Hearts of darkness A filmmaker's apocalypse

Showtime Networks

DVD - 2007

An in-depth and engrossing look into the making of Francis Ford Coppola's epic Apocalypse Now, as filmed by his wife Eleanor.

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Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment [2007]
Corporate Author
Showtime Networks
Corporate Author
Showtime Networks (-)
Other Authors
Fax Bahr (-), Eleanor Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, 1939-
Deluxe ed., full screen format
Item Description
Originally produced in 1991.
Special features: audio commentary featuring Francis and Eleanor Coppola; "CODA : thirty years later" a brand-new documentary.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Region 1; Dolby digital, English 2.0 surround; full screen format.
Rating: R ; for language.
Production Credits
Produced by George Zaloom and Les Mayfield ; edited by Michael Greer and Jay Miracle ; music composed by Todd Boekelheide.
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Review by Library Journal Review

The "making-of" featurette has become de rigueur on many feature film DVD releases, particularly on "special" or "deluxe" editions. But few can stand as documentaries in their own right like this warts-and-all behind-the-scenes peek at Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Relying on secretly recorded audiotapes and 16mm footage shot on the film's Philippines set by Coppola's wife, Eleanor, Bahr and Hickenlooper have assembled an eavesdropping look at the infamously troubled production, which went on more than a year past its planned shooting schedule. Coppola is captured dealing with multiple problems, from Martin Sheen's heart attack to Marlon Brando's obesity to a sudden typhoon, not to mention an unfinished script-his own brand of egomaniacal brilliance. As an added feature, Eleanor Coppola once again tracks production of her husband's filmmaking with his most recent film, Youth Without Youth, in an hour-long making-of piece, Coda: Thirty Years Later. Long overdue for release on disc, Hearts has at last arrived-albeit in a digitally unscrubbed version that reveals all of its technical flaws. Better late (and imperfect) than never. For most collections.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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