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.