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Director George Hickenlooper talks about releasing "Hearts of Darkness" to DVD


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#1 of 13 Ken Seeber

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Posted June 25 2004 - 06:02 PM

Director George Hickenlooper was one of the guests on Jon Favreau's "Dinner for Five" tonight on the Independent Film Channel. He said he's been trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to let him release his documentary "Hearts of Darkness" on DVD.

The hold up is that Coppola wants him to make a few changes, particularly a comment Coppola made after Martin Sheen's heart attack, "He's not dead until I say he's dead." Coppola isn't opposed to the line being left in, but he feels it was out of context.

Hickenlooper said he was willing to make the changes Coppola wants, so he's optimistic "Hearts of Darkness" will finally be released to DVD.

#2 of 13 oscar_merkx

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Posted June 25 2004 - 08:36 PM

no surprise really that FFC wants to make changes, let's hope it won't take long to be released then
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#3 of 13 Hans M.

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Posted June 26 2004 - 01:27 AM

Fine, let's hope it does come out soon, but let's also hope FFC isn't given so much influence on it that it loses its objective perspective. I trust it won't turn into a "watered down" doc.

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Posted June 26 2004 - 04:21 PM

glad i have the laser so i wont have to put up with seeing an edited for feelings(FFC's) version.
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#5 of 13 MatthewLouwrens

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Posted June 26 2004 - 07:17 PM

Will be interesting to see what changes FFC wants. Doesn't sound like Hickenlooper is too opposed to the changes, so hopefully they won't be too bad - and if anything, they may add to the film (more context, etc) rather than just cut stuff out.
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#6 of 13 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted June 27 2004 - 06:03 AM

I'm sure that Martin Sheen would see the funny side of Coppola's statement today, so maybe footage will be inserted to put the gag in context. Otherwise, it is a mildly offensive comment to make in light of Sheen's cardiac arrest.

To be honest though, I'd rather see a full-blown 3-disc SE of Apocalypse Now with both cuts, commentary, DTS, new interviews, with Hearts of Darkness as the third disc. Heaven knows that the fans want this badly.


#7 of 13 Charles Ms

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Posted June 05 2005 - 04:28 AM

It seems that the editing job on "Hearts of Darkness" is more severe than we all thought, because it has become very quiet about this release.

I hold back on buying "Apocalype Now Redux" in hope on a Special Edition including the documentary but i doubt there is much hope for it.

It is really a shame that one of the best making of documentaries besides "Burden of Dreams", which was recently released, is still missing.

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#8 of 13 MatthewLouwrens

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Posted June 05 2005 - 09:36 AM

What is "Burden Of Dreams"?
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#9 of 13 Don Solosan

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Posted June 05 2005 - 10:18 AM

Burden of Dreams is a Les Blank documentary on the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. It's been quite a few years since I've seen it, but I remember that it was very good.

#10 of 13 oscar_merkx

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Posted June 05 2005 - 10:52 AM

so what is holding this up ?
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#11 of 13 MatthewLouwrens

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Posted June 05 2005 - 02:34 PM

Thanks, Don.
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#12 of 13 Hal F

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Posted June 05 2005 - 05:42 PM

Too bad its taking so long for this one. I think it a great documentary. I don't care much for Apocalypse Now.
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#13 of 13 Anthony Thorne

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Posted June 05 2005 - 10:00 PM

I don't - bring on a big upgraded multi-disc APOCALYPSE NOW set with extras quick smart you bastards! Posted Image Posted Image