Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier

Overview

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard Martin Sheen, already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz Marlon Brando, rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore Robert Duvall, draftees who prefer to surf and do ...
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Overview

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard Martin Sheen, already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz Marlon Brando, rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore Robert Duvall, draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer Dennis Hopper telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all." Coppola himself was not certain either, and he tried several different endings between the film's early rough-cut screenings for the press, the Palme d'Or-winning "work-in-progress" shown at Cannes, and the final 35 mm U.S. release also the ending on the video cassette. The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Despite the studio's fears and mixed reviews of the film's ending, Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall's psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary for both films by Francis Coppola; Exclusive featurettes; Lost "Monkey Sampan" scene; 12 never-before-seen segments from the cutting room floor; Apocalypse then and now; Outtake: Marlon Brando's complete reading of T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Man"; The Apocalypse Now A/V Club for aspiring filmmakers; Study the sound design and final mix of Apocalypse Now in depth; "PBR Streetgang" - cast members' reunion; The color palette of Apocalypse Now
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • UPC: 097360706826
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier - Act 1 & Special Features
1. Waiting in Saigon
2. Intelligence Compound
3. Willard Meets PBR Crew
4. Search and Destroy
5. Beach Party
6. Helicopter Attack
7. Kilgore Goes Surfing
8. The Tiger in the Jungle
9. Entertaining the Boys
10. Kurtz Dossier
11. Sampan Massacre
1. Waiting in Saigon
2. Intelligence Compound
3. PBR Street Gang
4. Search and Destroy
5. Where Can I Find the Co?
6. We Are Here to Help You
7. Beach Party
8. Helicopter Attack
9. Kilgore Goes Surfing
10. Kilgore Rescues Child
11. Lance Gets New Shorts
12. The Wind
13. Hiding From Kilgore
14. Never Get Out of the Boat
15. Entertaining the Boys
16. Centerfold Pinholes
17. No Satisfaction
18. Dilettantes
19. Kurtz Dossier
20. The Medevac
21. Sampan Massacre
Disc #2 -- Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier - Act Two & Special Features
1. Do Lung Bridge
2. Mr. Clean's Death
3. Arrow Attack
4. Kurtz Compound
5. Interrogation
6. Chef Decapitated
7. Caribou Sacrifice
8. Ending
9. Credits
1. Do Lung Bridge
2. Mr. Clean's Death
3. The French Plantation
4. Clean's Funeral
5. Dinner
6. Les Soldats Perdus
7. Arrow Attack
8. Kurtz Compound
9. Interrogation
10. Chef Decapitated
11. "How Does It Smell to You, Soldier?"
12. He's Really Out There
13. Caribou Sacrifice
14. Ending
15. Credits
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier - Act 1 & Special Features
   Apocalypse Now (1979) Act One
      Play Film (Act One)
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         Watch Apocalypse Now With Francis Ford Coppola
         The Hollow Men (16:55)
         Monkey Sampan (3:00)
         New Menu Item
         Additional Scenes
            Saigon Streetlife
            Military Intelligence Escorts
            Intelligence Briefing (Extension 1)
            Intelligence Briefing (Extension 2)
            Willard Meets the PBR Crew
            Letter From Mrs. Kurtz
            Booby Trap
            Do Lung Bridge ."..That Road Is Open"
            The Photojournalist
            Colby
            The Tiger Cages
            "Special Forces Knife"
         A/V Club
            The Birth of 5.1 Sound (5:47)
            Ghost Helicopter Flyover (3:50)
            "The Synthesizer Soundtrack" by Bob Moog
            Technical FAQ
               Was the Film Shot in 70mm?
               Why Are the Home Video Versions of Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux in the 2.0:1 Aspect Ratio?
               Was There a Five and a Half Hour Version?
               Did Willard Call in the Air Strike and Were There Multiple Endings?
               Why Were There No End Credits in the Original Theatrical Prints of Apocalypse Now?
               Was Apocalypse Now Redux released With 70mm Prints?
      Set Up
         Audio Options
            English 5.1 Surround
            Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
         Subtitle Options
            English
            Spanish
            None
   Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Act One
      Play Film (Act One)
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         Watch Apocalypse Now Redux With Francis Coppola
         The Hollow Men (16:55)
         Monkey Sampan (3:00)
         Additional Scenes
            Saigon Streetlife
            Military Intelligence Escorts
            Intelligence Briefing (Extension 1)
            Intelligence Briefing (Extension 2)
            Willard Meets the PBR Crew
            Letter From Mrs. Kurtz
            Booby Trap
            Do Lung Bridge ."..That Road Is Open"
            The Photojournalist
            Colby
            The Tiger Cages
            "Special Forces Knife"
         A/V Club
            The Birth of 5.1 Sound (5:47)
            Ghost Helicopter Flyover (3:50)
            "The Synthesizer Soundtrack" by Bob Moog
            Technical FAQ
               Was the Film Shot in 70mm?
               Why Are the Home Video Versions of Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux in the 2.0:1 Aspect Ratio?
               Was There a Five and a Half Hour Version?
               Did Willard Call in the Air Strike and Were There Multiple Endings?
               Why Were There No End Credits in the Original Theatrical Prints of Apocalypse Now?
               Was Apocalypse Now Redux released With 70mm Prints?
         Redux Marker
            Marker On
            Marker Off
      Set Up
         Audio Options
            English 5.1 Surround
            Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
         Subtitle Options
            English
            Spanish
            None
Disc #2 -- Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier - Act Two & Special Features
   Apocalypse Now (1979) Act Two
      Play Film (Act Two)
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         The Post Production of Apocalypse Now
            A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now (17:54)
            The Music of Apocalypse Now (14:43)
            Heard Any Good Movies Lately?: The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now (15:19)
            Heard Any Good Movies Lately?: The Final Mix (3:07)
            Play All
         PBR Streetgang (4:10)
         Apocalypse Then and Now (3:40)
         The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now (4:05)
         DVD Credits
      Set Up
         Audio Options
            English 5.1 Surround
            Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
         Subtitle Options
            English
            Spanish
            None
   Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Act Two
      Play Film (Act Two)
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         The Post Production of Apocalypse Now
            A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now (17:54)
            The Music of Apocalypse Now (14:43)
            Heard Any Good Movies Lately?: The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now (15:19)
            Heard Any Good Movies Lately?: The Final Mix (3:07)
            Play All
         PBR Streetgang (4:10)
         Apocalypse Then and Now (3:40)
         The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now (4:05)
         Redux Marker
            Marker On
            Marker Off
         DVD Credits
      Set Up
         Audio Options
            English 5.1 Surround
            Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
         Subtitle Options
            English
            Spanish
            None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avoid this edition at all costs!

    I cannot believe what FFC and the others at American Zoetrope have done to Apocalypse Now. Being a two disc set, one would think that the 1979 version would be on one disc, and the 2001 version on the other. This is not the case. Coppola has SPLIT the films, with "Part One" of both versions being on the first disc, and "Part Two" on the second. In light of the fact that both versions were/are available on single disc editions, the reasoning behind this is unfathomable. The momentum of both versions is completely destroyed through this presentation. While the bonus material is of interest, the presentation of the film versions themselves is simply ridiculous. It should be noted that this cutting of the film was not referred to in any of the promotional material or write-ups I have seen. Do yourself a favor and purchase whichever version you prefer in the single disc edition. You will thank me for this advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Regarding review on March 24 2007

    There is no getting over it when you buy something that is misrepresented on the packaging, until you return it for a refund. Most people want to spend their money wisely, & the wise & intelligent thing to do would be to buy the 2001 version with the extra scenes that were missing in the 1979 version. You get the full feature production that's not loaded down with bells & whistles, along with a few special features. You're not really missing anything if you never see Marlon Brando (exceptionally scary performance) scratching himself behind the scenes. By the way, this movie wasn't meant to be a "normal" war movie. It does get stranger & weirder because that's exactly what it's supposed to do. Don't worry, I'm over it, I bought the better 2001 version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE STRANGEST WAR MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN

    So what if it is in two discs? Get over it! I love this movie and the splitting is no big deal. The first half our of the movie is kind of slow, but after that, it gets stranger and weirder along the way. You will not know what just happened when the movie ends.

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