Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

DVD - 2010
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A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.

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akirakato
Jun 20, 2017

This is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's epic war film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979.
The film represents a significant reedit of the original version with the new French Plantation sequence, in which Captain Benjamin L. Willard meets a family of holdout French colonists on their remote rubber plantation in Cambodia.
In another new sequence, the members of the gun boat meet the Playmates once again, further up the river, and "play" with the girls.
This scene, however, appears gratuitous and adds nothing serious.
In any case, this version seems technically updated in terms of music, sound and post-production.

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TheeAvebury
Mar 16, 2017

There have been countless books, websites, and even a documentary (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse) about this film that it seems almost pointless to write about it. One of the most troubled productions in film history, the film went on to receive universal acclaim and is now a cinema classic.
For those of you getting into this film for the first time, do not expect your typical Vietnam war film. In fact you could argue that the film is not really about the Vietnam War, but is instead about man's descent into "the heart of darkness" if you will. The film follows Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen)who is given a mission to proceed up river into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret Colonel (Marlon Brando) who has gone insane.
That is the basic story of the film. But, it is much more than that. The movie is essential one surreal moment after another. From a helicopter attack done to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", to surfing cavalry men, to the much debated ending.
If there ever was a film that must be experienced just once in your life this is it.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jan 20, 2017

So, if you wanna hear an incredible behind-the-scenes story about Apocalypse Now's production - Here's a real dilly-of-a-gem for your reading pleasure that concerns that big "King Bastard" Marlon Brando who was paid $1 million in advance to play the Colonel Kurtz character.

Grossly overweight when he arrived on location, Brando neither knew his lines, nor did this clueless prima donna have any idea what the hell Apocalypse Now's story was all about. (Duh!).... Most of the lines that Brando delivered in the film were all, basically, ad-libbed (which doesn't surprise me, considering how frickin' garbled and nonsensical that they were).

As you can well-imagine, the animosity that immediately transpired between director Coppola and Brando was legion. This mutual hatred quickly accelerated to the point where Coppola refused to speak directly to Brando in order to give him his cues, or whatever. Coppola's assistant was the one who was placed in-between these 2 towering egos as the middleman..... (Sheesh! Like, can you believe it!?)

Anyway - All-in-all - I thought that Apocalypse Now was a pretty impressive War picture. Yeah. A bit over-long, but, all the same, it certainly delivered enough worthwhile moments to keep me satisfactorily interested and entertained, throughout.

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theatre
Oct 16, 2016

I'd love to see this film, but I only have a regular DVD player, not Blue Ray. Not all of us have Blue Ray, so can the library arrange to acquire as many films as possible for playback on regular DVD players, so as many patrons as possible can see them?

Thanks.

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raypat
May 11, 2016

knowing this is a good film I don't have to ask.

Marinetti Aug 10, 2015

Psychedelic Vietnam movie about the journey into the heart of darkness ( this was based on the Joseph Conrad novel of the same title ). Watch the original version of this movie- it's far superior to the director's cut which has some superfluous scenes.

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Triple_X_Rex
Apr 03, 2015

Apocalypse Now was probably the first mainstream film to bring matters to light about the U.S. Military deliberately selecting men from racial minorities and underprivileged families as the ones who would be fighting directly on the front-lines in the Vietnam War.

I think that this eye-opening revelation (even though it was somewhat glossed over) was a fairly daring issue for director F. F. Coppola to bring up in his epic, little picture. It certainly put the policies of the American Draft Board and the U.S. Military under some severe scrutiny.

Chaos1214 Mar 19, 2014

The original version remains, in my mind, the most surrealistic, mesmerizing movie I can remember. Recut adds superfluous exposition, which compromises pace, and tacks an unnecessary 45 minutes on an already too long film. I have never been able to find a version with the ending I saw in the theater, where Kurtz's compound is incinerated by an air strike as closing credits roll.

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AQUILEA777
Oct 02, 2013

Tedious and pointless.
Shows US troops in Vietnam as slobs, savages and lunatics.
But that is not enough to make an engaging film.

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Konigstiger
Jul 21, 2012

This movie is one of the true war classics. Based off of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, this is one of the trippiest, cerebral war movies you can find. The first time I watched it, I was completely taken in by it's dark, moody attitude and measured, suspenseful buildup.

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Jun 27, 2008

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eeLmon
Feb 21, 2009

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Violence: Some intense war violence.

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