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Apocalypse Now


Academy AwardTM Nominations
Best PictureFrancis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg 
Best DirectorFrancis Ford Coppola 
Best Actor in a Supporting RoleRobert Duvall 
Best Original ScreenplayFrancis Ford Coppola, John Milius 
Best CinematographyVittorio Storaro 
Best Film EditingLisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, Richard Marks, Walter Murch 
Best SoundRichard Beggs, Mark Berger, Nathan Boxer, Walter Murch 
Best Art DirectionAngelo P. Graham, George R. Nelson, Dean Tavoularis
Cpt. Willard Martin Sheen
Col. Kurtz Marlon Brando
Lt. Kilgore Robert Duvall
Chef Frederic Forrest
Chief Phillips Albert Hall
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)
  Francis Ford Coppola
  Fred Roos (Co-producer)
Editor Walter Murch
  Lisa Fruchtman
  Gerald B. Greenberg
  Richard Marks
Casting Terry Liebling
  Vic Ramos
Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
Original Music Francis Ford Coppola
  Carmine Coppola
  Mickey Hart
Art Director Angelo P. Graham
Costume Designer Charles E. James
Production Designer Dean Tavoularis
Set Decorator George R. Nelson
Sound Walter Murch (Sound Montage, Sound Re-recording mixer)
  Nathan Boxer (Production Sound Recordist)
  Mark Berger (Sound Re-recording Mixer)
  Richard Beggs (Sound Re-recording Mixer)
Other Richard Beggs (Musician - Synthesizer)
  Alex Tavoularis (Production Illustrator)


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

(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."

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