Stanley Kubrick returned to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus for "Full Metal Jacket," which crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers.
Based on Gustav Hasford's novel "The Short Timers," the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, powersaw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record).
Part two takes place in Vietnam, as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines. Ironically, "Full Metal Jacket" was filmed almost entirely in England.
The "Full Metal Jacket" 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Book includes a personal letter and reflections from actor Matthew Modine, behind-the-scenes photos, and a 60-minute documentary.