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By A Customer
This review is from: Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD]  (DVD)
I was somewhat cynical about messing with such a landmark film as the 1979 cinema version however, in my opinion, this version adds significantly to the overall impact of the film. I'm not sure if others found this, but the original version is brilliant up to where Duval exits the script then i found the trip upriver a little tedious until the weird and wonderful Brando turns up. There were numerous continuity slips (why does the camoflage make up go from almost non existant to complete within a scene, why do the characters change in their attitude to each other in such a short time etc). Well all is answered with the introduction of the bunny girls and the more pivotal french plantation scene. The plantation scene just oozes the arrogant attitude of all colonial powers and beautifully contrasts the attempts to hold onto all the trappings of wealth and power with the anarchy of the war taking place around them. The journey upriver is now one of the most compelling pieces of cinema I've seen and much more in keeping with 'heart of darkness' in the graduation of the transition from civilisation to madness, paganism and despair.
From a technical point of view the enhanced soundtrack is amazing and the photography and lighting effect are superb (especially in the Kurtz camp sequences). The downsides are that it takes some stamina to last out the whole run time and you don't get the wake up call of the Jimi Hendrix 'machine gun' screaming feedback guitar ending which i think was in the original.
Invest in a projector and a large screen, sit back and enjoy!