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Winner of 4 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and based on the first-hand experience of Oscar®-winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing (Leonard Maltin),
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- Language : English, Spanish
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 68.04 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : 10 May 2011
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
- ASIN : B004UEBYNE
- Number of discs : 1
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Stone wrote the screenplay based upon his experiences as a U.S. infantryman in Vietnam, to counter the vision of the war portrayed in John Wayne's The Green Berets. Although having written films such as Midnight Express and Scarface, Stone struggled to get the film developed until Hemdale Film Corporation acquired the project along with Salvador. Filming took place in the Philippines in February 1986 and lasted 54 days. Platoon was the first Hollywood film to be written and directed by a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Upon its release, Platoon received critical acclaim for Stone's directing and screenplay, the performances, cinematography, battle sequences and realism. The film was a box office success upon its release, grossing $138.5 million domestically against its $6 million budget. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards at the 59th Academy Awards and won four including Best Picture, Best Director for Stone, Best Sound and Best Film Editing. In 1998, the American Film Institute placed Platoon at #83 in their "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies" poll. In 2019, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
One of my favourite war movies and must watch for any war movie fan.
Remembering this is a film from the 80’s it was never going to be HD quality but they have done a good job in improving the picture quality overall.
The soundtrack has been improved but it is also where things suddenly fall flat. Neither the DTS-HD or 4.0 surround English tracks have any surround, the rear speakers are just silent, even when I try to force surround rather than playing the original source. All the other language tracks both DTS and surround on the disc provide surround sound. Very disappointing
Charlie Sheen stars as our main protagonist a young man who finds himself completely out of his depth in the jungles of Vietnam. His company quickly fragments into two hostile camps as the stress of war begins to take it's tool on the men. The environment they find themselves in is one whether moral thresholds are crossed, there is little accountability and attitudes towards death become casual and uncaring.
Charlie Sheen does a fine job in his role though I'd say that William Defoe steals the show with his performance. The film is brutual in it's realism, limbs are blown off, soliders bleed to death and even the elements conspire against our team with constant rain and mosquitoes at war with them.
The tone is dark and meancing, danger lurks not just outside the group but within, it's the kind of situation where everybody needs someone to watch their back. The film score is made of up tragic harrowing music. If the director does not have sympathy with the war objectives then you can see that he does at least with the men brought in to fight the war. The day and night-time scenes are well lit for a murky jungle and the cast really throw themselves physically into the role.
There's lots of character development for Sheen's character, his a raw idealistic youth confronted with the shock of real combat and savage soldiers out of control. The pacing of the film never lets up and I was surprised this was made for just $6 million, even the non combat scenes are full of conflict. I don't think you can really improve on this film as one of the greatest in the war genera.
The Blu Ray also offers superb picture and sound quality.