View Full Version : Apocolypse Now: Redux DVD

17-05-2002, 13:58:55
Anyone got it?

17-05-2002, 14:31:06
I have the original on VHS. What is the difference, just digitally remasyered or something? Maybe they've made it so you can understand Marlon Brando's mumbling.

17-05-2002, 14:46:21
My offcial review: Smells like victory...

A long victory, but victory none the less.

17-05-2002, 14:56:24
It's apparently got 50 mins extra footage.

17-05-2002, 15:08:43
Hence the long victory comment.

17-05-2002, 15:13:16
I had to make that clearer for Matt.

17-05-2002, 15:26:32
Are you sure that's simple enough?

17-05-2002, 15:26:53
:hmm: Good question.

17-05-2002, 15:56:01
Venom, but is it good? (probably yes, hence the smell of victory comment).

17-05-2002, 15:59:13
I think you answered your own question. Did you 100-0 yourself?

17-05-2002, 16:10:33
yes, i did, I wanted to know the smell of 100-nil victory. That and Venom is hard to understand sometimes:) (like a one-finger salute!)

17-05-2002, 17:01:24
You try and be clever to explain something and then some retard comes along and 100-0s himself.

17-05-2002, 17:59:14
Recently bought it for a friend. Will probably get it for myself.

27-05-2002, 11:54:43
Originally posted by MikeH
Anyone got it?

aaackk!! forgot the release date, i will buy it forthwith!

my favourite film of all time, say no more

31-05-2002, 14:15:31
I got it through, play.com (region1), had it for a while. For venoms note the most notable inclusion is a sex scene. :D

Very good film/dvd well worth getting.

06-06-2002, 09:38:55
For those that don't know, Apocalypse Now is essentially a film version of the Joseph Conrad novel, Heart of Darkness (arguably the first true twentieth century novel), which details a man's boat journey up a river to find a trader, Kurtz, who has 'gone native' in the jungles of africa. At its simplest, the book is about the culture clash of western 'civilisation' and african 'uncivilisation'.

In Francis Ford Coppola's film, the protagonist, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), is sent on a mission up the Nung river to kill (terminate...with extreme prejudice) a rogue special forces officer, Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who is fighting his own war against the viet cong with a ragtag army of deserters and tribesmen.

Along the way Willard - and the crew of the Patrol Boat taking him up the river - encounter Playboy bunnies, movie directors, tigers, massacre civilians, meet Wagner-playing and surfing air cavalry officers, spear-throwing natives (and in the Redux version, French colonists and the Playboy bunnies again) and finally at the mouth of the river, in the heart of darkness, Kurtz himself.

Coppola said 'This film isn't about Vietnam, it is Vietnam' and although Apocalypse Now hardly comes across as a documentary, all the drugs, rock'n'roll, loss of innocence, futility, confusion, destruction, and downright insanity of the Vietnam war are here.

So far i have said nothing of the absolutely stunning cinematography and sound, but let there be no doubt, Apocalypse Now is still one of the most impressive visual and aural spectacles of modern cinema, whilst the Wagner-accompanied helicopter attack remains one of the most distinctive scenes in cinema history.

At the centre of the film remains the theme of Conrad's book, that the 'civilised' white man has no place in the jungle. In Coppola's film this is expanded to the idea of war itself. The USA with it's rock'n'roll, coca-cola and dope, does not belong in a war, can not bring itself as a nation to fight a war against an opponent that is fighting for their own land, and that places no moral boundaries on what acts must be carried out to achieve victory. As i write that sentence i can't help thinking the same lesson could be learnt today.

In so few words i could never do justice to the huge power, scope and depth of the film, could never mention all the brilliant individual scenes, cameos and lines of dialogue, but hopefully I could make a few people who haven't seen it get on board for the journey.

06-06-2002, 10:34:40
Interesting, add a few words and I can add it as an article. :D

06-06-2002, 10:40:58
yeah, i was thinking about that - only one problem:

I haven't actually seen the Redux version :D