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SRP $24.96 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL/DTS 5.1 SONY

SONY has released what for now is the "DEFINITIVE" dvd presentation of Oliver Stone's masterpiece, "PLATOON".  While critics can debate what film stands out as the best War film ever made,(APOCALYPSE NOW in this critic's opinion is highly over-rated) "PLATOON" surely ranks up there with the best of them. Not only is Stone's semi-autobiographical tale of his experience in Viet-Nam, groundbreaking in its visceral atmosphere, but it's also "GREAT" cinema!  There are too many moments that raise this film above its war film counterparts to describe, but most importantly, unlike most of Stone's other work, he shows incredible restraint for a change, and it provides maximum impact to virtually every scene!

"PLATOON" marks one of the few instances wherein narration doesn't ruin the entire film, but even enhances it!  Compare what's achieved here with Sheen's narration to that of the annoying, over-rated narration for Terence Malick's films!

SONY has remastered this transfer, and it's far better than any of the previous dvd versions out there. Still, the inherent graininess is obtrusive at points.  Colors are solid and the detail is terrific, essential for many key moments in the dark jungle fight scenes.

SONY has finally offered a DTS mix along with the DOLBY DIGITAL mix.  While both are outstanding and far more aggressive than the previous dvd versions, the "DTS" mix offers slightly better clarity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

SONY has loaded this 2 disc set with extras! Sure, the one with Stone is great, but Military advisor Dale Dye's is the better of the two and really deserves a listen. Loaded with great info on the production and more! Along with a previously available featurette, "TOUR OF THE INFERNO",  are two documentaries and 12 deleted scenes. An alternate ending really stands out and is the one Stone wishes he'd used.