Metal Jacket 4K
(1987/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: C+/C+/B Sound: C/B/B+ & B
Extras: D/C/B Films: C+/B+/A-
classic and two ambitious dramas are up next...
(2016) is one of the Greek films we occasionally get to see, but for
all the films they make, too few seem to get imported to the U.S.
course, it is another drama where we are supposed to think of the
title locale as something we have never seen or heard of before and
it is with some irony here as the people involved are in and this was
the country's Oscar submission for Best
Foreign Film that year.
tale of xenophobia, immigration and economic issues is as relevant as
it was upon release and stars Makis Papadimitriouas as Nakos, who
lives in the title neighborhood and has no job, but is looking for
something to get ahead. His old buddy Billy (Yannis Stankoglou) is
not a fan of the refugees that have arrived en masse there and makes
no secret about it, no matter their problems, but Billy decides to
get involved and help two of them and with all the latent tensions
around, trouble can only result.
liked that the film took us somewhere we had not been before, but we
have seen this kind of story often, though maybe not enough, lately.
It is good, but somewhat predictable and the characters are not
simply good or evil, which helps. However, it was not as memorable
as I had hoped and was only worth a look at best when all was said
and done. At least it was ambitious and took its audience seriously.
are no extras,
though something would have been nice.
does a bookie, female author, magician, plumber, basketball player,
mobster and detective all have in common? Each one has the desire to
want more, but to achieve their goals what are they willing to do?
What are they willing to risk? What are they willing to sacrifice?
Either they want more money, owe money or need it, but only one can
win ...and everyone else must lose.
has a bookie (Jay Mohr) fixes games for illegal gambling through two
brothers, the older brother (Forrest Whitaker) a plumber who owes
them a lot of money asks his young brother (Nick Cannon) a rising
star of the NBA to throw the game. A woman (Kim Basinger) who is
addicted to gambling, lies and cheats on her husband (Ray Liotta) and
loses her family's life savings, a has been magician/con artist
(Danny DeVito) who is trying to get back in the spotlight and into
the woman's panties and moonlights as snitch for the mobster (Tim
Roth) or detective (Kelsey Grammer) depending on who pays him more.
While the mobster and detective play a dangerous cat and mouse game,
not sure who is the hunter and who is the prey. With twist, turns,
drama, surprises ...and only one person in the end wins.
movie featured an all-star class cast of actors including Kim
Basinger, Nick Cannon, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Ray Liotta, Jay
Mohr, Tim Roth and Forest Whitaker. (You know them from their bigger
movies). The film seemed like several stories mixed together, each
character interconnected with only one or two degrees of separation.
The moral/plot of this movie seems to be a cautionary tale of greed,
money and power because when you win, everyone else must lose.
Extras include trailers.
Stanley Kubrick's Full
Metal Jacket 4K
(1987) has arrived and it is even better than the 4K releases of 2001
(with a few flaws) and The
(with a questionable shot towards the very end) discs (unreviewed,
but mostly better than their previous Blu-ray editions) plus joins
recent 4K releases of Cimino's Deer
and Coppola's Apocalypse
(both also unreviewed, but highly recommended) as the most
comprehensive trilogy of Vietnam films from the original cycle of
them into the late 1980s.
first reviewed Jacket
in the now-obsolete HD-DVD format at this link:
on regular Blu-ray at the same time, some people felt it was flawed
as I did and upgraded versions were later issued with some
improvements, but this new 4K
edition really delivers. Seeing the film now, it has aged even
better than many might has expected at the time and is a brilliant
work that finishes covering and what needed to be said at the time on
the Vietnam debacle during that cycle. It is even prophetic, more so
is also still one of the few films on the subject that does
not take place 'in the jungle' like so many do, but the cities and
hardly any film has dared to go there since. Many of the actors went
on to more commercial and critical success and this is actually the
first of a trilogy of stories on the Modine character in its original
print form. Strangely, there were no sequels and for some odd
reason, the owner of the books is not keeping them in print. Hope we
learn more about this down the line.
way, Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest films of the
1980s and audiences are still catching up with it. If you have seen
it before and especially never seen it before, it is a must-see and
in 4K, a true, pure, cinematic experience.
include the repeat of a great feature length audio commentary track
with Mathew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio and screenwriter
Jay Cocks, an Original Theatrical Trailer and the Making Of
Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil.
for playback performance of these releases. The 2160p HEVC/H.265,
1.78 X 1,HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image on Jacket
looks amazing, even more so when you consider the negative was
actually fading only a short ten years ago and that was only a few
decades after the film was made. I saw this on 35mm film when it
first came out and can tell you this looks as vivid and impressive as
the film ever looked. There are also plenty of demo shots
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray is not
bad, but no match for the 4K disc by any means, but it is here as
backup if you do not have access to a 4K player. It should be noted
that all the older editions were in 1.33 X 1 and like most of
Kubrick's (like The Shining) Warner output, there is an
argument the films also look great that way. The films were shot
soft matte knowing the films would be shown widescreen, but using the
whole 35mm frame. This works well, but maybe Warner will do a
limited edition 1.33 X 1 block style 4K set with all the films in
that framing only. The 1.78 X 1 here is still extremely effective.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the 4K disc sounds like
the same upgraded soundmaster used on the Blu-rays and HD-DVD,
presented on this Blu-ray in a PCM 5.1 mix. The PCM was not bad for
its age, but the DTS-MA retransfer on the 4K disc sounds like it is a
much more recent recording with improved clarity, resolution, depth
and dynamic range that allows you to hear detail never heard on the
film before, so be ready to be impressed.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is not bad on Amerika,
but has some softness and a little motion blur. The lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo sound is much weaker than a recent film like this
ought to be and makes it harder to enjoy, subtitles notwithstanding.
Nicholas Sheffo and Ricky Chiang (Money)