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Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux (2d-Blu-ray)

Director(s): Francis Ford Coppola

Theatrical Release: 1979 / 200

Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne

Genre(s): Drama, Adventure, war, epic, classic

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 202m.

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all." Coppola himself was not certain either, and he tried several different endings between the film's early rough-cut screenings for the press, the Palme d'Or-winning "work-in-progress" shown at Cannes, and the final 35 mm U.S. release (also the ending on the video cassette). The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Despite the studio's fears and mixed reviews of the film's ending, Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall's psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era. (allmovie.com)

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2-Disc Blu-ray Special Features:

! Includes Apocalype Now (1979) & Apocalype Now Redux (2001)

! Audio commentary with Francis Ford Coppola

! "A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola"

! "An Interview with John Milius" by Francis Ford Coppola

! "Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse"

! Never-before-seen complete Francis Ford Coppola interview with Roger Ebert and the 2001 cannes film festival

! Original 1938 Mercury Theate recording of "Heart of Darkness," featuring Orson Welles

! "Monkey Sampan" lost scene

! "Destruction of the Kurtz Compound" end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola

! "The Hallow Men" video of Marlon Brando readin TS Eliot's poem

! "The Birth of 5.1 Sound" featurette

! Additional Scenes

! "Ghost Helicopter Flyover" sound effects demonstration

! "A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now"

! "The Music of Apocalypse Now"

! "The Synthesizer Soundtrack" article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog

! "Heard Any Good Movies Lately?: The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now"

! "The Final Mix"

! "Apocalypse Then and Now"

! "The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now"

! "PBR Streetgang"

! BD Touch and Metamenu Remote enabled for iphone/ipod/ipad interactivity
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