Pin It
Favorite

DVD Review 

by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & Apocalypse Now: The Compele Dossier & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & N & lt;/span & early 30 years later, Apocalypse Now stands as more of a commentary on the dark side of man rather than as a record of the Vietnam War. It's doubtful that junior high history classes of the future will be watching it; film classes, however, will study Francis Ford Coppola's epic for as long as the medium exists. It remains a remarkable movie.


The new DVD package contains both the original cut and Apocalypse Now: Redux, for which Coppola restored 49 minutes of footage. Some of the additions are quite surprising, including an upbeat sequence in which Martin Sheen's Willard steals a surfboard belonging to Kilgore (Robert Duvall). The notorious French plantation scene is back as well, though it feels a bit unnecessary. The original remains a better offering.


Notoriously, nothing went right during the production of this movie. Typhoons wiped out sets; stars were replaced. (Sheen took over the role of Willard from Harvey Keitel.) Marlon Brando showed up grossly overweight for his role as Col. Kurtz, refusing to read the script and generally driving his director nuts. The healthy-looking Sheen suffered a heart attack on set and punched an actual mirror during the film's opening sequence. (That's real blood he smears on his face.)


You can find some remarkable deleted scenes among the special features, including the death of a photojournalist (Dennis Hopper) at the hands of Scott Glenn's Colby. Glenn's character never actually spoke in the original cut, but a couple of the deleted scenes feature him talking (and dying). There's also audio of Brando reading T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" over random deleted footage from the filming.


Coppola provides commentary for both versions of the film, and it's fun to hear him talk about his craft. He points out that Donald Rumsfeld was the secretary of defense and refused to lend the production military equipment. This was one of the reasons the production took to the Philippines. (President Marcos had plenty of American military equipment to rent.) Other features include The Post Production of Apocalypse Now, which discusses the madness of making a movie out of a 16-month shoot that compiled a million feet of film.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • In Defense of Refugees
  • In Defense of Refugees

    In the aftermath of the presidential election, local residents seek ways to love and support their refugee friends
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • No License to Kill
  • No License to Kill

    Task force says officers should be held responsible for police shootings; plus, state auditor clears Spokane Valley firing of city manager
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Trumped-up Education
  • Trumped-up Education

    Could the President-elect's support of school choice trickle down to Spokane?
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Downtown Family Skate Day

Downtown Family Skate Day @ Riverfront Park

Sun., Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Unfinished Business

    Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • The Scourge of Fake News

    Made-up news stories played a role in the presidential election: Who's to blame?
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


election 2016


Readers also liked…

  • Derailed
  • Derailed

    After years of train hopping, Chuck Lawrence wants to go home. It won't be that simple
    • May 13, 2015
  • Patrolling While Black
  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation