From the press release
“SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, has entered into a multi-year home entertainment distribution agreement with legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Corporation, it was announced today by Lionsgate President and Co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks and Francis Ford Coppola on behalf of American Zoetrope. Under the terms of the arrangement, Lionsgate obtains the North American DVD, Blu-ray, Electronic-sell-through (EST), Video-on-demand (VOD) and broadcast television distribution rights to some of the most important films in American cinema from master filmmaker Coppola, including Apocalyse Now, Apocalyse Now Redux and others, as well as the North American DVD, Blu-ray, EST and VOD rights to The Conversation. The first title to be released as part of the deal was Tetro, Coppola’s most recent theatrical release and first original screenplay since The Conversation, as well as his most personal film to date.
The next release under the Zoetrope/Lionsgate partnership will come October 19th, when Lionsgate will unveil Apocalypse Now for the first time ever in High Definition. Apocalypse Now is widely recognized as one of the cinematic masterpieces of the late 20th century. An Academy Award® nominee for Best Picture in 1979 and ranked 28th on the AFI’s list of 100 Years…100 Movies, the movies features an all-star cast including Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper and Harrison Ford in memorable roles.
With new transfers supervised directly by Coppola, Apocalypse Now will premiere on Blu-ray in two deluxe editions: the 2-Film Set and the 3-disc Full Disclosure Edition. The 2-Film Set will include both Apocalypse Now – The 1979 Cut and Apocalypse Now Redux and will also include over nine hours of special features. The Full Disclosure Edition will include the seminal making-of documentary Hearts of Darkness, a 48-page collectible booklet and storyboard, photo and marketing archives.
Another critically acclaimed Zoetrope film that Lionsgate will distribute under the deal is The Conversation. Starring Gene Hackman as a private detective who becomes obsessed with one of his cases, The Conversation won the 1974 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was selected in 1995 for preservation in the Library of Congress by the U.S. National Film Registry for its cultural significance."
Anyone know what aspect ratio this will be in?
Hope The Conservation gets released soon too!!
Nice to finally see an A.Now disc with Heart Of Darkness!!!
would love to see a HD transfer for The Rain People too but since it’s now with WB i doubt it.
Joks, read the bottom
^^read it, that’s why i said i hope it gets released soon ;-)
Conversation is just getting repackaged, an HD remaster/Blu release is either still unannounced or simply not happening.
-Anyone know what aspect ratio this will be in?-
I haven’t seen any official word regarding this release, but American Zoetrope has gone out of their way to make clear that Coppola is in agreement with Vittorio Storaro regarding a 2.0:1 ratio for this film, so I would almost guarantee that this release will be in 2.0:1 as well (Zoetrope owes the rights to the film).
This is joyous news
Double dipping time!
Whoa! Awesome news! That pretty much seals the deal and convinces me to get a Blu Ray player. Of course, this will be the third time I have purchased the film (the original bare-bones DVD and the the “Complete Dossier” release) in the last 8 years or so, kind of ridiculous. But even more special features on here, it seems… I’ll be a sucker for that. Damn, I love that movie (in both its beautiful incarnations).
Imagine that chopper attack in glorious high definition with DTS-HD Master Audio! They’ll get their case of beer for that one.
Just a couple of days ago I was wondering when we’d get this on BD. Great news! Even better that the deluxe version is going to include Hearts of Darkness.
I’ve been waiting for this for so long, one of my favorite movies ever and definitely my favorite war movie. I hope the transfer is really good
Wow, turns out I was very wrong speculating about aspect ratio. According to IGN, both cuts of the film will be in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
Apocalypse Now – 1979 Cut
Apocalypse Now Redux
“A Conversation with Martin Sheen” interview by Francis Ford Coppola
“An Interview with John Milius” interview by Francis Ford Coppola
Complete Francis Ford Coppola interview with Roger Ebert at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Monkey Sampan “lost scene”
“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
Ghost Helicopter Flyover sound effects demonstration
A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now
The Music of Apocalypse Now
Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now
The Final Mix
Apocalypse Then and Now
The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now
The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now
The Synthesizer Soundtrack" article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog
Full Disclosure Edition
Like the 2-Film Set above, plus:
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
Optional audio commentary with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
48-page collectible printed booklet with special note from Francis Ford Coppola, never-before-seen archives from the set, behind the scenes photos and more
John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Ford Coppola Notes
Photo Gallery, including images from photographer Mary Ellen Mark
There’s cover art here as well.
Wow. Something I have been waiting for for a long damn time! :D
Now available for pre-order on Amazon.
Matt, you just made my day. and i have been having a really shitty day too!! hehe thx
“Conversation is just getting repackaged, an HD remaster/Blu release is either still unannounced or simply not happening.”
“t Lionsgate and American Zoetrope are working on a Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation for release in 2011 – excellent news indeed!”
^^From digital bits.
At the risk of sounding like a prick, Blu-Ray is “No-Way” to experience “Apocalypse Now”.
There are several movies that are mandatory “big screen” experiences.
“Apocalypse Now” is one of them.
After witnessing this film multiple times at the Astor Theatre, I can’t even fathom the idea of viewing this on a television set, Blu-Ray be damned. And the colours look really smudgy on a television screen (I was in the lounge room briefly once when it was playing).
Blu-Ray can never replace the clarity and depth of field you get at the cinema (nevermind the sound quality of a real theatre).
This is why I’ve started buying a fair few vinyl records recently—I have a turntable, so I might as well take advantage of it. I buy second hand records and the sound quality is better than anything you could EVER get from an i-Clod.
Old school is the way to go (as much as possible).
I guess what I’m saying is “Apocalypse Now” on Blu-Ray makes my stomach turn. The people behind this deserve to go broke on this one. But alas, they won’t.
-Old school is the way to go (as much as possible).-
So . . . VHS? . . . Betamax? Not sure I follow your reasoning. There’s not always a theatrical print handy, you know.