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Old 02-08-2010, 22:49   #1
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[Blu-Ray News] Apocalypse Now (US BD) in October

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment have announced the US Blu-ray Disc release of Apocalypse Now on 19th October 2010. Directed and co-penned by Francis Ford Coppola , the iconic film about the hell of war stars Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford and Lau...

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Old 02-08-2010, 22:49   #2
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Considering how many (studio-released) archive BDs seem to be in some way compromised at the minute, it's nice to hear of one that's looking spot-on after numerous failed attempts on DVD.

(That said, I'm sure more releases are being done right than wrong; it's the two or three that spoil the party that always stick in the memory.)
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Old 02-08-2010, 23:57   #3
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"in their original 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratios"

Surely that has to be a mistake? I love Apocalypse Now but it's not one I was going to rush to upgrade my R1 SE but if finally we get to own them in their proper aspect ratio, I may very well change my mind.

If it is true. I'd love to hear why they've finally changed their minds.
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Old 03-08-2010, 00:17   #4
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The cover to the three disc edition looks horrible. How many seconds did it take to knock that up in photoshop?
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:16   #5
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French subtitles from Lionsgate ? So rare, but so great !!!

Now please, do it region free ^^
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:10   #6
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Absolute must-buy! The 3-disc one of course. I just hope its region-free or it gets released in the UK exactly the same. I quite like the 3-disc cover too, different to normal.

Wow so many great blu-rays being released just before Xmas!
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:25   #7
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"original 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratios"

Wow! Just wow! Finally! :)
Must buy.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:43   #8
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Excellent! This Package Sounds Great I Might Just Make That Move To Blu-Ray!
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Coppollo wrote an article about the future of home cinema for a British Sunday newspaper recently. Maybe new technology has made him change his mind about the aspect ratio.

Decisions made in the era of 4:3 CRT TV sets are no longer relevant these days.
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Old 03-08-2010, 14:06   #10
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Good point. It never made a lot of sense on DVD too but the argument had minuscule relevance when some people do watch DVDs on 4:3 TVs. Obviously they do not in HD.

Which newspaper was it?
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Old 03-08-2010, 21:12   #11
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Live! magazine in The Mail On Sunday.

Erm... I didn't buy it. I read it round my parents' house. Honest.
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Is this the article in question, by any chance? I hope so -- I had to visit the Mail's site to find it, and I'd rather not to have to go again.
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Yes, that's it.
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The article seems to have wrong information, surely Coppola knows the aspect ratio of his own films, this is what he says about The Godfather.

The Lumis has a contrast ratio of 35,000:1; the superb black level and corresponding sharp shadow detail add a new sense of realism to images. In a very low-light film such as The Godfather, the image is as rich as I've ever seen it. I also have the option to watch in 21:9 super-widescreen, the same ratio you see in the cinema. The Godfather was not shot in that aspect ratio, strange that Coppola should mention it.

Looking forward to Apocalypse Now in its proper aspect ratio at long last.
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I don't see any sign of the previously released Coppola audio commentary in the special features. Will it be included on the Blu-ray I hope?
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Also, any word on if the films will be split in half across two discs like they were on the Complete Dossier DVD? I sincerely hope not, given the space capacity of Blu-ray.
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Old 27-09-2010, 11:33   #17
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I'm sure many people have already seen this, but in case not... an interview with some of the people behind the release at The Digital Bits (link) discusses why they've decided to release it in 2.35:1, amongst other restorationy things, as well as confirming that the whole film (both cuts) is on one disc and that Coppola's commentary is included.
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