Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A-Z #14: Apocalypse Now

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a buck each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and justifying why I own the films...

#14 - Apocalypse Now 

Why did I buy it?

I held back on this for multiple reasons. I watched it back in my Uni days whereby Jo and I shared a flat. Jo had the film - the redux - and I borrowed and watched it. It was a long film. I fell asleep and watched the second half the following day. I always thought it was surely better than I recalled... so it was only a matter of time before I would watch the theatrical cut. Years later, that sweet tin-edition fell down in price to something like £7 and I was sold. The perfect opportunity to watch the film a second time.
Why do I still own it?

Because that second viewing was much better. I didn't fall asleep and I could appreciate the incredible images every frame offered. Even catching the shot I chose from this post was tough - the silhouetted 'copters with a burning-backdrop, each shot could be framed. Martin Sheen is incredible in his role and the gritty truth of war is highlighted in a tasteful and expressive way. I see now the masterpiece that Apocalypse Now is.

I know I shall watch this many, many more times in the future...
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  1. So when you watch it now, do you launch into the original cut, or the redux?

  2. Fantastic film. Probably the best Vietnam war movie ever made.

  3. @Hatter - i think i would watch the theatrical cut for the meantime. like i said - its more compact. Once I know the film back-to-front, I might have the patience for the longer edit. Its all about time!

    @Dan - it really is fantastic!

  4. You watched my copy of Redux, must be about six and a half years ago now. I still haven't seen it or the theatrical edition. Hang your head in shame Jo.

    You also fell asleep watching my copy of Ali. Hang your head in shame Simon.

  5. There is a reason I don't own Ali ... I think very little of it.

  6. Now nice or I will turn this blog around and we will drive straight home!


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