Warner’s new 4k UHD of Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Full Metal Jacket originally split the critics.
Some saw it as a series of short films tied together by an overriding anti-war tale, while others found it more cohesive in form.
Regardless of how they (or viewers today) feel about the film, one point rings true. It is an unrelenting voyage into the lives and minds of Marines, from their arrival at training camp – shot meticulously by Douglas Milsome, with nary a hint that all of it – from the Parris Island training camp to Viet Nam – was all shot on location in Vancouver.
The new 4k release is one of those miraculously beautiful examples of precisely how film-like a 4k disc can appear, perfectly mimicking it’s analogue counterpart, except in terms of overall steadiness, and whatever wear one might find in the analogue world.
The imagery on this disc is beyond reproach. Color, grain structure, densities, shadow detail, all perfect, as would befit viewing a digital representation of an original camera negative.
I commend Warner Bros. for having released the film as a single, along with the Kubrick 3-Film 4k Collection, which also offers The Shining and 2001, for those who may not have been keeping up with new releases.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – without a doubt
Very Highly Recommended