Monday, July 26, 2010

Apocalypse Now Blu in October

"My mission is to make it up into Cambodia. There's a Green Beret Colonel up there who's gone insane. I'm supposed to kill him."


That's right!

Francis Ford Coppola's '79 masterpiece Apocalypse Now is getting the Blu-ray treatment. This Blu-ray transfer was directly supervised by Coppola himself, meaning the video and audio quality should be amazing if he dedicated as much time as he did with the restoration of the first two Godfather films. Adapted from the Joseph Conrad's classic novella "Heart of Darkness" the film follows a disenfranchised Army Captain (Martin Sheen) sent on one last mission to find and assassinate a Green Beret Colonel (Marlon Brando) that has gone rogue. As if you didn't already know Apocalypse Now is a descent into madness with the tumultuous Vietnam War as a backdrop.

On October 19th you will have a choice between two Apocalypse Now releases. The first is a 2-Film set that features both the original theatrical cut of Apocalypse Now as well as the re-released deluxe edition Apocalypse Now Redux. Your second option is Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure Edition which along with both versions of the film will include the infamous making of documentary Hearts of Darkness. The documentary parallels the films descent into madness with the film crew, actors and even Coppola himself losing their grasp on reality showing how dangerously close Apocalypse Now came to not being completed.

Although details have not yet been released on additional special features the 2-Film Apocalypse Now set will feature over 9 hours of bonus materials along with both versions of the film. While Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure Edition will feature, along with everything from the 2-Film set, a third-disc with the documentary Hearts of Darkness as well as a 48-page booklet featuring storyboard art, photos, essays and more!

I will be sure to keep you updated on specs and official cover art as they become available!

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