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Casualties of War [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Military & War|
|Contributor||Jack Gwaltney, John Linton, Art Linson, Woody Harrelson, J.J., Michael J. Fox, Shaun Shea, Erik King, John Leguizamo, Dale Dye, Kady Tran, Wendell Pierce, Ba Thuan T. Le, Eric Schwab, Sherman Howard, Brian De Palma, Shane Kerwin, Sam Robards, Somsak, Donal Gibson, Dan Martin, Holt McCallany, Nootch, Marius Valainis, Thuy Thu Le, Ennalls Berl, Hataya Sarmount, Sigma, Al Shannon, Don Harvey, Darren E. Burrows, Vyto Ruginis, Gregory Scott, Dale A. Dye, Ving Rhames, Sean Penn, Vinh Tran, Niran, Po Powpi, Howard Sherman, Kwan, Steve Larson, J. Chalerm, Kristopher Dunn, John C. Reilly See more|
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- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 83 Grams
- Director : Brian De Palma, Eric Schwab
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : Aug. 14 2018
- Actors : Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo
- Studio : Sony Mod
- ASIN : B07DB3KL1D
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,704 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, CASUALTIES OF WAR is based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to a vile crime, Private Eriksson (Michael J. Fox) is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn), a powerful and charismatic man pushed over theedge of barbarism by the terror and brutality of combat. With sweeping scope, action and raw power,master filmmaker Brian DePalma creates a devastating and unforgettable tale of one man's quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war.
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The film is excellent. DePalma is more restrained in his tendencies to dazzle with technical prowess. There is, however, an operatic quality to the acting, more noticeable in some scenes; emotions run high, the music swells and the camera presents images (particularly on the bridge) that are painterly, masterful in how dramatic they are. These qualities contribute to the sense of what another reviewer termed as the "morality play" characteristics of the film. This film would be perfection for me if it weren't for a "big speech" convention near the end of the film, the type of speech that is too unambigious in stating the moral position of the film. It is the sort of moment that is easily parodied when looking at "oscar bait" movies made in the present era.
The Special Features on the Extended Cut are limited but satisfactory. There is a 15 minute featurette with Michael J Fox looking back on the making of the film. More interesting is the half hour 'Making Of' Documentary. The ammount of superfluous talking heads are kept to a minimum- DePalma speaks at length, and it is always interesting to hear him talk about the process. I only wish he would do Director's Commentary tracks for his films. What interests me about DePalma as a filmmaker is that he is unlikely to do 'puff pieces' to gleefully promote his work. He is up front about his political convictions, whether or not you agree with him, and also he is honest about problems he faces, often being the first person to bring up and address the criticisms directed at him. In both this and the "Dressed to Kill" Blu Ray he acknowledges that his films are criticized (misogyny being the most used term with regards to Dressed to Kill).
For purposes of comparison see Elia Kazan's "The Visitors", based on the same article and events as "Casualties of War". Though a much lesser film, DePalma's own "Redacted" does have it's merits, and is in some ways a Casualties of War for the found-footage, multimedia Internet generation.
Though platoon was powerful and loved by myself and same with black hawk down.
But this film focuses more on the people portrayed in the film. It evokes sadness as you follow the troubles of Private Eriksson; and the fact it's based on a true story makes it even more powerful. of course we're not quite sure how true it is as Hollywood does take literal liberties with stories.
the acting and directing in this film is first class.
Michael J Fox Plays Ericsson with such great morality and you can feel what he's going through his portrayal it doesn't feel forced;
Sean Penn Who plays Sergeant Meserve who at the start looks like your normal good soldier who cares for his fellow soldiers, but Sean Penn is amazing in this film; the story itself can be hard to watch. thankfully the start of the story is a bit slow. Not to say it drags but it does give you a bit of time to see the relationship of the characters and you get to see both sides of Merserve's character. I would highly recommend this film to anyone.
the De Palma as always directs this film with pure class.
i just wish they would release this film on Blu-ray would you believe Poison Ivy gets a blu ray release yet this film has yet to be released well in the UK anyway.
the language was just as it would have been, having served with AMERICAN TROOPS ELSEWHERE, but not having been in that environment, I can only surmise that these things happened more often that was brought to the civilians in any reports from Vietnam