Jarhead (Blu-ray) (2005)

  • Web Code: M2156702
  • Other formats: UMD | DVD
  • Release Date: 11-25-2008
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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content

Overview

For his third feature film, British director Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY) turns to the pages of Anthony Swofford's 2003 book on his experiences in the first Gulf War, and enlists William Broyles Jr.--a former Lieutenant who fought in Vietnam--to convert it into a screenplay. Mendes's film strays into FULL METAL JACKET territory as it opens, with young recruit Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) undertaking some rigorous basic training under the steely, watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx). Impressed, Sykes invites Swofford to join his team, and partners him with Troy (Peter Sarsgaard), ultimately taking them to Saudi Arabia to fight in the first Gulf War. But once they arrive in the punishing heat of the desert, the long wait for battle sends many of the Marines dangerously close to the brink of insanity.

Drawing on the experience of acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) to help viewers get a close-up taste of the Marines' punishing life in the desert, Mendes's film enters into deeply unsettling territory, the likes of which many cinemagoers won't have experienced since Martin Sheen lost his tenuous grip on reality in APOCALYPSE NOW. Indeed, Mendes deploys a few similar tactics to those that made Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film so effective: a hip soundtrack that uses songs from artists as varied as Public Enemy and the Rolling Stones, and a feeling of disillusionment and futility among the troops that really digs in when the battle finally blackens the desert skies. Avoiding any overt antiwar sentiments, Mendes instead provides a thoughtful account of life as a modern day soldier, demonstrating how technology has made the average Marine's job all but redundant, and created disaffected troops who are as much a threat to each other as the enemies they wait to face in the trenches.
Theatrical Release Date 2005
Format Blu-ray Disc
Number of Discs 1

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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Universal Studios Home Video
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    123
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French, Spanish
  • Subtitles
    English, French, Spanish
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    Blu-ray Disc Features:

    Full Frame - 1.33
    Widescreen - 1.85
    Audio:
    DTS 5.1 Surround French, Spanish
    DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English
    Additional Release Material:
    Audio Commentary:
    1. Director Sam Mendes
    2. Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. and Author Anthony Swofford
    Theatrical Release: November 4, 2005
  • Release Date
    11/25/08
  • Theatrical Release
    2005
  • Rating
    R (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content
  • Format
    Blu-ray Disc
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Editorial Reviews

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Entertainment Weekly 11-11-2005 "[A]n eye-opening experience....[Mendes] forges, perhaps, a new kind of drama: a portrait of war stripped of all glamour and design....JARHEAD is an existential docudrama: cool and funny, vivid and remote at the same time." -- Grade: B+
USA Today 11-23-2005 "The result is rewarding....It's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker."
Rolling Stone 11-17-2005 3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]lunt and intimate....The jolt of JARHEAD is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it."
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