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
Matthew ModinePrivate Joker/Private J.T. Davis
Adam BaldwinAnimal Mother
Vincent D'OnofrioLeonard Lawrence, Pvt. Gomer Pyle
R. Lee ErmeyGunnery Sgt. Hartman
Arliss HowardPvt. Cowboy
Kevin Major HowardRafterman
Ed O'RossWalter J. Schinoski, Lt. Touchdown
John TerryLt. Lockhart
Kirk TaylorSgt. Payback
Ian TylerLt. Cleves
Papillon Soo SooDa Nang Hooker
Tan Hung FrancioneARVN Pimp
Costas Dino ChimonaChili
Peter MerrillTV Journalist
Keiron JecchinisCrazy Earl
Gary Landon MillsDonlon
Herbert NorvilleDaytona Dave
Bruce BoaColonel Poge
Sal LopezT.H.E Rock
James B. HarrisSongwriter
Anton FurstProduction Designer
Keith PainArt Director
Les TomkinsArt Director
Rod StratfordArt Director
Michael HerrAssociate Producer
Jan HarlanExecutive Producer
Stephen SimmondsSet Designer
Keith DennyCostume Designer
Edward TiseSound/Sound Designer
John EvansSpecial Effects
R. Lee ErmeyConsultant/advisor
John EvansSpecial Effects Supervisor
R. Lee ErmeyTechnical Advisor
Anti-War Film,Combat Films,War Drama
Full Metal Jacket
United Kingdom,United States
Year of Release
SteelBook, Blu-ray/DVD, 2 Discs
Warner Home Video
Full Metal Jacket [SteelBook] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] 
This is such a great and classic movie. It’s been a number of years since I saw it last, but this is the best it has ever looked. The picture quality looks fantastic in 4K. Very clean and detailed image especially in the first half. The second half of the movie has a little more grain, but still looks great. HDR brings new life to the scenes and makes this look like it was recently filmed. The SteelBook looks awesome as well.
Solid 4k transfer here. Slight layer of grain throughout. Some shots were a bit more focused than others, but that is mostly due to directors intent. The 4k PQ seems to improve as the film goes on. Im very happy with this transfer. Very smooth with all the scratches and tears patched up. I wouldnt demo this disc if im trying to show off my panel, but it does make the film look good.
Almost everyone who has seen Full Metal Jacket loves the first half in basic training, with R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman destroying and building back up young men into vicious killers, and the consequential mental breakdown of Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence, played fantastically by Vincent D'Onofrio. Half of viewers then tune out in the second half, when the protagonist, Private "Joker", is deployed to Vietnam, as it's much slower and bleaker. While it is no "Apocalypse Now", the second half does a great job of showing the results of the Vietnam War on both Vietnam the country and the psyches of combatants on both sides. In 4K with HDR, the details of the sets and outdoor shots give the film an even better look than before. If you watched it before and only remember liking the first half, I suggest giving it another shot. If you've never seen it before, behind "The Shining" it makes for a pretty good intro movie into Stanley Kubrick's filmography.
Great detail and color throughout the movie. Expect film grain and some intermittent softness considering this was shot on film over 30 years ago. HDR is not noticeable in the Parris Island scenes since there is not much that needs HDR. The only time it is noticeable is at the very end when Matthew Modine uses his flashlight when he gets fire watch duty. However, HDR is definitely an improvement for the scenes which take place in Vietnam. Most noticeable when fires and explosion occur. The sound quality is very good in terms of clarity of dialog and sound effects. There is some use of low frequency effects (when there is an explosion for example). There is no atmos which is a little disappointing. If you are fan of this movie, you should definitely have this in your collection.
This 4K of Full Metal Jacket looks better to me than my blu-ray from 2011 (and that disc still looks good to me) and that's why you upgrade, right?
The movie itself is not a pretty picture and it never will be, so in order to justify the upgrade you need a good reason and the best reason is it's a Stanley Kubrick movie. As a fan I'm more than willing to upgrade but did I get my moneys worth? I personally think so. This 4K is rich in details and bold color schemes and the black levels look so much better. I'm satisfied I made the right choice and upgraded.
I can't tell if the included blu-ray is the same as the 2011 disc I already have. It doesn't matter anyway because I'll probably never watch it again. It will make a cool coaster I guess.
It was AMAZING! It teaches me a lot about what they were like in war. I am actually learning about it right now in school and this movie helped me get an A+ on my science paper! Thank you so much to everyone who made this movie it really helped me out in school and in life. It was a great plot twist when the "fat guy" was getting punished in really terrible ways and then killed there captain and then killed himself wow I thought he would just be happy that he learned how to move his gun but I was wrong....... I am not gonna spoil anymore so if you see this before the movie...........................................
GO WATCH IT IT'S SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!
A:AnswerI have been trying to pre order this since about September 3rd and it has said "Coming Soon" since then. I caught it a couple times where it said "Pre Order" and it let me add it to my cart but when I went to checkout it said the item was not available. Maybe they sold out all the pre orders. I think they can only sell a certain amount through pre order so they can give the people a chance to buy it in store, I may be wrong though. I'm assuming this because when it was first listed on their site you were able to buy/pre order it for a while, at least up until around September 3rd since that's when I ordered all this month's other pre order Steelbooks. I should have just bought it the second it went up for pre order but I'll just wait until release day, the 22nd, and order it super early in the morning in case it sells out. I know this has happened in the past with Steelbooks, they'll go up for pre order for a while then they just say coming soon until release day. Actually this just happened to me a month or two ago but I can't remember what movie it was. Just keep an eye on it and check back a few times a day and/or just wait until early morning on release day before Best Buy opens their stores and you should be able to order it then.