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Apocalypse Now Redux

Released on 22 April 2002

Featuring: Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall & Martin Sheen

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Some fifty minutes longer, with the addition of a number of fabled extra scenes, Francis Coppola's hugely ambitious Vietnam war epic 'Apocalypse Now' is now presented under the title 'Apocalypse Now Redux'. Martin Sheen's mission (to terminate Marlon Brando's renegade Colonel Kurtz "with extreme prejudice") remains the same, but among the extra scenes we witness Sheen stealing Colonel Kilgore's (Robert Duvall) beloved surfboard, while a few more clicks up river the guys on the boat share some quality time with the Playboy Bunny Girls. The longest addition is a ghostly French plantation sequence that allows Coppola to thrash out the colonial background in the conflict. Finally, in Colonel Kurtz's hideout we are treated to an extra daylight encounter with Brando.

'Apocalypse Now Redux' has been beautifully restored by the expert hands of Walter Murch, highlighting his own brilliant use of sound and the rich, hallucinatory cinematography of Vittorio Storaro. At over three hours, this is a very long but engrossing trip into the heart of darkness. This return visit to Coppola's green inferno makes for essential viewing.
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 The best film ever. Period.

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This film contains some of the most powerful scenes on celluloid and is cinematically without equal. Buy this film.

 The sanity of soldiers

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This is one of the best anti-war films ever made, and Francis Ford Coppola spent years on this masterpiece due to poor weather and it became one of the most over-budget films ever. But it is worth it, and the extra length possibly makes it too drawn out, but it is so good film at showing how Vietnam bored disintegrated the brains of the troops, "You either surf or you fight!" People who find the hacked scenes of the animals disgusting but they miss the point as it contrasts with the way the warfare was there. The helicopter scene with the 'Chariot's of Fire' score is one of Coppola's best scenes along side 'the Godfather.' He is one of the bravest directors about and it is an essential watch just to appreciate one of his most grafted pieces ever.

 Apocalypse Now Redux - one of the best films ever made

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I thought it was impossible to improve on Apocalypse Now but Redux achieves it. The extra scenes of Sheen stealing Kilgores surf board is hilarious and the new scene set in the French vineyard colony in the middle of the jungle is surreal and fascinating. Sheen has a love interest there and its a beuatiful addition to the film. The extra scene with Brando's Kurtz is also great in that it gives more substance to the most important and fascinating section of the film when Sheen is with Kurtz. This is an amazing film, with real substance, a critique of the good old USA's war mongering in Vietnam and a portrait of a man who has achieved a dark illumination in the heart of darkness, taking its cue from Joseph Conrads 'Heart of Darkness'. A film everyone interested in cinema with depth, spirituality, amazingly realistic war scenes and art as a critique of arrogant murderous governments should watch.

 Amazing

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'Apocalypse Now Redux', Francis Ford Coppola's war opus is probably the most beautiful war film I have ever seen. Capt. Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) is a Vietnam soldier who is tapped to head a very dangerous and highly classified mission into Cambodia to 'terminate the position' of Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a highly ranked and highly regarded army man who seemingly has gone completely insane and defected from the army, setting up his own little society and helped by a cultish following of soldiers. Escorting him up the river to Cambodia is a handful of navy men, and along the way, they encounter several interesting people (most notably is Robert Duvall's Kilgore, a badass lieutenant colonel with a few screws loose) and some horrifying situations.

'Apocalypse' is less historical war film than a philosophical and psychological study. It is more 'Full Metal Jacket' than 'Platoon'. The running time of 'Apocalypse' is over three hours, but the film is so wonderfully paced and compelling that when the end of the film arrived, I was actually surprised at the amount of time that had passed. The beautiful cinematography is surely what stood out the most for me, however. After seeing this film, I am convinced that Coppola is one of the masters of light and photography in film history. The 'Godfather' films were all tinged with an almost sepia tone, and shadows created the feeling of a Baroque composition. With 'Apocalypse', there is an incredible usage of natural light, and the shadows, particularly in the scenes involving Brando and Sheen, almost become a living character, they are so pervasive and effective. Another gorgeous scene was when Cpt. Willard and Jay Hicks (Frederic Forrest) were in the jungle looking for mangoes, and come across a tiger. The sheer enormity of the surrounding foliage (leaves as big as a house) made the characters almost Lilliputian, but the colorization of the scene was incredible. While everything else was almost a muted grey, the leaves were an incredibly vibrant green, an effect that was particularly striking. Another really minor positive moment in the film was the great scene when the helicopters carrying Duvall and company attack the small village while playing Wagner. This could have just been an ultra-dramatic underlying soundtrack to the scene, but instead Coppola turns the song into an actual part of the scene, with Duvall mentioning that he likes to play it while they are approaching to 'scare the hell out of them'.

The performances in 'Apocalypse' are first class. Much has been made of the amount of money Brando earned for the film, and the amount of trouble he caused. Regardless of this, he turned out a powerful performance for a relatively short amount of screen time. Sheen is completely outstanding - this is the first time I have seen him really unleash in a film - and Duvall is a lot of fun to watch as the loony Kilgore. 'Apocalypse Now' is a film that is so pervasive in pop culture by now (most know several choice lines from the film, 'I love the smell of napalm in the morning' et al) but I knew little enough about it that there were plenty of surprises left to experience. I have not seen the original cut of 'Apocalypse Now' so I cannot compare it to this newer cut, but this is a film that should most certainly be experienced.

 For once, a re-released classic which is far superior to

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its first outing. Not designed to tempt the die-hard fan of this movie to part with more cash in a quest for greater depth, this extended edition only serves to provide other facets to this already amazing film. Adequately tying up a few loose ends - sometimes comically - faith in re-release will be restored. Now, if only more care was taken with other re-releases by those wanting to milk the Hollywood 'cash-cow'!

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ActorsMarlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Sam Bottoms, Aurore Clement, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Christian Marquand & Tom Mason
DirectorFrancis Ford Coppola
Certificate15 years and over
Year1979
ScreenWidescreen 2.10:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesItalian
SubtitlesEnglish For The Hearing Impaired ; Italian
Duration3 hours and 14 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.