Apocalypse Now Redux
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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
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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The DVD and blu-ray both have a number of special features which explain the difficulties that occurred in the making of the film. The film went over budget and Coppola had to personally finance the continuing operation. Both versions were awarded top honors at Cannes and went on to make a profit.
On the blu-ray both versions are on disc one. Special features are on disc two and disc three contains a Feature-Length Documentary named Hearts of Darkness: A filmmaker's Apocalypse with commentary by Coppola's wife Eleanor.
Despite all the difficulties in producing the films, both rank, along with The Godfather Saga, among the greatest films of recent years.
For reviewers who would like to compare the film with Conrad's novel, the book Heart of Darkness is available here from Amazon vendors.
Turn off tune in and drop out for 3hrs 15min of cinemalicious wonder.
Marlon Brando as Kurtz
Robert Duvall as Kilgore
Martin Sheen as Willard
Frederic Forrest as Chef
Dennis Hopper as Photographer
Aurore Clement as Roxanne
Laurence Fishburne as Clean
Albert Hall as Chief
Harrison Ford as Col. Lucas
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