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Laserdisc BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY 1989 Lot#6 LTBX LD
 

Laserdisc BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY 1989 Lot#6 LTBX LD

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READ THIS FIRST: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!

Edition: Letterboxed Edition (Double-Disc Set)
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedwick, Raymond J. Barry, Jerry Levine, Frank Whalley, Caroline Kava and Willem Dafoe
Production / Year: 1989 Universal Pictures
Running Time: 145 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Matrixed Surround, Stereo
Video Format: Letterboxed, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated-R, Closed Captioned
Distributed By: MCA Home Video
Catalog / Spine Number: 41009

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s) - Excellent (Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any)
Jacket - Very Good (Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges and a small split middle of bottom spine)

Synopsis:
Based on a true story, the acclaimed film follows the young Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a new voice for the disenchanted. "Born on the Fourth of July," one of the best movies of the year, is one of those films that steps correctly in the opening moments and then never steps wrongly. It is easy to think of a thousand traps that Stone, Kovic and Cruise could have fallen into, but they fall into none of them. This is a great towering and emotionally devastating film that has something important to say not only about the Viet Nam war but also about war in general and even the war protesters. In fact it's easy to take this movie as more of an anti-war statement than as a specific slap at Viet Nam. From the beginning we see veterans marred and disabled cringing at the pop of a gun. Then later we see Tom Cruise actually wondering if anything was worth the loss of his body. Stone makes it clear that while the men that fight wars are heroes, war is anything but heroic: At times it's an ugly necessity. The crime of Viet Nam is that it wasn't a necessity. Unlike Stone, I do believe the US got into the war with the best intentions but the war did not really fit the definition of a "must fight". The script challenges everyone. The hypocrisy of the United States government is exposed by the hospital scenes. They ask us to honor the Vets yet treat them like garbage. At the University Stone goes even further showing a government that purports to fight for freedom a world away yet shuts down expression here. The apathy of the American public is also taken to task. No one treats Kovic or his fellow vets with any sort of compassion. Even Kovic's girlfriend- the war protester- only wants to use him for her own ends. Fighting the war is just a cause to her and she's forgotten the reasons for the battle.

THIS IS NOT A DVD!!! THIS IS A 12" LASERDISC AND WILL NOT PLAY IN A DVD PLAYER

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