Often hailed as "one of the greatest of all films" (Chicago Sun-Times), the timeless cinematic masterpiece from Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now arrives in stunning high definition for the first time when it premieres on Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download and On Demand this fall from Lionsgate. . . . This highly anticipated Blu-ray Disc premieres in 1080P High Definition Widescreen in two deluxe-edition releases: a 3-Disc Full Disclosure Edition and a 2-Film Set. Also for the first time, these movies will be presented for home entertainment audiences in their original theatrical aspect ratios (2.35:1)*. . . .
Both Blu-ray versions contain Apocalypse Now - The 1979 Cut and Apocalypse Now Redux with more than nine hours of bonus material including new interviews with on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent. The 3-Disc Full Disclosure Edition will include the acclaimed making-of feature documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse - packaged with the original film for the first time - as well as even more brand new bonus features.
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In addition, this version features a 48-page collectible booklet with a special note from Francis Ford Coppola, never-before-seen archives from the set, behind the scenes photos and more! The Full Disclosure Edition will be packaged in a keepsake case featuring archival poster images designed by Japanese artist Eiko Ishioka.
In the Vietnam War epic, Martin Sheen 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 (Brando), 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.
Pricing: 2-Film Set Blu-ray Disc (2 discs) $39.99
Pricing: Full Disclosure Edition Blu-ray Disc $59.99
*From a DVD Talk interview in 1999 with "AN" with producers Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos:
There's been a lot of talk about the aspect ratio on Apocalypse Now, Can you help clarify?
Yes, this subject always seems to confuse...let me try to illuminate. The film was shot using the Super Technovision process which is essentially anamorphic 35mm film to create a 2.35:1 "widescreen" aspect ration in the theater. The initial release included 70mm prints also with the wide aspect. The cinematographer, Vitorio Storaro played a critical role in the film-to-tape transfer both for laser disk a few years ago and also in the DVD which was just re-transferred a few months ago. It was Storaro's decision that for home video + broadcast, he would transfer the film with a slightly modified framing: 2.0:1. This essentially crops a very small amount of the image on the sides but allows for a taller picture for viewers using conventional 4:3 TVs in the "letterbox" mode.