I too am a apologist for the Brando mumble - but in Apocalypse Now he became a parody of himself. The production in Apocalyspe Now was shambolic (Have you seen the Making Of? filmed by Copolla's wife, it's an achievment that anything was produced) but Brando turning up comically overwieght without having read the book or, apparently, his lines didn't help. I see what you mean about the voice recordings. Only an actor of Brando's stature could have achieved that, I only wish he had turned up to the set prepared and in-shape for the scenes he actually appeared in.