Apocalypse Now: Final Cut - 40th Anniversary (4K+2D Blu-ray SteelBook) (Zavvi Exclusive) [UK]

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Aug 22, 2011
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Just got back. It was worth seeing it in the cinema for the sound alone. The sheer chaos of it all in some scenes was incredible, yet is was mixed so well that you could always hear the dialogue as much as you needed to.

The only disappointing thing was the cinema itself. The screen they put it on has one of it's emergency exits right next to the screen, so close that the sign was casting light onto the corner of the screen, and the projector seemed a little weak. I'm not sure what the correct term is, but even though I was only just off centre, the right side of the screen (I was on the left) seemed too dark, like looking at a DLP TV with a weak bulb.

And, I'm not sure if this is just how the film looks, or if it was the cinema, but some shots seemed a little out of focus, there were a few jumps as if frames had skipped, and some, ghosting in some parts where there was fast movement. Dennis Hoppers hands went blurry for a second. I haven't watched the blu ray for a while but I don't remember seeing anything like that before.

None of this spoiled the film or anything and it wasn't constant. I mostly thought it looked great especially in close ups, but there were brief times I felt like I was watching a DVD blown up to too big a screen.
 
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RedFridge007

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Just like Ashcroft also have just got back from this, still collecting my thoughts a little, but am most certainly blown away.
I did notice a few very grainy shots, but assumed that was down to trouble with restoring complex shots. Didn't notice any hitching or ghosting in my viewing, but that could've been down to being an incredible cinema, or down to being too immersed to notice.
Absolutely a cinema worthy film, those three hours went by so ridiculously quickly. No other words yet, I just know I thoroughly enjoyed it.
 
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yeslek

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Nov 18, 2011
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Just got back. It was worth seeing it in the cinema for the sound alone. The sheer chaos of it all in some scenes was incredible, yet is was mixed so well that you could always hear the dialogue as much as you needed to.

The only disappointing thing was the cinema itself. The screen they put it on has one of it's emergency exits right next to the screen, so close that the sign was casting light onto the corner of the screen, and the projector seemed a little weak. I'm not sure what the correct term is, but even though I was only just off centre, the right side of the screen (I was on the left) seemed too dark, like looking at a DLP TV with a weak bulb.

And, I'm not sure if this is just how the film looks, or if it was the cinema, but some shots seemed a little out of focus, there were a few jumps as if frames had skipped, and some, ghosting in some parts where there was fast movement. Dennis Hoppers hands went blurry for a second. I haven't watched the blu ray for a while but I don't remember seeing anything like that before.

None of this spoiled the film or anything and it wasn't constant. I mostly thought it looked great especially in close ups, but there were brief times I felt like I was watching a DVD blown up to too big a screen.
Just like Ashcroft also have just got back from this, still collecting my thoughts a little, but am most certainly blown away.
I did notice a few very grainy shots, but assumed that was down to trouble with restoring complex shots. Didn't notice any hitching or ghosting in my viewing, but that could've been down to being an incredible cinema, or down to being too immersed to notice.
Absolutely a cinema worthy film, those three hours went by so ridiculously quickly. No other words yet, I just know I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The screen I went to was fantastic - only a few blurry sections in certain shots which I assumed are on the print or due to slight degreation of the orignal film strip(its the 40th Anniversary release so its not going to look perfect),
But it did look damn impressive, a well done clean up job for its age.
Grain present but thats to be expected with age.

I will echo that the sound mix was fantasic. Intense during the landing and air strike scenes, almost too intense but completely immursive - added to the clusterfuck feel of the war / movie as a whole IMO.

Was worth going for the sound alone IMO (the one I saw was Dolby Atmos, 4k screen and first time it sounded as good if not better than IMAX screenings of other movies. It was just surround, we had 3d above and below sounds - fantastic)