Thirty-three years after it first hit theaters, Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War epic “Full Metal Jacket” is heading home in stunning remastered 4K resolution. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack as well as 4K digital downloads on Sept. 22.
In “Full Metal Jacket” a superb ensemble falls in for Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. The scathing indictment of a film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. ‘Joker’ (Matthew Modine), ‘Animal Mother’ (Adam Baldwin), ‘Gomer’ (Vincent D’Onofrio), ‘Eightball’ (Dorian Harewood) and ‘Cowboy’ (Arliss Howard) are some of the Marine recruits experiencing boot-camp hell under the punishing command of the foul-mouthed Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermy). The action is savage, the story unsparing, and the dialogue is spiked with scathing humor.
You know the film, so we’re here to break down all the special features that accompany it:
Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Critic/Screenwriter Jay Cocks
- The stars lay down a commentary track diving into hidden details of the film, including how many iconic scenes were unscripted.
Featurette “Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil”
- “Between Good and Evil” features interviews with the film’s actors, as well as Kubrick experts, as they break down the film. This featurette also answers the question of how R. Lee Ermy, a former Marine himself, was cast as the profane Sergeant Hartman.
- Experience all the excitement that came along with seeing the “Full Metal Jacket” trailer in theaters for the first time.
The Nuts and Bolts
4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.
For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR , a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player and a high-speed HDMI (Category 2) cable are required.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.