Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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.See all Product Description
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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
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.
The boot camp scene in FMJ had all the look and feel of Parris Island, especially the super-wide cement and brick squad-bays of Second Battalion, which faces the Parris Island parade field. The foot lockers, racks (beds), rifles and other equipment, the drill instructor's commands and tactics, the running chants, the behaviors of the recruits, and the entire mood of the boot camp scene is incredibly accurate. I can see how people who have served in other services or different eras of the Corps might not be able to agree, but my experience at Parris Island WAS the Lee Ermey exprience. A typical platoon started with 72 recruits and graduated with 50-60. One platoon in another series actually graduated 25 out of its original 70. It was that tough physically and psychologically. Rifle Range suicides were common. I saw one.Read more ›
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Kubrick is a genius behind the camera, from his shots and angles to hidden meanings, and an over the top case of OCD when it comes to perfection.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer