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It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the original theatrical release of Good Morning Vietnam!  Although he had appeared in a few movies before this one, many consider this to be the film that took Robin Williams from a star of stage and small screen, to launching a very successful career in movies as well.

Alongside a cast that includes Bruno Kirby, Forest Whitaker and Robert Wuhl, in Good Morning Vietnam, Williams plays Armed Forces Radio DJ Adrian Cronauer.  Taking place during the Vietnam conflict (or war depending on who you ask) Cronauer was brought in from Crete to Vietnam to bring a bit of humor to Armed Forces Radio.  Cronauer seems to break all the rules to bring a good time to the airwaves and becomes wildly popular with most of the troops stationed there.  He does, however, create waves for Sgt. Major Dickerson (J.T. Walsh) and Lt. Steven Hauk (Bruno Kirby) with his particular brand of humor and penchant for not sticking to the “approved” playlist and playing rock and roll of the times instead.

In a performance that feels like it came directly from one of his stand-up shows, Williams delivers and incredibly outrageous (and sometimes serious) portrayal of Cronauer.  In fact, Director Barry Levinson liked to just keep the cameras rolling while Williams would improv in the radio booth (something you can see more of in the bonus features).

Bonus features include outtakes and interviews with cast, crew and even the real Adrian Cronauer who comments on Williams’ performance saying that “Anyone who has spent any time in the military at all, knows that if I had done half of the things that Robin Williams did in the movie, I would still be in Leavenworth.”  He also recognizes the fact that if poetic license were not taken with Williams’ portrayal of him, that it probably would have been an incredibly boring movie!

Picture and sound both look amazing on this release!  I’m not sure what might have been done in the way of restoration for its Blu-ray release, but the transfer looks very clean for a 25 year old film!

Film Synopsis:
For the first time in stunning Blu-ray High Definition, Academy Award winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) delivers a tour-de-force performance in the 25th Anniversary Edition of the hit comedy Good Morning, Vietnam!

Enjoy the unsurpassed digital sound quality of Blu-ray High Definition as Army deejay Adrian Cronauer (Williams) spins a red-hot soundtrack of ‘60s hits. His sidesplitting comedy and rapid fire wit make him a hero to the troops, but quickly get him in hot water with his by-the-book superiors. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Williams’ hilarious radio monologues, Good Morning, Vietnam remains the quintessential Robin Williams comedy.

Bonus Features:

  • Production Diary (5 features) – How The Movie Came To Be, Actor Improv; Music Of The Movie, Origin Of The Good Morning, Vietnam Sign-On, Shooting In Thailand & Overview Of The Film A Year Later
  • Raw Monologues
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer