"deep, dark, long"
"much deeper and more thoughtful than a bog-standard war or
Apocalypse Now Redux by Francis Ford Copella with Martin
Sheen and Marlon Brando
Based on Joseph Conrad's 'Heart Of Darkness'. An
inside look at all the horrors, madness and moral dilemmas which was the
Vietnam War. The story revolves around a captain who is sent to Vietnam to
eliminate a mad colonel.
Francis Ford Coppola has revisited a classic and produced Apocalypse Now Redux,
a remastered and extended version of his hallucinogenic Vietnam nightmare
that adds some 50 minutes of extra material. On the plus side, certain
extended sequences - such as Kilgore's bombing-cum-surfing raid and the
final battle of nerves between Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando - add greater
depth to our appreciation of the film. On the debit side, the lengthy
French plantation interlude and the squalid fate of the Playboy bunnies
simply underscore what we already know about war and hell and the
depressing futility of it all. It's possible that Apocalypse Now is
not really about Vietnam at all, but is in fact a despairing commentary on
the dissolution of contemporary American society. Either way, it remains one of the greatest
anti-war movies ever made.
On the DVD: Apocalypse Now Redux
has vividly remastered Dolby 5.1 sound (the whirling
helicopter blades are dizzying) and an anamorphic widescreen picture.
Disappointingly the disc contains no extra features other than a trailer
for the Redux version. Coppola has provided excellent commentaries
for his Godfather trilogy so it's a shame not to have his comments
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