A group of young men enlist in the Marine Corps and, under the stern (sometimes cruel) guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (Ermey), they become soldiers. They are then transported to Vietnam, to test their training and courage in the war. Full Metal Jacket is based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. (Tricia Spears)
Housed inside a 44-page Blu-ray Book that features a personal letter from Actor Matthew Modine, behind-the-scenes photos, cast and filmmaker bios, and trivia, special features include commentary by Actors Adam Baldwin, R. Lee Ermey, and Vincent D'Onofrio, and Screenwriter/Author Jay Cocks; the featurette Full Metal Jacket: Between Good And Evil (SD 30:49); the theatrical trailer; and upfront ads. Also included in the package is a DVD featuring the documentary Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (SD 1:00:59).
Previously reviewed in Issue 114 as an HD DVD, Full Metal Jacket was presented in a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio, while the previously released DVD reviewed in Issue 110 was "modified" to fit 4:3 televisions, this newly remastered 1080p VC-1 Blu-ray Disc™ is framed also at 1.78:1. There is some film grain inherent in the source element, as well as some flecks of dirt. The picture looks like it was shot in the 70s, which is suitable for the setting of the storytelling. Colors are slightly pale but nicely balanced. Details are very nicely rendered, although there is often an inherent soft quality. As with the HD DVD, shadow delineation is improved, although it is very slight. (Gary Reber)
The new Blu-ray Disc features a non-compressed LPCM 5.1-channel soundtrack with a slight increase in encoding level compared to the Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel version on the previously reviewed HD DVD. While the split surrounds do add some to the experience, much of the surround information is surprisingly mono, creating a center back image without any diffusion. Deep bass is at times nicely extended in the .1 LFE channel. Still, this is a letdown soundtrack considering the impact of the visual content, though, still an engaging sonic experience. (Gary Reber)