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Apocalypse Now (Widescreen Edition) [VHS]
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In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it were his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair, but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made. It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story "Heart of Darkness" into the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving wartime action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images, and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gunships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways on a peasant sampan and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning." Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon
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This edition, however, is worth every penny.
Let me tell you why...
Well firstly -- and this will be true of all Blu-Ray editions...the picture is light-years better than the DVD editions. Typically blu-rays do look 'better', but this is vastly better to a degree that few blu-rays have impressed me to. Ironically, one of the other blu-ray movies that do the exact same thing is Bram Stoker's Dracula, another Francis Ford Coppola film. Both are films I have seen many times on DVD, and the difference between DVD and blu-ray was stunning.
This is just speaking of picture quality -- the fact that blu-ray is the first time that we have the full & correct aspect ratio is a worthy reason for purchase in-and-of-itself.
On to why this "Full Disclosure Edition" is actually worth it, though...
Hearts of Darkness is likely the most fascinating movie "making of" documentary I have ever seen, as it is not a studio-produced advertising tool...it's a dark, gritty, and striking view behind the 'veil' of how chaotic this movie actually was to make -- for everyone involved. I had only seen it once years ago on VHS in the library at my art school -- and the impact of it never wore off.
And none of it has been lessened by a second viewing.
With how chaotic the shooting was, it is only fitting that the editing was equally chaotic -- with so much raw footage, there was hordes of it to narrow down to...and its story is legendary in its own right. You get a lot of information about it, which I find fascinating...the movie we ended up with could have been drastically different, considering all the footage they had to choose from.
Another thing (that I hinted at earlier) that has always impressed me about this movie is the color -- and so it's nice & fitting that they have a section specifically dedicated to the color.
There is literally way too much in this edition than I could talk about in this review -- but suffice to say...this is a "deluxe edition" that is actually worth your extra money. Having the two editions (theatrical & redux) on blu-ray is already reason enough, but the extra content makes this exceptional.
As a side not, I really enjoyed the booklet that came with it -- fun & interesting to see "original" papers, photos, etc from the actual shoots & such.
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Redux proves that stuff left in the cutting room floor should remain there.
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