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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Robert De Niro , Meryl Streep , Michael Cimino  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 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: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MCA/Universal Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783225997
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Deer Hunter" on IMDb

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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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77 of 79 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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257 of 294 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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64 of 71 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 83 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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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite movie
What I can't understand is how so many people complain that the wedding and hunting scenes are too long. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Frank S. Dzik
5.0 out of 5 stars A real mind-beinder and a very surprising ending
This is a good add to anyone with a Vietnam War collection. This film, while a little contrived, vividly illustrates the changes that occurred in us, the Vietnam generation, as a... Read more
Published 15 days ago by James Hadstate
4.0 out of 5 stars Deer Hunter
Another great movie, with Robert De Niro. This is a great flick, but only recommended for adults. One of the "have to gets" if you're a De Niro fan.
Published 17 days ago by Frank Smirke
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the GREATEST of all time !
Very strong film. There is alot of emotion in this film. Hell, makes me tear eyed writing about. "MAO MAO" will always be remembered "MAO". Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jonas Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful movie in HD...
I have to think everyone has seen this incredible movie about the Vietnam war and many of the people involved. It is a very long movie, maybe 3 hours, so be prepared. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Dr. Oceanfront
5.0 out of 5 stars the deer hunter
very good movie.

do not like this new system, makes me feel like I am in school and required to write a book report
Published 24 days ago by pat uyeda
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film
For anyone who has already seen The Deer Hunter, this is a great buy. You get a classic film on Blu-ray with a dvd copy as well. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dino Martino
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of The Best
As a Vietnam Veteran, there are three films I watch each year during the Memorial Day weekend – Platoon, Hamburger Hill and, my favorite, The Deer Hunter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Kenyada
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece, some might not understand it.
First, this movie is more about common America / USA - our society more than an Individual.

Pros: All star cast when they were young and not superstar actors to do the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about The Deer Hunter...
Let me start with the fact that this is not a kid's movie. There are some very violent theme's due to the subject matter of the film it self. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Sebastian
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