Moview Reviews: Apocalypse Now
I was lucky enough recently to review the comprehensive new Apocalypse Now Blu-Ray for Flick Feast. The package itself is extremely impressive with both the original and redux versions on the film getting crisp new transfers and a whole host of extra features crammed in including the legendary Hearts of Darkness behind the scenes documentary. For any fan of the film it really is a must-have and for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced Coppola’s masterpiece you will never see it in a better condition than this. Draw the curtains, turn out the lights and lose yourself in the unforgiving horror of war:
The film’s portrayal of the anarchic, almost lawless, nature of the Vietnam War is one of the major factors in making it stand out upon release. When the crew arrive at a remote outpost in the dead of night and in the middle of a blistering gun fight over control of a rickety wooden bridge, they are greeted by the sight of desperate soldiers begging the crew to take them onboard. When Willard goes ashore amidst a barrage of explosions and shell-shocked soldiers, the terrifying nature of the war is really hammered home. Apocalypse captures the insanity that can engulf men at war like no other film had done before it. Whereas most Vietnam films up to this point had shied away from the darker elements of the conflict, Coppola’s film was centred around it and pulled no punches. In the tradition of All Quiet On The Western Front and Paths Of Glory, it was a scathing critique of war itself.
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