‘Apocalypse Now’ screens in 4K at State Museum IMAX on 40th anniversary

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana State Museum IMAX has announced two screenings of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now for the 40th anniversary of its original release.

IMAX Theater Director Brian Hammes said Apocalypse Now: Final Cut presents a new, never-before-seen restored version of the film.

Apocalypse Now has been remastered in 4K Ultra HD and employs a ground-breaking sound system, engineered to create a truly visceral experience. It has also been enhanced with High Dynamic Range HDR, which delivers spectacular colors and highlights. The brighter brights and darker darks result in breathtaking realism.”

Originally released in August of 1979, Apocalypse Now won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and has since been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Set during the Vietnam War, the film tells the story of Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen), ordered by superiors to terminate vigilante Special Forces Colonel Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando) “with extreme prejudice.”

Willard becomes a participant in the horrors of war during his voyage upriver into the Cambodian jungle in this loose remake of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness novella.

Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola, and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Duvall, and won for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

A second cut of the film, Apocalypse Now: Redux, was released in 2001 featuring 49 minutes of restored scenes cut from the original film.

“When I was introduced to the film with Apocalypse Now: Redux in the early 2000’s, I was blown away. It’s a beautiful film, and a somehow simultaneously hyper realistic and completely surreal depiction of the darkest depths of men that war reveals,” Hammes said.

The new Final Cut was released for the 40th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. In this version, Coppola cut 20 minutes from Redux, and restored the film from the original camera negative in 4K HD.

“I think this new, more succinct cut will make the film feel more accessible and focused. It’s a really rare chance to experience a classic film from one of the 20th century’s true auteurs on a gorgeous, original IMAX screen!”

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut  •  State Museum IMAX Theatre (650 W. Washington Street) •  $16.50


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