Platoon (Blu-ray)

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The harsh realities of war

on 3/14/2012

The film appears to be an open and objective portrayal of the terrible war in Vietnam. For example, it shows drug abuse by soldiers, killing of innocent civilians and some personal vendettas resulting in killings of war colleagues. Social and racial tensions are apparent as well as rivalry between junior officers and other ranks. This, in my view, is what makes "Platoon" particularly great by not glamorising war but as a mature and balanced critique of the horrors of war.

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classic war movie

on 5/2/2012

This is a classic war movie and is just fantastic. The effort of the crews is reflected in the movie, which is just awesome. They did a great job on putting a story from Vietnam war and depicting a simple yet grave story. This is one of the best war movies ever made.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 220698958
UPC 883904228455
UPC 14 00883904228455
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/26/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Good Vs. Evil
Theatrical Release
Vietnam War
Editors Note
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.
Premiere "...Wrenching..." - Recommended 05/01/1995 p.136
New York Times "Nothing that Oliver Stone has done 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
Oliver Stone
Tom Berenger
Charlie Sheen
Willem Dafoe
Cast & Crew
Tom Berenger - Star
Kevin Dillon - Star
Richard Edson - Star
Francesco Quinn - Star
Forest Whitaker - Star
Charlie Sheen - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
John C. McGinley - Star
Willem Dafoe - Star
Keith David - Star
Arnold Kopelson - Producer
John Daly - Executive Producer
Oliver Stone - Screenwriter
Georges Delerue - Composer
Derek Gibson - Executive Producer
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography
A. Kitman Ho - Producer
Stephen Barber - Composer
Oliver Stone - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
UPC 00883904228455
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Name Oliver Stone
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1986
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Claire Simpson
Award Category Best Film Editing
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1986
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Anniversary Edition
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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