- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Original Release Date: August 15, 1979
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Soundtrack, Import
- Label: Electra
- Run Time: 153 minutes
- ASIN: B000002I30
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Apocalypse Now: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack, Import
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Top Customer Reviews
This double-cd album can do this. It's part The Doors, part soliloquy/voice over by Martin Sheen, and part Carmine Coppola & Walter Murch compositions (Academy Award winning). Yet the voice overs by Martin Sheen as Captain Willet are the prized recordings here. Interspersed with genuine jungle sounds, Marlon Brando and his brilliant Warrior poetry and Asian gongs and bells, the Willet dialogue tracks are intoxicating, a dark euphoric madness that holds true to Joseph Conrad's theme in the novel.
So is this soundtrack for you? Not if you're expecting the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" or the complete compositions of Carmine Coppola. His works can be found on the Apocalypse Now Redux album which completely abandons what Joseph Conrad tried to impart to us in the first place. That cd contains the scores and orchestral work if that's what you want. Only the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has "... the horror... the horror...."
Even beyond cinematography, it is the narrative of Willard (Sheen) and the words of Kurtz (Brando) that binds this story together. Unlike the soundtrack of films like _Full Metal Jacket_, this is a CD of dialogue and monologue rather than just music, though the music is there as well.
As an added bonus, there are some lines that did not make the editorial cut into the movie, but which are entirely germane to the story.
In every way, this soundtrack conveys the tone and essence of the picture.
I have to admit to being a fan of the movie. When taking a long drive, I put it into the car player, turn it up, and I'm in the adventure rather than driving down a boring highway. I own many soundtracks and this one is unique in that it's just not the "music" but much of the pertinent dialogue that makes "Apocalypse Now" unique.
For those who haven't seen the movie and wish a soundtrack that takes one into the action like no other, "Apocalypse Now" is one soundtrack that will take you where no other soundtrack has before. Obviously I highly recommend it for everyone who is a fan of the movie, or the movies. A must have for any collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As order. Arrived in good shape and quickly, and the item was what I wanted. This version does include the dialogue. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Guerin
i've been searching quiet a while to have it on double vinyl, so i finally bought this original CD version and wow there's no doubt about it that i was very pleased and thrilled to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Erik Steevens
I obtained a vinyl copy of the movie soundtrack about 20 years ago and it contained all the dialogue. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ricky Lopez
I think this was my mistake. I was thinking I was getting something that had some resemblance to the music from the movie but this is very different. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This 2-Disc soundtrack of APOCALYPSE NOW is certainly a unique one. The integration of words, sounds and music is powerful and mesmerizing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by gobirds2
I purchased the Apocalypse Now Soundtrack. Cd #1 was missing. The condition was described as very good, but the case has cracks in it and is covered in scratches. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Zach
OK you have seen the movie, fantastic cinematography, great sets and lighting, but most people don't even notice the sound mix while watching the movie, this is a hybrid, without... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by R. Walker
Wanted to make a DVD of my trip to Asia, loved the movie, really enjoyed the soundtrack, Price was right, bought used.Published on November 24, 2013 by Joseph C. Martinak