Planet of the Apes

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The Rod Serling-scripted science-fiction classic comes to DVD with this lavish two-disc special edition. Starring Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes is the story of an astronaut who crash-lands on a planet inhabited by intelligent apes who are oppressive to the human inhabitants. As the astronaut struggles to free himself from the trappings of his ape captors, he comes closer and closer to discovering a startling secret. The first disc includes a full-screen transfer of the film with the original English ...
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The Rod Serling-scripted science-fiction classic comes to DVD with this lavish two-disc special edition. Starring Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes is the story of an astronaut who crash-lands on a planet inhabited by intelligent apes who are oppressive to the human inhabitants. As the astronaut struggles to free himself from the trappings of his ape captors, he comes closer and closer to discovering a startling secret. The first disc includes a full-screen transfer of the film with the original English soundtrack available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Additionally, there are dubbed audio tracks in Spanish and French and subtitles in English and Spanish. The film can also be viewed with one of two running commentary tracks. The first features actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, and Kim Hunter with producer John Chambers, while the second features composer Jerry Goldsmith. Text commentary is also available by Eric Greene. The second disc is absolutely loaded with supplemental material. Along with production documentaries and featurettes, there is home-movie footage shot by McDowall, a collection of dailies and outtakes, several trailers, still images, and more. A widescreen version with the same features is also available.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by composer Jerry Goldsmith; Full-length audio commentary by actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, and makeup artist John Chambers; Text commentary by Eric Greene (author of "Planet of the Apes as American Myth"); "Behind the Planet of the Apes" documentary hosted by Roddy McDowall; Rare Planet of the Apes dailies and outtakes; Roddy McDowall's on-set movie footage; Original makeup test with Edward G. Robinson; Making-of featurettes; Still photo galleries (film reviews, posters, costume sketches); DVD-ROM content; Theatrical trailers
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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: 2/3/2004
  • UPC: 024543107583
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: 35th Anniversary Pan & Scan Edition
  • 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
Norman Burton Hunt Leader
Robert Gunner Landon
Wright King Dr. Galen
Paul Lambert Minister
Harry Monty
Diane Stanley Female Astronaut
Technical Credits
Franklin J. Schaffner Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Mort Abrahams Producer
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
John Chambers Makeup Special Effects
William Kissell Asst. Director
Emil Kosa Jr. Special Effects
Herman Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Martin Art Director
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

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. The Long Sleep
2. Main Titles
3. Crash Landing
4. The Expedition
5. The Seekers
6. Life
7. Scarecrows
8. The Clothes Snatchers
9. The Hunt
10. Zira
11. Dr. Zaius
12. Cornelius
13. "My Name Is Taylor"
14. "It's a Stunt"
15. No Escape
16. "It's a Madhouse"
17. The Hearing
18. New Identity
19. Talking Heresy
20. Zaius' Fear
21. The Abduction
22. The Forbidden Zone
23. On the Beach
24. The Cave
25. The Hostage
26. Saying Goodbye
27. The Revelation
28. Cast of Characters
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio: English Dolby Surround 5.1
      Language and Audio: English DTS
      Language and Audio: Spanish 2.0 Mono
      Language and Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
      Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, and Make-Up Artist John Chambers
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Imparied
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
      Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowell, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, and Make-Up Artist John Chambers
      Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of "Planet of the Apes As American Myth": On
      Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of "Planet of the Apes As American Myth": Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Exploring the Apes
      Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary
         Behind the Planet of the Apes Promo (1998)
         Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary
      Planet of the Apes Makeup Test With Edward G. Robinson (1966)
      Roddy McDowall Home Movies
      Planet of the Apes Dailies and Outtakes (No Audio)
      Planet of the Apes (1967 N.A.T.O. Presentation)
      Planet of the Apes Featurette (1968)
      A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes (1972)
      Don Taylor Directs Escape From the Planet of the Apes
      J. Lee Thompson Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
   Publicity
      Original Teatrical Trailers
         Planet of the Apes Teaser Trailer
         Planet of the Apes
         Beneath the Planet of the Apes
         Escape From the Planet of the Apes
         Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
         Battle for the Planet of the Apes
         Play All
      Film Reviews (1968)
      Theatrical Posters
   Galleries
      Original Sketches by Costume Designer Morton Haack
      Still Gallery
   Ape Phenomenon
      Ape Merchandise
      Ape Collections
   DVD-ROM
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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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