Full Metal Jacket

Featured In Issue 110, July 2006

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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 Viet Nam, to test their training and courage in the war. Full Metal Jacket is based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short-Timers.

The only feature on this disc is the theatrical trailer.

In a group of "older" movies to hit HD DVD, Full Metal Jacket is presented in a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio, while the previously released DVD was "modified" to fit 4:3 televisions. 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. Distractions (other than the freezing of the disc) are rare, with no bothersome edge enhancement or pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby® Digital•Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack is limited by the age of the recording, with noticeable background noise and shuffling distortion. Dialogue is spread across each of the front three screen channels, and surround envelopment is generally limited. The split surrounds do add some to the experience, although much of the surround information is mono, creating a center back image without any diffusion, which can be distracting. (Danny Richelieu)