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  • Manufacturer: MGM
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  • Model #M122845

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    (Manufacturer # M122845 )

    Plot
      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 na´vetÚ 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
    Movie Type
      War
    Movie Level Themes
      Military Life, Dropping Out, Innocence Lost
    Movie Level Tones
      Visceral, Harsh, Angry, Forceful, Somber

    DVD Features

    • Blu-Ray: Audio commentary by director Oliver Stone
    • Audio commentary by Military Advisor Dale Dye
    • Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone
    • Flashback to Platoon: Snapshot in Time: 1967-1968; Creating the 'Nam; Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon
    • Documentaries: One War, Many Stories; Preparing for 'Nam
    • Vignettes: Caputo & the 7th Fleet; Dye Training Method; Gordon Gekko
    • Theatrical trailer
    • TV spots
    Awards
    • 1986--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Charles Grenzbach-Winner
    • 1986--Independent Spirit Awards, Robert Richardson-Winner
    • 1986--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Oliver Stone-Winner
    • 1986--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Willem Dafoe-Nominee
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    Review

      Platoon is remembered for the striking realism with which it recreated the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of the U.S. soldier. At stark contrast are the story's two protagonists, played by Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, the latter at peace with himself despite the hostilities around him, the former representing the corruption of ideals that defined American participation in the war. The film established Oliver Stone as a major director and boosted the careers of several cast members, including Charlie Sheen, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp. Delivering as the favorite at the Oscars, Platoon took four statues in the seven categories in which it was nominated, including one for Stone and for Best Picture. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi


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    Blu-Ray Drive or Blu-Ray Player





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