Full Metal Jacket is Stanley Kubrick's war masterpiece, set during
the era of the Vietnam War and revolves around a group of soldiers
who are thrown from the safety of society into the hardships of war.
The story begins in "Boot Camp" as the soldiers are taught the
tactics of war as their individualities are stripped and replaced by battle
hardened soldiers who will not question their orders.
The star of
the movie is Matthew Modine as Private Joker, however the most
memorable character is played by R. Lee Ermey who plays the harsh
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and puts his men through a variety of harsh
scenarios in order to turn them into soldiers.
During the second
half of the movie, it moves to Vietnam as these newly formed
soldiers finally face the predicament of war and features some great
Kubrick moments through societal issues and the propaganda of the
time. Definitely one of Kubrick's best directorial movies which pays
homage to the original novel and in turn cinema itself.
The Blu-Ray version of the film is quite impressive with sharp
images and vibrant colours and although it was never filmed in
1080p, the transfer is almost flawless. It is also the first time
that the movie is available in widescreen that is matched perfectly
with the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Although at the end of the
day, the video and audio quality is superior than DVD, however when
compared to modern Blu-ray discs, it is slightly lacking. Needless
to say, it's still a great transfer.
The bonuses included on this
disc include audio commentary, the between good and evil featurette
and the original theatrical trailer that although do not add
anything new to the movie is still a great insight into the
Definitely one for fans of war or Kubrick!
Between Good and Evil featurette