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.

Starring:
Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Runtime:
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
Studio STUDIOCANAL
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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108 of 113 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By thehawk on 17 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
There has been so much written about this movie I will try to keep it short. As someone who didn't like the longer 'redux' that came out ten years ago it is brilliant to now be able to watch the original movie sharpened up so much on blu-ray. This set also gives you the choice to watch the redux version should you wish to. Coppola's Commentary is as good as any for insights into his style of film making, his ideas and how he works with actors. Both versions carry a commentary track - it seems that Francis sat down and gave one full commentary and two have been made from that, with different time cues to run over either version of the movie. Nice.

Disc two has a wealth of new material including an hour long chat between Francis and Martin Sheen also Francis talking with John Milius, the former very good the latter brilliant. Enjoy the moment where Milius points out the Playboy Bunny scene is like that of the Greek (mythology) Sirens, his relief when he finally saw the film that Coppoala had not included the latter scene where the soldiers meet back up with them down river and his grin when he reminds Francis about putting it back into Redux. This movie came out around the time 5.1 audio was being developed and there are two features that really highlight that.

Disc 3 is Eleanor Coppola's brilliant documentary Hearts Of Darkness, certainly one of the best 'making of' documentaries I've ever seen. Unlike the modern day infomercials we get these days, this is a movie that shows the production problems, budget issues and filmmaker approaching breakdown. The commentary from Eleanor and Francis is just as good as the feature.

Apocalypse Now is over thirty years old but looking at this version you wouldn't know it. If you are thinking about picking up a copy of Apocalypse Now then this is the one to get. If you own the Redux DVD (as I do) this is still the one to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy_F TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Apocalypse Now opens in Saigon in 1968. Army captain and special intelligence agent Benjamin Willard is holed up in a hotel room, heavily intoxicated and desperate to get back into action. He has completed one tour of duty in Vietnam, only to go home a changed man, miserable amid the confines of civilization. After agreeing to a divorce, he has returned to Vietnam for a second tour and now waits restlessly for a mission.

Two officers arrive to escort Willard to Nha Trang, where he meets with two military superiors and a CIA operative, who brief him on a rogue Green Beret colonel named Walter E. Kurtz. Willard is ordered to find and “terminate” Kurtz, who has become unhinged and committed murder with the help of a native Montagnard army. Kurtz currently is stationed at an outpost in Cambodia with the Montagnards, who treat him as a god. Kurtz is insane, the officers say, and his methods are “unsound.”

To reach Kurtz, Willard joins the crew of a Navy river patrol boat (abbreviated PBR, as in Patrol Boat River), who are to ferry him up the (fictional) Nung River to Cambodia. The boat’s crew consists of four men: Chief, Chef, Lance, and Clean. With Willard on board, the crew makes its rendezvous with the Ninth Air Cavalry, who are to escort the PBR to the mouth of the river. The crew members find themselves in the middle of a B–52 bomber strike. Willard encounters the cavalry’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, who assures Willard his cavalry will set the PBR safely at the mouth of the river.

At dawn, Kilgore orders an air attack on a Vietcong-controlled village, and one of the film’s most memorable sequences begins. The helicopters approach, blasting Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” through loudspeakers as the villagers scatter.
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