No, that is not part of the Final Cut.did they restore the destruction of Kurtz's camp?
Thanks, I must have seen one of the earliest releases, because I clearly remember the destruction scene at the theater.No, that is not part of the Final Cut.
From what Coppola was saying, they filmed the destruction of those sets since they were contractually obligated to destroy them as part of their agreement with the Philippines government. Coppola thought the footage looked interesting, and some early release prints included the footage with the credits, but according to Coppola, it was never meant to suggest that Willard called in an air strike and that we were seeing the literal result of that. However, audiences assumed that the footage was directly connected to the story, which was not an impression Coppola wanted to convey. While he had it removed from release prints shortly after receiving audience feedback, some copies of the footage remained in circulation against his wishes.
From what I've been able to determine over the years, and of course this is probably "grain of salt" worthy, is that the very first prints went out with just a fade to black, no credits. Then, the next set of prints went out with credits over the destruction of the compound footage, which was then changed when Coppola heard that people were interpreting it to mean something he hadn't intended, and replaced with the standard white credits on a black background. But apparently the prints with the compound destruction weren't replaced, so some theaters had one version while others had another. While all that was going on, United Artists (which distributed the film initially) was bought out by MGM, but they apparently had different storage facilities for prints. So, for a period following the original release, theaters showing the film in repertory could order a print and depending on the location it was shipped from, could get one with no credits, one with the destruction footage, or one with standard credits. It sounds like it wasn't standardized until later in the 1980s.Thanks, I must have seen one of the earliest releases, because I clearly remember the destruction scene at the theater.