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

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  • Actors: John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray, Raymond St. Jacques
  • Directors: John Wayne, Mervyn LeRoy, Ray Kellogg
  • Writers: James Lee Barrett, Robin Moore
  • Producers: Michael Wayne
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 5 2010
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002OQZEL8
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GREEN BERETS - Blu-Ray Movie

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

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Saw this one with my Dad at the Drive-in when it first came out, though I was a young girl at the time & didn't like some of the violence, though the violence now a days is worse, I enjoyed it very much.
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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". It was a Puff the magic Dragon Gunship that saved the Green Berets in this movie. However, it's an AC-47 aircraft called "Puff the Magic Dragon....
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By A Customer on Feb. 24 2004
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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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By A Customer on July 17 2000
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I like the Duke, but this is a real stinker...the kind of schlock Chuck Norris has made a career of.
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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. It's a battle that the U.S., in hindsight, should never have entered but that's easy to say now. The army did the best it could under the conditions that they faced and I think that the movie captures this. I got a chuckle seeing Takei as one of the actors. I believe that some of the stories were based on the heroics of Larry Thorne. Interesting fellow.
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I saw this movie at the drive in when I was 7 and never forgot it. After a tour with the 82nd Airborne I joined the reserves and served with a Special Forces unit and met men who lived what this movie portrays. I've read reviews that said that this movie ignored politics and remade WW2 and westerns as a VN movie. What movie did they see? The opening scene alone endured this movie to SF veterans. Actor Aldo Ray (WW2 Frogman vet) tells why the US was in VN and dumps a case of ammo on David Jensen's newsman. This movie attacks politics head on. As far as being a remade western, that was the truth of the war, those camps called "fort Appache" or what ever, actually existed. The movie has been called a propoganda film, yet the Special Forces did, as the movie protrays, treat the local population with medical care and the Viet Cong did, as the movie portrays, murder villagers who denied them aid. The movie has cliches but in this case there is truth. One of the problems with this movie is that what made Special Forces in VN so special was still classified and much of the Robin Moore Book that it inspired was outdated for the time the movie portrays. The VC general driving around the jungle in a staff car comes to mind. I call this a great bad movie because there are some unexcuseable flubs in this movie, which one would not expect from a John Wayne major motion picture. Scenes that draw hoots, even from those that love it, are the scene where SGT Provos gets shot in the chest point blank from a 50 Cal and lives long enough to drink a shot with the duke before dying. What trooper wouldn't want to go out like that.Read more ›
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Only because I can't spell courageos. I absolutely love the way that John Wayne walks. His confident swagger makes me proud to be an American. Jingoistic, propaganda, righteous, self-serving? Ofcourse it is. Seems like a desperate attempt to make sense of 'nam. At the entertainment level, I think it's quite good. Although way exageratted, te film shows the humanity, compassion, and humor, that make life worthy in less than worthy situations. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT it's not. But this film came along at a time of collective national depression, as we began to realize that something was wrong with our involvement in Vietnam. This movie tried to show what little was right. Some of the military scenes are very accurate, the latter ones are not. Mis-identifying common weaponry, turning the solar system upside down, and barely scolding soildiers for sleeping through an attack, certianly didn't help this movie in the credibility area. Yet it's enjoyable in a cartoonish feel-good kind of way. Oh, great song!
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Although I have seen this picture well over a dozen times and although I think it's basically a good movie, I must be objective and admit that "The Green Berets" is basically a propaganda piece that at the time of its filming was an attempt to change public sentiment about our country's involvement in Vietnam. For this reason, as well as the healing period our country went through after Vietnam, the movie seems rather archaic and naive today. Those on the far left ridicule it. Those on the far right treat it with the reverence of a Biblical tale. The truth about "The Green Berets" is that it lies somewhere between these two extremes.
The Fort Benning, Georgia filmed training sequences appear to be as real as anything I ever saw while I was in uniform. The combat sequences, however, contained a fair share of errors, most notably the well-known "sun setting in the east" flub. The acting was rather wooden, especially from Wayne as well as Jack Soo, portraying the ARVN officer, and the plot meandered from being quite good in some parts to being downright silly in others.
The most important thing to remember about this movie is that it should be taken for what it is...a good war movie. To casually dismiss it as irrelevant or hopelessly out of step with the truth simply doesn't do it justice. In similar fashion, it's rather stupid to portray it as an homage to the American way of life and characterize those who point out this picture's many flaws as "un-American", as one previous review did. This picture is best enjoyed with the viewer's bias, be it liberal or conservative, turned off.
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