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Apocalypse Now [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305609705
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,770 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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: 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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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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