Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : THV10884300BR
- Director : Barry Levinson, Peter Sova
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 2 hours and 1 minute
- Release date : January 17, 2012
- Actors : Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby
- Subtitles: : French, English
- Language : English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
- Studio : TOUCHSTONE PICTURES
- ASIN : B005TBQS0Q
- Writers : Mitch Markowitz
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Everything Williams was known for was what he got to do with Cronauer. He was fast talking, doing different voices, and making non-stop jokes. Williams got to show all the manic parts of his personality. It’s a blast.
Of course trying to be an individual in the military is not encouraged so his antics got him into trouble with the radio station. They didn’t like the fact that he played Rock and Soul music. They didn’t like his jokes. The tipping point was when he read an unedited news story about a bombing that he experienced in Saigon. Cronauer’s conflict was a like a metaphor for the Vietnam War. The soldiers knew what was going on but they weren’t getting the truth from the military.
Overall the movie is a lot of fun and was a great vehicle for Williams’ 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.
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The film takes its name from Cronauer's euphoric, over -the-top welcome call to his radio slot and is really a vehicle for William's unique ability to improvise with surreal monologues and dialogues delivered at breakneck speed by his character on air. There are some poignant moments (eg the bombing of a bar used by forces personnel or several of Cronauer's interactions with a native Vietnamese brother and sister) but these are relatively isolated and only hint at a pathos William's would go on to convey more convincingly in his later film roles. This aside, the acting, script and story are lightweight.
William's plays himself largely so any fan of his will love this film. The film could be retitled "Mork goes to Vietnam "(Mork from the TV series Mork and Mindy featuring Williams first major role). Some of his improvisations work and some don't but they are always engaging. Unfortunately, after (what becomes a catchphrase) "Good Mornng Vietnam", the most memorable line is also delivered by Williams in the first seconds of Cronauer's debut broadcast:
"It's 06.00 hours...what does the "o" stand for?......Oh my God it's early!"
A fine talented man but a tragic figure of deep depression.
We have been left a great Legacy.
This is American DJ Adrian Cronauer who gets posted to cheer up the American Troops via his Radio Show in Saigon in 1965. He is very irreverent in his approach as he does the banter and plays a lot of unheard songs from the 60's, ,mainly US hits.
Its a dark comedy as there are bombings and heart ache. the top brass are not impressed and try to get him ousted. They succeed but the GIs want him back and he returns but eventually moves on at the end of the film. I love his manic sense of humour. he talks about the visit of Presdident Nixon and called him the Big Dick ( which was a fitting title in the end) and refers to Lesbians as 'women in sensible shoes' !! Its a great film and that is why I gave it 5*. I recommend and also the soundtrack too.
Bit of a sad ending but a great film x