WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Apocalypse Now
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV23062WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 153
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1979
(LD Release Date): 4/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Francis Ford Coppola
(Screenplay/Written By): John Milius & Francis Coppola
(Story): NA
(Music): Carmine Coppola & Francis Coppola
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dean Tavoularis
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(Editor): Richard Marks
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Francis Coppola

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.0:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Coppola’s stunning masterpiece of war and redeemption (loosely based on Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”) is here transferred to laserdisc in a state-of-the-art aural and visual presentation. This may not be “war” but it sure as hell is great filmmaking!

LaserDisc Picture:
This disc, mastered from the 35mm anamorphic interpositive and the original EK negative, at 2.0:1, represents the compromised decision of cinematographer Storaro who commanded the transfer. As a result, when you have filmmakers that are this artistic about their compositions, you notice that fine horizontal adjustments to the one side or the other were made to reposition the work in an effort to get the composition right in this odd frame ratio. Nevertheless, the transfer’s picture and sound quality is reference quality and exemplary of one of the finest audio and video transfers ever produced.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is capable of immense dynamics and realism. The bass response throughout is room shaking. It is a new track created especially for this LaserDisc from a remix at LucasArts’ Skywalker Sound North of the Dolby® A recorded master six-track components. The magnificent Dolby Surround® digital soundtrack is flat out powerful. It will challenge the finest home theatre systems’ sonic capabilities.
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