1970s Apocalypse Now (1979, Blu Ray)

Published on October 26th, 2010 | by Chris

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Apocalypse Now (1979, Blu Ray)


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On October 26, 2010
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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.

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.

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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 Information

Binding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio:
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: Lions Gate Home Ent.
Manufacturer: Lionsgate
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Martin Sheen
  • Marlon Brando

Features

  • Condition: New
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • AC-3; Closed-captioned; Dolby; DTS Surround Sound; Special Edition; Subtitled; Widescreen

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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a Vietnam Vet. 1st Marine Division 65-66 ..., January 8, 2017
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest war movie ever in my opinion, November 10, 2017
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This is the greatest war movie ever in my opinion. The first time I saw it was in 1979. I was 17 years old and loved every minute of it. I joined the Army (US Cavalry) at 17 and got to experience these people (Vietnam Combat Vets) 1st hand. And I loved every minute of it. I've known a few Colonel Kurtz's, Kilgore's and a few Captain Willard's. The movie is spot on with my experience. I've seen this movie so many times I can't remember. Safe to say at least 50. I have every version on DVD and I'm watching again, right now, on Veteran's Day 2017. And it's never looked better upconverted to 4K. If you ain't CAV...
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5.0 out of 5 stars And I've never been happier in my whole life, November 5, 2017
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When I first saw this on the shelf of Virgin Records in Victoria Gardens I just gotta have it. But the problem is Virgin Records not there anymore, now ain't that a real kick in the head?
Anyway I never forgotten the name of this movie so I browsed around the old web and finally found it. And I've never been happier in my whole life.
Thank you.
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Apocalypse Now (1979, Blu Ray) Chris

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.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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