DVD Release: The Boys in Company C

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth

The Boys In Company C movie scene

Criag Wasson (r.) gets drilled in The Boys in Company C.

The 1978 war drama film The Boys in Company C was one of Hollywood’s first major films to take on the recently-ended Vietnam War.

Set in 1967, The Boys in Company C follows the lives of five Marine inductees from their training in boot camp through a tour of duty in Vietnam that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese allies, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men discover a possible way out of the war: They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team they may spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games safely behind the lines. But, as might be expected, nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie, the film stars Stan Shaw (Cuttthroat Island), Andrew Stevens (The Seduction), Craig Wasson (Four Friends) and James Whitmore Jr. (TV’s Black Sheep Squadron).

Most notably, the movie features a supporting turn by R. Lee Ermey as a drill sergeant, a role that he virtually recreated and built upon to great acclaim a decade later in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987).

Hen’s Tooth’s released the first-ever Blu-ray edition of the cult film back in January, 2012.

Bonus features include a commentary by actor Stevens a, a theatrical trailer and a gallery of original lobby cards.


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