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Apocalypse Now

Martin Sheen , Marlon Brando , Francis Ford Coppola    VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)

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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" into 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 gunships 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 Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars problems with this canadian release Oct. 20 2010
Format:Blu-ray
A warning to anybody who cares, I bought this Full Disclosure edition yesterday at HMV Megastore in Montreal. Here are the problems with the Canadian release (handled by Maple Pictures): it didn't come with the 48 page booklet (none do). Disc 1 and Disc 2 are mislabelled as Disc 2 and Disc 1(this error applies also to the 2 disc edition). Maple knows about the problems and have recalled both sets. It seems the corrected editions will be in stores next week, hopefully!
Another big problem is that both movies are missing the credit reels at the end of the movie. The movie disc label says 153 minutes and 202 minutes but they end up actually being 147 minutes and 196 minutes. weird...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Buy This Set Feb. 9 2011
By D. Swan
Format:Blu-ray
I remembered seeing Apocalypse Now in 1979 when I was 14 and was completely blown away with this flick, so much so that I saw it four times over a two week period. The gloom and doom atmosphere, the brilliant Vittaro Storaro cinematography, the battle scenes which were choreographed like a madman's ballet and the journey up the Nung River with it's unexpected twists and turns, all made for a tour de force motion picture experience. This movie always remained a favorite of mine and cemented Coppola's standing amongst modern day directors. Sure, you have your George Lucas with a money making machine like Star Wars but Coppola took chances with his movies and experimented with different genres. The Full Disclosure Edition brings me back to 1979 as if I'm seeing the movie for the first time. Simply put, this movie looks beautiful, even on my 60 Hz flat screen. I can only imagine how it would look on a 120 Hz TV. Plus, this collection has everything a true fan of Apocalypse Now could ask for, the 1979 theatrical release, the 2003 Redux and one of the best documentaries of any movie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmaker's Apocalypse, filmed by Coppola's wife Eleanor and is just as good and surreal as the actual movie. This is a must have Blu-Ray set for any collector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now - and always! May 12 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is exactly the collection that I've been hoping to find for years. Finally, it's available on Blu-Ray, but perhaps more importantly it includes both the original theatrical version of Apocalypse Now that's extremely hard to find on DVD, plus Apocalypse Now Redux, which is the longer version with additional scenes that were cut from the theatrical release. And that's just on the first disc!

Disc 2 is packed with extras, including interviews with Francis Ford Coppolla and John Milius, looking back at the film from thirty or so years later, plus the original radio broadcast version of Orson Welles's reading of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness."

As if that's not enough, Disc 3 contains "Hearts of Darkness", the documentary of the making of the film, as it was being made, filmed and narrated by his wife Eleanor. It's the most powerful account I've seen of the difficulties involved in the making of a film. The stories of the problems with Martin Sheen's health and Marlon Brando's attitude, as well as the problems dealing with the Phillipine army are all covered in detail. After watching this feature length documentary, you'll wonder how the film was ever finished.

Altogether, it's probably the best boxed set collection ever released, and at the price it's actually a bargain compared to just buying the three films individually on DVD. I highly recommend it, and surely is a must-have for any serious film buff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SURREAL JOURNEY TO MADNESS. July 22 2003
Format:DVD
"Apocalypse Now Redux" is an extended version of the 1979 classic "Apocalypse Now"; in this version, the director Francis Ford Coppola added 49 minutes of footage that was deleted in the original release. There are two major new segments and new little bits that help to understand better the surreal story of the film. The little bits of scenes are great and sure make the movie more pleasant. However, the scenes with the playboy bunnies doesn't help too much in the narrative and the pace of the film, perhaps they should have been trimmed a little bit for better results. But the segment of the french plantation is just horrible, pointless and boring, the director should have kept these scenes on the editing room once again.
However, "Apocalypse Now Redux" is a good addition to any movie collection, the picture and the sound quality are very good, and the movie by itself it's a fascinating classic, the great parts outnumber the flawed scenes; perhaps the longer segments doesn't help too much, but at least contribute to understand better the story. There are very few extras on this DVD, but as I say before, the movie by itself is worth the money. If you liked the original "Apocalypse Now", give a chance to this new version, if you haven't seen this movie yet, start with the original, and if you like it, go get "Apocalypse Now Redux". Absolutely recommendable to every one who loves the classic movies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great 2 for 1 deal Nov. 6 2006
Format:DVD
I think the original version of Apocalypse Now is vastly superior to the needlessly long Redux, although the additional scenes of the latter (the French plantation, Playboy bunnies, Willard stealing the surfboard) are interesting in and of themselves. So now we can have both, in a single, bargain-priced and handsomely packaged edition. As with most DVDs, the bonus deleted scenes are pretty much a waste of time, although they do help a person understand the choices Coppola made in editing, and in that sense, it really drives home the magnitude of his achievement in creating the original masterpiece. I don't like that the movie is broken into two parts; why couldn't they have put the original on one disc, and Redux on the other? But then again, in a long movie most people have to take a bathroom break at some point anyway, and the sampan massacre is an appropriately dramatic scene with which to end part one. All told, The Apocalypse Now Complete Dossier 2-disc special edition is well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE
I first watched the movie the year it was available at théâtres. I stayed in the projection room for two shows in a row. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Paquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film and disc
With the 2 existing versions (extended and theatrical) as well as the excellent "making of" documentary "Hearts of Darkness", this set is definitely worth the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nobody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is one of my favourite long movies besides Penny's From Heaven and The singing Detective. The added minutes make a little more viewing time but over all its basically the very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Turcotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story seems better now reviewed many years later
Here we have the world of Apocalypse..the opening begins with a roundtable of good and evil..and the search for a MYSTERY military man played by Brando.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars good old movies
young stars then great stars now,Vietnam a lot of movies being made some good some bad,this was a good show
Published 8 months ago by McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Excellent boxed set. Very pleased with this item.
Very good movie. Nice boxed set. Promptly shipped and received. First class condition. Highly recommended. Most enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Tatham
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but frightening.
This was a good copy but I had forgotten how frightening and upsetting the film was. Almost too realistic. However, I'm glad to add it to my DVD collection.
Published 14 months ago by Ann Nelles
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
a very good movie and quite long but very well done, be sure to have plenty of time to watch it, arrived on time as specified and in very good shape. Read more
Published on March 17 2012 by Claude Couillard
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Je désire vous informer que je n'ai pas reçu Apocalyspe Now, mais que j'ai reçu Full Metal Jacquet. Veuillez svp me tenir au courant
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by Denis Veilleux
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest three bluray package ever...
I bought this movie of amazon and as usual, i received it right on time and once received, i enjoyed the best version of apocolypse now ever. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Kia
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