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Platoon [DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 3978217
  • Release Date: 08/15/2000
  • Rating: R
Oliver Stone's autobiographical Oscar-winning look at the Vietnam war comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental features include a collectible booklet and the original theatrical trailer. This release will satisfy anyone who simply wants to own the film, but those looking for a deeper exploration of the film should check out the special edition DVD as it contains a wealth of extra material.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (186 out of 190)

    Special Features


    • Collectible booklet
    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Platoon
    Oliver Stone's breakthrough as a director, Platoon is a brutally realistic look at a young soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a college student who quits school to volunteer for the Army in the late '60s. He's shipped off to Vietnam, where he serves with a culturally diverse group of fellow soldiers under two men who lead the platoon: Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger), whose facial scars are a mirror of the violence and corruption of his soul, and Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe), who maintains a Zen-like calm in the jungle and fights with both personal and moral courage even though he no longer believes in the war. After a few weeks "in country," Taylor begins to see the naïveté of his views of the war, especially after a quick search for enemy troops devolves into a round of murder and rape. Unlike Hollywood's first wave of Vietnam movies (including The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Coming Home), Platoon is a grunt's-eye view of the war, touching on moral issues but focusing on the men who fought the battles and suffered the wounds. In this sense, it resembles older war movies more than its Vietnam peers, as it mixes familiar elements of onscreen battle with small realistic details: bugs, jungle rot, exhaustion, C-rations, marijuana, and counting the days before you go home. This mix of traditional war movie elements with a contemporary sensibility won Platoon four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, and a reputation as one of the definitive modern war films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Berenger
      Tom Berenger - Sgt. Barnes
    • Willem Dafoe
      Willem Dafoe - Sgt. Elias Grodin
    • Charlie Sheen
      Charlie Sheen - Chris Taylor
    • Forest Whitaker
      Forest Whitaker - Big Harold
    • Francesco Quinn
      Francesco Quinn - Rhah



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 190 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One Great Vietnam Movie

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      tomy
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      Oliver Stone's "Platoon" is one of the best and most powerful of all war pictures. It is the best movie ever made about the Vietnam war. Stone's film is gritty, frighteningly realistic and incredibly powerful. Stone doesn't just show us the Vietnam war, he takes into the Vietnam war. The screenplay is brilliant and doesn't fall into the trap that other war films fall into, where the violence turns into a fun experience and fighting seems "cool." This is a movie that truly shows the horrors of war realistically and with great effect. The cinematography by Robert Richardson (JFK, Natural Born Killers) is rich and gritty, giving more feeling to already great material. The characters are believable and convincing. It's great work because Stone himself went to Vietnam, so he has a better idea of what happened than Francis Ford Coppola when he made "Apocalypse Now" (which is also a great movie). "Platoon" is mesmerizing, powerful, effective, disturbing and even philosophical. It is one of Stone's greatest works. He ignites the screen with passion. The music is incredibly moving. No other director has made better films about Vietnam than Stone, who's "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "Heaven And Earth" followed "Platoon," and opened our eyes to greater clarity. I was never less than spellbound by this work. "Platoon" vibrates with realism and energy. A very special motion picture

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      So realistic and thought provoking

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      cas18844
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      This video, which I originally saw on the big screen many years ago, should be viewed by anyone who would really like to comprehend how war can shock the system to its core ... how PTSD is created and how why it is so devastating to our being. The psychological profession calls PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, but I think that it should more aptly be called "post traumatic shock syndrome" because it is in reality created by a shock to the heart, which causes a lasting image by our judgment of what happened at the time by the incident that occurred. This video, Platoon, apply portrays how and why so many of our brave men and women came home with such devastating memories of the war. And it is still happening today in Afghanistan. We need to have understanding and compassion, and this video should help us to see why these things happen.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Five Star Classic

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      Mowhawk13
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      Platoon is a movie set in the Vietnam era the movie starts out telling the story of a Young Man arriving in Vietnam and his experiences while he was there. The movie is full of drama suspense and excitement from start to finish. The realistic scenes and backdrop make you feel like you was there. The story of a young man and his experiences make you feel the sympathy pride and understanding we should all have for Vietnam veterans

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good War Movie

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      BoilerBob
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      I grew up in the 50's and 60's watching WWII movies. At the time Platoon came out I looked down upon this film as purely anti-Vietnam. However, now I like it considerably more. The experience of Vietnam was a painful time. This movie helps you better understand what the American soldier went through and the 'grays ' of war as opposed to simply the black and white. You really sympathize with the Charlie Sheen character who, in essence, is Oliver Stone. Acting is superb throughout.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Viename War Movie

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      MoviesAreHistory
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      Story line brings out a clash of behavioral norms associated with the Vietnam Era and displays the struggle the military carried with that era. Research on squad offense and defense tactics were well researched. There's a lot of good scenes in here that make for great attention grabbers or WIIFMs (Whats in it for me) before starting periods of instruction on Squad Offense and Defense Tactics.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Emartin734
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      I bought this movie, hoping to share it with my students during our Vietnam War unit. It amazes me how many 11th grade students don't know that much about this war...yet they have a relative (usually a grandfather or older uncle) who served and is unwilling/unable to talk about their experiences. We must never forget those who served, and those KIA or MIA.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Oscar winner for a reason

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      averageguy
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      This movie has all the grit and darkness a film about Vietnam should have. A great cast, good action. Right in there with Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now for me. It's transfer is fair to Blu-ray, hopeful for 4k mastering in the future.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brought the war into our homes

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      Dennis
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      First time Director Oliver Stone told a story he knows from experience. His film is expertise and his experiences in war made a too true film. Tom Berenger and Willem Defoe Show is both sides of the debate about this war with their roles.

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