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The Deer Hunter [Blu-ray]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region B Europe/Australia (info)
  • An epic three-hour tale of lives forever changed by the Vietnam War, THE DEER HUNTER follows the transformation of a tight group of friends from a working-class town, taking its place alongside such classics as ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT in telling a story of war and disillusionment. On the eve of going to war, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Steven (John Savage) gather for Steven's wedding. Leaving Steven to his wedding night, Mike, Nick, and pals Axel (Chuck Aspergren), Stan (John Cazale), and John (George Dzundza) depart for the mountains and one last hunting trip. The hunting trip is a funny, poignant scene that firmly establishes the characters as they set off for Vietnam immediately after the trip. The scenes in Vietnam, especially the Russian roulette game, are among the most brutal war scenes on film. The characters' eventual return to the States is emotional and gut-wrenching. Michael Cimino's award-winning film is a powerful look at friendship and love in the midst of war.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1978
    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1978 Christopher Walken Oscar-winning American actor, THE DEER HUNTER
    Academy Awards Best Director 1978 Michael Cimino Director/Writer/Producer
    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1978 Peter Zinner Oscar winning American Editor/Director, THE DEER HUNTER
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 Richard R. Portman SOUND MIXER/RERECORDIST
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 William McCaughey SOUND
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 Aaron Rochin SOUND RECORDIST/MIXER
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 Darin Knight SOUND MIXER

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  • Credits
    Robert De Niro, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Streep, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, George Dzundza, Chuck Aspegren, Shirley Stoler, Rutanya Alda
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The film remains intense, powerful and fascinating for more than three hours....The acting, throughout, is outstanding. Walken's performance is a marvel..."
    Variety

    "...A big, awkward, crazily ambitious, sometimes breathtaking motion picture that comes as close to being a popular epic as any movie about this country since THE GODFATHER....[Streep] gives a smashing film performance..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1978"
    New York Times

    "Hell is war in Michael Cimino's decade-defining classic..."
    Total Film

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n unforgettable study of friendship, pre-, during and post Vietnam."
    Ultimate DVD

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Cimino's is a political film that makes its points through the trials of its characters..."
    Uncut

    "Cimino's sprawling Vietnam drama is an intimate epic, favouring the personal over the political....This is an ensemble cast par excellence."
    Sight and Sound

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