APOCALYPSE NOW: THE FINAL CUT – The Ultimate Edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s Epic Masterpiece
On August 27th, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW: THE FINAL CUT in a new 4K BluRay Edition. For longtime fans of the 1979 Vietnam War epic masterpiece, this will be the ultimate must own as it contains everything related to the film’s multimedia history in home video form. On August 15, it will see a limited theatrical re-release.
Official Synopsis: Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, won three Golden Globes (Best Original Score, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, 1980), and is one of AFI’s top 100 films. Starring Academy Award winner Marlon Brando (1972, Best Actor, The Godfather), Academy Award winner Robert Duvall (1983, Best Actor, Tender Mercies), Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen (2001, Best Actor – TV Series, “The West Wing”), Academy Award nominee Dennis Hopper (1986, Best Supporting Actor, Hoosiers), Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford (1985, Best Actor, Witness), experience Coppola’s spectacular cinematic masterpiece the way it was intended.
Francis Ford Coppola’s stunning vision of “The Heart of Darkness” in all of us remains a classic and compelling Vietnam War epic. Martin Sheen stars as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.
The Apocalypse Now Final Cut restoration will be brought to life with Dolby Vision HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality.
When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The 4K Combo Pack and Digital 4K release also feature Dolby Atmos audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. In addition, the film has been enhanced with Meyer Sound Laboratories’ newly developed Sensual Sound™, a technology engineered to output audio below the limits of human hearing. All of these technologies work together to present Coppola’s true vision of the film, one that delivers deep, visceral visual and auditory impact. Coppola believes Apocalypse Now Final Cut “looks better than it has ever looked, and sounds better than it has ever sounded,” and he is “thrilled beyond measure to present the best version of the film to the world.”
External read: 5 things to know about the final cut at IndieWire
In addition to the restoration, this 4-disc Apocalypse Now Final Cut anniversary set also includes the film’s Theatrical Cut and Extended Cut (Redux), as well as the acclaimed Hearts of Darkness documentary. Loaded with hours of in-depth special features, the set will also feature tonight’s fascinating Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with Coppola and the prolific Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape), which has not been seen or heard outside of the festival until now, and newly discovered behind-the-scenes footage. The Apocalypse Now Final Cut 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack (4K disc, three BluRays, digital copy) features new, collectible Mondo artwork and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99. See press release
4K UltraHD BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES AND TECHNICAL SPECS
NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE • DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM • DOLBY ATMOS TRACK/Sensual Sound enhanced• Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola • Optional English, Spanish, French, English SDH subtitles for the main feature
4K Blu-ray includes: The Final Cut (183 Minutes) • Redux Extended Cut (202 Minutes) • Theatrical Version (153 Minutes)
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
DISC ONE: Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola
DISC TWO: An Interview with John Milius • A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola • “Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse” Featurette • The Mercury Theatre on the Air: Heart of Darkness – November 6, 1938 • “The Hollow Men” Featurette • Monkey Sampan “Lost Scene” • Additional Scenes • “Destruction of the Kurtz Compound” End Credits (with Non-Optional Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola) • “The Birth of 5.1 Sound” Featurette • “Ghost Helicopter Flyover” Sound Effects Demonstration • “The Synthesizer Soundtrack” Article by Bob Moog • “A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now” Featurette • “Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound • Design of Apocalypse Now” Featurette • “The Final Mix” Featurette • “2001 Cannes Film Festival: Francis Ford Coppola” Featurette • “PBR Streetgang” Featurette • “The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now” Featurette Disc Credits
DISC THREE: NEW: Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh• NEW: Never-Before-Seen B-Roll Footage • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (with Optional Audio Commentary by Francis and Eleanor Coppola) • John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Coppola Notes (Still Gallery) • Storyboard Collection • Photo Archive • Unit Photography • Mary Ellen Mark Photography • Marketing Archive • 1979 Teaser Trailer • 1979 Theatrical Trailer • 1979 Radio Spots • 1979 Theatrical Program • Lobby Card and Press Kit Photos • Poster Gallery • Apocalypse Now Redux Trailer • Optional English, Spanish, French, English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Digital Copy Special Features
Audio commentary by Francis F. Coppola