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Apocalypse Now

Studio Paramount Alt Title Apocalypse Now
Distributed by Paramount Director(s) Francis Ford Coppola
Running Time 153.mins Producer(s) Francis Coppola
Prod. Year 1979 Composer(s) Carmine Coppola, Francis Coppola
Genre(s) Drama Writer(s) John Milius, Francis Coppola
Screen Format WideScreen 2:35:1 Anamorphic Prod.Design Dean Tavoularis
Sound Format(s) DD 5.1 Sound Walther Murch
Layer DVD-9 Actors Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Larry Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford
Case Type Keep Case (Amaray) DVD Extras: Theatrical Trailer, Excerpts from the original Theatrical Program, Destruction of the Kurtz Compound with Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola.
IMDB Rating 8.3 DVD-ROM None
Reviewed 30/2-00 MPAA Rating R
Released   UPC 9736023067
IMDB Link 0078788 Comments Added 23-March-2000

Review 1 - 30/3-00

I Love The Smell of Napalm in the Morning!

Apocalypse Now is a true masterpiece from Francis Ford Coppola. This guy has several masterpieces on his concious. I`m talking about The Godfather Trilogy and Bram Stoker`s Dracula. Until recently when this movie landed in
my mailbox, I had never seen Apocalypse Now. What a way to watch this movie for the first time on this DVD. The picture is very good for beeing this old, and the sound is astonishing. The sounds surrounds you and you feel apart of the movie. This is the best movie I have seen about the madness of war. It has so many great scenes and performances. The helicopterscenes are fabulous and I think that many of the battlescenes are at least as good as the scenes in Saving Private Ryan. I will not compare these two movies, but the reality is great in both of them. Martin Sheen ( who is brilliant ) is very young here and looks very much like Charlie Sheen. Robert Duvall is great and so is Brando, and the cinematography is perfect. I heard that it took 5 years to shoot this movie, well they don`t make them like this
anymore. This movie is far better than Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, even though they both are great movies. Apocalypse Now is a timeless classic and I am so pleased to own this great movie on the best format available - DVD.
Coppola is a genious as a director, and I hope Paramount soon gives us a Special Edition of The Godfather Trilogy. Apocalypse Now gets the best score - 6.


Review 2 - 08/10-00

Apocalypse Now

Based on Joseph Conrad's book "Heart Of Darkness", Apocalypse Now is almost just as famous for all the trouble director Francis Ford Coppola had making it as it's qualities as a movie. It was supposed to be filmed in six weeks, but the shooting took over 16 months. In these times Coopola lost much weight, most of his money and the star Martin Sheen had a heartattack. Who says you don't have to suffer for art. During the Vietnam war special ops captain Willard (Sheen) are ordered to "retire" a renegade officer named Kurtz (Brando). He leaves the realtive sanity of Saigon and ventures up a river to find his target. As he progresses he gets more and more enveloped in the madness of war and the madness of his own mind. It's not so much a warmovie as a journey into our own darkest places. Willard goes literally and metaphorically to a place where there are no rules. It is a great movie, but maybe even better on the second viewing. 
When you have seen it, see "Hearts Of Darkness, The Apocalypse Of A Filmmaker" to really see how much trouble they had making this film.

Ove Ekerbakke