Planet of the Apes

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With Tim Burton directing a remake of Planet of the Apes it was timely for Fox to release the original movie on DVD. Though lacking an anamorphic transfer, the image still looks fantastic. Fortunately, the picture is framed at the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and other than a few moments at the end of the film, which are minuscule, there are no distracting elements at all. The sound, on the other hand, doesn't come off as well. Though it has been remastered into Dolby Digital 5.1, it's weak, and rarely takes ...
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With Tim Burton directing a remake of Planet of the Apes it was timely for Fox to release the original movie on DVD. Though lacking an anamorphic transfer, the image still looks fantastic. Fortunately, the picture is framed at the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and other than a few moments at the end of the film, which are minuscule, there are no distracting elements at all. The sound, on the other hand, doesn't come off as well. Though it has been remastered into Dolby Digital 5.1, it's weak, and rarely takes advantage of the entire sound field as well as it could have. There is rarely any distinct separation up front, and the use of the back speakers is so minimal that viewers might not even know it's there. Even though Fox probably used the best tracks they had available to them, the sound is a bit tinny, not reproducing the kind of range most viewers appreciate. The disc also has an English and French four-channel Dolby Digital track, plus subtitles in both English and Spanish. While the Planet of the Apes box set does have an excellent two-hour documentary, there have to be a few things that Fox could have included on this disc. Sadly, all there is are five trailers for the different Apes films, and a brief photo gallery with some behind-the-scenes shots concerning makeup and costume, and some production pictures. Even though this disc is a relative disappointment, fans of this film have reason to be happy, especially with the job Fox did on the picture.
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Special Features

Widescreen 2.35:1; THX-certified Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; Planet Of The Apes web link; English and Spanish subtitles; English and French language tracks.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Mike Wilson and Rod Serling's script plays heavily (and sometimes simple-mindedly) on the conflicts between faith and science, while the paradoxically inverted relationship of man to apes allows the filmmakers to drive home some rather pointed attacks on racist behavior and intolerant attitudes on our planet. Charlton Heston's performance is not particularly subtle, but, between contorted grimaces and hollered epithets, he does create sympathy for his lost and angry character. The most compelling performance is by Roddy McDowell, who must spend the entire movie hidden in an ape costume. Director Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton, Papillon), along with his set designers, art directors, and makeup artists, creates an intriguing alternative world, with rabbit-warren-like habitations and cold, clinical ape masters. Planet of the Apes has an undeniable camp appeal -- several lines of dialogue are both intentionally and unintentionally hilarious, gender roles are badly dated, and the ape costumes have not aged well -- but the final scene holds up as a stirring and evocative moment of self-realization. John Chambers won an honorary Oscar for his innovative makeup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • UPC: 024543007913
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Taylor
Roddy McDowall Cornelius
Kim Hunter Zira
Maurice Evans Zaius
James Whitmore President of the Assembly
James Daly Honorius
Linda Harrison Nova
Lou Wagner Lucius
Woodrow Parfrey Maximus
Jeff Burton Dodge
Buck Kartalian Julius
Robert Gunner Landon
Diane Stanley Female Astronaut
Norman Burton Hunt Leader
Wright King Dr. Galen
Paul Lambert Minister
Harry Monty
Technical Credits
Franklin J. Schaffner Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Mort Abrahams Producer
John Chambers Makeup Special Effects
William J. Creber Art Director
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Morton Haack Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
William Kissell Asst. Director
Emil Kosa Jr. Special Effects
Herman Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Norman Rockett Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Rod Serling Screenwriter
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Michael Wilson Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. The Long Sleep. [:14]
2. Crash Landing. [3:11]
3. The Expidition. [1:56]
4. The Seekers. [2:08]
5. Life. [4:03]
6. Scarecrows. [3:45]
7. The Clothes Snatchers. [3:39]
8. "My Name is Taylor." [2:08]
9. "It's a Stunt." [3:32]
10. No escape. [3:08]
11. It's a Madhouse. [3:11]
12. The Hearing. [5:10]
13. New Identity. [:12]
14. Talking Heresy. [1:42]
15. Zaius' Fear. [4:47]
16. The abduction. [3:20]
17. The Forbidden Zone. [1:50]
18. On The Beach. [4:29]
19. The Cave. [1:08]
20. The Hostage. [2:29]
21. Saying Goodbye. [3:55]
22. The Revelation. [:04]
23. Cast of Characters. [3:25]
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      Behind The Scenes
      Before & After
      Concept Drawings
   Theatrical Trailer
   Web Link
   Main Titles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Apes must be remembered, Charlie

    ''Planet of the Apes'' is a very entertaining movie, and you'd better go see it quickly, before your friends take the edge off it by telling you all about it. They will, because it has the ingenious kind of plotting people love to talk about. If it were a great picture, it wouldn't need this kind of protection; it's just good enough to be worth the rush. Adapted from a novel by Pierre Boulle, 'Planet of the Apes' most closely resembles George Pal's 1960 version of H.G. Wells' 1895 novel 'The Time Machine.' It's also a little like 'Forbidden Planet,' the 1956 science-fiction adaptation of 'The Tempest,' though it's perhaps more cleverly sustained than either of those movies. At times, it has the primitive force of old 'King Kong.' It isn't a difficult or subtle movie; you can just sit back and enjoy it. That should place the genre closely enough, without spoiling the theme or the plot. The writing, by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, though occasionally bright, is often fancy-ironic in the old school of poetic disillusion. Even more often, it is crude. But the construction is really extraordinary. What seem to be weaknesses or holes in the idea turn out to be perfectly consistent, and sequences that work only at a simple level of parody while you're watching them turn out to be really funny when the total structure is revealed. You're too busy for much disbelief anyway; the timing of each action or revelation is right on the button. The audience is rushed along with the hero, who keeps going as fact as possible to avoid being castrated or lobotomized. The picture is an enormous, many-layered black joke on the hero and the audience, and part of the joke is the use of Charlton Heston as the hero. I don't think the movie could have been so forceful or so funny with anyone else. Physically, Heston, with his perfect, lean-hipped, powerful body, is a god-like hero; built for strength, he's an archetype of what makes Americans win. He doesn't play a nice guy; he's harsh and hostile, self-centered and hot-tempered. Yet we don't hate him, because he's so magnetically strong; he represents American power -- the physical attraction and admiration one feels toward the beauty of strength as well as the moral revulsion one feels toward the ugliness of violence. And he has the profile of an eagle. Franklin J. Schaffner, who directed 'Planet of the Apes,' uses the Heston of the preposterous but enjoyable 'The Naked Jungle' -- the man who is so absurdly a movie-star myth. He is the perfect American Adam to work off some American guilt feelings or self-hatred on, and this is part of what makes this new violent fantasy so successful as comedy. ''Planet of the Apes'' is one of the best science-fiction fantasies ever to come out of Hollywood. That doesn't mean it's art. It is not conceived in terms of vision or mystery or beauty. Science-fiction fantasy is a peculiar genre; it doesn't seem to result in much literary art, either. This movie is efficient and craftsmanlike; it's conceived and carried out for maximum popular appeal, though with a cautionary message, and with some attempts to score little points against various forms of establishment thinking. These swifties are not Swift, and the movie's posture of superiority is somewhat embarrassing. Brechtian pedagogy doesn't work in Brecht, and it doesn't work here, either. At best, this is a slick commercial picture, with it's elements carefully engineered -- pretty girl (who unfortunately doesn't seem to have had acting training), comic reliefs, thrills, chases -- but when expensive Hollywood engineering works, as it rarely does anymore, the results can be impressive. Schaffner has thought out the action in terms of the wide screen, and he uses space and distance dramatically. Leon Shamroy's excellent color photography helps to make the vast exteriors (shot in Utah and Arizona) an integral part of the meaning. The editing, though, is somewhat distra

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ultimate movie of the '60s

    Best movie. Love the storyline. Don't even consider thinking the new movie is better. The original is the way to go. Think old school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Birth of a franchise

    ''Planet of the Apes'' is fantastic entertainment. A crew of astronauts crash on an unfamiliar planet, only to discover it's ruled by talking apes. The apes hunt the local mute humans and use them for scientific experimentation. When Charlton Heston (one of the astronauts)is captured, he impresses kind chimpanzee scientists Zira and Cornelius becasue of his ability for speech, but the other apes are not amused; their religion dictates that apes, not humans, are God's chosen. The movie's famous twist ending not only deepens the meaning of everything that's come before; and gives great reason for sequels.

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