Every week the Hollywood studios release more and more previously released movies on Blu-Ray, looking to squeak out a few extra dollars from their stagnant home video businesses. Most movies don’t need Blu-Ray. Do you need to see Sleepless in Seattle in Blu-Ray? What about a comedy made in 1950? As I said, most movies don’t need the format Blu-Ray, and at the very least aren’t worthy of purchase when the picture is released for the tenth time.
And then there’s Apocalypse Now.
Released last week to Blu-Ray, Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure is an amazing Blu-Ray collection that presents one of the best movies ever made in stunning high definition. Francis Ford Coppola’s creation is as much a visual feat as it is a cinematic one. Every napalm bomb, blood splatter and piece of mud is shown off in incredible detail. Apocalypse Now on Blu-Ray is one of those movies you use to test just how cool your new Blu-Ray player is.
The Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure collection comes with three discs and three movies: Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux (which is nearly an hour longer) and Hearts of Darkness, the excellent documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now.
New features never before released include a video interview with Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Sheen, another interview with Coppola and screenwriter John Milius and an examination of the casting process, which features never-before-seen original screen tests.
DVD features from past editions of Apocalypse Now are also included, including two audio commentaries (one with Coppola, the other with Coppola and his wife), the original 1938 radio reading of the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness by Orson Welles and much more.
The collection also with a small, full-color booklet that is actually quite cool (though, as most booklets that accompany DVD and Blu-Ray packages, it adds no real value).
Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure is well worth the purchase. You can buy it now at Amazon.com.