The poor behavior of the main cast of characters becomes excruciating to watch as they go from work, to an overly lengthy wedding scene, and to a brief deer-hunting. session which in total takes up more than the first hour of the film. It’s a relief to get to the war scenes in the film, but after the brevity of them, you are struck by the horrific realization that you must once again return to Pennsylvania with Mike.
By the time the story arrives at the ultimate climax where Mike finds Nick back in Vietnam playing Russian roulette for money, which Nick’s reasons for doing so are never really explained, the viewers will wish that they were pulling the trigger on the last round instead of Nick.
The Blu-ray video is presented in 1080p High-Definition with a 2.35:1 ratio. Visually, it is an improvement over the DVD, but it still has some issues when it comes to the light and dark contrast where the blackness seems to overshadow the lighter areas and in some scenes has a bigger presence when it should. The DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 audio is not utilized to its full potential. The only times that the audio is really noticed is during several scenes where the mix is poor and the action in the background drowns out the dialogue.
The Special Features include deleted and extended scenes, commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher, and the original theatrical trailer.