Apocalypse Now: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack, Import
"Saigon. Shit, I'm still only in Saigon." So begins Francis Ford Coppola's epic journey down the rivers of the Vietnam War into a world paralysed by rationalised insanity and ritual murder. The horror of this alternate reality is scrutinised on this collection, which contains not only the film's score, written by the director and his father, but also a hefty portion of the original dialogue and sound design of the film. And frankly, the most chilling and absorbing part of the film is Captain Willard's weary yet brilliantly evocative narration on the absurd, plus Colonel Kurtz's free-associated meditations on death, snails crawling across straight razors and more death. While Coppola's score is less over-the-top than the dialogue, it still makes the listener shiver. Much of the music is akin to a Vangelis score with added spleen: vicious, shimmering washes of synthesiser with notes waiting to cave inward like a circus big-top tent on fire, as in the bedlam of "Do Lung Bridge". Toss in The Doors' violent hedonism on "The End", tribal war drumming and a word or two from both Wagner and Flash Cadillac and you have your own audio journey into the heart of darkness. To paraphrase Martin Sheen's Willard: it's a choice mission, and once it is over, you'll never want another. --Michael Woodring
導入部と最期にウィラード大尉がカーツ大佐を殺す場面に流れるドアーズ（The Doors）の「The End」がやはり白眉。歌詞の内容と映画の内容がリンクして、作られた時代が違うのにまるでこの映画のために作られたようなハマりっぷりだ。コッポラ（Francis Coppola）監督とジム・モリソン（Jim Morrison）は同窓生なので、この曲があったからこの映画を作ったという一面もあったのでは。
If it is the music you are after, most sound tracks pail compared to the original, with the exception of original music for the movie. If it is the significant dialog and feel for the movie, this soundtrack has what the maker thinks is significant. I agree with the choices.
I have to admit to being a fan of the movie. When taking a long drive, I put it into the car player, turn it up, and I'm in the adventure rather than driving down a boring highway. I own many soundtracks and this one is unique in that it's just not the "music" but much of the pertinent dialogue that makes "Apocalypse Now" unique.
For those who haven't seen the movie and wish a soundtrack that takes one into the action like no other, "Apocalypse Now" is one soundtrack that will take you where no other soundtrack has before. Obviously I highly recommend it for everyone who is a fan of the movie, or the movies. A must have for any collection.
Even beyond cinematography, it is the narrative of Willard (Sheen) and the words of Kurtz (Brando) that binds this story together. Unlike the soundtrack of films like _Full Metal Jacket_, this is a CD of dialogue and monologue rather than just music, though the music is there as well.
As an added bonus, there are some lines that did not make the editorial cut into the movie, but which are entirely germane to the story.
In every way, this soundtrack conveys the tone and essence of the picture.