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One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all." Coppola himself was not certain either, and he tried several different endings between the film's early rough-cut screenings for the press, the Palme d'Or-winning "work-in-progress" shown at Cannes, and the final 35 mm U.S. release (also the ending on the video cassette). The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Despite the studio's fears and mixed reviews of the film's ending, Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall's psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era.~Lucia Bozzola
Audio commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
"A conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola"
"An interview with John Milius" by Francis Ford Coppola
"Fred Roos: casting apocalypse"
Never-before-seen complete Francis Ford Coppola interview with Roger Ebert and the 2001 cannes film festival
Original 1938 mercury theate recording of "heart of darkness," featuring Orson Welles
"Monkey sampan" lost scene
"Destruction of the kurtz compound" end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
"The hallow men," video of Marlon Brando readin TS Eliot's poem
I never got around to seeing this movie, so I had to pick this up. One of the best movies of all time. It has a star studded cast and they did a fantastic job on this. The movie is intense, sad, heartbreaking, scary, and very eerie. It is gorgeously shot and looks amazing on 4K. You can’t tell it was made 40 years ago, the picture quality is that good! I just noticed also, that if you turn the case upside down Marlon Brando is the face you see the reflection in the water.
So this set is great! It includes all 3 versions of this great film in glorious 4k resolution. This is a particularly great title for the format considering that it was filmed on (I believe) 70mm film, meaning that the remastering is a true 4k transfer and not a simple up-conversion like some films.
That said, I wish the packaging were improved. The packaging is GORGEOUS, but once you remove the plastic, the outside portion of the packaging makes a c-shape around the case and is just loosely glued to the main packaging with that clear snot-looking glue, so it's not really designed to be salvaged for display purposes. I just don't like that this portion of the packaging is meant to be disposable since it is what contains the film info and 4k banner. I took some clear plastic and glued it to the front of this to make into a sleeve, which could have been easily done when this was designed. A minor complaint,but there it is. The trifold design is also fairly flimsy, so making this sleeve like I did really helps to improve the sturdiness of the packaging when on the shelf. Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself, but I can't be the only one who feels this way right?
Have continuing issue: purchased Microsoft 365 on October 22, 2020 and couldn't get it loaded. Took to Geek Squad and after several weeks they couldn't get loaded becuase Microsoft had my old email address which needed to be changed. They couldn't change it, and, after ten or so attempts, I couldn't either. Went back to the Squad and they advised me to change URL and try again. That worked but not with my original purchase. Question, could you refund my original $69 purchase? Overall, the guys did a good job, but I'm saddled with a Microsoft 365 I don't need.
I love this movie, I love the features and the fact it is in 4K and I love the visual graphic of the case but this is a cheap case. This will get dinged up or fall apart in a year. Why would they not put it in a real plastic thicker Blu Ray case? Very foolish decision.
This is an excellent 4K release and comes with tremendous amount of extras. It is a 6-disc set, which includes the following:
Disc 1 - Apocalypse Now Final Cut (4K Ultra HD)
Disc 2 - Apocalypse Now (Original 1979) & Apocalypse Now Redux (4K Ultra HD)
Disc 3 - Apocalypse Now Final Cut (Blu-ray)
Disc 4 - Apocalypse Now Original (1979) & Apocalypse Now Redux (Blu-ray)
Disc 5 - Special Features (Blu-ray)
Disc 6 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Blu-ray)
For some reason, the standard blu-ray discs for the 3 versions of the movie have compression issues compared to the previous blu-ray releases, so if you own this movie in previously released blu-ray set, I'd recommend holding on to those as well. Despite the compression issues on the blu-ray, which the 4K discs do not have, this set is still worth for the 4K qualities and the special features discs.
Easily one of the best war films ever made if not one of the best films of all time, Apocalypse Now is is a masterpiece of story telling and perseverance from its well known production problems. This 4K/Blu-Ray set is well worth your money, however I would actually recommend watching the theatrical version which is still by far the best version of the film. I would only recommend watching the Redux Version and the Final Cut version out of curiosity since neither of those versions are better than the Theatrical Version. If you love movies, then do yourself a favor and pick up this 4K release of this film.
The movie comes with multiple discs. All different cuts of the film on Blu Ray, plus a couple cuts on 4k Blu ray, including the new “Final Cut.”
Included is also the amazing “documentary” called Hearts of Darkness which chronically the absolute insanity of the making of this film and is as good as any movie.
The picture quality is incredible. The opening scene is extremely grainy and had me feeling like a fool for buying 4k. This is quickly replaced with a constant WOW factor as the beads of sweat on every face, the glinting highlights on every reflective material, the oily water cutting through plants, all feed the senses. Often times this movie looks like it was filmed today. This is an absolutely incredible job and a master class in 4K remastering.
I have to mention one thing. The box itself is f—ing AWFUL. The single worst designed box of any disc based product I have ever seen.
It has a back cover made of thin cardboard that has 2 1 inch flaps that folds over the top edge (that reads 4k ultra hd and lists all the contents as seen above the title.) and a similar flap on the bottom edge. These are flimsy and always pointing away from the disc. The movie does not sit comfortable on a stack, and looks like garbage laying by itself or any situation where the box isnt firmly pressed between other heavy objects.
I removed this entire flappy layer, which in turn removes all of the 4K information, and leaves the case a trifold series of disc cases with absolutely NOTHING clasping it shut. It just flails around like a tablet folio case.
Other than the box, 10 out of 10 audio and video and included content.
Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut looks stunning now in 4K for the 30th Anniversary Edition!
The overall package, design and discs are all nicely done.
Picture quality and sound are fabulous and it makes you think you are right there with the guys in the military boat making its way through the river.
All special features have been brought over from other releases, and you get the HEART OF DARKNESS feature as well.
This is a war movie and not for the younger viewers.
HIghly recommended for all those that love Robert Duvall.
His portrayal of a Colonel in this movie is spectacular.
Martin Sheen also does a great job as the Captain put in charge of the boat to destroy a lunatic colonel out in the jungle.