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Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of 1979 classic Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola and Lionsgate present a newly-restored Final Cut – Coppola’s most realized version of the film – mastered from a 4K restoration of the original film negative, allowing theater audiences can experience this spectacular cinematic masterpiece the way it was intended.

An adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novela ‘Heart of Darkness,’ Apocalypse Now updates the landscape to 1970 Vietnam, where Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) sets off on a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. Traveling with a motley crew of soldiers, Willard encounters eccentric characters ranging from a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer (Robert Duvall) to a crazed freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper) as he travels further into Cambodia, and ever closer to the mysterious Kurtz.
Though its production was mired in debt and calamities, and the film ultimately made its debut unfinished, Apocalypse Now went on to garner much critical acclaim, winning three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards. It is considered by many to be one of the finest films of all time, and certainly one of the best cinematic depictions of war.
Of the new Final Cut, Coppola has stated that it “looks better than it has ever looked, and sounds better than it has ever sounded” and is “thrilled beyond measure to present the best version of the film to the world.”

“This new interpretation of the beloved classic absolutely deserves to be seen in theaters.” — Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

“The 4K scan, combined with Dolby’s HDR processing (Dolby Vision), has led to a level of depth and detail in Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography that audiences couldn’t see before.” — Chris O’Falt, IndieWire

“…the Final Cut audio has also been “enhanced with Meyer Sound Laboratories’ newly developed Sensual Sound a technology engineered to output audio below the limits of human hearing.” —  Brian B.,

“Certainly, no movie in history has ever presented stronger proof that war is living hell.” — Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News