DVD Full Metal Jacket [DVD] [1991] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 1123070),
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Full Metal Jacket [DVD] [1991] [English] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Although the credits claim that the film was shot "on location and at Pinewood Studios, Iver, Bucks," it has been reported that the film was entirely shot in England, at a military training camp in Bassingbourne and at Enfield and Beckton. The bombed-out buildings were on a site outside of London that was owned by British gas; it had been scheduled for demolition, so Kubrick had it blown up and then used as a set. Lee Ermey served as the technical adviser on the film; Kubrick liked him so much he hired him for the part of Gny. Sgt. Hartman. The film features excellent use of such 1960s classics as "These Boots Are Made for Walking" by Nancy Sinatra, "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen, "Chapel of Love" by the Dixie Cups, and "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones; Kubrick told Rolling Stone magazine, "We were looking for interesting material that played well with a scene. We tried a lot of songs. Sometimes the dynamic range of the music was too great, and we couldn't work in dialogue. The music has to come up under speech at some point, and if all you hear is the bass, it's not going to work in the context of the movie....The choices weren't arbitrary." The name of Sam the Sham's backup group is mistakenly spelled Pharoahs in the closing credits. The part of Pvt. Joker was originally going to be played by Anthony Michael Hall before going to Matthew Modine. Estimated budget: $17 million. Vincent D'Onofrio put on 70 pounds in order to portray Pvt. Pyle. Filming was so difficult that when Kubrick asked his actors for volunteers to die early, nearly everyone raised their hand. Lee Ermey got into a car accident during filming, resulting in broken ribs. Watching the movie closely, one can see certain scenes in which he never uses his arms, because of the injury. He also missed four and a half months of shooting. Most of ths insults hurled by Ermey came directly from him, not from the original script. Kubrick spent 10 months cutting FULL METAL JACKET. A full metal jacket refers to a rifle cartridge.
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    • Rating - for violence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 116311

  • Credits
    Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, R. Lee Ermey, Lee Ermey, Ronald Lee Ermey, Ed O'Ross, Arliss Howard, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vincent Philip D'Onofrio
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric....The performances are splendid..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987"
    New York Times

    "...An intense, schematic, superbly made Vietnam War drama..."
    Variety

    "...A powerful and centered statement of outrage....It is a muscular return to form..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "The picture looks like it was shot in the 70s, which is suitable for the setting of the storytelling."
    Widescreen Review

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