Tribeca Film Festival Premiere: 40th Anniversary Remaster of ‘Apocalypse Now: Final Cut’

 

Hardly surprisingly, the horrors of the Vietnam War seem to lurk persistently in the collective American psyche. And for everything happening at this year’s 18th edition of the exalted Tribeca Film Festival (including the premiere of Danny Boyle’s much buzzed about Yesterday), perhaps the greatest level of anticipation is thusly reserved for the debut of the special 40th Anniversary release of Francis Ford Coppola’s chilling classic Apocalypse Now.

Adapted from the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness, director Coppola, along with screenwriters John Milius and Michael Herr, moved the story from Colonial Africa to the Cambodian jungle, where Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz has gone mad, and is ordered to be “terminated with extreme prejudice.” The moral and ethical chaos that unfolds as Martin Sheen’s Captain Willard seeks out his target represents perhaps the most raw, unflinching depiction of the gruesome nihilism of contemporary warfare – so perfectly encapsulated in the now legendary Colonel Kilgore (as played by Robert Duvall) quote, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

 

 

The new version has been remastered in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos® from a 4K scan of the original negative – very technical sounding jargon which actually translates to colors that are apparently 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times blacker.

Restoring Apocalypse Now: Final Cut forty years later has been a tremendous undertaking and joy,” enthuses Coppola. “I am thrilled to be able to share [it] with the world for the first time at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. 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.”

The screening will take place April 28, at 5pm, at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre, and will be followed by a discussion of the film with Coppola himself.

 

Latest in ARTS & CULTURE

ARTS & CULTURE

The Official Trailer Has Arrived For ‘Spencer’ – Starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Di

ARTS & CULTURE

Seven Questions w/ Dot Allison on Returning to Music After Twelve Years Gone

ARTS & CULTURE

Exclusive: Spotlighting Five Activist Creatives From the Fitler Club ‘Artists in Residence’ Program

ARTS & CULTURE

BlackBook Premiere: New IAMEVE Single + Video ‘Raindrops’ is a Journey Into Greater Awareness

ARTS & CULTURE

10 Questions w/ Dita Von Teese About ‘Night of the Teese’ + Just Being Dita

ARTS & CULTURE

New Placebo Single ‘Beautiful James’ is a Deft Stroke of Sexual Ambiguity

ARTS & CULTURE

New Book ‘Alice Neel: An Engaged Eye’ Exalts the Great Portraitist of Otherness

ARTS & CULTURE

Trailer: Why Grownups Really Need to Go See ‘Addams Family 2’