Bird

Bird on VHS. Movie starring Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 1988.

Bird on VHS. Starring Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 1988.

From the box:

The year: 1946. The event: Oakland’s “Jazz at the Philharmonic.” The music streaked into the unknown, daring listeners to grab hold and fly there too. On stage was the creator of those new sounds: Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. In the crowd was the 16-year-old who would someday bring Parker’s extraordinary story to the screen: Clint Eastwood.

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai VHS box cover art. Action crime drama movie starring Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Henry Silva. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. 1999.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai on VHS. Starring Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Henry Silva. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. 1999.

From the box:

Live By The Code. Die By The Code.

East meets West in this hip-hop infused samurai-gangster pic in which Forest Whitaker plays a professional killer who goes by the name of Ghost Dog and who lives by the age-old code of the samurai.

When Ghost Dog’s code is dangerously betrayed by the dysfunctional mafia family that occasionally employs him, he must find a way to defend himself without breaking the code of the Samurai.

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Platoon

Platoon VHS cover art. Movie starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen. With Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Johnny Depp. Written and directed by Oliver Stone. 1986.

Platoon on VHS. Starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen. With Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Johnny Depp. Written and directed by Oliver Stone. 1986.

From the box:

The first casualty of war is innocence.

Seen through the eyes of college drop-out, Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), the war is a real nightmare — a private hell of fears from outside and in — with enemies on both sides of the line. His platoon’s allegiance is split between leaders Sergeant Barnes and Sergeant Elias portrayed by Tom Berenger and Wilem Dafoe in their powerful Oscar-nominated performances. Barnes is a scar-faced, gung-ho fanatic bent on destroying the elusive Viet Cong. Elias is a different type of soldier — he has lost faith in the war, but not in man. Friction between the two sergeants leads to a second war, in every way as deadly as the one being waged against the enemy.

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