Dir: Francis Ford Coppola|US|1979|147 mins|15
"No deleted scenes or unseen Sheen, just a straight remaster and reissue for the relatively lean, unrelentingly mean original cut of Coppola’s massive man-on-a-mission masterpiece." Time Out * * * * *
Francis Ford Coppola presents a restored digital print of Apocalypse Now.
Heralded by many as the film that crystallizes most perfectly the experience of the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola’s hallucinatory masterpiece Apocalypse Now has been painstakingly restored by his own Zoetrope studios under his close supervision, and will be released back in cinemas on 27 May 2011.
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.
With an all-star critically acclaimed cast that also includes Robert Duvall (The Road, Crazy Heart, The Godfather Pt I & II), Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider, Blue Velvet), Harrison Ford (The Indiana Jones series) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix Trilogy), Apocalypse Now so impressed the Cannes jury when shown as only a work in progress that it won the Palme D’Or that year (tied with Tin Drum). Vittorio Storaro’s stunning cinematography and masterful sound editing from the genius Walter Murch won the film deserved Oscars and were just two of many awards the film has won over the years.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola came to define the notion of the auteur with films such The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation and The Outsiders, but it was with Apocalypse Now that he demonstrated just how far you might have to go to achieve such incredible vision – brilliantly demonstrated in the fascinating documentary Hearts of Darkness.
Regularly topping polls of the Best Film Ever, this iconic film about the hell of war has captivated audiences for decades, so let your senses be assaulted by the power of unforgettable sequences such as the 7 minute opening montage set to the sounds of helicopters, air-con, and The Doors’ This is the End, the Ride of the Valkyries bombing sequence, and many, many more… now beautifully restored as you have never seen it before.
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