Published on June 7th, 2011 | by Chris1
Platoon (1986, Blu Ray)
I have to say, I was looking forward to seeing Oliver Stone's Platoon on Blu Ray for the first time. But you know what? It's still the same movie.
My original review of Platoon as a film I think is still pretty much spot on. But after four-and-a-half years (has it been that long? yikes!) I have to admit that I like it even less.
Yes it was groundbreaking for its day, as no other movie had come close to portraying the Vietnam War in a realistic fashion to that point. It is well acted, and well produced.... But the cliches present seem to become even more so with time. And some bits come out as downright corny today. Maybe its just me. Still a "must see" in the history of war movies, but in my opinion it hasn't aged well. If that makes sense.
Not to say there aren't some extremely well-done scenes, even if they're incredibly hard to watch. The 'village' sequence being the one that stands out in my mind.
But onto the Blu Ray. If you were expecting a "brand new" and "remastered" film that will completely blow you away (like the recent Apocalypse Now BD) you'll be disappointed. I'd say that this is a faithful and accurate representation of the movie as close as you're going to get to actual film. While the sound is indeed in DTS-HD, and it does sound great, it still isn't "spectacular" in its presentation. Probably due to the original mix and tech of the day. There are (more noticably) plenty of "stock" sound effects present, and if you watch the extras with the "raw" footage of some of the deleted scenes, the jungle-muted rifle cracks heard there sound more realistic to me than the dubbed over effects.
Visually, the film appears as it should, as it did in 1986. You're not going to get any great definition out of it. There is a lot of grain in this, as with most movies of the era. Just how it was. It's a fairly clean transfer, but there are some bits of dust flying by at times. The blacks are black as can be with no discernable "noise" and the brights are blinding. The early-on "jungle patrol ambush" is a good example of what it was supposed to look like on the big screen.
Final word: If you're a big fan of the movie (which I'm not so much) then this is a must-have. I'm on the fence as to if I will put this on my own shelf or not.
I can't comment so much on the extras, as I viewed a Netflix rental disc, and I don't know if there are differences between this and retail... All I watched extra-wise were the deleted scenes. Some of which I'm glad were dropped, and I hope Stone doesn't pull a Lucas and put some of these back in (like his comments would suggest), like the alternate "Barnes-lives" ending.
I'll keep my original 8/10. Just because of its significance and the bits I do find interesting in the movie....
Platoon (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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), it is "a dark, unforgettable memorial" (The Washington Post) to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
Original Release Date:
- Charlie Sheen
- Tom Berenger
- Willem Dafoe
- Keith David
- Forest Whitaker
Summary: Still a "must see" in the history of war movies, but in my opinion it hasn't aged well.