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Apocalypse Now: Redux (2010)

Martin Sheen , Marlon Brando , Francis Ford Coppola  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,231 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishbourne
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ELKNH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apocalypse Now: Redux" on IMDb

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This is the definitive version of Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of the heart of darkness in all of us, re-edited and re-mastered with 49 minutes of additional footage. Nominated for eight Academy Awardsr, this classic and compelling Vietnam War epic stars Martin Sheen as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man 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.

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632 of 658 people found the following review helpful
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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103 of 118 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
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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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse WOW! October 1, 2001
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You got to love this movie, I seen it more then 15 times over the yours
Published 16 hours ago by jag327
5.0 out of 5 stars war movies
Excellent movie.
Published 2 days ago by thomas t.
4.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to the Original Ending?
Both the original and Redux are fantastic, phantasmagorical, visionary films. Recently I saw the original, but Coppola (like Lucas and Ridley Scott) has tinkered with the original... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jacktavish
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring and pretty strange movie
Pretty boring and pretty strange movie. In many places you wonder why this is going on during a war. Almost surreal at times.
Published 5 days ago by Hung Solong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its One Of My Best Liked Movies Of The Tough Vietnam Years....
Published 7 days ago by Dennis Abegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great rendition of a great picture. Even the picture about the picture is great.
Published 8 days ago by Paul Giannandrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate assignments
good movie-rather strange ending
Published 8 days ago by Classic country girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nicely done
Published 14 days ago by L&J
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of if not the greatest war movie
Published 14 days ago by Poolos
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing and haunting at the same time, this film ...
Mesmerizing and haunting at the same time, this film is one I will want to watch periodically, so that I never forget about the horror of war... Read more
Published 15 days ago by David Patmon
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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
Split across 2 discs? WHY?
If you listened to the disc...on a commentary i was split up like this because th movie was originally set up to have an intermission.
Oct 2, 2008 by B. Hardt |  See all 7 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:
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
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