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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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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Steeve
Format:Blu-ray
Just to let you know that I've received the Full-Discosure set from Amazon.ca yesterday. The 48-pages booklet IS included and the discs are correctly labeled.

The "canadian" problem that was mentioned in another review (missing booklet and mislabeled dics) was related to the MAPLE edition released only in retail stores in Canada and it seems that Amazon.ca are selling the american edition instead. So you need not worry with that.

As for the missing titles and credits, these are intended. Just take a look in the last pages of the 48-pages booklet and you'll see that Copolla directly address and explains his reason behind this "creative" decision.

So, everybody can sit down, relax and enjoy this Masterpiece!
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! Pan and Scan mess Dec 27 2002
By AHF
Format:DVD
While the original film was 2.1:1 aspect ratio, Paramount has butchered this film by pan and scanning down to fit a 16:9 widescreen TV. Of course they don't bother to tell you that on the package. So much for the director's vision. Paramount, you should be ashamed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
PLOT(minus spoilers): We follow five soldiers, led by Sheen's character, as they head out on an assasination mission. The target is a C/O(Brando) who's apparently gone AWOL, having began to slaughter the enemy without orders as well as become a godlike figure in the eyes of many indigenous people in the area, virtually turning them into his warrior slaves. Upon traveling to find the C/O, Sheen becomes strangely intrigued by his military tactics, tactics so swit and terrible that even the VC have become fearful of him. The military, meanwhile, has assured Sheen's character that this commander is indeed insane, but it's the journey up river in which we see......
.... EVERYTHING out on the river is insane. Posts are manned without commanders, officers(Robert Duvall) are more fixated on surfing and Play Boy Playmates than their present battle. During these segments, when we move - almost drift - from scene to scene, we begin to see this Vietnam as something different, something more vague and faintly evil than we could ever had dreamt up. This side of the world has gone mad, as Sheen's character soon begins to see ever more clearly. Even the men accompanying him begin to shift towards the other side of sanity. But don't fret, the way this shift is portrayed is a beautiful thing to witness, as is the irony of their endeavor - that, sent to kill an officer for going crazy, EVERYTHING is also crazy, and the AWOL officer makes perhaps the most sense.
I suppose this film reiterates all we thought we knew about Vietnam, only it happens in a way that both tears and swallows your preconceptions alive, forcing you to dig ever deeper into the madness that surrounded Vietnam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the smell of napalm in the morning!!!!!
Published 22 days ago by Arnie Bowie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
dis not play without computer conversion.
Published 2 months ago by Alain Tasse
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 4 months 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 5 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 15 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 17 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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