Apocalypse Now (1979) (40th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Apocalypse Now (1979) (40th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall
Rated: R/Region O/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 6
Available from Lionsgate Films

Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, won three Golden Globes (Best Original Score, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, 1980), and is one of AFI’s top 100 films. Starring Academy Award winner Marlon Brando (1972, Best Actor, The Godfather), Academy Award winner Robert Duvall (1983, Best Actor, Tender Mercies), Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen (2001, Best Actor – TV Series, “The West Wing”), Academy Award nominee Dennis Hopper (1986, Best Supporting Actor, Hoosiers), Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford (1985, Best Actor, Witness), experience Coppola’s spectacular cinematic masterpiece the way it was intended.

It’s a movie that might have a story behind it that tops the movie and the movie is very good in Apocalypse Now! Now here it is on 4K with all three cuts! We have the original, the Redux version, and the final version! All three are here in 4K and all three are here on Blu-ray as well. It also comes packed with the awesome documentary called Hearts of Darkness on Blu-ray that tells the amazing and weird story of how this got made on here to go with it all. This 4K release is the hands-down best release and definitive release of Apocalypse Now. No matter the version you go with the plot remains the same. We have a solider picked to go and kill and rouge officer that has set-up shop, lost his mind, and resorted to doing very inhuman things to people around him. The plot is good, the actors are good (even Marlon Brando), and we might have the best depiction of Vietnam you’ll find. Some say it was just like ‘Nam behind the scenes as well. All that and more is here in a very awesome 4K box set.

I’d break the version of Apocalypse Now down like this; the original is a more to the point version of the story. This is the version that won awards and all of that jazz. I’m fine with it, to be honest with you. Redux adds in more stuff obviously. Scenes are placed back in and more development and character building are at hand. I find this version to be just a bit long in the tooth, even if it does add in more things to complete the story is some ways. The final version is a bit of a “best of both worlds” situation. Some stuff is taken out, some are left in, and it all makes for an interesting watch if you have seen the other cuts and want to see another take on things. I love the different versions and I love that they are all here, even if at the end of the day I’m perfectly alright with just the original cut. After you’ve finished all of these you can pack and lunch and dive into the extras! That is all going to take you a while but this Apocalypse Now set might just be the release of the year when all is said and done.

Extras

(4K Discs)
– NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
– DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
– DOLBY ATMOS TRACK/Sensual Sound enhanced
– Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola
– Optional English, Spanish, French, English SDH subtitles for the main feature
4K Blu-ray includes:
– The Final Cut (183 Minutes)
– Redux Extended Cut (202 Minutes)
– Theatrical Version (153 Minutes)
(Blu-ray Discs)
Disc 1
– Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola
Disc 2
– An Interview with John Milius
– A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola
– “Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse” Featurette
– The Mercury Theatre on the Air: Heart of Darkness – November 6, 1938
– “The Hollow Men” Featurette
– Monkey Sampan “Lost Scene”
– Additional Scenes
– “Destruction of the Kurtz Compound” End Credits (with Non-Optional Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola)
– “The Birth of 5.1 Sound” Featurette
– “Ghost Helicopter Flyover” Sound Effects Demonstration
– “The Synthesizer Soundtrack” Article by Bob Moog
– “A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now” Featurette
– “Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now” Featurette
– “The Final Mix” Featurette
– “2001 Cannes Film Festival: Francis Ford Coppola” Featurette
– “PBR Streetgang” Featurette
– “The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now” Featurette
Disc 3
– NEW: Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh
– NEW: Never-Before-Seen B-Roll Footage
– Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (with Optional Audio Commentary by Francis and Eleanor Coppola)
– John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Coppola Notes (Still Gallery)
– Storyboard Collection
– Photo Archive
– Unit Photography
– Mary Ellen Mark Photography
– Marketing Archive
– 1979 Teaser Trailer
– 1979 Theatrical Trailer
– 1979 Radio Spots
– 1979 Theatrical Program
– Lobby Card and Press Kit Photos
– Poster Gallery
– Apocalypse Now Redux Trailer
– Optional English, Spanish, French, English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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