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Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

Matthew Modine , R. Lee Ermey , Stanley Kubrick    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty of reason to wonder why he made the film at all: essentially a two-part drama that begins on a Parris Island boot camp for rookie Marines and abruptly switches to Vietnam (actually shot on sound stages and locations near London), Full Metal Jacket comes across as a series of self-contained chapters in a story whose logical and thematic development is oblique at best. Then again, much the same was said about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a masterwork both enthralled with and satiric about the future's role in the unfinished business of human evolution. In a way, Full Metal Jacket is the wholly grim counterpart of 2001. While the latter is a truly 1960s film, both wide-eyed and wary, about the intertwining of progress and isolation (ending in our redemption, finally, by death), Full Metal Jacket is a cynical, Bush-era view of the 1960s' hunger for experience and consciousness that fulfilled itself in violence. Lee Ermey made film history as the Marine drill instructor whose ritualized debasement of men in the name of tribal uniformity creates its darkest angel in a murderous half-wit (Vincent D'Onofrio). Matthew Modine gives a smart and savvy performance as Private Joker, the clowning, military journalist who yearns to get away from the propaganda machine and know firsthand the horrific revelation of the front line. In Full Metal Jacket, depravity and fulfillment go hand in hand, and it's no wonder Kubrick kept his steely distance from the material to make the point. --Tom Keogh

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Marine recruits endure basic training under a leather-lunged D.I., then plunge into the hell of Vietnam. Matthew Modine heads a talented ensemble in this searing look at a process that turns people into killers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Jacket Sept. 28 2011
By Inspector Guy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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One of Kubrick's master works.
An extremely graphic movie and the drill sergeant is particularly real.
This was probably because he was a Marine and from what I have heard, was originally hired as a technical advisor. Kubrick realized he had pure gold and put him in front of the camera.
The second half gives the viewer a taste of the Vietnam war and being in the "s***".
I enjoyed the film immensely and have added it alongside my other Kubrick favourites
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic War Film Dec 4 2013
By Yogbog
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It's a Stanley Kubrick film. What else do I need to say? If you have not seen it then watch it. If you've seen it, watch it again. Then go and watch ever other film that Kubrick made. You'll be a better person for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The digibook edition is (almost) impressive... April 21 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Stanley Kubrick's work doesn't age with time. The experience we get for watching such a spectacle requires a lot of knowledge, but there's also an entire world of unseen or untold dimension that makes every Kubrick film a worthwhile showing. Much was said about each of the late director's work, and I could hardly pretend to add anything substantial, so let's concentrate on the edition at hand rather than delve into what would be impossible for me, shall we?

First off, we do get a nice 40-page long digibook filled with images and anecdotes from the cast and crew, most of which being of varied importance (from anecdotic to very interesting). The former FMJ edition had a commentary track, a (very) short making-of featurette and a trailer. This new blu-ray still offers the same features, adding only one feature: Stanley Kubrick's boxes, covering the director's obsessive-compulsive nature while also giving a much more profound human portrait of Kubrick than what might have been anticipated.

This new documentary focuses on the content of the boxes and can hardly accomplish being anything more than interesting. With its total running time of just over 60 minutes, it's hard to cover 1,000 boxes and keep the essence of what was in them. Perhaps a full 120-minute cut would have been preferred. The documentary also does mention having close to 18 hours of behind the scenes of Full Metal Jacket in the boxes, so... another nice thought would have been to include at least some here.

Maybe we'll eventually get the anniversary or commemorative treatment this mythical film deserves. Until then, this outing will have to suffice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This is my Rifle, This is my review" Feb. 4 2014
By Jay
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Simply one of the best war films ever made. Looks and feels amazing on Blu-ray. Nicely crafted 48-page DigiBook. Great special features and extras. A definite must have for any movie collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very tense and emotionally atractive Aug. 10 2013
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not for the weak at heart as realistic that emotions and tension relating to men of war and their trauma with buddies falling
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie July 17 2013
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I loved it, R. Lee Ermy, is one of my favorite actor, he was great in that movie, especially for being his first movie. I highly recommend seeing this film if your a fan of his stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars full metal jacket June 15 2013
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I bought this movie as a gift. The person who received it likes war movies, old and new. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Jacket April 17 2013
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This movie arrived in my mailbox well within the promised delivery time in new condition. If you haven't watched this movie you don't know what you're missing. A Vietnam war classic that brings out some of the horrors of war, including conflicts between the soldiers fighting it. Must watch for any war movie aficionado.
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