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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220698958
UPC: 883904228455
UPC 14: 00883904228455
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Editor's Note
In PLATOON, Oliver Stone draws on his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with such wildlife as snakes and leeches, and, most powerfully, the presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat," who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life, freezes up in a fire fight, and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and, as time goes by, begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. One consists of lifers, juicers, and subintelligent whites, the other of blacks and heads. Sgt. Barnes, a combat-loving burnout (Tom Berenger), is the informal leader of the lifers, and Sgt. Elias, a free spirit (Willem Dafoe), leads the latter group. When the platoon takes some gruesome losses, an enraged Barnes kills some Vietnamese and orders the burning of their village, outraging the temporarily absent Elias. As the conflict between these two reaches its tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values. Widely regarded as one of the finest war films ever made, PLATOON reflects not only the United States' division over Vietnam but the timeless truths of battle: terror, disorientation, exhilaration, and horrible loss.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Anniversary Edition

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/24/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1986
Video UPC UPC: 00883904228455
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Tom Berenger
Video Cast Info Kevin Dillon
Video Cast Info Richard Edson
Video Cast Info Francesco Quinn
Video Cast Info Forest Whitaker
Video Cast Info Charlie Sheen
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info John C. McGinley
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info Keith David
Video Cast Info Arnold Kopelson - Producer
Video Cast Info John Daly - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Georges Delerue - Composer
Video Cast Info Derek Gibson - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Richardson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info A. Kitman Ho - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Barber - Composer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Director

Professional Reviews

Premiere
"...Wrenching..." - Recommended 05/01/1995 p.136

New York Times
"Nothing that Oliver Stone has done before...is preparation for the singular achievement of his latest film, PLATOON....A major piece of work, as full of pasion as it is of redeeming, scary irony..." 12/19/1986 p.C12

Entertainment Weekly
Rating: B 07/08/1994 pp.58-9

Variety
"...Intense....Very effective scenes....An impressive-looking production in all respects..." 12/03/1986

Los Angeles Times
"...This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor....[Stone] may have achieved a remarkable bridge with PLATOON. He has personalized a war for us..." 12/19/1986 p.C1

Total Film
"...With incredible set pieces and gripping firefights the belie the tiny budget, PLATOON's impact has barely diminished over the years..." 10/01/2000 p.112

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] phenomenon....Importantly, Stone captured something of what it felt like to fight in the war." 04/01/2006 p.138

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