The title is derived from the source material for Apocalypse Now, the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness. Using behind the scenes footage, and narrated by Eleanor Coppola, it chronicles how production problems including bad weather, actors' health and other issues delayed the film, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola. In 1990, Coppola turned her material over to two young filmmakers George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr who then shot new interviews with the original cast and crew and intercut them with her existing material. After a year of editing, Hickenlooper, Bahr, and Coppola debuted their film at the Cannes International Film Festival to universal critical acclaim.
Originally aired on television in the United States, Hearts of Darkness won several awards: The National Board of Review, USA award for "Best Documentary", 1991, an American Cinema Editors award for "Best Edited Documentary", 1992, two Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Directing" and "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Picture Editing", 1992, and the International Documentary Association award, 1992.
The original film Apocalypse Now has seen various VHS editions; unfortunately, to date, there has been no DVD release of this well-regarded documentary. (wikipedia)
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"The Hollow Men" (16:55) is an unexpurgated version of Marlon Brando's reading of T.S. Eliot's poem. The footage is much more than a deleted master shot, though. The reading is set to a montage of footage that didn't appear in the film, from local children playing, to one of the extras who played a decapitated head on the stairway at Kurtz's compound having a smoke between takes. The condition of source elements is a little rough, but the footage is excellent.
"Monkey Sampan" (3:00) combines footage of locals performing The Doors' "Light My Fire" in broken English with a haunting deleted sequence in which Willard's PBR encounters a sampan overrun with monkeys.
There are a total of 12 additional scenes, removed from the 1979 version of Apocalypse Now and not restored for the 2001 cut. Most are brief and banal, but they give you a sense of the quantity of footage shot for the picture. The most interesting of the bunch are Willard's reading a letter intercepted from Kurtz's wife (she's apparently as weird and poetic as he is); some additional Dennis Hopper philosophizing; a minute-and-a-half expansion of Willard's face-to-face with Colby (Scott Glenn), in which the assassin who preceded him speaks about the fresh bodies strewn about the Kurtz compound; and a six-minute sequence in which Willard interacts even more with Colby and Hopper's photojournalist. All of the scenes are framed at 2.35:1. The source elements, which haven't been properly color timed, are in rough shape.
Finally, a section called "A/V Club" has a collection of production featurettes:
• "The Birth of 5.1 Sound" (5:47)
Walter Murch, Francis Ford Coppola, and Ioan Allen from Dolby Labs discuss the audio evolution from Star Wars's "baby boom" stereo design to Apocalypse Now's introduction of full stereo surround, which eventually evolved into 5.1 surround.
• "Ghost Helicopter Flyover" (3:50)
The featurette discusses and examines Walter Murch's careful sonic design of the helicopter flyovers that make up the opening shot of the film.
• "The Synthesizer Soundtrack"
Bob Moog's long and detailed essay from Contemporary Keyboard magazine about the Herculean task of realizing the film's synthesizer score.
• Technical FAQ
A text-based supplement that answers questions about the 2.0:1 aspect ratio of the home video releases of Apocalypse Now, the various release versions of the 1979 cut, and whether or not Willard calls in an airstrike on the Kurtz compound at the film's end.
A section called "The Post Production of Apocalypse Now" contains a quartet of featurettes that can be played individually or streamed together via a Play All option:
• "A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now" (17:54)
• "The Music of Apocalypse Now" (14:43)
• "Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now" (15:19)
• "Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Final Mix" (3:07)
The featurettes are constructed of new and archival interviews with contributors to the film. They provide a wealth of detail about the lengthy and intensive work that went into piecing the film together once shooting was complete. The titles of the pieces give you a solid idea of the content they contain.
Disc Two contains three additional featurettes:
• "PBR Streetgang" (4:10) offers contemporary interviews with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall, and Frederic Forrest. They discuss the experience of working on the film, and Coppola's methods of directing actors.
• "Apocalypse Then and Now" (3:40) reveals Coppola's motivations for creating Apocalypse Now Redux.
• "The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now" (4:05) explains the Technicolor dye transfer system and its use in the restoration of Apocalypse Now and the creation of Apocalypse Now Redux.
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