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This review is from: Apocalypse Now (3-disc Special Edition including Hearts of Darkness) [Blu-ray]  (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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Initial post: 9 Sep 2011 00:01:47 BDT
D. G. Anderson says:
I'd also suggest that a good reason to upgrade, other than the great picture quality and wealth of extras, is that unlike the earlier DVDs, the Blu-ray is in the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, as opposed to 2:1 on DVDs.
Posted on 12 Nov 2011 19:52:43 GMT
Good review mate. The kind that let's you know that you'll be right in buying. Cheers
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