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I am happy to report that the whole film is here, there doesn't appear to any cuts and the run time (96 minutes) matches that of the official times listed on the Internet. Thank you, Francis!
Now to the DVD extra, an hour-long documentary called CODA: THIRTY YEARS LATER. It's this new documentary (40% of the total DVD content!) which explains why Coppola is finally re-releasing HOD. The title "CODA" it misleading (especially in this context) because CODA has nothing to do with Apocalypse Now. Rather it is a documentary on Coppola's newest film YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH. Perhaps because YWY looks to be an essential parlor piece with lots of dialog, CODA is, unfortunately, tedious. In fact, YWY has not yet been given a wide release in the US, so what we really have here is a (you guessed it) "Making of..." film for marketing purposes. Sure, it would have made a great extra on the YWY DVD, but it is a huge letdown after HEARTS OF DARKNESS. In fact, CODA didn't leave me wanting to see YWY and initial professional reviews reveal that the film itself is a letdown.Read more ›
Francis Ford Coppola's descent into madness during the plagued filming of "Apocalypse Now" wasn't entirely the fault of the Philippines Army, horrific weather, Martin Sheen's heart attack during filming, or Marlon Brando's prima donna attitude. It wasn't just the rampant use of pop drugs on the set. Much of the trouble, including the lack of a cohesive script, falls directly on the shoulders of the director. And "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," shot by the director's wife, Eleanor Coppola, and released 12 years after the original movie, never turns away from the truth. It is a fascinating account of how everything went wrong and still a remarkable film ascended from the madness.
Anyone who believes FF Coppola either botched or somehow missed great opportunity with the compound segment of the film can upon viewing this begin to understand how chaos during those dark days on the set in the late 1970s led to the final outcome. The director said, his film isn't about Vietnam; it is Vietnam. That statement is somewhat validated with this documentary.
It is amazing that such a powerful piece of filmmaking could come out of such a calamity. But, flaws and all, it is among the best films produced out of Hollywood. And this companion piece is a vital part of the story. It is a MUST SEE for fans of "Apocalypse Now." It is engrossing for all.
The late coming DVD release (November 2007) reportedly includes an update piece ("CODA: Thirty Years Later") that is most welcome. It's icing. Buy this one.
The interesting thing about Apocalypse Now is that with probably over 1,000 reviews here on Amazon counting the different versions you could probably get a different interpretation for each review. It's so good and so deep and has so many metaphors that it could mean any number of different things for viewers and nobody would be wrong.
I'm not going to try to analyze this documentary however because you have the people involved with this masterpiece giving their own perspectives on the doc. What I will do is list some things I found interesting in hopes of generating some curiosity for people to see this fascinating work. It made me want to see the film again and read the book Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Editions) and if you haven't seen Apocalypse Now, as a film lover I envy you.
- Harvey Keitel was originally cast to play Capt. Willard and was fired and replaced for Martin Sheen.
- The part in the hotel room where Capt. Willard is spiraling out of control was just as much Sheen. It was his 36th birthday he was drunk and actually punched and broke the glass mirror and broke down.
- Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack while filming and was actually given his last rights, halting filming for a couple of months.Read more ›
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Released in 1991, "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse" chronicles the make of 1979’s “Apocalypse Now,” combing footage shot by Eleanor Coppola during the shooting... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Wuchak
An inside look at the process of making the seminal film, Apocalypse Now . Brilliance, madness and both good and bad luck are the building blocks for the story of Francis Ford... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rod Tipton
Four stars is a little bit generous for "Hearts of Darkness" though it is a good documentary. It lacks something, and if I have to guess then I would say it is pacing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
A great documentary on the the hellish making of one of the best movies ever made. Definitely one for those with an interest in film, as well as those interested in docs about... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Luke Reed
Apocalypse Now is my favourite movie and as one fellow reviewer says correct … I am a fanatic.
I also love Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Hearts of Darkness)... Read more
Very interesting and brings back memories of the Viet Nam era. Had two brothers serve there.Published 9 months ago by Timber wolf
As a fan of storytelling, I have to admit that I’ve been overly eager to watch the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now for quite some time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam Oster
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