New Release: Platoon Blu-ray/DVD

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Charlie Sheen stars in Oliver Stone's 1986 Vietnam epic Platoon.

MGM Home Entertainment issued the first U.S. Blu-ray edition of Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam epic Platoon as part of a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on May 24, 2011. All MGM titles are released through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Before Charlie Sheen was, uh, WINNING, with his TV show Two and a Half Men, he was actually a big-time victor in movies. And that all began with Platoon, which picked up four Academy Awards (including statues for Best Picture and Best Director). The film sparked a substantial career for Sheen, who up until that point was best known as the dude sitting next to Jennifer Grey at the police station in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Platoon also did some solid career developing for Sheen’s list of co-stars, including Willem Dafoe (Anti-Christ), Tom Berenger (Inception), John C. McGinley (TV’s Scrubs), Forest Whitaker (Repo Men), Kevin Dillon (TV’s Entourage), Keith David (Gamer) and Johnny Depp (The Tourist).

The new Blu-ray/DVD edition of Platoon includes all the special features that appeared on previous DVD incarnations of the film. And there are a handful of new bonuses, as well.

Here’s the list of features:

  • audio commentary with director Stone
  • audio commentary with military advisor Dale Dye
  • deleted and extended scenes
  • “Flashback to Platoon
    • Snapshot in Time: 1967-1968
    • Creating the ‘Nam
    • Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon
    • documentaries
  • One War, Many Stories
  • Preparing for ‘Nam
  • vignettes
    • Caputo & The 7th Fleet (new)
    • Dye Training Method (new)
    • Gordon Gekko (new)
  • television spots
    • Action
    • Critical Acclaim
    • The Director
    • theatrical trailer

Here’s the film’s trailer:

 

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