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Apocalypse Now [Blu-ray] [Canadian]

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  • Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic, loosely based on HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad, tells the story of Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), a special agent sent into Cambodia to assassinate an errant American colonel (Marlon Brando). Willard is assigned a navy patrol boat operated by Chief (Albert Hall) and three hapless soldiers (Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, and Larry Fishburne). They are escorted on part of their journey by an air cavalry unit led by Lt. Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), a gung-ho commander with a love of Wagner, surfing, and napalm. After witnessing a surreal USO show featuring Playboy playmates and an anarchic battle with the Viet Cong at a bridge, Willard reaches Colonel Kurtz's compound. A crazed photo journalist and Kurtz groupie (Dennis Hopper) welcomes the crew, and Willard begins to question his orders to "terminate the colonel's command." The grueling production and Coppola's insistence on authenticity led to vast budget overruns and physical and emotional breakdowns. Considered to be one of the best war movies of all time, APOCALYPSE NOW features incredible performances and beautifully chaotic visuals that make it an absolute must-see.

    In August 2001, a new version of the film, title APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX, was released. The new version includes 49 minutes of never-before-seen footage, a Technicolor enhancement, and a six-channel soundtrack.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1979
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1979 Vittorio Storaro

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  • Credits
    Scott Glenn, Laurence Fishburne, Larry Fishburne
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW lives up to its grand title....The actors are superlatively right..."
    New York Times

    "...[With] glorious cinematography..."
    Total Film

    "[Brando] hardly needed anything but his voice and his eyes to make a lasting impression."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Brando had created one of the cinema's most distinctive and memorable boogeymen."
    Premiere

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Rarely have the themes and events unravelling on screen encapsulated and mirrored a director's own hellish filmmmaking journey as they do with APOCALYPSE NOW..."
    Ultimate DVD

    "...A brilliant and bizarre film....An exhilarating action and adventure exercise....The cast is extraordinary, with Sheen extremely effective in laconic style..."
    Variety

    "...One of the key films of the century. Most films are lucky to contain a single great sequence. APOCALYPSE NOW strings together one after another, with the river journey as the connecting link..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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