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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Gordon McMurphy, Mar 5, 2006.
This is terrific news! The Complete Dossier... this is on my most-anticipated list for sure.
Looks like they're doing the same for DRACULA. From videostoremag.com : Last year, Aubry took the DVD-production arm of Coppola’s American Zoetrope and turned it into the pure-play DVD production company ZAP Zoetrope Aubry Productions. There he works on film and soundtrack restoration, artistic design and bonus content productions. For the past 15 months, Aubry and his team have been working on the upcoming special edition DVD release — Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier, a sort of “kitchen sink” version of an Apocalypse Now DVD. It will include both the original and Redux versions of the film, as well as a wealth of new documentaries that dive deep into the editing, the sound, the music and other aspects of the film’s production. Aubry is filming some of the bonus features in high-def, for this and for another project, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which will also include a special “art student” viewing option. “Whenever moments in the film appear that have interesting references to art, a button will appear,” he said. “They can select it, and the film will stop, and they’ll see the storyboard or the painting the setting is based on.”
superb news indeed. I hope they will lso include Hearts of Darkness for completion
Great! This will be my third Apoc Now DVD!
As much as I adore APOCALYPSE NOW (more so than DRACULA), I'm actually more excited about the DRACULA news, since I've been waiting over 8 years for a version of that film on DVD that at least approaches the Criterion LD release.
All of this news is fantastic! I can't wait to see the results of Aubry's hard work.
And Bram Stoker's Dracula? This is way too cool. Maybe we'll get an unrated/extended version. I heard Coppola wasn't happy with the theatrical cut. But a remaster with features alone is outstanding!
I've read somewhere that the original Dracula screenings had considerably more gore.
I once had a rough cut of DRACULA and it did have some more gore in a few scenes- most notably, the blood flowing in the prologue was a lot longer,
and there were a couple shots here and there that I recall throughout the film. One shot that I recall reading that the MPAA insisted be removed wasn't even a gore shot, but a shot of Dracula's brides grabbing the baby he brings to them and rushing it over to a corner of the room and then ravaging it like hungry animals. You didn't SEE anything though (some of this is in the final film, but the grabbing of the baby and rushing it to the corner are gone).
Oddly enough, said rough cut's ending was a lot LESS gory, as Mina does not decapitate Dracula.
There was also a bit of a coda following Dracula's death that got dropped. I'd love to see more of the deleted scenes, and if there exist additional "alternate" scenes like Dracula's death. Vincent
As far as HEARTS OF DARKNESS goes, I read an interview that FFC was holding up a DVD release, unless the director would remove a couple parts that he found unflattering. The director refused, so it is only on VHS and laser. So, if it is on there, it would be edited.
Thanks for sharing, Vincent... that's the most specific information I've heard yet about the uncut version. Presumably there are mountains of deleted scenes, considering there were something like 30-40 completely different cuts of the film prepared at different points, some around three hours long, and only one was ever released. It's a shame. We've got recuts of almost every other Coppola film but this one... if he needs any encouragment, I'd be glad to offer it!
there is another re release of Patton on its way. There is an introduction by FFC himself plus another commentary by him as well http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=60432 Could it be that FFC will be doing another audio commentary for AN as well ? That would be awesome
I think Coppola should just record a commentary track for HoD. He said that certain scenes misrepresent him because the footage is shown out of context ("Martin Sheen's not dead till I say he's dead."). A commentary track would give him the perfect chance to put those scenes in perspective.
So there's no date for this yet (the Apocalypse Now release)?
I'll second that
Wow, awesome! How did I miss that announcement??
You can contact Zoetrope Aubry productions about OAR here: http://www.zap-sf.com/Files/Htmlandflash/contact.htm I have: "OAR Now? Recently I have heard several rumours of a Special Edition of Apocalypse Now on DVD. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to present the film in its Original Aspect Ratio of 2.35:1, and not the 2.00:1 that the film has been previously presented in, for both the original and Redux editions. I can understand why the decision was made to present the films this way at the time, as people were wary and suspicious of Widescreen ratios, and widescreen televisions had not yet taken off, so 2.00:1 was a compromise. However, in 2006, the situation has changed. Widescreen televisions are becoming more widespead, and increasingly, more TV programmes are broadcast in widescreen. People can now 'handle' the full widescreen viewing experience. So I'm asking you: please present this classic and beloved film the way it was originally intended, and was originally shown. There is no need to settle for second best any more. Thanks for your time, Kieran" You might carry more weight than me!
I didn't copy it down, but I sent my own comment in. In it, I explained that I have no idea what the planned aspect ratio was when they shot the film, but I know from seeing Murch's photoboards that he edited the new Redux thinking it was going to be full 'Scope. And Murch is one of those guys who literally would edit the whole movie differently if he thought the image was going to have more vertical information. Documentaries also show the film in 2.35, so it seems that everybody but Storaro and Coppola know about or understand the need to change. It'll be interesting to see an end to this controversy with the new DVD. Maybe Coppola or Storaro will address this issue on the commentary.
Yeah, if everybody puts their own comments, it would be better. That way it doesn't seem like one crank doing it all the time. Thanks!
taking the original cut up to the awesome quality of the Redux DVD would be fantastic. I don't watch the original because it looks so terrible in comparison. I'm curious to see this 5hr. workprint too...but I highly doubt we'll ever get an official release of that! Mike