Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, CASUALTIES OF WAR is based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to a vile crime, Private Eriksson (Michael J. Fox, Back to the Future) is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn, Dead Man Walking), a powerful and charismatic man pushed over the edge of barbarism by the terror and brutality of combat. With sweeping scope, action and raw power, master filmmaker Brian DePalma (The Untouchables) creates a devastating and unforgettable tale of one man’s quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war
GENERAL DISC INFORMATION
DISTRIBUTOR :: Columbia Tri-Star
CASE TYPE :: Amray
BOOKLET :: 4 page booklet with comments from Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine; Scene Selections
RUNNING TIME :: 1 hour 54 minutes
ASPECT RATIO :: 2:35:1 – Anamorphic Widescreen
SOUND MIX :: 5.1 Dolby Digital & Dolby Surround
SPOKEN LANGUAGES :: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
CAPTIONS/SUBTITLES :: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai
MENUS :: Still of original art
NAVIGATION :: Very Good
PICTURE QUALITY :: Excellent
ERIKSSON’S WAR – A Conversation with Michael J. Fox
THE MAKING OF CASUALTIES OF WAR
–Ms Clark Testifies
–Oahn’s Sister’s Testimony
–Check the Treeline
–Hill & Eriksson
–Brian DePalma (Director)
–Michael J. Fox
–Casualties of War
–The Bridge Over the River Kwai
WEBMASTER’S REVIEW :: WARNING — POSSIBLE SPOILERS
Casualties of War is an emotional, gut-wrenching film that explores shifting morality during the extremes of War.
The print quality on this DVD is absolutely gorgeous. The aspect ratio has been preserved, giving the viewer the full impact of DePalma’s wonderful directing and Stephen H. Burum’s beautiful cinematography. The film looks so beautiful, in fact, it makes what is actually happening on the screen all the more gruesome.
This disk includes some great special features, including a lengthy conversation with Michael J. Fox about what it was like shooting this film for himself, his coworkers and Tracy Pollan, his fiancee at the time, who came to visit him during the filming of this movie.
The behind the scenes documentary of the making of Casualties of War is also quite informative which includes interviews with Brian DePalma. It is interesting to note that Fox’s account of his relationship with Sean Penn and DePalma’s account of the same relationship do differ somewhat. Either DePalma is exaggerating, or Michael J. Fox is just a really nice guy and doesn’t feel he should badmouth a person he obviously admires professionally.