Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen

DVD (Wide Screen)

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At first glance, the non-special edition DVD release of Apocalypse Now might seem like a letdown, but closer inspection shows that the disc was made with much care and thought by American Zoetrope. While some may be disappointed that the film is presented here in a 2:1 aspect ratio instead of the mass release 2.35:1 ratio, the ratio presented here is closest to the original 70 mm presentation made prior to the film's nationwide release in 1979. The anamorphic widescreen is breathtaking, and the Dolby Digital Sound does wonders for the film's eerie score. To complement the feel of the original 70 mm presentation, the film is presented without any credits -- beginning or end -- as Coppola originally envisioned, instead supplemented by a digital version of the theatrical program that was given out at those initial screenings. While the "lost" destruction of the Kurtz compound footage with commentary by Coppola is merely explosion footage of the set, it has to be some of the most beautiful explosion footage ever filmed and stands as a work of art on its own. Coppola plans to release a new cut of the film with 53 additional minutes, which will surely find its way to DVD, but this presentation of Apocalypse Now is still worth owning and remains a unique DVD experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1999
UPC: 0097360230642
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Excerpts from the original theatrical program; Destruction of the Kurtz Compound with commentary by Francis Ford Coppola

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Col. Walter E. Kurtz
Robert Duvall Lt. Col. Kilgore
Martin Sheen Capt. Benjamin Willard
Frederic Forrest Chef
Dennis Hopper Photo Journalist
Samuel Bottoms Lance
Albert Hall Chief
Harrison Ford Colonel
G.D. Spradlin General
Bill Graham Agent
Cynthia Wood Playmate of the Year
Francis Ford Coppola Film Director
Bo Byers MP Sergeant No. 1
Colleen Camp Playmate
George Cantero Soldier with Suitcase
George Canters Soldier with Suitcase
Linda Carpenter Playmate
Marc Coppola AFRS Announcer
R. Lee Ermey Heliocopter Pilot
Laurence Fishburne Clean
Scott Glenn Colby
James Keane Kilgore's Machine-Gunner
Damien Leake Kilgore's Machine-Gunner
Tom Mason Supply Sgt. Fourier
Ron McQueen Injured Soldier
Herb Rice Roach
Jerry Ross Johnny from Malibu
Kerry Rossall Mike from San Diego
Vittorio Storaro TV Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Thibeau Soldier in Trench
Glenn Walken Lt. Carlsen
Jerry Ziesmer Civilian

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Brandt Asst. Director
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Leon Chooluck Production Manager
Carmine Coppola Score Composer
Gray Fredrickson Co-producer
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Michael Herr Screenwriter
Charles James Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
Richard Marks Editor
John Milius Screenwriter
Walter Murch Editor
Bob Nelson Set Decoration/Design
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Barrie M. Osborne Production Manager
Fred Roos Co-producer
Tom Sternberg Co-producer
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director
Joseph Conrad Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Waiting in Saigon [9:22]
2. Intelligence Compound [11:01]
3. Willard Meets PBR Crew [5:39]
4. Search and Destroy [5:58]
5. Beach Party [2:56]
6. Helicopter Attack [10:49]
7. Col. Kilgore Goes Surfing [4:30]
8. The Tiger in the Jungle [11:55]
9. Entertaining the Boys [6:38]
10. Kurtz Dossier [6:43]
11. Sampan Massacre [5:05]
12. Do Lung Bridge [9:48]
13. Mr. Clean's Death [5:43]
14. Arrow Attack [7:48]
15. Kurtz Compound [14:49]
16. Interrogation [2:57]
17. Chef Decapitated [12:27]
18. Caribou Sacrifice [6:59]
19. Ending [5:53]

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
One of those movies that you should see. At least once anyway. I've heard a lot about this one over the years but never watched it. Finally saw it and it was dark, interesting, depressing but at the same time you want to know what happens at the end. The cinematography alone is really well done and sets the tone of the setting and movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I encourage anyone reading this to avoid all spoilers, all descriptions, all opinions of this film!!! You will NEVER have another opportunity to experience this atmosphere without bias, without knowing what to expect. If you need to know certain info before buying it, then don't buy it yet! Go rent it for free from your library, or rent it elsewhere. Robbing yourself of your opportunity to be shocked, disgusted, fascinated, intrigued, & amused will never be undone. Refuse & resist our modern culture's obsession with telling you how to feel, how to interpret, & what to think. Trust in those who made this film. Trust in yourself to take the ride. Read the reviews after you form your own opinion. Regarding purchasing this Box Set, it is the most all encompassing collection to date. At $20 it is a must. At $25 you must weigh your love for extra features. There are 3 discs filled with 7.5hrs of content in Blu Ray HD. If you don't care about any features but the film, you can find the bare bones version for $5 elsewhere. I bought this Box set on sale for $20 during the holidays. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This brilliant movie gets only better in Blu Ray
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies. It does a great job of showing the horrors and stupidity of war. You can see Laurence Fishburne as a 14 year old actor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francis Ford Coppola has constructed a masterpiece here that boasts great acting, a great script (even though Marlon Brando Famously, after paying $1000000 to play the part, said he wouldn't read the script)and a marvalous director. Apocalypse Now is probably the best war film to date and even though the set was about as hectic as you get this film, I think, was helped by that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is by far one of my favorite movies of all time. I do suggest that you read the book it's based on before you watch it though. The first reviewer obviously didn't as he has the mind of a rich movie critic and believes that anything he thinks is "un-american" shouldn't be seen or heard. This movie is stunning and gripping and guaranteed to trip you out. Especially the circus scene. The book is a tough read. My fellow seniors at my highschool had to read it and take a test on it in order to pass. Its only 100+ pages and took months for my classmates to finish. I was done in 2 weeks. Read it before you watch the movie and comapre and contrast for yourself. It is one of the best films to date. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the 2nd best war movie ever, i was in shock of how good this movie is, Martin Sheen is fascinating and Robert Duvall is hardcore. I extremely recommend this movie for whoever loves war movies
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This fantasy is simply two-plus hours of anti-American, anti-war nonsense. It is destructive because so many people take this ridiculous portrayal as an accurate depiction of the Vietnam war and American soldiers. There is absolutely no basis in fact or history for the main premise (an officer has gone insane and set himself up as a local god-like figure) or any of the characters or events portrayed. I realize it is not billed as a documentary -- but the movie does try to pass events as realistic and many believe it. Contrary to this movie, American soldiers did not randomly murder civilians, surf in combat zones, attack USO performers, operate without any command structure, or almost every other activity in this movie. Perhaps some will enjoy it as a nightmarish fantasy - but it's pure fiction and not in anyway relevant to understanding the Vietnam War of the 1960's and 70's.