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

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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Michael Herr, Philip Hobbs
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 23 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48UO

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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.


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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Guy on Sept. 28 2011
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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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By Vagabond77 on June 24 2004
Format: DVD
Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" is split firmly into two short movies. The first part is set in Paris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where a bunck of kids are dropped off for Marine Boot Camp. This part details their training by the insane Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (played with sadistic glee by R. Lee Emery, a real life Veitnam vet and former Marine D.I.). His main problem child is an over weight, screw up named Lawrence, also non affectionatly known as Gomer Pyle (played by Vincent D'Nonfrio). These two have a major battle of wills through out the sequence, finally ending correctly in tragedy. This is the best part of the movie, as it shows how young men are turned into mindless killing machines. The basic training brainwashing is very powerful, if very uncomfertable to watch. The kids are slowly dehumanized and turned into a thing ready for the war they are about to be dumped into a little later.
The second half is set in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. One of the kids from Basic, Joker (Matthew Modine), is assigned by Stars and Stripes Magazine to cover an infintry platoon and write a story about how they are handleing the suprise attacks. He gets to the units and immediatly meets another Marine he went through training with, Cowboy (Arliss Howard). Joker then gets involved in real combat for the first time in the war. Pretty much if you've seen "Platoon", then you've seen this. There really isn't a lot new here. I have to say, while this part was good, there just just didn't have the umph of the first part.
I was disappointed that the majority of the movie was filmed on Pinewood Studios in England, not in Asia anywhere, so it dosn't look as authenic as "Platoon" or "Apocalypse Now".
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By M. James on June 12 2004
Format: DVD
After watching the first three quarters of an hour set on Paris Island, the marine boot camp, the rest of the movie loses steam and much of its focus. Clearly Kubrick was the master of exploring the darker aspects man's psyche. What perfect vehicle to explore that further than in the counter-cultural world of basic military training. This part of the film has a sense of unity and purpose. Even the scoring is reduced to its basic military components derived from the marine corp hymn book. The brutality of this segment overshadows the final acts and the movie seems contrived and at times desperate to be profoundly ironic, which it never is. Kubrick spends much of the latter part of the film trying to mimic Coppola. He's so intensely aware of this that he purposely chooses a soundtrack which is less rock and roll (traditional for such films)opting for shcmaltzy pop tunes instead, which doesn't really work. Neither does the derelict English industrial estate used as the stand in for Hue. It just never looks convincing, although the final segment with the sniper is well done . Casting is a mixed bag. Lee Ermey (Paris Island DI) will stand out in cinematic history as one of the most remarkable characterizations ever filmed. Matthew Modine on the other hand is just too light weight to be convincing as Joker the "Born to KIll" journalist wannabe. Even as a narrator (a classic Kubrickian touch) Modine seems awkward and contrived. Compare that with McDowell's voice over in Clockwork and it shows just how weak he is. Unfortunately Kubrick or those around him just didn't pick up on these flawed elements. I personally believe that Kubrick only made this film because the opening segment was so compelling, which is why it shines. The rest of the film is just about tying up loose ends and fulfulling the three act formula. Too bad because it could have been a masterpiece.
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Inormally hate watching anything more than twice. I get irritated with the tidbits that can make a movie completely awful to watch the second time around. However, with FMJ, it really does get better the more times you watch it! Watch those recruit's facial expressions carefully during the first part of the movie. It's so genuine with the smirks that are given off when the DI yelps his mouth off with hilarious antics. There's no doubt Kubrick filmed the scenes over and over again until they were "just right" -- something that totally lacks in modern day movies. R. Lee Ermey of the History Channel's "Mail Call" shines as the evil drill instructor. Mathew Modine is truly great as "Private Joker" Full Metal Jacket is movie that captures the war from boot camp to the 'Nam and feelings around it so perfectly that nothing can touch it. I was very impressed by how this movie portrayled how brutal boot camp is mentally and physically. I'm sure they don't train people like that anymore, but it was interesting to see how it was done around the Vietnam War. Kubrick is an artist and no one in the industry can even approach his level of skill. This has brutal honesty and passive aggressiveness all in the same package. And it is also the most quotable movie ever.
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