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Apocalypse Now, anyone?


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#1 of 72 Michael Osadciw

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Posted September 16 2008 - 09:18 AM

How about getting a thread going urging Coppola to do work on Apocalypse Now on Blu-ray (if it isn't already being done behind the scenes).

Now that The Godfather is released, now it's time to release another great piece of filmmaking in high definition.

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#2 of 72 Stephen_J_H

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Posted September 16 2008 - 10:11 AM

*Ducks in anticipation of the flood of anti-Storaro 2:1 AR posts.*
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Posted September 16 2008 - 10:13 AM

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*Ducks in anticipation of the flood of anti-Storaro 2:1 AR posts.*

You must be a mind reader, I was just going to bring that up!

#4 of 72 Keith Paynter

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Posted September 16 2008 - 10:33 AM

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You must be a mind reader, I was just going to bring that up!

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#5 of 72 ScottR

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Posted September 16 2008 - 10:48 AM

TCM showed this the other night in its OAR.

#6 of 72 ManW_TheUncool

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Posted September 16 2008 - 11:01 AM

Well, I guess you certainly wouldn't want Criterion to do this one considering who they'd likely end up defering to. Posted Image

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TCM showed this the other night in its OAR.

Hmmm... You mean it was shown in good quality HD in OAR?

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#7 of 72 Kris Z.

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Posted September 16 2008 - 11:37 AM

The biggest problems I have with this whole thing is the inconsistent usage, outdated excuses, and singling out of the home video format. If Storaro believes the 2.00:1 ratio is so magical and great then why didn't he use it for the creation of Apocalypse Now Redux?

But no, it's only the home video release that gets cropped. Why? Because TVs are too square was one excuse. Well, new TVs are 1.78:1 now so that excuse (which I assume was made when 4:3 TVs were still very prominent) goes out the window, particularly where Blu-ray is concerned since pretty much all HDTVs are widescreen.

Another excuse was the lack of vertical resolution on DVD. With 1080 lines on Blu-ray, the vertical resolution of a 2.39:1 film will still be almost twice as high as a 2.00:1 film on NTSC DVD, so that doesn't fly any longer either.

In short, was there a point to it on DVD? Perhaps. Is it still valid for Blu-ray? Absolutely not, and Storaro needs to wake up and realize this. I, for one, will not buy Apocalypse Now again unless it's a new transfer in OAR.

#8 of 72 Dick

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Posted September 17 2008 - 03:38 AM

This just points to a power trip on the part of Storaro. I have nothing but admiration for the man's cinematography craft, but when it comes to his imposition of a MAR for DVD releases, the man is behaving like someone who uses power and control simply because he can. It's childish and counterproductive. The arguments against the 2.00:1 ratio stated above are all valid, and in light of them, there is not one single argument I can think of (and I've tried) why, in this day and age with HD sets and larger screens, an OAR version cannot AT LEAST BE INCLUDED along with his bastardized, revisionist version of a given film. I simply cannot abide characters on the sides of the screen being cut in half just to satiate the silly whims of a talented man with way too much influence over the respective directors and studios of the films he shoots.

#9 of 72 Peter Neski

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Posted September 17 2008 - 05:40 AM

"TCM showed this the other night in its OAR"

I don't se how,since storaro refuses to do 2.35;1

#10 of 72 Jeff Robertson

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Posted September 17 2008 - 06:52 AM

Isn't "Tucker" another Zoetrope/Paramount production? I couldn't find a Zoetrope credit for this one. At any rate, I would love to see this on BD as well.

#11 of 72 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted September 17 2008 - 02:41 PM

I wonder what Storaro thinks of the "smilebox" video presentation format. Posted Image
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Posted September 17 2008 - 02:56 PM

I am only interested in the original theatrical cut...no matter the aspect ratio. I really dont care for the longer cut. The original editing saved Coppola's bacon at the time! Since he had no clue how to cut it. That is, if Hearts of Darkness is any guide to the goings on of the production.

#13 of 72 ScottR

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Posted September 17 2008 - 03:56 PM

I'll repeat....AN was shown in 2:35:1 on TCM.

#14 of 72 Travis Brashear

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Posted September 18 2008 - 03:39 AM

This is one of the few moments where I hope the studio simply says "to hell with the director and cinematographer, we're putting it out in its OAR!"...
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#15 of 72 Stephen_J_H

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Posted September 18 2008 - 06:23 AM

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I wonder what Storaro thinks of the "smilebox" video presentation format. Posted Image
I don't think it would bother him, as it somewhat fits with his Univisium aesthetic by maximising effective lines of resolution.
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#16 of 72 wally

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Posted September 18 2008 - 07:35 AM

Any chance of getting Hearts of Darkness too?

#17 of 72 Peter Neski

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Posted September 18 2008 - 07:39 AM

"Any chance of getting Hearts of Darkness too?"
This is out already!!!!!

#18 of 72 Stephen_J_H

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Posted September 18 2008 - 08:38 AM

But not on BD as of yet.
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#19 of 72 Felix Martinez

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Posted December 18 2008 - 06:38 AM

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#20 of 72 Douglas Monce

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Posted December 18 2008 - 02:47 PM

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Isn't "Tucker" another Zoetrope/Paramount production? I couldn't find a Zoetrope credit for this one. At any rate, I would love to see this on BD as well.

I believe Tucker was a Lucasfilm production.

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