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Battle For The Planet Of The Apes [DVD]

Roddy McDowall , Claude Akins , J. Lee Thompson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, John Huston, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Producers: Frank Capra Jr
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVCWC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,562 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Loosely adapted from the novel by French author Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes was released at the height of racial and political unrest in America, adding resonance to its story of a NASA astronaut (Charlton Heston) stranded on a planet where superior apes dominate inferior human slaves. The film's final image--in which a horrified Heston realizes the fate of humankind--remains one of the most indelible in all of science fiction cinema.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) continues the original's distant future scenario, pitting militant apes against mutant humans dwelling in the subterranean ruins of New York City. Its phenomenal success spawned Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), in which simian scientists Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, reprising their roles from Planet) travel backward in time, setting the stage for the ape supremacy of the first two films. McDowall returned in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Caesar, the son of Cornelius, leading an ape revolution that bridges the historical gap of the previous films. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) ended the five-film cycle with McDowall again playing the chimpanzee leader Caesar, defeating gorillas and human mutants to establish the hierarchy introduced in the original film.

The Apes films present a classic what-if scenario that hasn't lost a bit of its potency. As if to prove its cultural endurance, the cycle returned to its origins with director Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes--one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2001. --Jeff Shannon

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After conquering the oppressive humans, Caeser must now keep the peace amongst the humans and apes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great finale to a great franchise!!! 1 Sep 2012
Why 5 stars you may ask? Well 5 stars mean 'I love it' and I do despite it's many flaws!

Nuclear war has devested the planet just after the fourth film 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes' and Caesar leads a small community of apes and humans. He discovers that recordings of his dead parents Cornelius and Zira should lay in the forbidden city, destroyed by the war. However, living in the city are radiated humans, who see Caesar's visit as an act of war and retaliate, leaving Caesar to fight a war on two fronts, the other at home!!!

Although the weakest of the five original films, it's still great entertainment. The wonderfully comic script-writing in the armament scene with Mandemus is worthy of note.

It has many flaws though; the budget was the lowest of the five original films and it shows; there's not much breadth or scope to the later invasion scenes amongst others. At times the script can be a little pretentious. The post-apocalyptic weather and the fact that the forbidden city just suddenly rises out of the desert is a little unrealistic. You may also ask yourself why haven't the radiated humans left the forbidden city sooner for greener pastures while it doesn't seem a coincidence that just when Governor Kolp of the forbidden city announces his boredom of the status quo, Caesar arrives!
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By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Sequels to big movies are supposed to get gradually worse than the original. However in my opinion "Escape From The Planet Of The Apes" (the 3rd film) is the low point, and the 4th and 5th films both do a very good job of bringing the Planet Of The Apes saga round full-circle.

The whole timeline of Planet Of The Apes is circular, so in practice this means that the events in this film happen after films 3 and 4, but before films 1 and 2. It's a clever science fiction loop, but perhaps one that would work better as a novel than as the premise for a film, especially because you already know how events are going to unfold, more or less (although there are some interesting "can the history be re-written?" questions that could have been more emphasised).

Weak points in this film: the much lower budget is very evident, it feels once again more like a TV movie with unusually good costumes rather than a full-budget feature film. The actor Severn Darden is basically in the wrong film, playing a cringeworthy camp pantomime villain who doesn't really advance the plot in any way.

Overall it does stand up as a film, and if you've got this far with Planet Of The Apes, you might as well finish it off.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Planet of the Apes film franchise closes down with a whimper as budget restrictions, general screenplay lethargy and contempt of familiarity swamps the production. Plot finds the apes and humans trying to live in harmony, but find their efforts stymied by a tribe of mutant humans living in the nuked underworld and a power-hungry gorilla general.

What follows is a film that sees various simian and human species throw exposition at each other in the vain belief it's literately smart. When the action comes it's half hearted and perpetrated by the least amount of actors possible. The make-up is shoddy, the fun element gone, while the acting is very uneven across the board. There's enough value in the various characterisations to at least keep fans of the series interested, and the photography belies the cheapness evident elsewhere, but really it's a sad closure to what had been a smartly entertaining franchise. 4/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Weak Conclusion To The Apes Saga 6 Dec 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER

1)Roddy McDowell just about holds this film together as once again he portrays Caesar leader of the apes revolt.
2)The Battle scenes aren't to bad considering the lower budget.

Low budget doesn't do the film any justice & the pace seems off in places.

1)The story is left Ambiguous as to the fate of man as the tear in Caesers statue suggest that the peace between humans & apes won't last forever or it could mean that they are tears of joy & that there is peace between the two species.
2)If the past event's have changed history would Taylor now arrive on earth were humans & apes co exist together or would these events just become a time loop were the war breaks out between man & ape once again resulting in the apes becoming the dominant species?
3)John Huston cameos as the Lawgiver.
4)US Blu Ray featured a extended cut of this movie while UK viewers get the theatrical only relase.
5) One scene is of the Bomb shown in Beneath the Plant of the Apes that isn't activated so is this a continuous timeline or hav events been altered?

Why oh why after the excellent Conquest do we conclude this film series on a low budget seemingly Tv movie type production?

All the stops should have been pulled out on this final film & gone out on a high with a better battle to the one we get here.

J.Lee. Thompson does his best with what the budget allows but this fifth film doesn't have the bigger scope that the previous apes movie Conquest had.

This film showcases Ten years after apes conquered the earth & whereby apes & humans are trying to co exists together for the sake of peace.
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