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The Deer Hunter (Blu-ray) R

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1978
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Deleted and extended scenes
    • Feature commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher
    • 100 years of Universal: Academy Award Winners
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"One shot is what it's all about; a deer has to be taken with one shot."
  - Michael (Robert De Niro)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1978 - Best Director: Michael Cimino
Academy Awards 1978 - Best Film Editing: Peter Zinner
Academy Awards 1978 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1978 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1978 - Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

Total Count: 68


User Ratings: 103,296
It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace.
New Yorker
Mar 2, 2015
5 stars out of 5 -- [A]n unforgettable study of friendship, pre-, during and post Vietnam.
Ultimate DVD
Dec 1, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- Stark and haunting, and still unbearable to watch at times, The Deer Hunter remains a powerful movie experience. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Feb 27, 2019
...The film remains intense, powerful and fascinating for more than three hours....The acting, throughout, is outstanding. Walken's performance is a marvel...
Nov 29, 1978
Rating: 4/4 -- In trying to measure the devastating impact of Vietnam on the lives of three American soldiers, Cimino brings home the true horror of that senseless conflict in a way that the 6 O'Clock News never could. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 18, 2015
Rating: 9/10 -- Just crazy enough to capture something of the madness of Vietnam, domesticated enough that it's mostly something concrete that you put your arms around. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Dec 6, 2016
The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate. Full Review
Observer (UK)
Mar 2, 2015

Product Description:

This epic look at the Vietnam War and its effects told through the lives of a tight knit group of friends from a Pennsylvania town was Michael Cimino's second film and established him in the pantheon of American directors. Complex and emotionally raw performances from Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep earned each an Academy Award nomination, and Christopher Walken's portrayal of Nick, who survives capture but is unable to escape its trauma, is a tour de force that earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. With a keen eye for nuance and a carefully structured script, Cimino interweaves the rituals great and small that make up the lives of his characters, creating a poignant sense of what remained constant and what was forever changed by their experience of the war.

Plot Synopsis:

An epic three-hour tale of lives forever changed by the Vietnam War, THE DEER HUNTER follows the transformation of a tight group of friends from a working-class town, taking its place alongside such classics as ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT in telling a story of war and disillusionment. On the eve of going to war, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Steven (John Savage) gather for Steven's wedding. Leaving Steven to his wedding night, Mike, Nick, and pals Axel (Chuck Aspergren), Stan (John Cazale), and John (George Dzundza) depart for the mountains and one last hunting trip. The hunting trip is a funny, poignant scene that firmly establishes the characters as they set off for Vietnam immediately after the trip. The scenes in Vietnam, especially the Russian roulette game, are among the most brutal war scenes on film. The characters' eventual return to the States is emotional and gut-wrenching. Michael Cimino's award-winning film is a powerful look at friendship and love in the midst of war.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 12, 1978.
  • In addition to an Oscar for Best Director, Michael Cimino won the Best Director Award from the Directors Guild (DGA) for THE DEER HUNTER.
  • Film debut and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep.
  • Other awards: 1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director; 1978 New York Film Critics Award for Best Film and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken).
  • The screenplay for THE DEER HUNTER was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild (WGA) Screen Award.
  • THE DEER HUNTER is number 79 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • THE DEER HUNTER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
  • THE DEER HUNTER was actor John Cazale's last screen appearance; he was already seriously ill with cancer when he accepted the role, and he died shortly before the film's release.
  • Streep and Cazale were romantically involved during the filming of the movie.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 55,441
  • UPC: 025192251368
  • Shipping Weight: 0.14/lbs (approx)
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