Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
25th Anniversary Edition
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For the first time in stunning Blu-ray High Definition, Academy Award(R) winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997) delivers a tour-de-force performance in the 25th Anniversary Edition of the hit comedy GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM! Enjoy the unsurpassed digital sound quality of Blu-ray Hi-Def as military deejay Adrian Cronauer (Williams) spins a red-hot soundtrack of '60s hits. His sidesplitting comedy and rapid-fire wit make him a hero to the troops, but quickly get him in hot water with his by-the-book superiors. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Williams's hilarious radio monologues, GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM remains the quintessential Robin Williams comedy.
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What a wonderful world. Rest in peace Robin.
When the movie came out I was eager to see it because I knew J. T. Walsh and was thrilled to see him in a film with Robin Williams, my favorite entertainer. When J. T. and I met in 1983 in NYC, he was a struggling Off-Broadway actor with great talent. He was in an Off-Broadway play with another young unknown named John Goodman. I knew after watching the play they were destined for bigger things. John hit the lottery with Roseanne and J. T. broke the ice with Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway. In 1983, I could have never forseen J. T. dying at 53 and Robin at 63. When Good Morning, Vietnam came out they were two young, dynamic, talented men with their entire lives ahead of them. Watching this film now, in 2014, it breaks my heart knowing how their stories end.
The reaction from the audience in the Times Square movie theatre was electric. We had never seen anything like this before. A fresh take on the war in Nam. How could you make light of Vietnam when so many American men and women didn't come home? Or your friends came home but were hooked on drugs and their souls were shattered forever. They left their youth in the rice paddies and on muddy roads.
This is my favorite Robin Williams movie with The Birdcage a close second. There will never be another entertainer like him. He was one-of-a-kind. Unique. Brilliant. Electrifying. He walked that high wire every performance without a net. This film is a living testament to his talent. My grandchildren will watch this many years from now and laugh as hard as I did. My daughter wore his Mork rainbow suspenders for years. I wish I had kept them.
You can almost feel the humidity as you watch the film. It is very emotional to see the gun boats on the rivers and deltas as James Brown blasts from their portable radios on deck. As they man the machine guns and wait for the enemy to show himself, these great 60s classics give them a chance to briefly exhale. When the Vietcong heard the music in the distance, what were they thinking? Here come those crazy American kids? Did some of them wish they could be US soldiers and return to America? Escape from the Nam they grew up in. This movie makes your heart break and opens up your imagination to 'what if?'
Because Robin Williams left us only a few weeks ago this film is difficult to watch. However, you are so thankful he made it and you have a chance to revisit his incredible talent. To me, this is a special film because Robin was so new to the big screen and showed a vulnerability he would not in future films. When I first ordered it the day after Robin died, it was sold out on amazon. Not surprised at all. Happily waited for it to be re-issued.
This is how I am spending Labor Day 2014. Remembering Vietnam, J. T., all my friends who fought there, and remembering what it felt like to be in my 20's living overseas and protesting the war. There will never be another war like Nam. Next time the war will come to us and will be fought on our streets. Think it can't happen? Read the headlines. There won't be funny scenes and rock n' roll when ISIS arrives.
We will always have Good Morning, Vietnam to remind us of our youth and how we spent it.
Thank you, Robin. Thank you J. T. You will always be with us through your incredible bodies of work. So blessed to have witnessed your talent.
THE DISC: For this 25th Anniversary Edition, Touchstone delivered a nice package. The picture and audio quality is perfect (or at least as perfect as the format allows) and there is a decent amount of special features. The biggest extra is a 34-35 minute series of production diaries which features members of the cast and crew, and Adrian Cronauer, reminiscing on the film. There is also some raw footage of Robin Williams improvising in the DJ scenes that didn't make it into the final cut, and two theatrical trailers.
OVERALL: This is an outstanding film, which works on multiple levels and the Blu-ray presentation is also excellent. This seems to be the definitive release, and I highly recommend buying it.