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The Deer Hunter [HD DVD] (1978)

Robert De Niro , Meryl Streep , Michael Cimino  |  R |  HD DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage
  • Directors: Michael Cimino
  • Writers: Deric Washburn
  • Producers: Michael Cimino, Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, John Peverall
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MCA/Universal Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VHUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Deer Hunter [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and Film Journalist Bob Fisher
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Extended Scenes

  • Editorial Reviews

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    Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama. --Jeff Shannon

    Product Description

    Winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Cimino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), this critically acclaimed, extraordinarily powerful film tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. Robert De Niro gives an outstanding performance as Michael, the natural leader of the group. The Deer Hunter is a searing drama of friendship and courage - and what happens to these qualities under hardship. It is a shattering emotional experience you will never forget.

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    82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars New Blu ray re-release of Vietnam War classic January 25, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    Not having seen this movie in years, it was with some trepidation that I watched. Like many films of this stature, it can be difficult to view at times. Of course many will remember the time when the 3 best friends are captured by the Viet Cong and forced into games of Russian roulette. Knowing those scenes pretty well, equal focus should be placed on the long build up in the first act which shows how those friendships evolve.

    There is no doubt Christopher Walken deserved his Oscar, but watch the byplay between De Niro's title character and that of Meryl Streep's who is the girlfriend of Nick (Walken) and Michael's (Robert De Niro) best friend. At first there are the glimses and subtle attraction. Michael is clearly smitten by Linda (Streep), but stays at a distance because of her relationship with Nick. Linda likes Michael but more like a brother or best friend. This relationship awkwardly changes, but while Michael has romance in mind, Linda still loves Nick. Yet she is also very lonely and torn by the fact that Michael is there and has always paid attention to her. This is certainly some good writing but the acting delivers this aching relationship in a profound way. Yes the movie is long, clocking in at over 3 hours and can be grueling at times, but this is a landmark film by any standard.

    This new Blu ray combo pack Blu-ray/DVD combo pack presents the film in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The video transfer is excellent. The colors are deep and vibrant, the detail is sharp, and the dark scenes are especially well presented. The DTS-HD Master Audio is incredibly immersive. The surrounds are often in play, especially in the Vietnam sequences. The dialog is clear and well presented. The LFE channel is used in critical scenes.
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    262 of 301 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Watch It Without A Scorecard October 17, 1999
    Format:VHS Tape
    If you really want to get the most out of viewing this picture, don't make the mistake many of these Amazon reviewers do, by either assuming the politics of Cimino et al or using your own pro- or anti-America agenda as a critical yardstick. Because really this film isn't proselytizing a particular viewpoint, unlike Cimino's disastrous followup HEAVEN'S GATE. And don't think of it solely as a war movie. Actually, it's a lot like GONE WITH THE WIND: an epic-scale look at life and society in a specific place and time in the past (in this case, 1968, ten years before the film was made), and how folks send off their high-spirited young men to a war that no one pays a great deal of mind to - and how that war shatters not only the young men but the world they left behind, forever. The wedding scene IS long and in lesser hands on either side of the camera would be a dead weight but Cimino and lensman (sorry) Vilmos Zsigmond frame it in reverent widescreen grandeur, and a once-in-a-lifetime cast nails every character nuance and conversational tic, so that the scene flows on and on, vibrant with life and perfectly evoking not only a rust-belt town but the fast-fading rust-belt values of the nation. Besides, with a cast like this movie's, working at the height of their powers with inspired material, you really don't want scenes to end. When the movie segues to Vietnam, the tone shifts to horror and finally surrealism. Many consider this portion of the movie horribly racist, but that's a safe, kneejerk-liberal reaction. These aren't Harvard freshmen, they're barely-educated steeltown kids being sent to a faroff jungle to kill VC, who get captured & tortured by the men they are trying to kill. Read more ›
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    66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One Shot July 27, 2000
    Format:DVD
    We've seen alot of Veitnam war movies since Deer Hunter. Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Oliver Stone's trilogy & various others. All have great moments,especially Kubrick's version,but Cimino's "Deer Hunter" is the Grand Daddy,in my opinion. De Niro's incredible acting is only equalled by Walken,Streep,Cazale & Savage. It's Streep's first film appearance & Cazale's last~(They were a couple at the time, Cazale died of cancer before the film's release)~. I have never taken the Academy Awards seriously since they awarded Jon Voigt & Jane Fonda oscars for "Coming Home"~(another Vietnam film)~ instead of De Niro & Streep for "Deer Hunter". Walken walked away with best supporting actor,& deservedly so. It is an incredibly powerful movie. The DVD,although a little dark looking,is great to watch. To be able to access any scene...I still marvel. This is a film you HAVE to see if you have any kind of love for the movies.
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    72 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Masterpiece October 26, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    Cimino's THE DEER HUNTER is difficult to describe. The film opens with a long and complex sequence depicting events surrounding an elaborate wedding in a steel mill town--and then vaults several of that community's young men into a hellish vision of the Vietnam war, from which the survivors return so completely changed that they no longer fit into the community from which they originally came.

    There are several critical issues with THE DEER HUNTER. When it was first released, audiences were very positive about the film--but they complained about the opening "home town" sequence, which they described as slow and over-long. The studio accordingly edited the sequence to half its original length--but when the edited version was shown, audiences were considerably less enthusiastic about the film in general and complained that it lacked impact, and the edited portion was restored. Audiences still complain about the opening sequence, seldom realizing that it provides the point of comparison that makes the remainder of the film so powerful--and in any case, this fact is something that can only be recognized by viewers in hindsight, a circumstance that does not help them weather the first portion of the movie when they actually see it. Many also complain that the plot is improbable. Once the three leads (Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Christopher Walken) reach Vietnam, they are unexpectedly reunited just in time to be captured and tortured together. In the film's most famous scene, the three are forced to play Russian roulette against each other--and although they escape, one is maimed (Savage) and the other (Walken) so emotionally traumatized that he vanishes into Vietnamese underworld, where he re-enacts the horror of his torture by playing Russian roulette as a gambling game.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Deer Hunter - a study in human endurance?
    The Deer Hunter is not just a "war movie" it is a study in human strength and endurance. How many of us could live through what these guys did and come out... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by M. Dobyns
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of the 70's
    One of the best movies of the 70's . Great acting by the whole cast . Worked with a guy ( steelworker , Viet Nam vet , and a deer hunter ) who was interviewed by De Niro to help... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by BRODY
    4.0 out of 5 stars these fellows had it bad. Grateful none of my relatives were in this...
    Just an oldie that was very difficult to locate. Talk about PTSD, these fellows had it bad. Grateful none of my relatives were in this partcular war. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Catherine J Matteson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A classic that every collector should own.
    Published 5 days ago by Mark Green
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent quality DVD.
    Published 6 days ago by B. Erdman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great as advertized item!
    Published 7 days ago by Frank
    5.0 out of 5 stars Friends forever both near and far...!
    This 1978 Academy Award winning Best Picture film, shows intense drama among family and friends in a blue-collar, steel mining town of Pennsylvania. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Nina
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Not mine, it was a gift...:)
    Published 8 days ago by Debbie
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    good movie
    Published 12 days ago by Dan Ballard
    3.0 out of 5 stars and the performances amazing. The issue I had with the movie is ...
    As one might expect of a Vietnam movie, there were parts that were very disturbing. However, the story of the friendship of the three main characters (and those they left behind)... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by KY Reviews
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