Version reportedly includes plantation scene, more Brando

Francis Ford Coppola’s expanded and more elaborate version of “Apocalypse Now” will premiere as a special gala at the Cannes Intl. Film Festival in May.

The celebrated 1979 Vietnam War drama, which had its much-anticipated world premiere at Cannes, where it shared the Palme d’Or with “The Tin Drum,” has had 53 minutes added by Coppola and editor Walter Murch, who spent several months working on the project. Also closely involved was cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who supervised the new Technicolor dye-transfer prints. There is also a new digital six-track soundtrack.

Originally released in the U.S. by United Artists, the American Zoetrope production is shopping for a new U.S. distributor, and any details for the re-release will have to await conclusion of a deal.

The new version reportedly includes the much-discussed “French plantation” sequence featuring the late Christian Marquand and Aurore Clement. The Playboy Playmates scene has been expanded, and there is also said to be more detail involving Martin Sheen and his crewmates on their voyage, and new Marlon Brando material has reportedly been included as well.

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