An Officer and a Gentleman (Special Collector's Edition)
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Richard Gere stars as Zack Mayo, a hardened, slightly rebellious loner who locked up his feelings and dared not get emotionally close to people. He had been hurt as a youth when his mother committed suicide and he went to live with his dad, who was a selfish womanizer and alcoholic. When Zack announced his acceptance into Naval candidacy school to become a pilot, his father did not give him accolades or support.Read more ›
Wow! The picture is fantastic-- just beautiful. With sharp, colorful, blu-ray video quality! Extremely natural flesh tones and other colors, and indeed, a very natural picture in all respects. The sound is . . . even better. It's so clear and perfect, coming out of just my HD TV's own speakers, that I didn't know those speakers could sound so good until now (especially noticeable when some of the wonderful music from this movie is playing!).
The extras are terrific! Richard Gere, David Keith, David Caruso, Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Harold Sylvester, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Plana, and really ALL the stars and secondary players (except Debra Winger, Lisa Blount, and Robert Loggia), plus the director (Taylor Hackford), producer, and writer are in a wonderful, informative, lengthy 2007 "making of" documentary. As are the music writers and music producer for another feature about the Oscar-winning music (but neither Joe Cocker nor Jennifer Warnes participates in this feature). Also there is another great piece where Louis Gossett returns to Port Townsend, Washington, where it was filmed, showing us the sites and speaking with several local people who were there for the filming in 1981 (some had performed as extras in the movie, too). These Blu-ray extra features were all on the 2007 Special Edition DVD release, along with another extra about some military romances in real life. All of the extras look excellent on my HD TV, by the way; not soft-focus as if only made for the non-HD DVD.
The movie itself is a modern classic, truly a great film in my opinion, which launched and accelerated a lot of young careers.Read more ›
Zack Mayo, (Richard Gere) is a college graduate who pursues a chance to become a naval officer by entering the Officer Candidate Training School. In 14 solid weeks, Zack progresses and learns the ability of leadership, friendship, and discipline, through his tough drill instructor, (Louis Gossett Jr, in his Oscar-winning performance), and his friends.
Mood and tone are expressed intelligently through the emotions of adventure, torture, romance, and entertainment. My favorite aspect of this movie is Jack Nitzsche's unforgettable scoring. The mood and tone ties in together as the music plays, and makes the audiences feel spontaneous of what they are watching (especially with the love themes).
This movie, starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Lisa Blount, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Loggia, and Lisa Eilbacher, was the winner recipient of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor: LOUIS GOSSETT JR., and Best Original Song: "UP WHERE WE BELONG." Also nominated for 4 additional Academy Awards, including Best Actress: DEBRA WINGER, Best Original Screenplay: DOUGLAS DAY STEWART, Best Original Score: JACK NITZSCHE, Best Film editing, and nominated for a total of 8 Golden Globes, this movie unmarks the boundary between love and adventure.
Richard Gere, even though nominated for a Golden Globe, should of been nominated for an Oscar. His outstanding performance brought the true nature of what it's like to be his character. This was the performance of his entire career!
With a clear-cut picture, and sharp sound, this movie will never grow old in your home! I would positively recommend this movie to another.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for my mother. We both watched this together. It is a little slow paced in some parts BUT it does it quite well. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best quality movies that you can enjoy watching at any age. Even the future generations will enjoy this movie. It has meaning, and great acting.Published 9 days ago by Jay
Great movie about some peoples struggles and hardships. A great American Classic and a peak into boot camp and officer training.Published 18 days ago by Cori Stepan