Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray] [1987]

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  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (400 out of 407)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and critic/screenwriter Jay Cocks
  • New featurette Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. LEE ERMEY, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record). Part two takes place in Nam, as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines. Ironically, Full Metal Jacket was filmed almost entirely in England. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Matthew Modine
    Matthew Modine - Private Joker/Private J.T. Davis
  • Adam Baldwin
    Adam Baldwin - Animal Mother
  • Vincent D'Onofrio
    Vincent D'Onofrio - Leonard Lawrence, Pvt. Gomer Pyle
  • R. Lee Ermey
    R. Lee Ermey - Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
  • Dorian Harewood
    Dorian Harewood - Eightball



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION?!!!!!!!!"

    Posted
    PtrOBrn

    Kubrick didn't think this whole wide screen thing would take off when he was originally working on the dvd release of Full Metal Jacket. His family didn't want to change what they saw as his artistic vision for his films decided that they would not change any of his films to wide screen while in the dvd format. Had he lived longer the popularity of wide screen would soon become apparent and he would have probably offered wide screen formats on dvd. Since blu-ray is a new format and in keeping with the artistic vision of Stanley Kubrick Full Metal Jacket made the direct transfer from film to blu-ray. Finally I can buy the movie I have always wanted. I hate standard screen for movies and have been waiting for this transfer. WARNING... DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU ARE ANNOYED BY THE LITTLE THINGS You are only as good as your original medium. You can transfer any film format to blu-ray and not have to worry about this silly resolution thing because film records real life in a series of still images that use blobs of color rather than pixels. Because these blobs flow into each other blending color and subtlety its almost a disservice to transfer them to digital medium where they are no longer at the same quality. The other side of this is that film stock quality does vary throughout the ages and sometimes the film starts to degrade. The film looks good but in comparison to films of a later date there is more grain to the film that can be seen. I have a 46" screen with my blu-ray player and you can see the grains. Smaller screen size should make it less noticeable and over all does not detract from the film. There is nothing like a 20" tall R. Lee Ermey asking you what your major malfunction is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Full Metal Jacket: Never Gets Old!

    Posted
    Beatlesfan62
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    I remember seeing the movie many years ago in the movie house and watching it a few times on cable. I decided to add it to my movie collection. Lee Ermey scares the daylights out of anyone who is contemplating joining the service as he was a DI during his military career. While the film, accurately, portrays the TET Offensive, and how the government media complex really operates at least during that time period, you are drawn in with a foreboding sense of doom as you see Pvt. Pyle descend into moral depravity . The character study of each Marine particularly Hartman/Pvt Joker/Pyle each profoundly effect each other's live and sadly Hartman is murdered and Pvt Pile commits suicide. Pvt Joker ends up battle hardened before he sets foot in Vietnam and becomes a "combat correspondent" however more the former than the later. The scenery and battle scenes are realistic and does not sugar coat anything. This DVD is a must for any serious collector of Kubrick films or Vietnam flicks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Poor picture quality

    Posted
    Greggery
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    This 3-star review is not about the movie itself (which merits a 5-star rating and is one of my favorite Stanley Kubrick films), but rather refers to the Bluray presentation. The picture is rather grainy for 1080p HD! The colors are more vibrant than the DVD version but picture is also darker. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio is also a cropped version of the 4:3 picture on the DVD, so they've cut off the top and bottom to make the picture fill a 16:9 tv: therefore, the DVD actually gives you the full frame of what was shot by Kubrick. If you must have this for your Bluray collection then you might want to get it, but if you already have the DVD you might want to stick with that unless you want the picture to fill up your widescreen tv. The picture quality isn't much better than the DVD.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Action military movie

    Posted
    JackSpratJohnHenry
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    A real action packed movie from the beginning to end. The beginning boot camp scenes are very generous with profanity but that's the way it was and with good reason I think. At this time in history the young men facing the horrific challenges of the Vietnamese war were subjected to harsh treatment as a means of preparing them for the cruelty they would face in combat. If you see the film you'll understand the limits that stress can put on the human spirit. This movie was pretty realistic and dealt with a mans ability to adapt to a terrible situation. Some don't make it and should not be put into combat situations. The dvd was very high quality and could only have been enhanced had it been in 3D.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stanley Kubrick nails the Vietnam War scene!

    Posted
    Thouse77
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    Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest war movies ever made and is also one of Stanley Kubrick's best films! R. Lee Ermey gives a terrific performance along with the cast of all the other characters! Matthew Modine as Private Joker is featured throughout the movie and acts as the narrator as the movie progresses. The movie follows him as he begins his life as a Marine in basic training and follows him after graduating and shipped off to fight in Vietnam. The language used and character depictions are dead on, especially at the time the Vietnam War was happening. Rolling Stone even rates this a top 20 movie of the 1980's. This is a must see!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must own Classic, finally in Blue-ray!

    Posted
    roaddog362
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    If you have seen this movie, then there is nothing more to say except it is now in Blue-Ray. If you haven't seen this movie & you like Military movie's with real plots, what rock have you been hiding under? Full Metal Jacket is an absolute classic. R.Lee Ermy if you don't already know was a Marine. He may have been acting, but it was just from memory of the real thing. There have not been many good Vietnam era war movies produced, but this one is one of the best! An absolute must see. I have watched it every time it comes on TV, now I can watch it anytime I want! A MUST OWN for any military movie collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Own Bluray

    Posted
    cfcoliver
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    I think it's pretty well established that every scene in every Kubrick film is there for a reason. Now we have everything on bluray, we can see them in even more detail and know for sure that, just like in The Shining, Kubrick is playing with spatial awareness. Watch the 'battle' scenes and you'll see that soldiers have apparent huge continuity "errors" regarding the positioning of walls and windows. Getting to the bottom of why Kubrick did this is half the fun. Unlike the original DVD release, this one is packed full of extras that you'll actually want to watch more than once

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Classic

    Posted
    FergieFerg
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    I had never seen this movie prior to purchase. I am nearly 30. Every time people assemble a list of movies that are "must-see films" this is on there. And every time I say I haven't seen it I get questioned. So, to alleviate this, I bought the Blu-Ray when I saw that it was on sale. It's a good movie, very well done for its time. I will say that the first half of the movie was the best, I liked the drill sergeant the most. Not to say that the rest of the film wasn't well done, it was, it's just that the beginning was the best.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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