John Milius on Apocalypse Now

Screenwriter John Milius originally had doubts about the famous ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning‘ line from Apocalypse Now.

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.

The Coen Brothers certainly got the look right.

> John Milius at the IMDb
> Apocalypse Now at Wikipedia

blu-ray DVD & Blu-ray News

Apocalypse Now on Blu-ray

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:


  • 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”
  • Additional Scenes
    • “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
  • Featurettes:
    • The Birth of 5.1 Sound
    • Ghost Helicopter Flyover sound effects demonstration
    • A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now
    • The Music of Apocalypse Now
    • Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now
    • The Final Mix
    • Apocalypse Then and Now
    • The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now
    • PBR Streetgang
    • The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now
    • The Synthesizer Soundtrack” article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog


Like the 2-Film Set above, plus the following:

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
  • Optional audio commentary with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
  • 48-page collectible printed booklet with special note from Francis Ford Coppola, never-before-seen archives from the set, behind the scenes photos and more
  • John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Ford Coppola Notes
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Photo Gallery, including images from photographer Mary Ellen Mark
  • Marketing Archive

[Via IGN UK]

> Apocalypse Now at Wikipedia and IMDb
> Pre-order the Blu-ray of Apocalypse Now at Amazon UK

Interesting Trailers

Original Apocalypse Now Trailer

This is the original trailer for Apocalypse Now.


Note the lack of narration, the length, how it is edited and the fact that Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall are billed above Martin Sheen.

> Apocalypse Now at the IMDb
> Buy it on DVD at Amazon UK