Back in 1979 Francis Ford Coppola took a vacation to South East Asia and filmed a family movie over a weekend. While that is probably untrue, in 1979 he did spend months in hell toiling to create what more than one reputable critic has described as “one of the greatest films of all time.”

Hitting the streets on October 19th, Coppola’s Apocalypse Now comes to Blu-ray in stunning high definition for the first time. Available in two versions, the 2-Film Set and the Full Disclosure set, the former will run you $40 and the three disc latter version is $60. Unless of course you happened to know some handsome fellas willing to give you a copy for free….

If you want the Full Disclosure set, which includes Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux, and the documentary Hearts of Darkness, you’re still going to have to shell out some cash, because we don’t have any of those. Sorry to get your hopes up. But if you’re interested in is the 2-Film Set, which has the theatrical version and Redux, you’re in luck, and so are two of your fellow readers, because we have three copies of that to give away.

Just in case you’re feeling a tad sad about not getting the big, expensive version, how about you take a look at what you can get, for free:

  • Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux – presented in 1080P High Definition Widescreen, in their original 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratios and new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • NEW “A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola”
  • NEW “An Interview with John Milius” interview by Francis Ford Coppola
  • NEW “Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse” featurette
  • NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Complete Francis Ford Coppola interview with Roger Ebert at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • NEW TO THIS EDITION Original 1938 Mercury Theatre Radio Reading of “Heart of Darkness” featuring Orson Welles
  • Monkey Sampan “lost scene”
  • Additional Scenes
  • “Destruction of the Kurtz Compound” end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • “The Hollow Men,” video of Marlon Brando reading T.S. Eliot’s poem
  • “The Birth of 5.1 Sound” featurette
  • “Ghost Helicopter Flyover” sound effects demonstration
  • “A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now” featurette
  • “The Music of Apocalypse Now” featurette
  • “The Synthesizer Soundtrack” article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog
  • “Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now” featurette
  • “The Final Mix” featurette
  • Apocalypse Then and Now” featurette
  • “The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now” featurette
  • “PBR Streetgang” featurette
  • “The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now” featurette

Not bad eh? Make sure to notice that the film is actually being presented in it’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, not some bastardized changed version that you may have seen previously on TV or DVD.

To win, you have to be a US resident. Other than that, you also have to be clever or at the very least entertaining. You know how we roll – we appreciate laughing. So make us laugh in the comments below or otherwise just say something else on whatever your little heart desires. We’ll either pick the best ones or pick completely at random, depends on how hungover we are.

Oh, and you probably want to have a Blu-ray player, because this is a Blu-ray only give-away.


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