In this interview with Written By magazine editor Richard Stayton for the WGA, he talks about his early writing days and adapting the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness for Francis Ford Coppola.
In addition to writing the screenplays for films such as Magnum Force, Big Wednesday and Conan the Barbarian, he was also the inspiration for Walter Sobchak (played by John Goodman) in The Big Lebowski.
Details have been announced for the Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in two different versions on October 19th.
Although this is the US release date, a UK and worldwide release should be confirmed relatively soon.
The epic about a US army captain (Martin Sheen) sent to assassinate a rogue colonel gone native deep in the jungle (Marlon Brando) is one of the great films of the 1970s and a vivid depiction of the insanity of the Vietnam War.
There will be a regular 2-disc set and a more comprehensive Full Disclosure edition which includes George Hickenlooper’s memorable making of documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991), which will also be in 1080p.
The package will include the original 1979 theatrical cut and the extended Apocalypse Now Redux version (released back in 2001) and both will be presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
For previous DVD releases cinematographer Vittorio Storaro made the curious decision to modify it to 2.00:1 (the Univisium format), which he thinks should be a universal ratio for all films.
But now audiences will be able to see the film in high definition as well as in its original theatrical aspect ratio for the first time.
The extras for the two editions break down like this:
2 FILM SET
Apocalypse Now – 1979 Cut
Apocalypse Now Redux
“A Conversation with Martin Sheen” interview by Francis Ford Coppola
“An Interview with John Milius” interview by Francis Ford Coppola
Complete Francis Ford Coppola interview with Roger Ebert at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Monkey Sampan “lost scene”
“Destruction of the Kurtz Compound” end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
“The Hollow Men,” video of Marlon Brando reading T.S. Eliot’s poem