Normally I would encourage you to read my articles. After all, there is nothing more important in this world than reading my spot-on opinions. But that’s not what I’m going to do today. Instead, I encourage you, my loyal, wonderful reader, to head over to Amazon.com, or to wherever you buy your movies these days, and purchase Platoon, which is now available for the first time on Blu-Ray.
Platoon, the Oliver Stone masterpiece, the movie that reminds me of how great Mr. Stone used to be back in the day, looks absolutely great on Blu-Ray. Sure, it’s now 25 years old and the video transfer isn’t without its imperfections, but boy did they take advantage of Blu-Ray’s high definition capabilities.
The 2-disc set comes loaded with plenty of great bonus features, as well as a DVD copy of the film. Sadly, from what I can tell, the bonus features aren’t new, meaning that if you’re the kind of guy who gets inappropriately excited over bonus material and already own the Platoon DVD released earlier this century, there’s not a lot to love.
But don’t let your disappointment spoil it for the rest of us.
The Platoon Blu-Ray includes:
- Two audio commentaries, one by Oliver Stone, the other by military advisor Dale Dye
- Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary. The commentary, unfortunately, is more about the characters at a macro level than an analysis of what happens in the scenes and why they were cut.
- Flashback to Platoon. the real beef of the set, this is 48 minutes worth of three different featurettes that explore the time period and what led to the situation portrayed in the movie, a discussion about how and why the movie was made, and a retrospective. The featurettes are insightful and informative, well worth the time. On a side note, it’s also sad to see Charlie Sheen when he was actually #winning – a.k.a. normal and not doped out of his mind.
- Documentaries. More value is found in the two short “documentaries” included on the disc. The first is especially touching as it involves a group of veterans responding to the movie and talking about memories from the war.
- Theatrical trailers and TV spots
Part of me wants to say it’s a shame there aren’t any new bonus features included on the disc, but there’s nothing worse than forced bonus material that offers no value except to the studio trying to sell new packaging. This is the first time Platoon is on Blu-Ray, and it is well worth the journey.