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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Oliver Stone, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen


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After two previous incarnations, what may just be the definitive version of Oliver Stone's Platoon makes its way to DVD, and the result is no less than spectacular. The first big plus of this special edition is the new anamorphic transfer, framed at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Though it does show some signs of wear, the minimal amounts of grain andSee more details below


After two previous incarnations, what may just be the definitive version of Oliver Stone's Platoon makes its way to DVD, and the result is no less than spectacular. The first big plus of this special edition is the new anamorphic transfer, framed at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Though it does show some signs of wear, the minimal amounts of grain and specks are nothing compared to the detail and clarity of the image. Unquestionably, this is the best version that has ever hit home video. The sound is equally impressive. The English 5.1 soundtrack is flawless with just the right use of surrounds (though they are subtle) and clean dialogue up front. As for the extras, a number of them are taken from the original Live Entertainment disc, with a few new items thrown in. The main two, which are both highly recommended, are commentary tracks: one from Stone and the other from military advisor Captain Dale Dye. While each seems to focus more on what they are watching, each does supply enough anecdotal information to make them invaluable as reference to the making of the film. In addition, and also well worth viewing, is an in-depth behind the scenes look at the making of the film called "Tour of the Inferno," which runs nearly an hour. This documentary contains interviews with the director, cast, and crew and is simply outstanding and a real highlight of this disc. Finally, along with the theatrical trailer and three television spots, there are two dozen behind the scenes photos (focusing on Stone) and four posters.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
Whatever one thinks about Oliver Stone as a filmmaker, activist, or human being, there is no denying the brilliance of this, his finest film. A harrowing war tale based on Stone's own experiences as an enlisted man during the Vietnam War, Platoon is more closely attuned than previous Vietnam pictures to the viewpoints of the poor and minority soldiers who fought in the Indochinese trenches. There's no question that Stone rejects the domestic politics that drove the war, underscored by the increasing disillusionment of his surrogate character: Charlie Sheen as Pvt. Chris Taylor. But Platoon, which won Stone an Academy Award for Best Director, tells its simple story with such emotion and vigor that the larger political issues don't really come into play. As a new recruit, Sheen finds himself caught up in the struggle for the platoon's soul between Sgt. Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe) and Staff Sgt. Bob Barnes (Tom Berenger). Elias, a savvy soldier with a stoner's soul and a saintly aura, is clearly at a disadvantage against Barnes, a killing machine with a deeply scarred face and the advantage of rank. One of them will die in Nam, and with Samuel Barber's heartrending Adagio for Strings swelling in the background, so will the shreds of Pvt. Taylor's innocence. As his father did in Apocalypse Now, Sheen brings laconic intensity to the jungle, while Dafoe and Berenger provide the more explosive performances. Both earned Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and the film won the Best Picture award. Upon reflection nearly two decades later, there's no question that Platoon richly deserves the accolades it earned in its day. It remains among the most deeply moving and visceral war films of all time.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Special Features

"Tour of the Inferno" documentary featuring interviews with the director, cast, and crew; Audio commentary by director Oliver Stone; Audio commentary by military supervisor Captain Dale Dye; Photo gallery; Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer; TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Sgt. Barnes
Willem Dafoe Sgt. Elias Grodin
Charlie Sheen Chris Taylor
Forest Whitaker Big Harold
Francesco Quinn Rhah
Kevin Dillon Bunny
Richard Edson Sal
John C. McGinley Sgt. O'Neill
Reggie Johnson Junior
Keith David King
Johnny Depp Lerner
David Neidorf Tex
Adam J. Glover Sanderson
Li Mai Thao Rape Victim
Li Thi Van Village Chief's Daughter
Nick Nicholson Mechanized Soldier
Chris Pederson Crawford
Matthew Westfall Terrified Soldier
Corkey Ford Manny
Mark Moses Lt. Wolfe
Corey Glover Francis
Bob Orwig Gardner
Tony Todd Warren
Kevin Eshelman Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain Ace
Ivan Kane Tony
Paul Sanchez Doc
Peter Hicks Parker
Basile Achara Flash
Steve Barredo Fu Sheng
Chris Castillejo Rodriguez
Andrew B. Clark Tubbs
Bernardo Manalili Village Chief
Than Rogers Village Chief's Wife
Clarisa Ortacio Old Woman
Romy Sevilla One-Legged Man
Warren McLean Mechanized Soldier #2
Ron Barracks Medic
Oliver Stone Officer in Bunker
Dale Dye Capt. Harris

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Screenwriter
Gil Arceo Stunts
Cecille Baun Makeup
Rodell Cruz Art Director
John Daly Executive Producer
Yves de Bono Special Effects
Georges Delerue Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Pat Golden Casting
Merle Haggard Songwriter
A. Kitman Ho Co-producer
Simon Kaye Sound Mixer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Warren McLean Casting
Bob Morones Casting
Richard Boyle Screenwriter
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Claire Simpson Editor
Grace Slick Songwriter
Gordon J. Smith Makeup
Marvin Tarplin Songwriter
Doris Sherman Williams Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [:17]
2. Unknown Territory [:21]
3. Ants [1:48]
4. First Week In Hell [:20]
5. Platoon Politics [2:29]
6. New Guys On Ambush [:32]
7. Dead Of Night [2:15]
8. A Lesson In Dying [3:13]
9. A Crusader [1:45]
10. The Feel-Good Cave [1:26]
11. Talkin' Trash [4:02]
12. Bunker Complex [2:31]
13. "Where's Manny?" [1:30]
14. Doing The Village [3:33]
15. Look The Other Way [:06]
16. "Fire In The Hole" [3:33]
17. Enforced Cease-Fire [2:19]
18. No Faith [1:56]
19. A Rainy Blur [2:09]
20. A Waste Of Men [:05]
21. Elias Is Out There [6:36]
22. "He's Dead?" [1:12]
23. Your Tired, Your Poor [:49]
24. Experts On Killing [5:23]
25. Live Bait [1:39]
26. The Rest Is Gravy [3:36]
27. "Gotta Die Sometime" [3:06]
28. In The Foxhole [2:54]
29. Overrun [:06]
30. One Last Shot [1:07]
31. Survivors [1:40]
32. End Credits [6:13]

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