Even after 20 years, Oliver Stone's dark, visceral, punch-in-the-gut portrait of the Vietnam War based on the writer-director's own eye-opening 1967-68 tour of duty has lost little of its rawness and bare-bones emotion. The physical and spiritual deterioration of Sheen's innocent PFC Chris Taylor, and Stone's stripped, anti-balletic battle sequences do wonders for establishing the Oscar-winning Platoon's savage realism. The moral tug of war between Dafoe and Berenger's warring sergeants for Taylor's soul also retains its must-see intensity, as does the parade of stars-to-be (Johnny Depp!) that pepper the ensemble.
Given that Platoon has already been released on DVD with an exhaustive commentary courtesy of the filmmaker and military supervisor Capt. Dale Dye this Anniversary Edition contributes little new movie-centric material. Historical documentaries about the war, such as the short but information-laden featurettes ''Snapshot in Time: 1967-1968'' and ''One War, Many Stories'' are abundant, but Stone's only additional material consists of old-news commentary (He had a tight $6 million budget! Bugs plagued the production!) on deleted and extended scenes.