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The Green Berets [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

John Wayne , David Janssen , John Wayne , Mervyn LeRoy    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But the film itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. In addition to its widescreen image, the digital video disc includes a promotional featurette and seven different theatrical trailers. --Jeff Shannon

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GREEN BERETS - Blu-Ray Movie

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie Feb. 24 2004
By "biko7"
Watching this movie will make you want to be a member of the Army Special Forces. I joined the Army because of this movie!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid, well-made film March 25 2004
John Wayne like any other American had the right to promote his opinion. Period. ...
Now, the film is as accurate as any other Vietnam film made in that last 30 years because films are created to promote an opinion. (I've known Vietnam Vets who were not dope smoking, gun-totting genocidists.)
As far as action and commitment, the Green Berets succeeds as a solid "war film." No one who cares about good film making can argue that, unless they believe in censorship. The film is panoramic and energetic in cinematic quality. The characters are strong male types (like Vets I've known.) The film chose its side and promoted it. There is one strong element that the film brings home. The US military was better at killing, and it had to be. Most US detachments were generally outnumbered, fighting an opposition armed by numerous totalitarian countries from Europe to Asia. That is a historical fact, which interestingly enough, was introduced into a film over 35 years old.
The Green Berets, again, is a solid war-film and interestingly enough, is less fancifully than Platoon. The Green Berets is worth the time to see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take that, Uncle Ho! Feb. 28 2004
If you ever read Gustav Hasford's "The Short-Timers" (which "Full Metal Jacket" was based on) you know how he felt about this movie: "Let's watch the Duke and Mr. Sulu karate-chop Victor Charlie in a Kodicolor fantasy about Vietnam." In other words, he thought it was bunk. So does everyone else on the left, who have bought into the myth that Vietnam was a purely guerilla war and that the human-wave assaults employed by the NVA/VC on Col. Kirby's camp in the film would never have happened in real life. In point of fact almost 90% of the fighting in Vietnam was of the conventional type in the Central Highlands or the valleys ("We Were Soldiers") while only 10% of the troops were employed in the rice paddies you see in movies like "Platoon." Whenever the NVA fought out in the open, a la the Tet Offensive, they were well and truly beaten, but their leadership was ruthless and understood that by trading 5 Vietnamese lives for one American, the U.S. will to fight would eventually break. They knew the American public had only tepid support for Vietnam and would not accept the losses. The result, of course, we all know. Hanoi Jane what she wanted and so did Uncle Ho. Too bad Jane didn't go back in say, 1975 and spend some time in a re-education camp. They could have taken pics of her in a tiger cage, eating bugs and rotting from typhus.
If you are reading this you probably know the story of the movie.
John Wayne's Col. Kirby and his elite Special Forces "A" Team (no, not the one with Hannibal and Face and B.A. Barracus)is sent to Vietnam to establish base camps which offer protection to the local farmers from the murderous Viet Cong (whose crimes against their own people are well documented here).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THE GREEN BERETS! March 17 2013
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One of the best Vietnam movies made! John Wayne and David Janssen play wonderful roles. I love it and watch it often!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of American Jingoism Oct. 12 2002
By A Customer
Words cannot adequately convey the depths of moral and political depravity to which this film goes in its attempt to re-write the shameful history of our entanglement in Vietnam. Its simplisitic right-wing preaching, cowboy dialog and racist portrayals of Vietnamese characters could almost be regarded as camp if this piece of celluloid trash did not also have a darker purpose--the glorification and promotion of an unjust war in which America had no business being inolved.
If you want the real story of what happened in Vietnam, read "The Winter Soldier Investigation", published in 1971 by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. In it you'll read true accounts, by soldiers who were there, of atrocities committed by American troops in the name of "freedom". They set the record straight. This film deserves to be soundly condemned for its defense of our role in the Vietman War, the likes of which we had better pray will never be repeated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Duke Doesn't Get It June 29 2002
Although no expenses were spared in this spaghetti Western posing as a modern war movie, its politics make it hard for remotely intelligent people to stomach. THE GREEN BERETS (which takes many liberties with the superior novel) is Vietnam as it should have been (in the eyes of the pro-war hawks) but in retrospect, it appears to depict some alternate dimension. The conflict is broken down into simple black and white terms. Godly Americans helping their Godly Freedom Loving South Vietnamese defend their freedom against the Evil Atheistic Communist North Vietnamese.
Unfortunately, the anti-war films that followed it also seemed to take place in some alternate dimension. Evil Imperialist Americans deliberately napalm-bombing the Poor Vietnamese Peasants while American Boys got Killed in Large Quantities For Nothing.
Fellow Americans, lets encourage Hollywood to at least once, try and depict the conflict in Indo-China as it really was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Garbage May 17 2002
This is the worst war film I have ever viewed. It is flawed in every respect. The acting is shoddy...the special effects are absolutely childlike. The helicopter crashing scene rates as the most amatuerish scene I have ever witnessed on screen. John Wayne is a favourite of mine...I just can't find any redeeming fetures at all. Give this a wide berth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Lim Michael
As someone who was in Vietnam and flew on Air Force Gunships. DR Lim Michael is wrong in stating it was an AC-130 Gunship "Puff the magic Dragon". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne is Fantastic!
Well, so much to say about the movie and the political climate at the time. This movie tries to put some depth as to the situation the U.S. army was in during the Vietnam war. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Seppo Haapamaki
2.0 out of 5 stars wrong blue ray format
I have seen the move several times and love it so ordered it in blue ray. My blue ray player won't accept it in the format it is in so I haven't been able to watch it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by watson's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Spec forces movie getting it done
How can you go wrong with the Duke. I am a huge fan and want the movies on DVD prices were right and the selection was great the more the better is the way I look at it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Allen Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars LIKED IT
Published 12 months ago by Anne Melanson
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
Ordered this for my husband as a replacement for his VHS wich he can no longer play. Will enjoy seeing this one again. Thanks
Published 18 months ago by Diane Rivard
2.0 out of 5 stars War, Movies and Politics
I've seen this movie only once, on television when I was a teenager and the Viet Nam war was winding down. Read more
Published on May 1 2012 by R D
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
The Green Berets is a good John Wayne movie for any John Wayne fan. I gave this movie three stars because I find this movie enjoyably good.
Published on July 3 2011 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars from a patriot who was not afraid.
if John Wayne had made something like this today he would be ostracized from all of Hollywood and from about 2% of this nation. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by tekone
In 1969, John Wayne infuriated the Left with "The Green Berets", a film that made no apologies in its all-out support of America's effort in Vietnam. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Steven R. Travers
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