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Planet of the Apes: 5-Movie Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [1968]

Charlton Heston , Roddy McDowall , Franklin J. Schaffner , Ted Post    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner, Ted Post, Don Taylor, J. Lee Thompson
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GPTCE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to have inspired academic studies about the film's broader political themes. 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 realises 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 in 2001. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: A glorious indulgence for diehard fans of the series, this handsomely packaged six-disc set contains all five original" Apes" movies, from the wonderful 1967 original to 1973's low-budget Battle. It all look as good as possible in widescreen anamorphic transfers, the first movie's starkly wonderful cinematography in particular is a treat to see on DVD. Planet has been remixed in vivid Dolby 5.1, highlighting the bold sound design and JerryGoldsmith's masterful avant-garde score. The others are good Dolby stereo, with the odd exception of Escape, which is mono. There are trailers on each disc, but no commentaries sadly. The sixth bonus disc consists of a relatively new two-hour documentary hosted by Roddy McDowall which takes us through the entire saga in detail, pointing out the series' daring social commentary and the increasing difficulties of working with progressively smaller budgets. Sensibly, the documentary spends about an hour on the first movie and then an hour discussing all the rest. Overall, this is a very attractive package. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Planet of the Apes
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
In the acclaimed sequel to Planet of the Apes, another astronaut (James Franciscus) crashes through the time barrier searching for the missing Taylor. The daring rescue leads to a subterranean city where mutant humans, who practice mind control, worship a weapon capable of destroying the entire planet. Both an action-oriented science-fiction adventure and a wry commentary on today's world, it's imaginative entertainment for fantasy buffs of all ages.

Escape From the Planet of the Apes
Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter reprise their roles from the original Planet of the Apes in this third chapter of the Apes saga. Two intelligent simians from the future, Cornelius (McDowall) and Zire (Hunter) travel to present-day Earth. They become instant sensations, wined and dined and treated like celebrities--until a high-level plot forces them to run for their lives.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Colourful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban. The time is the near future. Apes have supplanted dogs and cats as household pets, and replaced servants as personal assistants--until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar (McDowall), to lead a spectacular revolt. It's thrilling science fiction that offers both a serious message and stirring entertainment. 

Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins star in the fifth and last chapter of the legendary Apes saga. Set in 2670 A.D., an idyllic society of man and ape is threatened by both a militant gorilla (Akins) and a tribe of still-intelligent mutant humans. Finally, simmering tensions dividing the primates erupt in an apocalyptic climax. When the smoke clears, the carnage is everywhere, but there is hope for a new beginning for man and ape. Co-starring John Huston, Paul Williams, and Lew Ayres.


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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Franklin J. Schaffner's original Planet of the Apes is in a class of its own - superb, serious filmmaking with an incredibly strong script which manages to encompass everything from the creationist/evolutionist debate to the Hollywood blacklist (all five films feature heavy presences from blacklist victims both in front of and behind the cameras). And John Chambers' make-up is still quite miraculous, convincingly simian while still retaining much of the identity of the players underneath the masks. Unfortunately, the edition in this 6-disc boxed set misses the excellent extras from the later 2-disc DVD edition.

Unlike the Star Trek films, this is one franchise where the odd `numbered' films are better than the `evens.' Beneath the Planet of the Apes suffers heavily from the loss of writers Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, and perhaps more so from Schaffner's replacement with talented but often uninspired journeyman Ted Post. The first half hour is a rushed recap of the first film, with Charlton Heston-lite James Franciscus taking the lead to little effect. There are interesting jabs at Vietnam era America - peace protesting chimps, militaristic rabble rousing gorillas - and civil rights - Thomas Gomez's prayer is actually a KKK blessing - but it lacks the wit, character or detail of its predecessor. Heston's insistence on no more sequels (or so he thought) also adds a somewhat needlessly nihilistic ending.

Much better by far is Escape From the Planet of the Apes, which is when Paul Dehn really took over the series by proxy and created the mythology which would see it through to the short-lived TV series. Roddy McDowall may get top billing, but it's actually Kim Hunter who easily dominates the film, and it's a wonderfully imaginative and witty inversion of the original.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
this box set is a treasure for fans of the original series. In my opinion, the 2001 tim burton re-make wasn't all that bad, but this set wins hands down! What you get are five films, plus a fantastic 2 hour documentary disc hosted by roddy mcdowell who plays cornelius in the films. The five films also have five different storylines, none of this repetiveness you see in horror film sequels to name but one. In the first, charlton heston plays taylor, the astronaut stranded on the ape planet who befriends two chimp scientists who helps him escape, only for taylor to discover something truly dreadful at the films' climax. The second film 'beneath the planet of the apes' follows a similar story, only this time featuring a different astronaut sent to rescue taylor who encounters a gang of mutant humans living deep in the bowels of the planet who worship an atomic bomb as their god. the third film features the two scientist chimps, zira and cornelius as they travel back in time to the planet earth and are initially treated as celebrities before a dreadful piece of news regarding zira's unborn baby forces them to go on the run. the fourth film "conquest of the planet of the apes" shows how the apes took control from man and chronicles the beginning of the ape reign, and finally "battle for the planet of the apes" is the final showdown in a nuclear wasted world. overall, a fantastic box set, and although there's not much on discs 1-5, disc 6 and the incredible indepth look at the series is more than worth it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
It's a grat package of a (mostly) classic series of films. The image quailty is great, the audio quality is reasonable for films of this vintage and the extras are pretty impressive.

The inclusion of the original cut of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is fabulous, as it turns what was a fairly downbeat and drab film into one that is brutal and uncompromising, complete with vicious ending - doing what sci-fi does best in taking contemporary issues (with Conquest, it was the race riots and civil rights movement) and showing them in an alternate setting, but resonating with an audience on multiple levels.

It's a real pity that due to whatever reason (it's supposedly copyright issues), the extended version of Battle for the Planet of the Apes has not been included in this set, despite being available in the US box-set. Many of the extra scenes are minor, but the absence of a couple of major scenes that tie in with Beneath the Planet of the Apes and bring the series full-circle really hurt the film; these inclusions make it slightly more adult in tone, raising it above the frothy kiddie film that it ultimately became.

The set is very good, but without the extended Battle... it fails to be great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Sci-Fi saga ever made. 9 Nov 2001
Format:DVD
It is a blessing that the Planet of the Apes films have finally come to DVD, and all the more satisfying that they have been released as a whole boxset. Now all five films can be watched one after the other with a clear picture and improved sound quality.
PLANET OF THE APES is teh pinnacle of the whole series. While being the best of the series, it is also (in my opinion) one of the greates sci-fi tales ever told, and far more advanced than any other sci-fi film of the time. Charlton Heston is flawless as Taylor, and is performance his at all times convincing. For anyone who has yet to see this film (and for anyone who hasn't seen the spolier front cover of the DVD) the ending is a shocker - far better than the ending in the Tim Burton remake.
BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES is an excellent sequal, with a perfect cast to boot. The story is more direct in the politiacl, social and moral issues that were raised in the first, but still allows for a thoroughly entertaining film. Again, another great ending is included.
ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES is a welcome variation from the previous two films, this time allowing us to watch a film where it is the apes in an alien world instead of the humans. It's interesting to see how the roles of the two species have been reversed. I thought that the ending in this film was perfect and very realistic.
I felt that CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was a bit of a let down. Comparing it to the first three films, the story seems to be rushed, without enough emphasis on the uprising of the apes. But after you get past the rushed story of the first half of the film, the second half more than makes up for it. Again, a spectacular ending created by Ceaser's riveting speech.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes a very god worthwhile purchase.
Definate classic film box set that cant be beaten..

Thanks Gerry.
Published 3 days ago by gerry scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely good value, good quality all round.
Published 4 days ago by Lord Royden
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Awesome! The original always is the best!
Published 4 days ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gwts
Classic movies in the best possible quality. Good way to get your Planet of the Apes collection off the ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes DVD box set.
My son an avid Planet of the Apes fan has enjoyed watching all of this set of DVD'S.
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3.0 out of 5 stars really bad after the first one
Really dated, really bad after the first one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars overall a happy bunny😺
Arrived on time. Reasonable quality, the reason i say this, is because i played on my dvd player and didn't want to play all the chapters. But on the xbox it was fine. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ape shall review Ape.
A really excellent collection of the original 5 ...Apes movies.
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just bringing my collection up to date.
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