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(aka 'Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket ')

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USA 1987

An uncompromisingly bleak war film, as cold and distant as they come. Director Stanley Kubrick presents this cinematic tour de force in two parts: The first details the training of a group of Marines at the hands of sadistic gunnery sergeant Hartman (Lee Ermey); the second follows one of the recruits (Matthew Modine) who finds himself in combat at the height of the Tet Offensive. Kubrick's cameras are so fluid and his shots so inventive, the action overwhelms the viewer.   

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

Posters

Theatrical Release: June 26th, 1987

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Incidental Reading on Stanley Kubrick (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Kubrick: Inside A Film Artist's Maze by Thomas Allen Nelson Stanley Kubrick, Director: A Visual Analysis by Alexander Walker Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)
by Stanley Kubrick, Gene D. Phillips
Stanley Kubrick The Complete Films
by Paul Duncan
The Complete Kubrick by David Hughes Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
by Christiane Kubrick
Narrative And Stylistic Patterns In The Films Of Stanley Kubrick by Luis Garcia Mainar The Stanley Kubrick Archives by Alison Castle Stanley Kubrick Companion by James Howard

Comparison:

Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL vs. Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE Blu-ray

Thanks to Mark Balson , Mathias Nielsen and Mark Newland for the DVD screen captures.

1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL LEFT

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

DVD Box Covers

Distribution

Warner

Region 2, 4 - PAL

Warner (collector's edition)

Region 2 - PAL

Warner (original)

Region 1  - NTSC

Warner (remastered)

Region 1- NTSC

Warner

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:51:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:51:44 (4% PAL speedup) 1:56:24 1:56:24 1:56:30.858
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.71 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,130,273,528 bytes

Feature: 23,148,509,184 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.09 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Warner (collector's edition)

 

 

Bitrate:

Warner (original)

 

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Warner (re-mastered)

 

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Warner Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1, DUB: French Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 English Dolby Digital 5.1, DUB: French Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital Mono) English (5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital)

LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
DUBs: Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround

Subtitles English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, English for the Hearing Impaired, Italian for the Hearing Impaired, none English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, none English, French, None English, French, None English (SDH), English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (1:26) (pal speed-up)

DVD Release Date: September 3rd, 2001
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 39

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Music Soundtrack: Complete soundtrack for feature length film
• Collectible Senitype: Exclusive Limited Edition Senitype image from the movie with 35mm film frame
• Commemorative Booklet: 16 full-colour pages, featuring stories behind the film, the music, plus over 20 photos
• Theatrical Trailer (1:26) (pal speed-up)

DVD Release Date: August 12, 2002
Silver Box

Chapters 39

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer (1:32) 

DVD Release Date:
June 29th, 1999
Snapper Case
Chapters: 39


Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer (1:32) 

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 2004
Snapper Case
Chapters: 39

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,130,273,528 bytes

Feature: 23,148,509,184 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.09 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

Edition Details:

• Commentary track with Adam Baldwin (Animal Mother), Vincent D'onofrio (Private Pyle), Lee Ermey (Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), and Screenwriter/Author Jay Cocks

• Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil (30:50 in SD!)

DVD Release Date:
October 23rd, 2007
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 39

Comments: NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Addition: Warner Blu-ray - August 09': This 'DELUXE' Blu-ray edition creeps into dual-layered territory. Aside from the improved resolution and smoother image the biggest issue may be the aspect ratio resorting to a 1.78:1 frame. Looking at our screen captures it really doesn't give up anything as there was always so much headroom on the 1.33 DVD editions. A marginal amount of extra information appears in the edges. I like it - I think it looks good - skin tones are warmer, detail doesn't advance in leaps and bounds but the overall image seems tighter, and smoother in-motion.  In comparison it, expectantly, has much fewer artifacts. This would be more notable the larger your project the image. The Blu-ray visuals show some minor depth and definitely look stronger - although far from pristine it may be the best we get.

Audio is a huge bump with a linear PCM track at over 4600 Kbps. It's buoyant and works very well with the film. We also get the option of an old inferior Dolby 5.1 and a few foreign language DUBs. This is surely the 'international' version as it has extensive subtitles offered and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Supplements are notable for the commentary, albeit chaotic at times, with Adam Baldwin (Animal Mother), Vincent D'onofrio (Private Pyle), Lee Ermey (Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), and Screenwriter/Author Jay Cocks. We also get a featurette - Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil running for 30-minutes. These aren't on any of the DVD versions we compared.

So essentially, it's a better image, audio and extras. One need only watch the film again to remember how impacting it is - another Kubrick masterpiece and who wouldn't want it in the best editions possible?  

****


 

DVD ADDITIONS (PAL versions): Both PAL editions are slightly hazier than the remastered Region 1 - both have substantial subtitle options and Italian and French 5.1 DUBs. The UK "Collector's Edition" has some extra features not seen on any of the DVDs including the musical soundtrack. Both have 16X9 menus. It actually looks like the Region 2,4 DVD may be the same as the film portion of the UK edition. WE still recommend the remastered - Region 1- NTSC edition, although die-hard fans may also want the Silver-boxed "Special edition" for its substantial add-ons.

*****

ON THE REMASTERED DVD: The new remastered image is smoother, slightly darker and the colors are more vibrant (and I suspect more true). Although I had no problems with the older image it had some speckles and dirt/dust that have been completely removed in the newer edition. The remastering appears to have removed some grain and the both images show some zooming and cropping on the side edges. Even on a tube the new remastered image show much more vibrancy. All other details (extras, subtitles etc.) of the edition are the same except of course the 5.1 audio 'bomb' remix on the new edition. We suggest buying the new edition as you will immediately notice the difference.

NOTE: It would have been nice had Warner added the mono track as an option on the remastered edition.

 - Gary W. Tooze


DVD Menus

(Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL LEFT vs. Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL RIGHT)



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Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - RIGHT)


 


 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Subtitle Samples

 

1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


Screen Captures

 

NOTE: Screen captures are not all exact frames!

 

1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Warner Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL TOP

2) Warner (Collector's Limited Edition Box Set) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Warner (original)  - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner (re-mastered)  - Region 1- NTSC - FOURTH

5) Warner (DELUXE EDITION) - REGION FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 


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Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

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