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Apocalypse Now: Special Edition (3 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duvall

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Nirvana Now

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This has to be the definitive release. Overseen by Coppola himself and with a whole bundle of interesting extras (but no commentary, sadly), it is now possible to compare and contrast the original cut with Coppola's later controversial 'Redux'. The extras - including extended conversations with writer John Milius and lead actor Martin Sheen - reveal that Steve McQueen was the original first choice for Willard, and George Lucas (!) was meant to direct. You also get Orson Welles' radio broadcast of Conrad's Heart of Darkness; Eleanor Coppola's fascinating 'making of' documentary, Hearts of Darkness; and - best of all - a sparkling Blu-ray print in Hi-Def.

  What do you know about surfing Major, you're from New Jersey

| | See all MarkAvery's reviews (114)

This movie always begs the question "Is this the greatest war movie ever made"?

It certainly has all the correct boxes ticked, great battle scene, top performances, realistic setting etc etc. Francis Ford Coppola wanted to represent the madness of the Vietnam war and he succeeds with ease.

The epic scale of this movie is hard to put into words, you will at times wish for the grandness of a cinema screen just to give it what it truly deserves. It doesn't matter how big the screen is in your living room, it won't be big enough.

The shoot itself ran seriously over the deadlines and Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack during the filming which is attributed to the super human effort required while on-set.

The result is never an easy watch, I personally cannot see this movie more than once a year, I reckon it takes that long just to get it out of your system. This is genius filmmaking, the risks which Coppola took to get the finished article deserves serious respect. Lets not forget that he had nothing to prove after "The Godfather" and "The Conversation".

This movie grabs you from the very first moment with what must be one of the greatest opening sequences of all time, the "Doors" music accompanied with the sounds of helicopters as the forest bursts into flames has to be seen and heard to be believed. If listening in full 5.1 you are in for a real treat, just remember to warn the neighbours.

For the sake of 4 or 5 pounds it is well worth buying this version as the extras which include "Heart of Darkness" plus the supplemental souvenirs make it a must have. It's a great package.

Greatest war movie of all time? This is one of the greatest movies of all time full stop!

The transfer....................................

Optimum have granted this film with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 2.35:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of reference quality.

Coppola himself was heavily involved with both the restoration and HD transfer and as a result we have the type of time and dedication which is required to give this film the justice it undoubtedly deserves.

This is one of the best transfers of a 30 year old film you are ever likely to see. Shot in 65mm which due to the increased resolution means we are blessed with amazing detail and sharpness, when Willard is going through the Kurtz files we can actually make out every individual strand of hair on his head. Incredible object and foreground detail.

Blacks and shadows are inky and strong with fantastic delineation, we do not suffer any crush. Skin tones are very well rendered and appear warm and lifelike.

The colour saturation is incredible, the image appears so vibrant and alive, this is probably the biggest improvement on previous DVD releases.

We have no issues with edge enhancement or any digital artifacting which I can see. DNR has not been utilised either, the fact it was shot in 65mm would mean that the grain field would have been minimal anyway and although you do see it on occasion it's hardly noticeable.

The restoration is fantastic with no white popping or scratches.

Fantastic transfer, this film has never looked anywhere near as good as this before and will never look any better.

THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY

Film 5/5 Transfer 5/5

A must buy.

  What do you know about surfing Major, you're from New Jersey

| | See all TMontanaSF's reviews (114)

This movie always begs the question "Is this the greatest war movie ever made"?

It certainly has all the correct boxes ticked, great battle scene, top performances, realistic setting etc etc. Francis Ford Coppola wanted to represent the madness of the Vietnam war and he succeeds with ease.

The epic scale of this movie is hard to put into words, you will at times wish for the grandness of a cinema screen just to give it what it truly deserves. It doesn't matter how big the screen is in your living room, it won't be big enough.

The shoot itself ran seriously over the deadlines and Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack during the filming which is attributed to the super human effort required while on-set.

The result is never an easy watch, I personally cannot see this movie more than once a year, I reckon it takes that long just to get it out of your system. This is genius filmmaking, the risks which Coppola took to get the finished article deserves serious respect. Lets not forget that he had nothing to prove after "The Godfather" and "The Conversation".

This movie grabs you from the very first moment with what must be one of the greatest opening sequences of all time, the "Doors" music accompanied with the sounds of helicopters as the forest bursts into flames has to be seen and heard to be believed. If listening in full 5.1 you are in for a real treat, just remember to warn the neighbours.

For the sake of 4 or 5 pounds it is well worth buying this version as the extras which include "Heart of Darkness" plus the supplemental souvenirs make it a must have. It's a great package.

Greatest war movie of all time? This is one of the greatest movies of all time full stop!

The transfer....................................

Optimum have granted this film with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 2.35:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of reference quality.

Coppola himself was heavily involved with both the restoration and HD transfer and as a result we have the type of time and dedication which is required to give this film the justice it undoubtedly deserves.

This is one of the best transfers of a 30 year old film you are ever likely to see. Shot in 65mm which due to the increased resolution means we are blessed with amazing detail and sharpness, when Willard is going through the Kurtz files we can actually make out every individual strand of hair on his head. Incredible object and foreground detail.

Blacks and shadows are inky and strong with fantastic delineation, we do not suffer any crush. Skin tones are very well rendered and appear warm and lifelike.

The colour saturation is incredible, the image appears so vibrant and alive, this is probably the biggest improvement on previous DVD releases.

We have no issues with edge enhancement or any digital artifacting which I can see. DNR has not been utilised either, the fact it was shot in 65mm would mean that the grain field would have been minimal anyway and although you do see it on occasion it's hardly noticeable.

The restoration is fantastic with no white popping or scratches.

Fantastic transfer, this film has never looked anywhere near as good as this before and will never look any better.

THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY

Film 5/5 Transfer 5/5

A must buy.

  Amazing package...

| | See all Darrenk86's reviews (14)

This film is very much like Marmite. You either love it or hate it. But by now, most people are familiar with the film itself, so I will review the package itself.

First of all, the price for what you get is a bargain! It's nice to see they have released the film on Blu-Ray for the first time in such a lovingly put together package - instead of milking the fans as much as they can buy going down the multiple-releases route.

The packaging is very nice. Sturdy cardboard slip case with tasteful artwork a cardboard digipak pull out to hold the three discs (also with nice artwork of various characters.)
Also in with the boxset is a collectors booklet that contains notes on production and scripting as well as some legal documentmentation that floated around on set. There is also a reproduction of the theatrical release souvenir which is a nice touch. Finally, a few postcards are included.

The discs themselves - disc one contains both the theatrical and Redux versions of the film. Unlike other films with multiple cuts - this film really differs when both versions are watched. Audio and Visual quality are amazing and greatly improved upon from the DVD release.

If you already have the DVD version, sell it for a couple of quid and pick up this Blu-Ray version. You wont' regret it!

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  Charlie don't surf....!

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Coppola's finest moment in all it's truest glory. The transfer is excellent and really adds to the enjoyment of the film. 5.1 is awesome with helicopters circling behind you and the sounds of the jungle coming alive. And the 1080p detailing is visually stunning, especially on the boat sequences. If I could give this 6 out of 5 for quality I would do! The extra's look first notch too... hours and hours of them. I can't wait to get stuck in. Essential for any collection. Buy buy buy!!!

  The apocalypse has come!

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This film is with platoon as the 2 best war movies ever made now thats my own view! You have (marlon brando the col. gone nuts, martin sheen the capt. turned assasin sent to kill him, robert duvall as the surf loving lt.) The story is simple vietam in a nutshell a bloody war and soldiers cracking in it. The blu-ray transfer is brillant simple as there is no grain (private ryan take a look) and the battle scenes and backdrops so rich in colour and the music in it and sound is excellent also with extras we get in this package its such a treat for a low price!

  HEART OF DARKNESS!

| | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)

Forget The Godfather1 & 2 this is Directors Francis Ford Coppola's best film and one of the greatest ever made!
30 years on and we get this amazing three disc very special edition.
The film is stil as watchable as ever, the plot is deceptively simple as Martin Sheen's jaded special forces type freaks out in his hotel room, then gets sent to kill a renegade US Colonel operating in Cambodia - and that's it. The results is a odyssey through the Vietnam war's loonier quaters as we take in massed helicopter attacks, Robert Duvall's finest turn as surf nut Kilgor, waterskiing, playboy bunnies, a tiger, cold blooded murder and a beach party, before the final confrontation with Marlon brando's officer turned nutjob philosopher king.
All this hangs together brilliantly and one look at Heart of Darkness, the notorious making of welcomely bundled with this package and the awe increases.
Coppola has attracted many myths suggesting he mirrored Brando's Kurtz by going nuts in the jungle. Maybe he did, but if you can battle typhoons, hire helicoptors from an unreliable tyrant and cope with the leading man's heart attack, all while leading twin nightmares of Brando and Dennis Hopper, then I guess it's justified.
Long unavailable here The Heart of darkness feature lenghth making of is just the tip of the iceberg of extras. Most are imported from the DVD Delux edition, but they were so comprehensive in the first place, it's tough to see how they could be improved. Best of the new material is a great hour long chat betwen Coppola and Sheen. Incredably, considering what he put him through, Sheen seems hugely affectionate towards Coppola, Maybe that's what you earn when you put people in masterpieces?
See if you like.....
Platoon.
The Thin Red LIne.

  HEART OF DARKNESS!

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Forget The Godfather1 & 2 this is Directors Francis Ford Coppola's best film and one of the greatest ever made!
30 years on and we get this amazing three disc very special edition.
The film is stil as watchable as ever, the plot is deceptively simple as Martin Sheen's jaded special forces type freaks out in his hotel room, then gets sent to kill a renegade US Colonel operating in Cambodia - and that's it. The results is a odyssey through the Vietnam war's loonier quaters as we take in massed helicopter attacks, Robert Duvall's finest turn as surf nut Kilgor, waterskiing, playboy bunnies, a tiger, cold blooded murder and a beach party, before the final confrontation with Marlon brando's officer turned nutjob philosopher king.
All this hangs together brilliantly and one look at Heart of Darkness, the notorious making of welcomely bundled with this package and the awe increases.
Coppola has attracted many myths suggesting he mirrored Brando's Kurtz by going nuts in the jungle. Maybe he did, but if you can battle typhoons, hire helicoptors from an unreliable tyrant and cope with the leading man's heart attack, all while leading twin nightmares of Brando and Dennis Hopper, then I guess it's justified.
Long unavailable here The Heart of darkness feature lenghth making of is just the tip of the iceberg of extras. Most are imported from the DVD Delux edition, but they were so comprehensive in the first place, it's tough to see how they could be improved. Best of the new material is a great hour long chat betwen Coppola and Sheen. Incredably, considering what he put him through, Sheen seems hugely affectionate towards Coppola, Maybe that's what you earn when you put people in masterpieces?
See if you like.....
Platoon.
The Thin Red LIne.

  Excellent boxset, despite certain limitations

| | See all Dirty5Harry's reviews (12)

An absolute joy to add to your movie collection; there's an abundance of extras, but with a film as old and as great as this what more can you expect?
The quality of the transfer is not 100% when compared with films that are older, like North-By-Northwest, but you only notice this in the aerial shots, and no where near as bad as the Gladiator transfer.

  Any Subtitles for this edition?

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Sorry for posting this here, but I write from Spain and I wonder if this edition has any subtitles in spanish, or even heard impending. It is not clear in the reviews I have seen. If any of you could give me this information I would appreciated. Thank you very much and sorry, again.
By the way this edition looks awesome!