Conclusion: 'The Green Berets' will be remembered as an early Vietnam movie and for its strong political implications, but not as one of the best war films available or for being any good. This Blu-ray edition of a John Wayne favorite comes with a strong picture quality, a decent audio presentation, and a weak supplemental package. Fans will enjoy seeing another flick from the Duke hit high definition, but others will wonder why true classics were overlooked in favor of this.
Conclusion: Pure and simple, The Green Berets is a darn good movie with a lot of replay value. If it wasn’t for the scarlet semi-gloss used for blood, I’d pretty much be sold on this film. Still, after some mental debating and quieting the voices that weren’t talking about this flick, you’ve got to add this John Wayne classic to your high def library.
Summary: There's a reason cinefiles neglect to mention The Green Berets in the same breath as Apocalypse Now and Platoon . While star and director John Wayne's 1968 tribute to the soldiers fighting in Vietnam was a noble, well-intentioned counterpoint to surging domestic opposition to the war, its unwavering defense of U.S. involvement in the conflict is painfully transparent and heavy-handed.