NYHED: Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (Special Edition) på Blu-ray!

Francis Ford Coppolas rystende mesterværk fortæller historien om den amerikanske soldat Kaptajn Willard (Martin Sheen), der bliver sendt på en hemmelig mission dybt inde i den vietnamesiske jungle, hvor han skal dræbe den deserterede oberst Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Rejsen bringer Willard ansigt til ansigt med krigens rædsler og meningsløshed, og jo tættere han kommer på sit mål, jo mere begynder han at sætte spørgsmålstegn ved sin mission.

Apocalypse Now transporterer seeren ind i en helt anden verden, guidet af en instruktør, der er ved at skabe det mesterværk, han for altid vil blive husket for, samtidig med at han er på grænsen til at miste sin forstand. Fra åbningsbilledet – en skov forsvinder fuldkommen i et flammehav, mens helikoptere glider i slow-motion foran kameraet – til slutningen – hvor Martin Sheen forsvinder lydløst ud i mørket, mens regnen som den eneste lyd kører over rulleteksterne – er dette en tour-de-force i filmmagi, der mere end noget andet illustrerer, hvor meningsløst krig er – Vietnamkrigen i særdeleshed.

Coppolas storfilm er inspireret af Joseph Conrads roman Heart of Darkness, som blev udgivet helt tilbage i 1902, mere end et halvt århundrede før Vietnamkrigens rasen. Bogen har inspireret flere andre film, senest rumfilmen Ad Astra med Brad Pitt og Tommy Lee Jones. Den mest loyale filmatisering af romanen må dog siges at være Nicolas Roegs TV-film Heart of Darkness fra 1994 med Tim Roth som Marlow og John Malkovich i rollen som Kurtz.

Apocalypse Now findes pr. 2019 i tre udgaver:

  • Original Theatrical Version (1979): spilletid ca. 147 minutter
  • Apocalypse Now Redux (2001): spilletid ca. 196 minutter
  • Apocalypse Now Final Cut (2019): spilletid ca. 182 minutter

Specielt om denne udgivelse:

Francis Ford Coppolas Final Cut er den ultimative og endegyldige version af den mesterlige og prisvindende klassiker. Filmen er blevet renoveret fra de originale filmnegativer, og kaptajn Willards flodrejse fra Saigon til Cambodja fremstår mere realistisk end nogensinde før.

Disc 1: Apocalypse Now Final Cut (Blu-ray)

  • Audio: Engelsk DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Undertekster: Dansk, norsk, svensk, finsk

Ekstramateriale:

  • Final Cut Intro by Francis Ford Coppola (4:22)
    – Coppola details why he came up with this version to correct some of the drawbacks of both the 1979 original and 2001 Redux versions
  • Apocalypse Now 1979 Original Trailer (3:55)
  • Apocalypse Now 1979 Teaser Trailer (1:17)
  • Apocalypse Now: Final Cut Trailer (1:39)
  • Remastering a Legend in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (2:50)
    – A short, but interesting technical look at upgrading the movie to the latest technology
  • Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now (31:44)
    – This featurette is on the Dutch photographer who was on set in 1976-77 and we get to see these pictures were never seen until now
  • Tribeca Film Festival Q&A (47:34)
    – From 2019 featuring Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh
  • Apocalypse Now: A Forty-Year Journey (2:21)
    – A comparison of the various versions over the years: VHS, Betamax, LaserDisc Pan/Scan, LaserDisc Widescreen, VHS Widescreen, DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD
  • Super 8MM Behind-the-Scenes Footage (21:39)
    – Some cool stuff from the production, obtained back in 2004 from production sound mixer Jack C. Jacobsen. There’s no sound but still interesting to watch something from that era
  • Interview with John Milius (49:45)
    – Conducted in 2010, Milius and Coppola discuss the film in a pretty fascinating interview between the pair, with the focus on Milius and how he came up with the story
  • Sensual Sound Technology from Meyer Sound (3:52)
    – On the sound design worked on by the company
  • Gallery Elements
    – 1979 Theatrical Program, Storyboard Collection, Poster Collection, Unit Photography, Mary Ellen Mark Photography, Lobby Cards and Press Kit Photos, “The Synthesizer Soundtrack” (text article by Bob Moog from 1980)
  • Bemærk: Ekstramaterialet har INGEN undertekster!

Disc 2: Ekstramateriale (DVD)

  • 2001 Cannes Film Festival: Francis Ford Coppola (38:35)
    – An interview with Coppola conducted by the late great Roger Ebert
  • “Deconstruction of the Kurtz Compound” End Credits (6:06)
    – Basically alternate credits with a look at the Kurtz compound being bombed, includes a non-optional commentary by Coppola
  • A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola (59:26)
    – Another wonderfully interesting interview, this time providing the actor’s side of the production
  • Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse (11:44)
    – An interview with the casting director (and producer) on getting the right actors
  • Apocalypse Now Redux Trailer (2:22)
  • “Heard Any Good Movies Lately?” (15:22)
    – Delves into the sound design
  • Apocalypse Then and Now (3:44)
    – Looks at the construction of the Redux version of the film circa 2000
  • Monkey Sampan “Lost Scene” (3:03)
  • The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now (4:06)
    – Looks at the utilization of technicolor on the film
  • PBR Streetgang (4:09)
    – This featurette is on the boat crew and includes publicity interviews with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, Frederic Forrest and Albert Hall; also has archive footage of the actors rehearsing
  • The Final Mix (3:09)
    – A behind-the-scenes featurette on the mixing of the film that took an incredible nine months. Includes some footage from 1978-79
  • The Music of Apocalypse Now (14:46)
    – On the music and score and how it played into the story and characters
  • Ghost Helicopter Flyover (3:55)
    – A sound effects demonstration
  • The Birth of 5.1 Sound (5:54)
    – About utilizing the early days of 5.1 surround sound and how the movie was first to utilize it
  • A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now (17:57)
    – Looks at the work done to edit down so much footage that Coppola shot
  • The Hollow Men (16:57)
    – A telling of the T.S. Elliot poem by Brando’s Kurtz character set against footage from Vietnam
  • Additional Scenes (26:28)
    – There are 12 scenes – in rough shape – that were either trimmed or cut down
  • Gallery Elements
    – 1979 Theatrical Program, Storyboard Collection, Poster Collection, Unit Photography, Mary Ellen Mark Photography, Lobby Cards and Press Kit Photos, “The Synthesizer Soundtrack” (text article by Bob Moog from 1980)
  • Bemærk: Ekstramaterialet har INGEN undertekster!