On October 19, 2010, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Entertainment released the three disc blu-ray collection of Apocalypse Now. We know how stunning the blu-ray image is and we are all excited that this is the first time the movie has been released in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. But what about the special features? I don't know how many times I've "upgraded" my copy of a movie only to find that some of the extras are missing on the new release and am forced to keep my old copy laying around. How does Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosurecompare with the previous DVD releases? Well, let's find out.
The first DVD release of the Theatrical Cut of Apocalypse Now was released by Paramount back in 1999. It contained an anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film in 1.85:1.
Excerpts from the Theatrical Program
Destruction of the Kurtz Compound
with commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
A few years later in 2001, Francis Ford Coppola released Apocalypse Now: Redux adding an additional 48 minutes of footage cut from the theatrical release. This release contained an anamorphic widescreen print in 1.85:1.
Special Features - Disc One Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola The Hollow Men (16:55) Monkey Sampan Scene (3:00) Additional Scenes 1. Saigon Streetlife 2. Military Intelligence Escorts 3. Intelligence Briefing Extension 1 4. Intelligence Briefing Extension 2 5. Willard Meets the PBR Crew 6. Letter from Mrs. Kurtz 7. Booby Trap 8. Do Lung Bridge "... That Road is Open" 9. The Photojournalist 10. Colby 11. The Tiger Cages 12. Special Forces Knife A/V Club Birth of 5.1 Sound (5:47) Ghost Helicopter Flyover (3:50) The Synthesizer Soundtrack by Bob Moog Technical FAQ
Special Features - Disc Two The Post Production of Apocalypse Now A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now (17:54) The Music of Apocalypse Now (14:43) Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design (15:19) The Final Mix (3:07) PBR Streetgang (4:10) Apocalypse Then and Now (3:40) The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now (4:05)
Special Features Audio Commentary with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
Which brings us to the latest release. This three disc blu-ray collection features both the Theatrical and Redux cuts of the film and is presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. How do the special features compare? Is it missing anything?
The Full Disclosure contains all of the above special features (including Hearts of Darkness in HD) except for the Apocalypse Now: Redux Trailer and the Technical FAQ. A 48 page booklet and a few new special features are also included. Here is a complete listing of all the special features.
Special Features - Disc One
Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
(This is the same commentary from the Complete Dossier)
Special Features - Disc Two
Interview with John Milius (new)
A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola (new)
Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse Now (new)
Heart of Darkness Radio Show with Orson Welles (new)
The Hollow Men
Monkey Sampan Scene
Additional Scenes (all from the Complete Dossier are included)
Destruction of the Kurtz Compound
with Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
Birth of 5.1 Sound
Ghost Helicopter Flyover
The Synthesizer Soundtrack by Bob Moog
A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now The Music of Apocalypse Now
Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design The Final Mix Apocalypse Then and Now 2001 Cannes Film Festival: Francis Ford Coppola (new)
PBR Streetgang The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now
Special Features - Disc Three Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (HD) Audio Commentary with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola John Milius Script Excerpt with Notes by Francis Ford Coppola Storyboard Collection Photo Archive Unit Photography Mary Ellen Mark Photography Marketing Archive 1979 Theatrical Trailer 1979 Radio Spots 1979 Theatrical Program Lobby Cards & Press Kit Photos Poster Gallery
You're still here? Apocalypse Now is a great movie. That's all I have to say about that.