Full Metal Jacket (1987)
25th Anniversary Edition
Blu-ray | m2ts | MPEG @ 48.0 Mbps, 23.976 fps | 1920 x 1080 | 2hr 54min | 26.1 GB
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1; German: Dolby Digital 5.1 … (more)
Subtitle: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, German SDH, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Italian SDH, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish
Genre: Drama, War
The sticker on the front of Warner's latest Full Metal Jacket Blu-ray release is a bit misleading. While the 1080p/VC-1 transfer featured in the 2012 Digibook version has certainly been created using newly remastered film elements, the use of the word "new" is meant to distance this transfer from its poorly received 2006 predecessor. For all intents and purposes, though, this is the same presentation that debuted with the 2007 Deluxe Edition Blu-ray release and subsequently repurposed for the 2011 Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection box set. And that's a very good thing. There was really very little room for improvement, as most every shortcoming the presentation could be accused of having traces back to the source, Kubrick's photography, and the original elements. The softness here is filmic; the somewhat inconsistent grain inherited; the washed out palette intended. The only complaint I continue to lodge is that slight edge halos are present throughout the film, but even those are easy to overlook. It's hard to imagine Full Metal Jacket looking much better, meaning the decision to purchase this release comes down to its DigiBook packaging and bonus documentary.