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Apocalypse Now— The Complete Dossier


This two-disc set includes both the original 1979 film and the 2001 Redux version, as well as a boatload of extras: a lost scene, a dozen never-before-seen outtakes, a “Redux Marker” that allows viewers to note the differences between the two versions, several featurettes (including one with the terrifying title “A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now“—just when you thought you’d really seen it all), and especially for the English majors out there, a clip of Marlon Brando reading T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” in its entirety.


(First Run)

One of two documentaries to make the cut at last year’s New York Film Festival, Michel Negroponte’s film examines the lives of several men and women on methadone.

This Island Earth


One of the peaks from the oft misappreciated world of 1950s sci-fi, this philosophically minded Cold War allegory concerns a scientist (played by the perfectly named Rex Reason) who gets drawn into an interplanetary war. keywords include “babe scientist,” “giant insect,” and “human taken to alien planet.” Need I say more?