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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Academy AwardTM Nominations

Award

Won

Nominee(s)

Best Picture

Unchecked

Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg 

Best Director

Unchecked

Francis Ford Coppola 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Unchecked

Robert Duvall 

Best Original Screenplay

Unchecked

Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius 

Best Cinematography

Checked

Vittorio Storaro 

Best Film Editing

Unchecked

Lisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, Richard Marks, Walter Murch 

Best Sound

Checked

Richard Beggs, Mark Berger, Nathan Boxer, Walter Murch 

Best Art Direction

Unchecked

Angelo P. Graham, George R. Nelson, Dean Tavoularis  

Question: Why is the aspect ratio of the Apocalypse Now Redux DVD not the 2.35:1 ratio of the cinematic release?

Answer:
(by Kim Aubry, Producer of Apocalypse Now Redux)

In fact, the transfer of Apocalypse Now Redux (from film elements to High Definition digital videotape) was made with an aspect ratio of 2.0:1. This is consistent with the 1998 transfer of the original film Apocalypse Now done for DVD.

The aspect ratio 2.0:1 was chosen by the cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, who supervised every aspect of this film transfer. Storaro believes that for the purpose of TV transfer, it is better to crop (slightly) the extreme left/right edges of the originally photographed frame and allow for a taller picture on both conventional and 16:9 TV monitors, because the video presentation will have more vertical resolution and detail and will be more impactful.

An orthodox 2.35:1 or 2.4:1 transfer would in some ways be a more accurate reflection of the framing seen in most cinemas, but the picture would be using only approximately 50% of the available scanning lines of the NTSC and PAL systems and hence have very limited vertical resolution. Storaro believes that since he himself composed these shots when the film was made and since he carefully made fine adjustments to the framing as needed in the transfer, the 2.0:1 transfer is the best possible compromise in adapting the very wide film picture to the very "square" TV.

Mr Coppola and I agree with Storaro's views and accepted his decision.

You are right to wonder about the discrepancy between the theatrical trailer and the feature itself. But the feature is not 1.85:1, it is 2.0:1. The transfer of the trailer was not supervised by Storaro, and was done using the conventional theatrical aspect of 2.35:1. It doesn't bother us, as this is considered a DVD "extra."

If you would like to learn more about Storaro's ideas and the 2.0:1 aspect ration, you may check out this informative web site:

univisium.com

Cpt. Willard

Martin Sheen

Col. Kurtz

Marlon Brando

Lt. Kilgore

Robert Duvall

Chief Phillips

Albert Hall

Chef

Frederic Forrest

Lance Johnson

Sam Bottoms

Mr. Clean

Laurence Fishburne

Photographer

Dennis Hopper

Col. Lucas

Harrison Ford

General

G. D. Spradlin

Civilian

Jerry Ziesmer

Colby

Scott Glenn

Sgt. MP

Bo Byers

Kilgore's Gunner

James Keane

Agent

Bill Graham

Soldier with Suitcase

George Cantero

Roach

Herb Rice

AFRS Announcer

Marc Coppola

Machine Gunner

Damien Leake

Playmate Terri Tereil

Colleen Camp

Sergeant MP #2

Larry Carney

Mike from San Diego

Kerry Rossall

Injured Soldier

Ron McQueen

Supply Sergeant

Tom Mason

Carrie Foster

Cynthia Wood

Playmate Sandra Beatty

Linda Carpenter

Soldier in Trench

Jack Thibeau

Lieutenant Carlsen

Glenn Walken

Spotter

William Upton

Major from New Jersey

Daniel Kiewit

Catholic Priest

Father Elias

Clean's Mother

Hattie James

Johnny from Malibu

Jerry Ross

Helicopter Pilot

Dick White

Director of TV Crew

Francis Ford Coppola

TV Photographer

Vittorio Storaro

Director

Francis Ford Coppola

Screenwriter

Francis Ford Coppola

 

Joseph Conrad (Novel: Heart of Darkness)

 

John Milius

 

Michael Herr (Narration)

Producer

John Ashley (Associate Producer)

 

Gray Frederickson (Co-producer)

 

Eddie Romero (Associate Producer)

 

Mona Skager (Associate Producer)

 

Tom Sternberg (Co-producer)

 

Fred Roos (Co-producer)

 

Francis Ford Coppola

Editor

Walter Murch

 

Lisa Fruchtman

 

Gerald B. Greenberg

 

Richard Marks

Casting

Terry Liebling

 

Vic Ramos

Cinematographer

Vittorio Storaro

Original Music

Mickey Hart

 

Francis Ford Coppola

 

Carmine Coppola

Art Director

Angelo P. Graham

Costume Designer

Charles E. James

Production Designer

Dean Tavoularis

Set Decorator

George R. Nelson

Sound

Nathan Boxer (Production Sound Recordist)

 

Mark Berger (Sound Re-recording Mixer)

 

Richard Beggs (Sound Re-recording Mixer)

 

Walter Murch (Sound Montage, Sound Re-recording mixer)

Other

Richard Beggs (Musician - Synthesizer)

 

Alex Tavoularis (Production Illustrator)

Clips

Apocalypse Now Redux Trailer

External Links

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ApocalypseNow.com

IMDB Entry for Apocalypse Now

Posters

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