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Apocalypse Now

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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius, Joseph Conrad, Michael Herr
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Eddie Romero, Fred Roos
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Vietnamese
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 473 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004RUDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,384 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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Digitally remastered with 49 minutes of previously unseen footage, Apocalypse Now Redux is the reference standard of Francis Coppola's 1979 epic. A metaphorical hallucination of the Vietnam War, the film was reconstructed by Coppola and editor Walter Murch to enrich themes and clarify the ending. On that basis Redux is a qualified success, more coherent than the original while inviting the same accusations of directorial excess. The restored "French plantation" sequence adds ghostly resonance to the war's absurdity, and Willard's theft of Colonel Kurtz's beloved surfboard adds welcomed humor to the film's nightmarish upriver journey. An encounter with Playboy Playmates seems superfluous compared to the enhanced interplay between Willard and his ill-fated boat crew, but compensation arrives in the hellish Kurtz compound, where Willard's mission--and the performances of Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--reach even greater heights of insanity, thus validating Redux as the rightful heir to Coppola's triumphantly rampant ambition. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Très belle pochette tout une présentation, mais malheureusement ce dvd était en anglais seulement alors que j'avais commandé la version française. Gros défaut chez Amazon, souvent l'affichage n'est pas fiable. Espérons qu'un jour nous pourrons nous y fier entièrement.
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This is a classic movie about the Vietnam war and the trials a team goes through to accomplish their mission. Powerful acting performance by Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and the supporting cast. Great from beginning to end. Course language and graphic scenes of gore make this more for the 14+ crowd. I've had the movie one week and have watched it twice already. Two thumbs up.
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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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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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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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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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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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