Published on October 26th, 2010 | by Chris0
Apocalypse Now (1979, Blu Ray)
All I can say (for starters) is that its about time! For one, seeing "Apocalypse" in its full 2.35:1 aspect ratio is worth the price of admission alone. Seriously. Unless you saw it in theatres, you haven't seen all of it.
But, I'll let most of my review of "Apocalypse Now Redux" stand. Mostly. Honestly its been a long, long time since I'd seen the original cut, and I think it is a much better film than Redux, just because of the lack of the extended scenes. Yes, the Blu Ray contains *both* versions, and no, I haven't got around to watching Redux in this set yet...
But I think my appraisal of the movie in my other review is missing one thing. The meaning behind the film can solely be summed up in Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) last words. Not, "The Horror", but the line previous,
We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "fuck" on their airplanes because it's obscene!
Actually most of Kurtz's supposedly insane monologues make more sense than the events Willard comes across in the rest of the film, and capture perfectly what the essence of war, and fighting, (and the movie,) is. It's insanity. Kurtz himself is the logical conclusion to Willard's insane journey, if he isn't careful, if he loses his humanity and his soul....
But, onto the Blu Ray... Basically the movie looks, and sounds, brilliant. This isn't a "grand restoration" to be sure. There are still noticable specks here and there, and (to be expected) there is a lot of grain to be seen. I say "to be expected" because its just how the film came out. I'd say its a "faithful" transfer in every respect. The strange palette of the movie is definitely noticable, with its blues washed out to near gray, while the greens, reds, and "brights" snap out at you. There's one scene, the "It's a f*cking tiger, man!" scene which is especially interesting, with the canopy of the jungle above coming out a bright green in the sun, while everything underneath becomes almost awash in monochrome gray....
And the sound, yeah. The opening scene with the helicopter, never sounded this good I wager. On disc 2, there's a few features on how "Apocalypse" was a ground breaking film in its sound design and was instrumental in paving the way towards our 7.1 multi-channel systems of today.
Speaking of the extras, I admit I have yet to get through them all. I watched the above sound features, and part of the conversation between Sheen and Coppola. I've not even touched disc three of the "full disclosure edition", which has the full-length "Hearts of Darkness" documentary. I've never seen this and thought it might be worthy of its own review.
In the three-disc edition you also get a booklet, which is admittedly mostly eye-candy. I flipped through it rather quickly. There are some scribbled up script excerpts, production notes, stills, etc.... good to have in a "complete" edition such as this.
Bottom line: If you like this movie, then you need this. If you've never seen it before, then this is where you start, but think about what you're watching and why things are happening.
I'm throwing out a full '9' on this one, and I haven't finished digesting the whole package.
Oh, and Dennis Hopper is still amazing as Kurtz's "interpreter." Casting genius.
Apocalypse Now (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux / Hearts of Darkness) (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now: Redux 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...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: Lions Gate Home Ent.
Original Release Date:
- Martin Sheen
- Marlon Brando
- Condition: New
- Format: Blu-ray
- AC-3; Closed-captioned; Dolby; DTS Surround Sound; Special Edition; Subtitled; Widescreen
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
I am a Vietnam Vet. 1st Marine Division 65-66 ...,
This review is from: Apocalypse Now (Amazon Instant Video)
I am a Vietnam Vet. 1st Marine Division 65-66. I had to watch this film because I was watching another war film and it seemed so out of touch. I still see a VA shrink even today. Nam left a big impression on me. This film let me feel the intensity of the dark side of it which actually was very comforting in a sense. I have been told by different therapists to bring it all to the surface so I could deal with it but it is buried so deep that no one should have to hear about the dead and dying, besides they would not understand. I am actually wring this for me and if you care to disbelieve, then so be it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another good version of the same movie--I think it's more complete than the original and different.,
This review is from: Apocalypse Now Redux (Amazon Instant Video)
Either version is good enough for what it is, but the REDUX has additional story lines not included in the other and the scenes have been rearranged. There are more supporting scenes meaning the players such as Harrison Ford and Robert Duvall have followup scenes that tie their bit to whole better. By ratio of the longer running time, Marlon Brando's performance is not as omnipresent which, in my opinion, is good thing. The combat violence and soldier talk are not gratuitous and seem natural and logical in their placement within the line of action. Still, it isn't for younger folk, but mature audiences 15 and up would probably appreciate this film. It is a solid historical replica of the era (Viet Nam War circa 1970).
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Actually worth the "Deluxe" Price... (Blu-Ray Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition),
This review is from: Apocalypse Now (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux / Hearts of Darkness) (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I'll admit -- I'm very stingy when it comes to "deluxe editions", etc -- they very rarely seem to be truly worth it, at least to me.
This edition, however, is worth every penny.
Let me tell you why...
Well firstly -- and this will be true of all Blu-Ray editions...the picture is light-years better than the DVD editions. Typically blu-rays do look 'better', but this is vastly better to a degree that few blu-rays have impressed me to. Ironically, one of the other blu-ray movies that do the exact same thing is Bram Stoker's Dracula, another Francis Ford Coppola film. Both are films I have seen many times on DVD, and the difference between DVD and blu-ray was stunning.
This is just speaking of picture quality -- the fact that blu-ray is the first time that we have the full & correct aspect ratio is a worthy reason for purchase in-and-of-itself.
On to why this "Full Disclosure Edition" is actually worth it, though...
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Summary: seeing "Apocalypse" in its full 2.35:1 aspect ratio is worth the price of admission alone. Seriously. Unless you saw it in theatres, you haven't seen all of it.