Platoon Special Edition DVD £3.49 at Amazon
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Platoon Special Edition DVD £3.49 at Amazon

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Found 14th Mar 2011Made hot 14th Mar 2011
Platoon Special Edition DVD £3.49 at Amazon

In PLATOON, Oliver Stone uses his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the immediacy of guerrilla warfare: the brutal 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 firefight, 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 while on an o.p., an enraged Barnes kills some Vietnamese who may or may not have been VC and orders the burning of their village, outraging the temporarily absent Elias. As the conflict between these two reaches its tragic denouncement, Chris must decide what he really values. Widely regarded as one of the finest war films ever made, PLATOON reflects not only the nation's division over Vietnam but it intimately conveys timeless verities of battle: terror, disorientation, exhilaration, and horrible loss.

The 50-minute documentary "Tour of the Inferno" goes beyond the usual "making-of" to present a personal account both of the film and of Stone's own time in Vietnam. Likewise the two audio commentaries--one by Stone, the other by Captain Dale Dye, fellow veteran and military technical advisor--range between the making of the film and the degree to which the actors came to inhabit their parts, to their own wartime experiences. Both commentaries bring a fresh level of appreciation and understanding to the film. Also included is the original trailer and three TV commercials, together with well-presented stills galleries of behind-the-scenes photos and poster art. Following a credit sequence marred by dirt on the print, the anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 image is sharp and clear. The many night scenes are very dark but remain easily comprehensible. The three-channel Dolby Digital sound is suitably raw and powerful, though an early sequence featuring rain in the jungle suffers from very distracting repeated drop-outs in the left channel

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Winning.

Best war movie ever? - In my opinion of course.
Edited by: "chrisdoran" 14th Mar 2011

when the machine breaks down we break down!!!!!

chrisdoran

Best war movie ever? - In my opinion of course.



Definately & voted hot

Best film Charlie Sheen ever did!

Adiebear

Definately & voted hot



Preferred Apocalypse Now myself with Charlie's dad, but this would definitely be second!

It's one of my favourite films and easily my favourite war film, but 25 year old films should cost a maximum of 2.99 on dvd.

"Ants! I got ants all over my neck!"

Great film. Apocalypse Now is superior though, in my humble opinion. Speaking of which, I haven't seen Redux; does it add much to the tale?

zomg

"Ants! I got ants all over my neck!"Great film. Apocalypse Now is … "Ants! I got ants all over my neck!"Great film. Apocalypse Now is superior though, in my humble opinion. Speaking of which, I haven't seen Redux; does it add much to the tale?



Redux adds a few brief random scenes like Martin Sheen's character stealing a surf board (a bit out of character) and a lengthy French plantation scene which, while interesting, detracts from the pacing of the final third of the film. Original is better.

Edited by: "loop" 15th Mar 2011

A True Classic
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