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

John Wayne , David Janssen , John Wayne , Mervyn LeRoy    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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GREEN BERETS - Blu-Ray Movie


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WWII look on a Vietnam war Feb. 14 2000
I hated this movie. The acting ain't the best, and it is totally propoganda. In this movie, you don't see one M-60 machine gun or M-79 40mm granade launcher. Those were vital tools of the trade! They were given to every squad! I may not have been there, but I read enough books, watched enough movies and documentries, and listend to enough Vietnam Vets to know somewhat on what it was really like. If you are interested in Vietnam, don't get this movie, it will disapoint you. If you like WWII movies, you will like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh!.....What a Shocker !!!! April 30 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie on TV in Australia in 1975. Ironically, the war in question had just ended with victory for the movie's bad guys.But even if we { Australia was involved in this war too } had have won, it still wouldn't detract from just how awful and corny this movie is. The futures of the cute little Vietnamese orphan, the pretty girl who did the wild thing with the VC colonel "for her country", which 7 years later was kaputski, and the unfortunatley named ARVN Colonel Ky would have been very dismal indeed post 1975. I wonder if any of those 3 would have made it to the embassy rooftop before the NVA armour came storming in!. But seriously, it's laughable to say the least. They even had the Vietnamese talking like Sioux "we build forts,we kill many VC!" and I just couldn't get over the VC in the staff car in the middle of the jungle,on that beautifully made road. Looked like somebody's driveway in Hawaii {Where were the Vietnam scenes for this movie shot?] But I do like the song though,pity it came out 25 years too late.Would have been right at home in WW2. But all in all,this movie is dreadful, maybe I'm biased because of the time that I first saw it, and it was no longer relevant on account of the communist victory, but I don't think it really makes any difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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John Wayne may always be seen by millions in America as the distilled essence of American patriotism. In other words, My Country Right Or Wrong. I'll not dissuade anyone from feeling that way if he or she chooses.
Nevertheless, while the Duke may have had his heart in the right place for making THE GREEN BERETS, he unfortunately let that blind patriotism and his politics get the best of him. This attempt at stirring up patriotic support for our guys in Vietnam comes across as not merely politically and historically phony but painfully corny. Wayne likes to think that Vietnam was like World War II--which, of course, was painfully wrong (even more so because he didn't even FIGHT in WW II). He wants us to believe that the VC and the NVA could be picked off like ducks in a shooting gallery, when that assumption in fact didn't even come close. And the sentimental scenes involving his dead comrades and a Vietnamese orphan resonate still today, not for how touching they were (because they're not) but because of how utterly sappy they are.
Reportedly, when this film was shown to the troops in Vietnam, many of them either laughed their heads off at Wayne's well-intentioned but utter phoniness or fired their M-16s at the screen. I've talked to several Vietnam vets who saw the film--none of them, and I do mean NONE OF THEM, thought it was accurate in the least. Beyond its politics and its historical inaccuracies, it is cinematically phony as well, with the "sunset in the East" final shot being the real capper.
Later films like PLATOON and FULL METAL JACKET showed a far more accurate and complex vision of our Vietnam experience as being about young men who were put in a hellhole and were not able to find any way out. That is what Vietnam was all about, not this simplistic, jingoistic propaganda feast. THE GREEN BERETS may be watchable for laughs (most of which would be unintentional), but that's all it's watchable for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by Shirley Turton
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 6 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 9 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 11 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 12 months ago by Allen Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars LIKED IT
Published 14 months ago by Anne Melanson
One of the best Vietnam movies made! John Wayne and David Janssen play wonderful roles. I love it and watch it often!
Published 19 months ago by Deborah Scelo
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 21 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
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