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Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux) (1979)

Martin Sheen , Marlon Brando , Francis Ford Coppola  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FSME1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux)" on IMDb

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I love the smell of a collector's edition in the morning. Everyone's favorite Joseph Conrad adaptation gets the fancy packaging and extras treatment with this release of Apocalypse Now - The Complete Dossier. Both the original theatrical cut and the 2001 Redux version are included, with enough extras to keep one occupied on a long boat trip. Calling this the "complete" dossier is sure to raise hackles among fans who insist that Eleanor Coppola's lauded documentary, Hearts of Darkness, which chronicled husband Francis's harrowing experience making the film, should have been included. (As of this review, Hearts of Darkness has yet to be released on DVD, so battered VHS copies will have to suffice.) Packaged in a cardboard "dossier" sleeve, the two-disc set includes Marlon Brando reading T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men," new production featurettes, and cast member interviews. Owners of previous editions of either of the cuts might consider how much they want all the officially sanctioned information on this edition. For newcomers to the Vietnam epic, this is an edition worth going crazy for. --Ryan Boudinot

Apocalypse Now
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

Apocalypse Now Redux
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

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Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, this classic and compelling Vietnam War epic stars Martin Sheen as Captain Willard, who is sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American Colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost. Also stars Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper and Harrison Ford.

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620 of 646 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a hardcore Apocalypse Now fanatic, and this, the original version of the film, is what made me one, several years ago. Reviewers like to debate endlessly over which version is better, this or the Redux. Personally, I like both, but I find this original version to be more surreal, relentless, and, to quote another reviewer, more "dangerous." The fact is, Coppola used different shots and edits in the Redux, in some cases diluting the surreal impact of the original. Plus the characters Kilgore and Kurtz come off more strongly in the original; sure, we get to see more humanity from Kilgore in the Redux, but his exit in the original is much more memorable, much better than the "tossing megaphone into the air" antics as shown in the Redux. And Kurtz is a more powerful Evil One in the original version, not much more than a shadow.

What gets me is that, in the press releases that came out with Redux, Coppola claimed that he no longer considered the 1979 version of Apocalypse to be "unusual." He felt that, today, it comes off as a rather ordinary film. So he integrated an extra 50 minutes into the movie, to make it more unusual. The thing is, the Redux is, if anything, MORE normal than the original. After all, you get more character development, a romantic subplot, etc; all the things the unusual (and unique), original version lacked. The very lack of these things is what gives the original such a mysterious, dangerous edge. There is no levity in the original, no stealing of surfboards, no Playmates for the PBR crew. Only the dark jungle, and the mission.

If it's true that Coppola wanted to make the original version even more unusual, then I wonder why he chose to add the Plantation sequence and the Playboy Bunnies escapade.
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101 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not complete, but still worth it. 4 1/2 stars August 17, 2006
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The Film 5/5

There have been countless books, websites, and even a documentary (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse) about this film that it seems almost pointless to write about it. One of the most troubled productions in film history, the film went on to recieve universal acclaim and is now a cinema classic.

For those of you getting into this film for the first time, do not expect your typical vietnam war film. In fact you could argue that the film is not really about the Vietnam War, but is instead about man's descent into "the heart of darkness" if you will. The film follows Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen)who is given a mission to proceed up river into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret Colonel (Marlon Brando) who has gone insane.

That is the basic story of the film. But, it is much more than that. The movie is essential one sureal moment after another. From a helicopter attack done to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", to surfing calvary men, to the much debated ending.

If there ever was a film that must be experienced just once in your life this is it.

The Video 5/5

The film was shot in the scope widesceen format of 2:35:1, but is present here (as with other DVD versions) at a slightly cropped 2:00:1 format. This decision (made by Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro) has caused much controversy over the years, and while I would love to see it in it's original format this version doesn't bother me.

That being said this is the best I've ever seen Apocalypse Now look. The colors are much more vivid and flesh tones are more realistic. For a film that was released in 1979 it stands right up there with any modern blockbuster. Each film is spread across two discs for higher picture quality.
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse WOW! October 1, 2001
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If you are truly a fan of great films stop reading about this one and go see it! Coppolla's "Apocalypse Now Redux" is a real gem.
The basic story flows vividly yet mysteriously up the river into the dark jungle. Coppolla, as you may have heard, adapted the story from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" with the exception that H.O.D. is set in the African jungle based on a journey that Conrad took into the Upper Congo, then controlled by Belgium as a colony, whereas A.N. is set in the jungles of southeast Asia during the height of the Vietnam war.
For Redux, Coppolla went back to the raw footage, or dailies, and re-edited the entire film from scratch. The added scenes enhance rather than detract from the film, I felt. The film is set during the Vietnam War, but it is more about the dark side of human nature, and also how those in power often try to twist and distort the truth to fit meet their own ends. Is there a "method" to Col. Kurtz's madness? See the film and decide for yourself. It is interesting to watch the profound transformation that Capt. Willard (Sheen's character) undergoes.
The big questions on your mind may be:
1. Did Coppolla considerably improve the film?
2. Did the 45+ extra minutes of film enhance the flow and thematic development of the film?
3. Are the special effects and battle scenes spectacular?
The answer to all three of these questions is a resounding YES!
(except perhaps for those closed-minded "purists" out there who vehemently object to ANY change from the original release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a great movie
Published 22 hours ago by Henry r Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WALL
This is truly a mind bender!! It hits on so many levels not just the battle waged with weapons but the wounded heart and soul of all the young that fought for their countries and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lutagirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie ever!
Published 1 day ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Okay movie. However they harm animals in the movie so that is not ve
Published 1 day ago by jason
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top movies ever made.
One of the all time classic movies. This is a perfect movie for anyone writing a college paper on war. Can be used to compare any war on terror we have today.
Published 2 days ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars hypnotic cinema
no movie I know boasts such hypnotic cinematography. coupled with coppola's usage of the musical soundtrack, the foundation is
well set for an epic adventure. Read more
Published 2 days ago by lofus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie !
Published 3 days ago by VAndana Patnaik
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Great
Published 4 days ago by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars The added scenes are unnecessary to the overall story
I actually prefer the first version. The added scenes are unnecessary to the overall story.
Published 4 days ago by Berto17
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it, back to Vietnam again, " hold on." great movie.
Classic movie Marion Brando, wow what a great performance. Vietnam, and its craziness no law, just drinking. Pot smoking , music, and killing. Can you believe a young Martin Sheen? Read more
Published 4 days ago by Frank Garcia
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Redux-only audio sync glitch on Blu-Ray
I just noticed the same issue on mine.
Jun 20, 2011 by Matthew Marino |  See all 4 posts
So much material on 2 DVDs?? 1979 version split into two??
According to the review at DVD Talk, this is a newer transfer with a higher bit rate and better encoding than previous versions:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=22951
~Rupe
Aug 15, 2006 by Rupe33 |  See all 4 posts
Original 1979 Cut or Redux for First Time Watcher?
original first then redux....see it how it was presented first
Jul 29, 2010 by Gabriel Lee |  See all 16 posts
Which version of Apocalypse Now on blu ray should I get?
It really depends on just how hardcore a fan of the film you are. Considering you haven't seen the film before, I strongly recommend a rental before buying - it's certainly not for everyone. Personally I'm going to buy this release without question, but I think the 2-Disc Blu will be more than... Read More
Aug 15, 2010 by Leif Sheppard |  See all 7 posts
Problems with Apocalypse??
Bought the 3 disc blu-ray release when released. It arrived. Ouch. Disc 1 would not load in my Samsung Player. Tried a different Sony player. Would not load disc 1 either. Ordered a new one. Got here in one day. Sweet. Put it in my Samsung player. It would not play again. Guess I need to return... Read More
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