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Old 24-08-2005, 07:32   #1
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Apocalypse Now - the Workprint.

After Redux, I'm eager for more.... has anyone seen the Apocalypse Now workprint. Its easy enough to locate, but I've heard the a/v is not so hot, which is understandle for such a rarity.... it runs 5 hours I believe...

Additional info found here, spoilers for those who have yet to see the film
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/alternateversions

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Old 24-08-2005, 11:05   #2
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I’ve always wanted to see this, but can’t really justify spending the $30 most sellers seem to be charging considering most of the extra scenes will probably show up as deleted scenes on the eventual Special Edition release.
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I think Coppola said Redux would be the last word on APOCALYPSE NOW, but who knows ? Some fans were disappointed with Redux because they felt there was better stuff in the cans, but reading about Workprint, a lot of the footage sounds a little crazy, that's probably why its so fascinating.... I'd like to experience more of the Doors' music in the film, apparently there's a lot of Doors music in there as a temp soundtrack...
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There’s an interesting review here .
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Is there a scene in the workprint where
I remember hearing about it somewhere before.
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Yep, that's in there, and more Scott Glen also who's barely seen in the final cut.
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Old 24-08-2005, 18:33   #7
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Yep, that's in there, and more Scott Glen also who's barely seen in the final cut.
Im sorry to say i never even noticed he was in the film and i've seen it about 30 times. Is he one of the soldiers in the compound?
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Yeah, in the original cut/Redux Willard walks up to him and peers at him when he arrives at Kurtz's place (hence you get a close-up); he's supposed to be his precursor, isn't he? The guy they sent in before Willard?

I've seen the workprint floating around but I'm somewhat intimidated by sitting through 5-odd hours of rough workprint footage, especially since the print that was leaked is pretty shabby PQ-wise, and God knows what state it'd be in in the form that you finally obtained it.

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Yeah, in the original cut/Redux Willard walks up to him and peers at him when he arrives at Kurtz's place (hence you get a close-up); he's supposed to be his precursor, isn't he? The guy they sent in before Willard
Thanks for the info. Must give it another spin over the weekend. Any excuse to watch it again really.
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Scott Glenn looks like a badass when we finally see him; it's such a shame there's not more of him in either of the official versions. It also took me a few viewings before I even noticed he was there!
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The av quality on the workprint is very bad indeed , but is fascinating for fans, its full of scotch tape , temp music (mostly the doors etc) , on set sound , dialogue is drowned out by helicopters and is in a different ration much wider than the released dvd.
I doubt it will ever see the light of day officially as its so unfinished.
Its an interesting curio, ive yet to see it to the end it its so long.
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Thanks for the info....
Would you say its watchable though in terms of the image ? I've got two places where I can get this on a DVD-R, both pricey, but as You say, fascinating for fans, and I think unlikely that the footage will turn up in any other incarnation....

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I'm sure, if you looked, you could find this for considerably less than what places are charging for it, considering that's all they've done in the first place...
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very watchable and much cheaper from certain people
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I can't see the workprint ever being available in anything other than it's VHS sourced current incarnation - Coppola doesn't even want us to see Hearts of Darkness in it's original cut now, so the further exposure of his film making methods doesn't seem likely.
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do you guys think there will a special edition anytime soon? or at least Redux and the original version together in one set?
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You can get them separately for peanuts...
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The French issued a nice edition of REDUX in a great slipcase sleeve, and a bonus disc of press conferences about the film...
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lovely package the french issue
the bonus disc has 2 press conferences on the 1979 and later redux one
i think the conference is on the Aussie release? could be the same.
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I've got a fairly nice hodge-podge of Apocalypse Now: the French 2-disc edition of Redux, the Pathe R2 theatrical edition, and a recorded-from-laserdisc DVD of Hearts Of Darkness, all contained in one single-Amaray sized case. I love the audio mix on this movie!
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