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Born on the Fourth of July
If you’re still trying to convince yourself that Tom Cruise can’t act, pick up this 1989 drama, which was inspired by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s best-selling autobiography. Considered to be part of Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War trilogy (along with 1986’s Platoon and 1993’s Heaven and Earth), it’s also one of the director’s best—and nabbed Oscars for Best Director and Best Film Editing to prove it.
Universal is pushing out this release as part of the studio’s 100th birthday celebration. It’s a decent 2-disc package, with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, a wonderful DTS-HD Master Audio track, a standard-def DVD and a Digital Copy of the movie. Extras are probably the weakest part of this package, since they were picked up from the DVD release. There’s one featurette titled, “NBC News Archive – Backstory,” but the real gem is Stone’s audio commentary.
Runtime: 145 minutes
Total Number of Discs: 2
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