Published on January 31st, 2007 | by Chris2
Apocalypse Now: Redux (1979/2001)
Few movies could pull off opening with those two words. Apocalypse Now *is* that movie. Period.
Apocalypse Now:Redux is a "director's cut" of sorts which puts back several scenes / episodes into the film that were dropped from its initial 1979 release. Additionally it puts back the original ending.
A.N. is the story of one already-unstable Captain Willard (played by Martin Sheen) and his top-secret mission to "terminate the command" of one Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone stark raving mad and disappeared into the jungles of Cambodia.
Of course most of the film isn't so much about that, as it is about getting there, and how Willard prepares himself (and events prepare *him*) to meet this madman.
Along the way we're exposed to a lot of general madness. A gung-ho surfer-dude Colonel in search of the perfect break, tigers in the bush, Playboy bunnies, the battle for a bridge that has gone completely out of control, what should be a routine riverboat insepction, native spear and arrow attacks...
... and in this release a couple of other deviations, namely the re-appearance of the aforementioned bunnies at a more-or-less abandoned "wild west" station, and the discovery of a group of French colonials defending their "plantation" in the midst of the war, complete with proper table settings.
I'm not sure putting these scenes back in was a good idea. A lot of times the "director's cut" of a film rings truer to the original "vision" of a film. If that's the case here, then its probably for the best that these scenes were dropped. While the original "episodes" served to illustrate the madness of war, and prepare Willard somewhat for his final encounter, these two additions just don't make much sense at all. The re-visited bunnies scene just comes across as twisted and morbid, and the French colonials just a boring sidestep. I can somewhat understand the reasoning behind that bit being filmed, but the first? It's just too "out there", even for this movie.
Of course eventually he and the remaining personnel on board "PBR Streetgang" finally meet up with Kurtz, and the journey towards madness is complete. For both Kurtz and Willard. The insanity of Kurtz is played brilliantly by Brando here. And if nothing else, Dennis Hopper's short performance as the just-plain-weird photographer under Kurtz's spell is nothing short of genius.
I'm not going to spoil the ending, but the superimposition of the native's sacrifice with Willard's execution of his duties gets the message across. Loud and clear.
The "fixing" of the final scenes in this version also tells us what happened to Willard. The original it wasn't quite clear if he made it out before... well, I guess you'll have to see both to find out.
Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux)
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I love the smell of a collector's edition in the morning. Everyone's favorite Joseph Conrad adaptation gets the fancy packaging and extras treatment with this release of Apocalypse Now - The Complete Dossier...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
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- Martin Sheen
- Marlon Brando
- Robert Duvall
- Frederic Forrest
- Laurence Fishburne
65 of 69 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.
14 of 14 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).
18 of 19 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: A lot of times the "director's cut" of a film rings truer to the original "vision" of a film. If that's the case here, then its probably for the best that these scenes were dropped.