How do you take a classic and improve on it? Usually, remakes and redos end up being disappointing, but Apocalypse Now: Final Cut is something totally different. In this case, the genius behind the original — Francis Ford Coppola — has been given free rein to rediscover and expand on the classic film. This August, the remake will be hitting cinemas — with all of the integrity of the original, but so much more.
“To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Vietnam cult war epic, Studiocanal will release in cinemas this summer a special, never-before-seen cut restored with breathtaking realism by Coppola himself to the highest and finest audio and visual standards, for a truly visceral cinema experience,” the video explains. “Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now: Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of his multi-awarded classic — a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers.”
You can see the whole trailer here:
It’s rare that remaking or reimagining can create a superior version, but with the same genius and same raw material, this director’s cut is a huge opportunity. The fact that it will be released in cinemas will ensure a totally immersive, unadulterated experience to let you truly appreciate Coppola’s work. Get tickets while you can.