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The Odd Angry Shot [Blu-ray]

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Tom Jeffrey's classic Australian film, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT, is set in the late 1960s during the brutal war Australians shared with the United States: the struggle for Vietnam. Harry (Graham Kennedy), a hard-edged Special Air Service Corporal, meets a new company of soldiers during his second tour in Vietnam. There's the naïve Bill (John Jarratt), the easy-going Bung (John Hargreaves), the blunt Rogers (Bryan Brown), the pragmatic Dawson (Graeme Blundell), and the youthful and innocent Scott (Ian Gilmour). Because of their training as professional soldiers from Australia's toughest Army unit, these men believe they can deal with any situation. They pass the time playing practical jokes, getting into drunken brawls and humoring themselves to keep their minds off the war. But, when the first odd angry shot rings out, and an enemy mortar barrage hits their camp causing many casualties, the men realize their protective shield of humor is no defense at all against the harsh realities of armed combat.
Bonus Features:
  • New High-Definition 1080p [1.78:1] Transfer from Original Vault Materials
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Producer/Director Tom Jeffrey, Producer Sue Milliken and Actor Graeme Blundell
  • Stunts Down Under with Buddy Joe Hooker - Featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Bryan Brown, John Hargreaves, Graham Kennedy, Graeme Blundell
  • Directors: Tom Jeffrey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC6HWPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By the time I saw this movie, I had already been a soldier with many years and a few operations under my belt. I found this movie, (which is based upon the Australian contribution to the Viet Nam War (Special Air Service)), to be the most realistic portrayal of a soldier's life on "the pointy end" in such operations. High cost, push-button wars with overwhelming advantage may currently be centre stage, but "low intensity" operations are a part of human history; 100 years ago and 100 years into the future. The tactics and technologies change, but the challenges, dangers and realizations shared by comrades-in-arms will not. (The technical advisor is also to be creditted. I would be hard pressed to find fault in any of the military methods, such as fieldcraft.) This is a well-researched and very realistic portrayal of troops in the bush.
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Pre-dating "Platoon" by years, "The Odd Angry Shot" does not glorify war, but explores the depth of mens souls "in" war. Many Amercans have forgotten Australia was even involved in Vietnam. This is their story.
Early on a young soldier is warned that he will be well sought after for his stories when he returns home, but forgotten when people are tired of hearing them, the stories he see's unfolding are funny, sad, somber, and grotesque, but they are part of who he will become. Don't view this movie expecting an Oliver Stone-esque movie, just don't be suprised if you become part of it. It is a great movie, long overlooked.
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This is not an action war movie, although there is death (from what we call combat, and what the Australians here call, with their trademark understated humor, "the odd [occasional] angry shot").

It centers on base camp life, with its boredom, disappointments, card games, ribbing, and tale-telling. Details are distinctive, like the cigarette lighter hanging from the ceiling by a string, reminding us that disposable lighters remained in the future.

Patrols happen. Friends die, or are wounded and disappear in a helicopter.

Letters from home delight, or bring terrible news.

The nearby Americans propose a ridiculous bet, and an enormous brawl ensues. All are invigorated.

In the film's quiet center, the corporal is asked why he joined up. His painstaking explanation of how he came to know his wife did not love him is received in a hush.

Upon return to Australia, two, still in uniform, visit a drinking spot with a spacious view of the ocean. The barkeep asks, "Back from Vietnam?" The corporal replies with flat finality, "No." But the drinks are free anyway.
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In a video world filled with all sorts of movies about the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia, this one about Australian commandos deployed in Vietnam deserves to be seen. Gritty feel of the grotty conditions in the field, reasonably realistic with respect to militaria and tactics, and without the wild extremes of stereotypical character personality one sometimes sees in American war flicks, current and past.
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I really enjoyed this film. It had a wonderful balance of seriousness and fun (a movie with the incomperable Graham Kennedy is always going to attract laughs!).

It treated the political issues around the Vietnam War in Australia with some sensitity. The two diggers who return realize that it is unlikely they will be treated like heroes, given the unpopularity of the war.

Great to see that the tactital fighting stuff was done realistically - they actually bothered to speak to the forces about how ground patrol and combat is carried out. So we had the hand signs, the command to 'break contact', and the withdrawing from the skirmish in correct formation. So many movies never bother to do these kinds of things properly - so you have police turning in to do searches without showing any ID (and not beiong challenged), masseurs who have bad manners and don't know what pettrisage is (eg in the Suite Life).
This movie at least bothered with these kinds of details, so full marks for that.

On the other hand, the 'Vietnam Jungle' looked like Australian rain forest!

Add to all that, some of the priceless humour - the chaplain was portrayed as a normal human being, and the soldier's gift to him, the wanking device, was priceless!

All in all, a most enjoyable movie which was well-balanced between the serious issues around war, and the male humour which helped the soldiers cope with the situation!

Finally, really well-cast; it was not just Graham Kennedy and a whole lot of other people that happen to get into a movie.

Not a masterpiece, but certainly above average.
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The Australian SAS in southeast Asia. More realistic than the issue American films. I would have expected bloopers rather than 203's, and had the odd M60 on a recon. The SAS often took the flash suppressors off the L1A1's, added a pistol grip to the handguard, camo'ed the rifle, and used 30 round mags. I would have expected more canteens on patrol as well. But it was a well done effort and I liked Harry alot. He was a good bloke. The CO at the end of the film had an Inglis BHP in the correct Pattern '51 holster. That was a nice touch.
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