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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Sam Bottoms , Marlon Brando , Francis Ford Coppola  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,209 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Sam Bottoms, Marlon Brando, Bo Byers, Colleen Camp, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 1979
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305609705
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apocalypse Now" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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 Walt

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624 of 650 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Great with extrainutes
Published 19 hours ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A classic- one of my favorites.
Published 2 days ago by Joe C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Significance
Admittedly, this is not an easy movie for me to watch. My father was in Vietnam for 3 years and one of my brothers is a Marine who served there. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Janice L. Urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie, better every time I watch
Published 6 days ago by Gerald F. Dittmer Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant!!!!
Everyone actor is perfectly cast and Brando and Sheen are at their remarkable best.
Published 6 days ago by Lucky
5.0 out of 5 stars I think the original was better but this is still a 5 star movie
I think the original was better but this is still a 5 star movie. The major scenes that were added were interesting but took away from the narrative. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Thomas Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great War story about the Vietnam war all classic
Great War story about the Vietnam war all classic novel
Published 11 days ago by nancy viscariello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gets better everytime that I see it.
Published 12 days ago by mag
5.0 out of 5 stars great re-do of a great original movie
this is an expansion of the original Apocalypse Now, and is a terrific version
Published 13 days ago by old nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic Message
I had never seen this movie completely thru. How prophetic Marlon Brando's words about the genius of an army that can hack apart and stack body parts of a captured village as a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Donald Castellano-hoyt
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