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Winner* of 4 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and based on the first-hand experience of Oscar®-winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. "Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing" (Leonard Maltin), it is "a dark, unforgettable memorial" (The Washington Post) to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who, upon his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. While his two commanding officers (Oscar®-nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value life.
**Audio Commentary by Director Oliver Stone **Audio Commentary by Military Advisor Dale Dye **Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone **Flashback to Platoon: Snapshot in Time: 1967 – 1968; Creating the ’Nam; Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon **Documentaries: One War, Many Stories; Preparing for ’Nam **Vignettes: Caputo & the 7th Fleet; Dye Training Method; Gordon Gekko **Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
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My mom works with Veterans at the local hospital and has borrowed this already.
For the running time and the GREAT cast this is a five star film
Amazon Prime got it to me in 2 days, and at a really cheap price.
My Rating: 19 of 20 stars
I think a gut-wrenchingly depressing film is good for the soul. Most people would rather not have death lingering over their heads but there is a reason that 91% of people enjoyed it (on rotten tomatoes) and that's because it's a good film. This movie does have a little bit of comedy to get you through if depressing isn't your thing. But its not a war/comedy, it's definitely a war film.
About the transfer:
One thing I noticed on the blu ray was the sound. Usually the sound and picture are noticeably better on blu ray compared to dvd but on this transfer I only noticed an improvement in picture quality. The soundtrack should have been remastered and if it was I didn't notice. In fact I had to turn my bass on my receiver up and subwoofer volume up just to hear everything.
If you own the dvd already I'd just stick with that and I usually don't say that (I love blu rays..) but if you don't own it yet pick it up on blu ray because it includes the dvd anyway if you dont have a blu ray player and its almost ten clams cheaper (new) for the blu than the dvd.
Stone, a Vietnam vet himself, holds up the insanity of the infantryman's life for close inspection, but one is left to draw his own conclusion about the war itself. This might seem evasive of the writer-director's political point except for the added factor that he dignifies those who fought the war not only in his screenplay but in the dedication of the flick itself to them.
One of a spate of late-80s Vietnam movies, Platoon is the most believable. Platoon endures as some of the cream of Stone's directorial repertoire in part because he manages to humanize his soldiers, never losing their misery, struggle, and--for some--residual and persistent hope in the face of the overwhelming horror of the film.
In the end, Platoon is more than anything else a picture about fratricide. Sheen's Private Taylor says as much, though his commentary on the complex lives and deaths of Dafoe's and Berenger's dueling sergeants hardly requires that commentary to seal the point.
Platoon is Oliver Stone at his best. In addition to four Oscars, the film harvested a long list of Academy Award nominations and several display cases full of other awards. All with good reason and well earned.