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Apocalypse Now 1979 Subtitles

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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, Martin Sheen
Runtime:
2 hours, 21 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen
Supporting actors Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, G.D. Spradlin, Jerry Ziesmer, Scott Glenn, Bo Byers, James Keane, Kerry Rossall, Ron McQueen, Tom Mason, Cynthia Wood, Colleen Camp, Linda Carpenter
Studio STUDIOCANAL
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This film is an experience. Spectacular in parts, thought provoking in others, but always entertaining. The single disc Blu-ray features the 1979 theatrical version (which I watched first) plus the redux. On balance I personally preferred the redux version which apparently is contrary to the majority view. The French plantation cut was relevant to the context of the Vietnam war and provides a welcome break from all the violence preceding it. Later, the scene where Kurtz reads from 'Time' magazine and then effectively releases Willard from his incarceration made more sense than the theatrical version which left us wondering how he was suddenly free. The Blu-ray presentation is first class. Although the video tends to be largely shot in subdued light it is still very clear. The sound track is stunning at times. The only time I felt it necessary to switch on the subtitles, to better follow the conversation, was during the broken English dialogue at the French plantation. Generally recommended.
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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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Format: Blu-ray
This was the release that made me get a blu-ray player. For the first time, Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece can be seen at home in its intended 2.35:1 aspect ratio - all previous home video releases had been cropped to 2.00:1 at the insistence of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who had an axe to grind in promoting his now-defunct Univisium film format. The wider framing is a revelation - finally the film can be seen in its full glory. The studio has done a great HD remastering job - argue all you like about the colour balance (there have been bitter arguments on some AV forums about a supposed yellow tint and the colour of the peas in the plantation sequence... get a life people) but this is the best that AN has ever looked outside a cinema. The DTS-MA track does the soundtrack justice - from the opening scene when synthesized helicopters napalm your living room, you know you're in for a treat. The film is given a suitably lavish treatment in this 3-disc boxset, which includes the famed "Hearts of Darkness" documentary, the original 1979 and extended Redux versions of the movie, and a booklet with press notes and photos. This should be in every film buff's collection, and at under 20 it's a steal. Buy it.
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