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Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier
     

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen

 
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.

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.Francis Coppola had more than his share of production difficulties while shooting his epic-scale Vietnam War drama Apocalypse Now, including disastrous weather conditions, problems with his leading men (Harvey Keitel was fired after less than two weeks on the project and was replaced by Martin Sheen, who suffered a heart attack midway through production), and a schedule and budget that quickly spiraled out of control (originally budgeted at $10 million, the film's final cost was over $30 million). But Coppola's troubles didn't end when he got his footage into the editing room, and he tinkered with a number of different structures and endings before settling on the film's 153-minute final cut in time for its initial theatrical release in 1979. Twenty-two years later, Francis Coppola returned to the material, and created Apocalypse Now Redux, an expanded and re-edited version of the film that adds 53 minutes of footage excised from the film's original release. In addition to adding a number of smaller moments that even out the film's rhythms, Apocalypse Now Redux restores two much-discussed sequences that Coppola chose not to include in his original edition of the film -- an encounter in the jungle between Willard (Martin Sheen), his crewmates Chief (Albert Hall), Clean (Larry Fishburne), Chef (Frederic Forrest), and Lance (Sam Bottoms) and a trio of stranded Playboy models on a U.S.O. tour, as well as a stopover at a plantation operated by French colonists De Marais (Christian Marquand) and Roxanne (Aurore Clement). Apocalypse Now Redux received a limited theatrical release in August of 2001 after a well-received screening at the Cannes Film Festival -- the same month that the film finally reached theaters in 1979, after a rough cut received a Golden Palm award at the Cannes Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
UPC:
0097360706826
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
5:55:00

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

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

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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