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Apocalypse Now [US Import] [Blu-ray]

Martin Sheen , Marlon Brando , Francis Ford Coppola    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius, Joseph Conrad, Michael Herr
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Eddie Romero, Fred Roos
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UESJJC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,564 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it were his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair, but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made.

It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story Heart of Darkness onto the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving wartime action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images, and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gun-ships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways on a peasant sampan and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning". Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by his wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com


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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now 3 disc Bluray review 12 Jun 2011
By DeeJay
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now 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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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT, buy it buy it buy it 20 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is an utterly brilliant, utterly unforgettable film, by some distance my preferred movie of all time and likely to remain so. No other film ive seen has the capacity to probe so deep into the human conscious with its stark imagery, climactic storyline and maddening atmosphere. Duvalls performance is possibly the best ive seen in a supporting role from any actor, perfectly grasping the arrogance of the perceived american presence in Vietnam, whilst also delivering several laugh out loud classic lines flawlessly.The military attack on the Vietnamese village is as exhilarating an experince as you will find in any motion picture, but from here on the film submerges itself in darkness as we travel up river, all the time the myth of colonel kurtz looming over the piece with a heightened sense of impending doom and anticipation.The whole film builds to the meeting of Kurtz, and as we finally approach the truly haunting closing setting we are as intrigued to meet him as Sheen. Whilst Brando is undoubtedly ott, it is a credit to his sheer aura that he is able to live up to this mythical character without us being dissappointed. Cinematically this film is a dream, every shot would make a fine still photo, and the ending will have you gripped to your seat. The images in this film will haunt your mind for days on end i assure you. It is ,of course, the best war movie ever made, but it is far more than that, it is a study in human nature and enthralling psychological viewing. If you dont like this film, you have to ask yourself, do you really like movies at all?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ... have watched it ages ago and thought I would like to see it again
I have watched it ages ago and thought I would like to see it again.
Published 6 days ago by William John Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real apocalypse. Watch it now.
This is the real deal, and having spent time with Vietnam vets it seems the most accurate film of that dreadful, chaotic, stoned war, not in its narrative, but in its tone.
Published 19 days ago by Bob Vernon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An absorbing film of the war in Vietnam
Published 24 days ago by Maurice Blunden
5.0 out of 5 stars War is bad, apparently.
If you want to experience the sheer pointlessness of man's inhumanity to man, watch this film. Or go to any out of town shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon.
Published 1 month ago by J Higgins
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the Original Cut but Redux too Strong for my Taste
An all time classic film derived from Conrad's heart of Darkness, personal preference only I would say there is good reasons for the original cuts were put in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wilsons Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
I saw this film in the cut version when it came out in New Zealand in 1980 when I was 16, and have loved it ever since. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Craig Lavi
5.0 out of 5 stars harrowing
though nothing can probably match tom berringers agonised seargent in platoon,martin sheens half destroyed and half determined part in this film put this movie as probably the best... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bigt
4.0 out of 5 stars An oddball
"Apocalypse Now" is a strange film. It is clearly an allegory on the nature of war and its immediate implications on participants. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JF Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great package
This is a great set for those who want to shut themselves away from people on a wet and cold Sunday and immerse themselves in the insanity that is 'Apocalypse Now'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ricky Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the smell of napalm in the morning!
A marine in Vietnam is given orders to hunt down a rogue officer and to kill him in this war film from director Francis Ford Coppolla. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. W. Graham
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