Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. In a pristine new transfers supervised by Francis Ford Coppola • Presented in the original (2.35:1) theatrical aspect ratio • Contains both the original theatrical cut of Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux One of the most iconic films ever made and one of the most disturbing dramatisations of the Vietnam War ever seen, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is cinema at its most epic and unforgettable. Traumatised soldier Captain Benjamin L. Willard has been chosen for a highly classified mission. He must journey along the notorious Nung river and into the savage depths of war torn Cambodia in search of the mysterious Colonel Kurtz. Deemed insane and a danger to the war effort, Kurtz must be terminated with extreme prejudice. But the closer he gets to Kurtz the closer he gets to his own heart of darkness. In 2001 Coppola re-approached his hallucinatory masterpiece to create a definitive version, reinstating 49 minutes of previously unseen material. The result is Apocalypse Now Redux.
Francis Ford Coppola’s multi-million dollar war epic, accompanied by the 1991 documentary which chronicled its making, and the updated 2001 director’s cut. In ‘Apocalypse Now’, US Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a renegade American officer who has set up his own kingdom in the heart of the jungle at the height of the Vietnam war. Willard’s journey begins with a devastating aerial assault on a small Vietnamese village, the attacking helicopters booming Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyrie’ out of their speakers, and becomes progressively more deranged as it moves up the river. ‘Apocalype Now Redux’ (2001) is a new cut of the Vietnam epic, with director Francis Ford Coppola adding 55 minutes of deleted scenes. ‘Hearts of Darkness’ (1991) chronicles the troubled making of Coppola’s epic. Filming began in February 1976, but problems on location included illness, clashing egos (Brando turned up on set – to the tune of three million dollars a week – overweight and unwilling to learn his lines) and cast changes (Martin Sheen replaced original choice Harvey Keitel halfway through). By the time shooting was concluded, Coppola had gone $31 million over budget. Fortunately, his wife Eleanor was on hand to capture the chaos on film as a warning to aspiring directors everywhere.
Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic, hallucinatory masterpiece Apocalypse Now has been painstakingly restored by his own Zoetrope studios under his close supervision. Martin Sheen (TV’s The West Wing) stars as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous top-secret mission into Cambodia to assassinate a rogue Green Beret, Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando, The Godfather, On the Waterfront, Last Tango in Paris), who has barricaded himself in a remote outpost. As Willard ventures deeper and deeper into the wilderness of the jungle, he embarks on a strange journey that leads him to Kurtz – but also forces him to come face to face with the terrifying vision of the heart of darkness in us all.