A very nice promo for the very complete, “full-disclosure” Blu-Ray release of Francis Coppola’s brilliant, and brilliantly flawed, masterpiece dropping this October.
A cine-geek note: in case you were wondering how it is possible this is the first time the film has been released in its “original theatrical aspect ratio” despite having been in letterboxed editions of various types since the early nineties, Wikipedia has your answer:
The first home video releases of Apocalypse Now were pan-and-scan versions of the original 35 mm Technovision anamorphic 2.35:1 print, and the closing credits, white on black background, were presented in compressed 1.33:1 full-frame format to allow all credit information to be seen on standard televisions. The first letterboxed appearance (on laserdisc on December 29, 1991) cropped the film to a 2:1 aspect ratio (conforming to the Univisium spec created by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro), featuring a small degree of pan-and-scan processing — notably in the opening shots in Willard’s hotel room, featuring a composite montage — at the insistence of Coppola and Storaro. The end credits, from a videotape source rather than a film print, were still crushed for 1.33:1 and zoomed to fit the anamorphic video frame. All DVD releases have maintained this aspect ratio in anamorphic widescreen, but present the film without the end credits, which were treated as a separate feature. As a DVD extra, the footage of the explosion of the Kurtz compound was featured without text credits but included a commentary by director Coppola explaining the various endings based on how the film was screened… It was announced that the upcoming Blu-ray release of Apocalypse Now will restore the film to its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, making it the first home video release to display the film in its true aspect ratio.