A new edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s war classic Apocalypse Now is heading to Australian cinemas on July 25th, coinciding with the film’s 40th anniversary.
Dubbed the “Final Cut” of the film, this is the first time the original negative has ever been scanned. Over 11 months and 2,700 hours were spent on cleaning and restoring the film’s 300,173 frames, resulting in a 4K cut that Coppola says “looks better than it has ever looked and sounds better than it has ever sounded”.
The sound he’s referring to is coming as a result of a Dolby Atmos mix, with enhancement in Meyer Sound Laboratories’ newly developed Sensual Sound, technology that has been reportedly engineered to “output audio below the limits of human hearing”.
“The audience will be able to see, hear and feel this film how I always hoped it could be—from the first ‘bang’ to the final whimper” Coppola said in a statement.
StudioCanal is giving the film theatrical screenings across UK, Germany and Australia. They will include a video introduction by Francis Ford Coppola, and select screenings will also feature a Q&A between Coppola and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh that was shot at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Apocalypse Now starred Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Harrison Ford, and told the story of an Army Captain (Sheen) who is sent into the Cambodian wild to kill a renegade colonel (Brando). The film earned eight Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and won 2 Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
Check out the new trailer released for Apocalypse Now Final Cut: