Tim Burton’s opulent remake of the well-remembered sci-fi shocker bears even less resemblance to Pierre Boulle’s novel than did the 1968 original, but it's a visually stunning, intensely absorbing film in its own right. Mark Wahlberg plays an American astronaut stationed aboard a space station in the year 2029. An abortive deep-space rescue mission ends with him crash-landing on an Earth-like planet ruled by intelligent, fierce, talking apes who have enslaved their world’s human inhabitants. Supermodel Estella Warren is fetching as Wahlberg’s same-species vis-à-vis, but the ape characters -- sporting unbelievably authentic-looking prosthetic makeup created by Oscar winner Rick Baker -- are far more interesting. Submerged beneath pounds of rubber and fur, an unrecognizable Helena Bonham Carter nonetheless shines as a sympathetic simian member of the ruling class. Her subtle performance contrasts nicely with that of Tim Roth, who’s marvelously malevolent as a power-seeking commander of the warrior apes. Director Burton (Sleepy Hollow) imposes his unique point of view on the material and occasionally slips into the darkly satirical mind-set that characterizes much of his screen work. But his vision of the ape world and its societal conventions is dazzling in its originality, which makes this Planet well worth visiting. The two-disc DVD Special Edition offers commentaries by Burton and composer Danny Elfman and presents the film in an enhanced viewing mode that permits viewers to jump to behind-the-scenes material at intervals of their own choosing. Other extras include an HBO First Look program, five extended scenes, six featurettes on various aspects of the production, art and photo galleries, multiangle looks at isolated scenes, and DVD-ROM content (including script/storyboard comparisons).