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Platoon (1986)

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Commentary 1: Director Oliver Stone Rating:8.1/10 (21 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on May 30th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
He gives his personal reflections of his experiences in Vietnam and points out the autobiographical elements in the movie, like how early on in his tour he was put on point just like Chris (Sheen) was in the movie. Stone also talks about the challenges of making Platoon on a low budget and working in a harsh, unforgiving environment. This track is filled with fascinating personal insights and is essential listening for any fan of the movie.
Reviewed by adey on July 4th, 2007:Find all reviews by adey
As good as commentaries get.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 7th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This is one of if the not the best Oliver Stone movie, and itís great to hear him give his take on how he lived through the war. He comments on what was real, and what was enhanced for time or effect, but does not do a good enough job I think. And compared to the other track Stone is buried. He seems a little un-enthusiastic, and thatís a shame. 5/10
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
Another fantastic Stone commentary. Never hesitant to tell you which scenes and characters are directly from his personal experiences, and which are artistic liberty. Stone speaks with a quiet, honest candor; never overzealous, always thoughtful. Iíve listened to a few Stone tracks and I must say that this is by far the best. He has a great line when describing Willem Dafoeís death, admitting the scene plays a little over-the-top, Stone slyly remarks: ďWell, what the hell, itís only a movie.Ē 10/10
Commentary 2: Military supervisor Capt. Dale Dye Rating:8.0/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on August 10th, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
Dick Dye was the person responsible for making sure the film was technicaly accurate and for making the actors seem like solders. He was also a former Vietnam vet. He has alot to say about production of this film. Worth your time.
Reviewed by mills182 on December 2nd, 2005:Find all reviews by mills182
Stunning. Dick Dye's attention to detail coupled with his memories from Vietnam make for an experience even more moving than the movie itself.
Reviewed by The Cubist on May 30th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
He points out that the actors had been training hard for 14 days when the opening credits sequence was shot and were very tired and this made their reactions very real. Dye made sure that every actor had their own distinctive look and points out the authenticity of the uniforms. Best of all, he points out all the little details that made Platoon so true to what it mustíve been like there, things that veterans of the war would recognize instantly. This is a great track that is technical at times but also accessible and really makes you appreciate the amount of work that went into this movie.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on October 9th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
All i can do is back up what others have said about this commentary.
Excellant stuff and Dale Dye gives us even more insight into the making of this film and the military world than Oliver Stone gave us on his commentary.
I hope DD does more commentaries because from a non film maker. This is one of the best insights into film making ive heard for an age
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 7th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This is great! Itís wonderful to listen to someone who knows what heís talking about. Sometimes he comments on the fact that he does not belong in the movie business, as this was his debut as an actor. And you can kind of tell he also feels heís not the man to do a commentary. But the result is a no bullshit track that never looses its edge. 8/10