Barnes & Noble - Tony NigroThe Planet of the Apes: Evolution box set encompasses much more than a media franchise that spawned sequels, television shows, and enough merchandise to bury the Statue of Liberty. The original film, Planet of the Apes, adapted from Pierre Boulle's novel by Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, tells the story of an astronaut named Taylor (Charlton Heston in his best remembered role since playing Moses) stranded on a strange planet where apes rule and humans are considered primitive creatures. Forced into experimentation and slavery, Taylor meets Nova (Linda Harrison), the irresistible human slave he eventually rescues. When first released in 1968, the film made waves in movie audiences with its now legendary ending, and in the first acclaimed sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), one begins to sense the series' complex and epic chronology. Heston returns as Taylor, captured once again while a rescue party including Nova searches for him. 1971's Escape from the Planet of the Apes further plays with time and parallels the first film as doctors from the ape planet, including Roddy McDowall reprising his role as Cornelius, travel to present day Earth, where they experience persecution similar to Taylor's in the first film. Ricardo Montalban is introduced as Armando the circus owner, a role he continues in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes alongside McDowall, who takes over a role as the ape Caesar (originally named Milo and played by Sal Mineo in Escape) who leads a rebellion against humans. Battle for the Planet of the Apes, the final installment co-starring Claude Akins and legendary director John Huston, explores the series' fundamental themes of prejudice and exploitation within the ape race as Caesar tries to prevent an ape civil war. The DVD set includes a bonus disc, Behind the Planet of the Apes, the 1998 documentary hosted by Roddy McDowall. After watching this epic onslaught of apes, one is reminded that, despite cult status, these are entertaining, well-made films that create a mythology as complex in its character development as in its allegory. The Apes series is occasionally dismissed by critics because of its genre and hordes of actors dressed as primates. The irony of that primitive prejudice is evident only after watching the films.
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- Original Release:
- 20th Century Fox
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- [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital, monaural, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Cast & Crew
|Don Murray||Governor Breck|
|Maurice Evans||Dr. Zaius|
|Hari (Harry) Rhodes||MacDonald|
|James Whitmore||President of the Assembly|
|John Huston||The Lawgiver|
|Franklin J. Schaffner||Director|
|J. Lee Thompson||Director|
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The Planet of the Apes is a ground-breaking film that gave me chills! Though it is rather old, the graphics are quite impressive and the acting isn't bad either. Though a bit sad, the entire series is action-packed and I recommend it for anyone who doesn't mind a little voice-over & bare behind.
I first saw these movies when I was 5 years old.. I thought the were so cool. Now I still love them but for differant reasons. No matter your age there is something for everyone. The little kids will think it all looks so real, and adults will enjoy the comedy. great series.