dvd version of Full Metal Jacket actually has a larger picture than the widescreen release. If you really desire the widescreen aspect ratio, try out the blu-ray or hd dvd releases of the film. However, if Kubrick originally wanted the film to be released onto video with the standard ratio, have the blu-ray and hd dvd companies completely disregarded his wishes in favor of increasing sales by releasing the widescreen versions, or has the Kubrick family approved the change? One can only wonder
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3.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Jacket
Good movie, but had real difficulty seeing the players at time, like someone did a very poor job of making this recording??
Published 2 days ago by C. Harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Jacket
This is one of the best movies about Vietnam made.....and lets not forget about boot camp....don't forget to get your popcorn and drink before you start this movie you won't want... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Pam Wilson
Actual two movies in one. Part one is the training, Part two is actual combat in Vietnam.
Very well done
Published 10 days ago by J. Kenneth Stanz
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this as a gift for my son & he enjoyed it
My Son was telling me that he liked this movie, and wasn't able to find it. I searched on Amazon, and was able to locate it, and purchase it for him. He was very happy with it.
Published 11 days ago by twosarahs
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it once and you never forget it...
Great movie. One of the movies you must have in your life. Some thing you can watch over and over again.
Published 11 days ago by lazaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie at any price.

one of if not the best war movie ever made . I rate it the best of the Vietnam Movies.
Published 11 days ago by Frank McInnis
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick Classic
While online viewing is sort of wiping out DVD collections, I still like to have classics on disc, and this movie is undoubtedly one of the better classic war movies to emerge from... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rita Marbury
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
had gone too long with out a copy for my self
i just had to have more waiting for someone else
Published 13 days ago by joe pryal
3.0 out of 5 stars Marines Beware of Night Mares
Boot Camp sucks this bad, but the soldiers prevail, this movie is too close to the real mark on war, and those whom have fought on both sides. . .
Published 14 days ago by T.T.Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding USMC Movie
Fantastic Movie with great actors. Reminded me of my time in the Corps. I have watched this many times. Outstadning
Published 26 days ago by Stephen L. Hatfield
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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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