What is considered by many to be Francis Ford Coppola’s finest work, Apocalypse Now, has been restored to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.
This means a new 4K transfer taken from the original negative, Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby Vision dynamic range treatment.
As Coppola puts it, ” It looks better than it has ever looked and sounds better than it has ever sounded. The audience will be able to see, hear and feel this film how I always hoped it could be – from the first ‘bang’ to the final whimper.”
It also means another cut of the movie, which has been concocted by Coppola himself – the ‘Final Cut’.
It’s been a huge undertaking, with over 11 months and 2,700 hours spent on cleaning and restoring the film’s 300,173 frames.
Boasting an amazing cast that includes Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford and Dennis Hooper, at its simplest Apocalypse Now is the story of a US Army officer in Vietnam being asked to assassinate a renegade Special Forces Colonel, who’s developed somewhat of a god complex.
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut will receive a special theatrical run in Australia on July 25. These screenings will include a special video introduction from Coppola himself.
Even more exciting, it will be released on 4K Ultra HD in August – we’ll update you with Australian specs as soon as we have them.
Here’s a trailer to help get you in the mood: