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Info: Cleaning up the Apocalypse Now workprint!

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So I’ve got a copy of the workprint for Apocalypse now. It’s so interesting, but the quality is really low, as VHS workprints tend to be.

Point is, I was thinking about trying to clean it up. The Complete Dossier DVDs have a lot of deleted scenes which seem to be straight chunks of the workprint, and some footage of it cut with special features that look and sound much better than the bootleg.

So, the idea is to swap in the higher quality footage from the DVD, any footage I can from the Blu Rays of the film, and maybe replace The Doors songs with The Doors HD Tracks releases of their music. For a better viewing experience? For preservation? For shits and giggles? I dunno, man.

The problem is that the workprint, and the DVD scenes are encoded dreadfully. They all have this timecode that shows they’re hardcoded to 30fps, and interlaced on top of that. It’s easy enough to deinterlace it and get it back to a smooth 30, but at that point, the source is a solid 30. I can’t really get it to 24, because it’s a 30fps video with the timecode.

So, I’m asking if anyone can help me get that mess of fields and frames back to 24fps for editing, and if anyone knows any other places I can get better quality workprint footage.

sry m8

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MLB FILMS said:

Any news?

I would love to have any news, but like my first post says I can’t sort out the messed up WP framerate. If I could the edit could be quickly done.

sry m8

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Sorry to hear that would you mind sending me the work print video I have been looking for it awhile now 😀

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I would actually be interested in seeing the original workprint of this classic war flick.

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Is there any way I can watch this online for free?

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micahknight said:

Is there any way I can watch this online for free?

An unfinshed project? Probably not.

You’ll have to own the offical retail release to be able to obtain this - when it is finished, via the Rules here, and pretty much everywhere else too for fan projects.

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I have been watching the Redux and special features yesterday and a few things sprang to mind about footage from the workprint.

I feel at the start as Willard narrates about the walls closing in… Instead of showing Willard at the Kurtz compound from the end of the film this should be the sex scene with the prostitue while Jim Morrison is saying “Fuck Fuck, Yeah” before Willard has his mental breakdown about his wife.

Pretty much everything is ok so far as Redux is concerned but without the French Plantation and some parts at the end.

To me It feels like we should get the Booby trap “floating Baby” scene and the Monkey Sampan scene instead of the plantation scene.

There is also a small part missing for which Lance shoots at a Water buffalo near the Red Banners before the gun fight from the jungle that kills “Clean” (Lawrence Fishburne) The machine gun fire actually gave their position away. Potentially you could have the burial at the french plantation and then carry on up the River.

I think what can be inferred by the workprint is to do with Willards BLack Shirt so possibly Willard may have Killed Colby and Dennis Hopper photo journalist quite quickly and then Kurtz let’s Willard go after a while?

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Hey, I know this may not be the answer you wanted but did you have a link to this workprint? It’s just I’ve been looking for it online and I would like to start a small collection. That’s it. Sorry for bothering, just wondering if I could get a link/PM to it