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The Deer Hunter

1978 Rated R 3hr 3m

In this Oscar-winning epic from director Michael Cimino, a group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven (John Savage) married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael (Robert De Niro) and Nick (Christopher Walken) were in love with the same woman (Meryl Streep). But all three are different men upon their return.

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Movie Details

Awards
1980 BAFTA®
1979 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Director (Motion Picture)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
  • Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
AFI®
  • Top 100 Thrills
  • Top 100 Movies
1979 Academy Award®
Ratings
R
Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Bonus material

DVD details

Blu-ray details

Screen formats

Widescreen 2.35:1

Subtitles

Spanish (Neutral), French

Closed captioned

Yes

Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

Other features

The DVD is an excellent transfer -- far sharper than the laserdisc. This is not a special edition, so only a trailer is provided with some on-screen notes (some of which are very poorly researched: for example, one page says the story follows the characters for two decades, when the film only covers a decade). Cimino used natural lighting (superbly shot by Vilmos Zsigmond), so the images can be unusually dark, but never impossible to see.

Screen formats

Widescreen 1.85:1

Subtitles

Spanish (Neutral), English SDH, French

Closed captioned

No

Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access.