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The Ultimate Oliver Stone Collection

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Oliver Stone upsets people. The New York boy who volunteered for 'Nam and came back doped up and disenchanted; who raged at the Right with conspiracy classic JFK, but made the Left leery over accusations of copycat killing caused by Natural Born Killers. Both are included here, the enthralling/irritating flipsides of Stone's rat-tat-tat delivery.

Any Given Sunday is the director at his most excessive. Other `failures' fascinate, though: the rambling dream of The Doors perfectly matching the subject matter; the savaged Heaven&Earth superb in its 'Nam sequences before nose-diving Stateside. Greed is good in stock-exchange attack Wall Street, U Turn's a grubby, playful noir, while Born On The Fourth Of July tries to heal the wounds exposed by Platoon. That raw roar of rage and sorrow from 1986 announced Stone to audiences after the overlooked Salvador, but it's the incendiary South American adventure that remains his masterpiece.

There are DVD debuts here for probing Palestine documentary Persona Non Grata and Looking For Fidel, a follow-up to Castro doc Comandante. Whether because of rights or self-respect, hokey Michael Caine horror The Hand isn't included - and the same goes for the excellent, little-seen Talk Radio, never-seen debut Seizure and the criminally underrated Nixon. Ultimate, then? Not quite. Essential? Pretty much. Please sir, can we have some more?

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 1st 2005

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