Tigerland (Empire Blu-ray review)

TigerlandSquareJoel Schumacher’s unlikely tour of duty in Vietnam (or, more accurately, a pre-‘Nam boot camp in Louisiana), based on Ross Klavan’s memoir, is primarily remembered as the film that launched Colin Farrell’s career. It’s a pity, because by stripping down to the bare essentials – true story, cast of unknowns, handheld 16mm camera – Schumacher made a film to rival Full Metal Jacket and Platoon. Farrell, channelling Paul Newman in Hud, is dazzling; Matthew Libatique’s grey/green lighting looks fantastic in HD, too.

EXTRAS: Schumacher’s original commentary (excellent) is supplemented by newly-filmed HD interviews with he and writer Klavan, plus Farrell’s original screen tests.


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