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Digitally remastered with 49 minutes of previously unseen footage,Apocalypse Now Reduxis the reference standard of Francis Coppola's 1979 epic. A metaphorical hallucination of the Vietnam War, the film was reconstructed by Coppola and editor Walter Murch to enrich themes and clarify the ending. On that basisReduxis a qualified success, more coherent than the original while inviting the same accusations of directorial excess. The restored "French plantation" sequence adds ghostly resonance to the war's absurdity, and Willard's theft of Colonel Kurtz's beloved surfboard adds welcomed humor to the film's nightmarish upriver journey. An encounter with Playboy Playmates seems superfluous compared to the enhanced interplay between Willard and his ill-fated boat crew, but compensation arrives in the hellish Kurtz compound, where Willard's mission--and the performances of Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--reach even greater heights of insanity, thus validatingReduxas the rightful heir to Coppola's triumphantly rampant ambition.--Jeff Shannon
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CastMarlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Martin Sheen, Sam Bottoms
DirectorFrancis Ford Coppola
Genre:  War, Action, Adventure
Screen WriterJohn Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Joseph Conrad, Michael Herr
DVD Release Date:  November 20, 2001
Runtime:  153 minutes
Studio:  Paramount
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review by . August 08, 2006
Marlon Brando is excellent as Col. Kurtz and I can't think of any other actor that could have played the good man gone insane and hold such screen presence. Sheen, as Willard, is fantastic in here also, especially his narration, which runs throughout. It's one of the best narrations, if not the best, I have ever heard in a movie. His voice is just haunting as he relates his thoughts on this incredible, nightmare-like adventure. We can identify with his questioning of his mission and the war in general. …
review by . September 08, 2004
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Many of those already familiar with Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1889) have also seen the 1979 version of this film which is based on Conrad's novella. What we have here is an expanded version released in 2001 which includes 53 minutes which had been cut from its predecessor. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is given a delicate and potentially dangerous assignment: To proceed to Cambodia, locate Colonel Kurtz (Marlow Brando), and then eliminate him. Why? In the view of his superiors, Kurtz is a renegade …
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