- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Paramount
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6305609705
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Apocalypse Now [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Francis Ford Coppola's masterful film about the moral madness of the Vietnam War was inspired by Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent into the Cambodian jungle to terminate with extreme prejudice Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has become insane and now runs his own fiefdom. Traveling downriver on a patrol boat, Willard encounters an air cavalry commander, Lt. Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), whose love of war is matched only by his love of surfing. Coppola almost went bankrupt and Sheen suffered a heart attack during the making of the film, but the rigorous shoot paid off in this unforgettable film. For the first time ever, the Apocalypse Now "Complete Dossier" is available in the UK. This very special Steelbook edition features both the original and "Redux" cuts, never before seen bonus footage and standout packaging. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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If there is a more boring, pretentious and ultimately pointless film, then I'd probably NOT want to know what it is. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nansorb
The blu ray quality is good.
As for the film - Bit disappointing to be honest. Expected something better.
Classic film. Arrived when it said it would. A good price too.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The movie was good, a little less tense than I recall from seeing it in theaters nearly 40 years ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex McCusker
This is an old classic with some very much great actors, It's about a journey of Captain Willard an U.S. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robyn B. Mcgorm