Apocalypse Now 1979

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This Vietnam movie is considered to be one of the best war films ever. Capt. Willard is sent into Cambodia to assassinate errant US Col Kurtz - one of the most decorated officers. After hair-raising adventures Willard and his team reach his compound and he questions his orders to terminate the colonel's command.

Marlon Brando,Robert Duvall
2 hours, 21 minutes

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Apocalypse Now

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Supporting actors Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Dennis Hopper, Tom Mason, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Albert Hall
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on 12 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Normally I start with a review of the movie itself, but Apocalypse Now has been reviewed a million times and I imagine the majority of people reading this already know if they like it or not. For me, it is my favourite war movie that just got better with the Redux version, and this is the icing on the cake.

Anyway, onto what most people will be interested in, the Bluray stuff.

The original and the Redux versions are both included on disc 1, and both look very good, not perfect, but probably as good as they can get. Colours are vibrant and blacks are solid - which is exactly what you want when you think of the infamous/famous Brando scene. At times the image is a bit soft, but that is a trait many films made in the 70's share and in no way does it reflect a lazy or poor transfer. There is some minor print damage here and there which you'll see as black and white flecks. It's a minor trifle to be honest though, the detail in the film is very good, with just the right amount of grain. The Master Audio track also deserves a mention as it is superb, a standout bluray soundtrack if ever I heard it.

Spread over the other 2 discs we have everything we could ask for really. The Heart of darkness documentary, new video interviews with Coppola and Sheen, original screen tests, additional deleted scenes, 200 storyboard drawings, a look at Apocalypse Nows then revolutionary 5.1 soundtrack, and loads more.

The boxset includes 5 exclusive artcards, a collectible booklet and a copy of the original 1979 theatrical program, very cool. The discs have their own fold out cardboard case, and it's all held together in a hard cardboard box (like the Alien anthology), so it feels feels well made, and looks great.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Slingo68 on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I would like to concentrate on the audio side of the Movie rather than the movie itself, which has to be fair not gone without positive reviews.

Apocalypse Now
This was the first Blockbuster movie to use separate channels for surround channels and the subwoofer.

This 5.1 format is now the way that virtually all film soundtracks and recorded.
Coppolas' fanatical attention to detail and the huge amount of time put into the editing of the soundtrack ensures it is still one of the best tests for any surround system 30 years after it was released.

Here are some of the details that any quality surround system should reproduce.

The Ghost Helicopter Flyover
At the start of the film before the picture appears the soundtrack makes full use of the stereo rear channels. The helicopter should pan smoothly across the back of the room and then across the full width of the front of the room.

A surround system should reproduce this with smooth, even pans all around the room with no hot spots or gaps - and without making you aware of any speakers.

As the intro builds to a crescendo, listen for the buildup of layers from the synthesized helicopter, the Doors soundtrack and the sounds of Saigon and the ceiling fan.

Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries
This classic piece of film shows the "air cavalry" playing music from their helicopters to terrify their intended victims. On most systems the sound of the orchestra is heard as part of the musical score rather than being clearly audible as a screechy, Public Address system being played from the helicopters.

Meet the Tiger
The use of surround sound is incredibly effective on this clip as the sounds of the jungle completely envelop you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thepope on 29 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
The last weeks worth of my evenings have been consumed by Coppola's psychedelic journey into the heart of the Vietnamese jungle. Apocalypse Now has been established as my favourite film for a while now and it's story of heading deeper into the insanity of war fascinated me. The 4-Disc notably comes with the redux version: an amazing epic. The original version: I hadn't seen this before and it misses out a further scene with the playboy bunnies and the French Plantation scene, while being easier to get through it does miss a sense of the world Coppola was trying to create. Hearts of Darkness:a fascinating behind the scenes feature length documentary directed by his wife, it really illustrates the torturous journey the film had, and the poignant image near the end of Coppola pointing a gun to his head emphasises the production difficulties, the interviews with the actors and footage of Coppola attempting to direct his drugged up cast are also very entertaining. The Sound of Apocalypse Now: as ground-breaking as Star Wars filmed just before, its an amazing insight into the creation of the film. Before writing this just watched the redux version again with Coppola's commentary and honestly its worth buying the collection just for that, witty insightful and as good a story as the film itself.
This is a must-buy for anyone who loves the film, I love it and haven't got through even half the 90 hours of diverse extras, from deleted scenes to a full reading of Heart of Darkness by Orson Welles. This is everything one could possibly want and more. Buy it.
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