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Pre-Order Apocalypse Now: 40th Anniversary Edition (4k UHD) Available for Preorder

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, May 14, 2019.

  1. Craig Beam

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    My local Best Buy has 2 copies in stock.

    (Hurriedly places an order with one-hour pickup)

    Well, now they have 1. :cool:
     
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  2. Aaron Silverman

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    Three copies left at Target when I got there on Tuesday. Walmart price-match plus 15% Cartwheel coupon plus 5% RedCard discount made it a no-brainer (especially since I never got it on BD).

    Now, the key question: I'm going to try and get my teenager to watch it with me this weekend. Which cut should I go with? I've only seen the theatrical. (I went to see Redux when it came out, but the print had a huge scratch down the middle that went on for about 20 minutes before we took off.)

    BTW, is it just me, or is this one of the stupidest boxes ever? What's with the flaps???
     
  3. Josh Steinberg

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    I still like the theatrical one the best. They all have their merits but I think it’s probably the best introduction to the film. And even though it’s the shortest of the three, it’s still nearly two and a half hours.
     
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    Kyle_D

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    I'd definitely go with the Theatrical Cut for a first time viewer, especially if you're watching at home. I actually really like the Final Cut, but the plantation scene still kills the film's momentum. On the big screen, the scene adds to the cumulative sensation at the end that you've gone on a long, hallucinatory journey up the river, but it functions more as a respite from the intensity of what comes before and after than as something that's integral to the story. You don't need that respite when you've got a pause button.
     
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    My preference is the theatrical cut with the explosive air strike closing credits but that seems to be unavailable. When was the last time we saw those?
     
  6. Worth

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    VHS, I think.
     
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    The original Zoetrope Studios double vhs/P&S laserdisc.
     
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    Those closing credits--which I also love--are available as an extra on the 2nd disc of the "Full Disclosure" box set(but with Coppola occasionally talking over it, saying that the compound was never supposed to be destroyed in the film, and including this footage as end credits confused people, so he took it off).
     
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    That's good to know as I have that box set.
     
  10. Worth

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    I think the destruction footage is there on all DVD/blu-ray versions.
     
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    It's listed as "Kurtz Compound Destruction With Credits".
     
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    I've owned this multiple times on DVD & Blu, and the only issue that I've been able to find the destruction footage is on the FULL DISCLOSURE set as an extra.

    Also, on that extra, Coppola states explicitly that he left this footage off all Home Video releases (other than the first VHS release) because people thought that meant that the compound was actually destroyed in the end, and Coppola wanted the opposite impression in terms of Willard's character transformation: that he has gone beyond war and destruction, which is why he hands the blade to someone as he leaves.
     
  13. Bob Cashill

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    Maybe as an extra but not as part of the film; it's not part of the prior five-film Coppola set, either. It is somewhat confusing, as Chef has orders to call in the airstrike if Willard and Lance don't return but he's too dead to carry them out. :) My assumption is that Willard did call it in upon his return to the boat; the top brass would order it wrecked anyway. It bookends the film with an "explosive" symmetry that's now missing.

    EDIT: Interesting point above.
     
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    In any case:

    As is:

    With Coppola commentary:
     
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    I don't have the disc anymore, but apparently it was on the original Paramount DVD release:
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/movies/article/Apocalypse-Wow-Stunning-DVD-version-of-2895933.php?psid=kaiQr
     
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    I like all the added footage but The French Plantation scene after the funeral and the added bunnies scenes ,I would include some
    of the work print only footage like the first meeting with Colby and Brando visiting Screen while hes in the cage
    I don't think Storaro had anything to do with this transfer
     
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    There's literally nothing in "Redux" that I liked, so it seems unlikely that I'll dig "Final" either.

    Will watch "Final" when I get the 4K to give it a shot, but since it seems to be simply a shorter "Redux", it's hard to imagine I'll like it!
     
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    My copy shipped from Amazon today. Just an FYI for anyone who ordered from them.
     
  19. Larry Geller

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    My OPPO 203 does not play the 4K discs properly. All blacks show up as crimson. I had to watch the digital copy to see Dolby Vision, but lost the Atmos in the process, as my TV does not pass Atmos. This seems to be a problem with all Paramount 4K discs, as A Star Is Born had the same problem. Is anyone else with an OPPO experiencing this?
     
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    Correction. I know its Lionsgate now (and WB). I was living in a Paramount past, but I have this problem with both of those 4K discs, regardless of label
     

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