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Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Charlton Heston
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, English
  • Dubbed: German, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,423 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A group of astronauts, led by George Taylor (Charlton Heston), crash land on a strange planet where mute humans are treated as slaves by intelligent apes. Taylor is hunted down and captured by horse-riding gorillas, and then taken for experimentation by sympathetic chimpanzee Dr Zira (Kim Hunter). When Zira discovers Taylor's intelligence, she and her fiancé Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) appeal to the governing council on his behalf, but the appeal fails, leaving the astronaut no choice but to go on the run. Fleeing for his freedom, Taylor soon makes a shocking discovery about the provenance of this strange planet.


The original Planet of the Apes is that rarity of the genre: a science fiction film that has dated not one bit: its intelligent script, frightening costuming, and savagely effective conclusion (which needs no big-budget special effects to augment its impact) remain both potent and relevant. When Colonel George Taylor (the fabulous Charlton Heston) crash lands his spacecraft on what seems to be an unfamiliar planet, he is captured and held prisoner by a dominant race of rational, articulate apes. However, the ape community is riven with internal dissension, centred in no small part on its policy toward humans, who, on this planet, are treated as mindless animals. Befriended and ultimately assisted by the more liberal simians, Taylor escapes--only to find a more terrifying obstacle confronting his return home. Heavy-handed object lessons abound--the ubiquity of generational warfare, the inflexibility of dogma, the cruelty of prejudice--and the didactic finger prints of The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling are very much in evidence here. But director Franklin Schaffner has a dark, pop-apocalyptic sci-fi vision all of his own, helped along by Jerry Goldsmith's terrifyingly avant-garde score. And time has not dulled the monumental emotional imp act of the film's climactic payoff shot. --Miles Bethany, --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar 2011
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From the outset, I'd like to be straight with you - I'm a 'Planet of the Apes' man. When I was of primary school age in the mid-late 70s, lots of my friends were into films like 'Star Wars' and 'Jaws'; however, although I also appreciated these movies, none of them quite touched me, captured my imagination or resonated with me on a profound level as much as the original 'Planet of the Apes' film did. I was enthralled by the fusion of high technology and a return to primitive living, the notion that human beings may ultimately implode and another species would rise to the top of the food chain, and, of course, I was gripped by the vivid imagery of the end sequence - which is a slice of classic and iconic Hollywood.

The essentials of the plot have been outlined elsewhere, but, basically, it's 107 minutes about a small group of US astronauts who leave earth in 1972 and experiment with light speed travel - finding themselves 2,006 years ahead in time and on a planet 320 or so light years away that is controlled by various species of simians who exploit their strength and evolutionary supremacy in the same way that humans currently do with the animal kingdom.

Based on Frenchman Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel 'Monkey Planet,' this 1968 film cost $5.8 million to make and triggered a huge spin off into 4 follow-up movies, a TV series, a cartoon series, books and a vast array of merchandising. None of the later films could emulate the powerful original - as it's a unique cinematic exploration of moralistic themes such as the rights of species, the dangers of messing with nature and technology and, of course, the potential future direction of Mother Earth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2011
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I'm a seeker, too. But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be.

Planet of the Apes is directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and adapted to screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling from the 1963 Pierre Boulle novel La planete des singes. It stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. Music is scored by Jerry Goldsmith and Leon Shamroy is the cinematographer.

3978 A.D. and a spaceship and its crew crash down on a distant planet. Three astronauts survive the crash, they appear to be on a planet not unlike their own, Earth. But soon they come to learn that this planet is ruled by intelligent apes, the human being is the lesser species, mute and of basic intelligence.....

It was a tough sell to studios back in the 1960s, not only was the premise that formed Pierre Boulle's novel a tricky one, but the technical aspects, cost and quality of, also had the men in suits backing away from producer Arthur P. Jacobs and beefcake actor Charlton Heston. Eventually Dick Zanuck over at Fox nervously agreed to make it as long as significant tests ensured that farce would not follow. Stumping up $50,000 for John Chambers to develop the ape make up and masks, and a successful test run acted out by Edward G. Robinson as Dr Zaius opposite Heston, Planet of the Apes was given the green light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 27 Aug 2010
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That's the first of a long series of films. At first you think you are in some kind of Star Trek series with a little bit less gadgetry, or maybe a new Space Odyssey. Then you think you have been thrown into a remake of George Pal's Time Machine, adapted from H.G. Wells. But you realize very fast it is quite another story. Instead of implementing Darwinism within a Marxist vision of industrial society, here the very Darwinian evolution that man produced man as superior to apes, we have exactly the world upside down and apes are superior to man. It is an inverted story of human fundamentalist Christianity or any fundamentalist religious belief in the hands and heads of an ape rather medieval society. Some humans arrive in a very long distance NASA flight and they are at first confronted to a wild human species and then hunted down by an ape superior species. That's the beginning. Of course the parallel with H.G. Wells stops here and we shift to another story. The aim is to reveal the absurdity of a fundamentalist belief that one species was created by God to dominate the world and another to be the Devil's spies and pawns. It is not racism since the apes and the humans are not members of the same species. It is what we humans practice everyday on earth, the absolute domination of all that nature contains. What is surprising is that these apes hunt humans, capture them, kill them but do not eat them. In H.G. Wells the Morlocks hunted the Elois in order to eat them as meat, proteins. The next surprising thing is that this dependence, inferiority has erased the capacity to speak in the humans whereas their superiority has granted the apes the power to speak and write. That is surprising since humans do have the physical ability but they lost the know-how.Read more ›
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