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Planet of the Apes [DVD] [2001]

Mark Wahlberg , Helena Bonham Carter , Tim Burton    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Pierre Boulle, William Broyles Jr.
  • Producers: Iain Smith, Katterli Frauenfelder, Ralph Winter
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADWT4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Tim Burton's "re-imagining" of Planet of the Apes is about one thing above all else: monkey movement. But for most filmgoers, whether fans of the 1967 original or not, that’s simply not enough. Thematically the story of an outsider in a society that doesn't know what to do with him chimes in nicely with Burton's other work. As always with Burton, the focus is more on what's colourfully going on around the central character (Mark Wahlberg) than his own story. It all looks stunning, of course, as make-up, set design and costumes outdo the accomplishments of the original. But otherwise a direct comparison with the classic version simply shows up holes in the Burton approach. The breakneck pace at which the pared-down plot is told makes little sense of the material and misses all the satire and social comment potential. What sold the idea to Burton was the opportunity to goof around with apes as humans: as a result the background is constantly peppered with lame visual gags which fall as flat as the unnecessary homages to Charlton Heston, who pops up repeating lines of his own dialogue from the first movie. Slick, action-packed and ultimately nonsensical, this is the film that made a monkey of Tim Burton.

On the DVD: balancing out the disappointing movie experience is an exceptional 13 hours of extra material. From the heavily CG-animated menus, you'll encounter some standard fare like libraries of promo material (posters, ads and trailers) and concept art. But they're enormous, as are the 26 cast and crew text profiles. If the THX optimiser tests don't convince you of the need for top equipment, there's DVD-ROM and NUON-enhanced player features as well. The "White Rabbit" Enhanced Viewing Mode for FX vignettes and four multi-angle featurettes on shooting scenes may seem a little dry, but the other features ranging from 10 to 30 minutes aren't. You'll find it hard picking a favourite between Rick Baker gushing over the lifetime dream of ape make-up, Michael Clarke Duncan playing to camera on location, or Danny Elfman at work on the scoring stage. Of the two commentaries Elfman’s is better by far, even if somewhat sporadic and clearly not recorded to picture. Burton's is typically fragmented, and is certainly not the place to discover what on earth the "shock-value-for-the-sake-of-it" ending means. --Paul Tonks

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Tim Burton's 're-imagining' of the 1968 sci-fi classic.The year is 2029, and Capt. Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) is aboard a spaceship trying to teach apes how to become space pilots. During a routine reconnaissance mission outside the mothership, Leo is sucked into a space-time hole and minutes later makes a crash landing on a strange planet where humans are subjugated by talking apes. Just as a quick death at the hands of the violent ape leader General Thade (Tim Roth) seems inevitable, Leo is rescued by the ape scientist Ari (Helena Bonham-Carter). Ari suspects mankind has more skills than the sacred documents of the apes describe and soon the race is on to outwit Thade and discover the true history of the planet and its original population.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the bad remakes! 26 Jun 2006
By Mr. Gerard Mcnamara VINE VOICE
This is not as bad a movie as many would have you believe, however neither is it a good movie.......... if you like sci-fi you can watch this movie on a slow saturday afternoon, if you don't like sci-fi, don't bother.
The movie itself has some great names, Tim Roth, Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter but none of them give a memorable performance.

The DVD extras are fantastic! Great DVD-ROM stuff, excellent sections on how the movie was made etc. The extras are really great for movie nerds!
But be warned, this is a bad remake, just because you enjoyed the original(s) don't be sure you will like this also.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original 13 Feb 2012
Watched this on DVD last night and must admit found it a bit of a disappointment. It just lacks a lot of the elements that make the original movie so enjoyable. Most of the characters are new ones and there doesn't appear to be the same distinction made between gorillas/orang-utangs and chimpanzees that are in the original movie. The special effects and make-up are very good indeed but the storyline itself is a bit of a let-down. The ending is a bit of a let-down too-very inconclusive.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is there a soul in there? 5 Jun 2011
This is so bad and it should have been so good of course. A genius film based on a no doubt genius novel remade by a genius director. What could go wrong? Everything it seems in the case of this film bar the spectacular makeup.

I have just recently watched the original film after a long time and I am astounded by the massive difference in quality between these movies. It just goes to show that chucking money at a film does not do the business and that true artistic achievement does not need wads of cash. I recall at the time of release Burton said this was not a remake but a re-imagining. Too right it isn't. But then you have to ask if the original concepts apart from talking apes have been ditched what is the point if the re-imagined film has nothing profound or new to say?

Casting wise it seems that some poor choices were made. Walhberg barely looks like he cares about anything that happens in the film. Also I cannot understand why Tim Burton has to have Helena Bonham Carter in everything he makes nowadays? Okay they are married but it that an excuse when she doesn't fit the role? As for the actors who play the humans who have been reduced to slaves and things of sport by the apes, their collective performance is very poor. Saying that they are not exactly given much to work with. Spunky Tim Roth gives Planet of the Apes a bit of much needed credibility as there are no signs of Burton's flair for extravagance and dark comedy. Well sort of. He's a great actor and has a lot of presence which comes through strongly in this. Due to the fact that the plot is weak, and the script being a bit shoddy, his acting ability is totally wasted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I saw this film the other day and was so disappionted. I think Tim Burton is great and an absolute genius with his work. Corpses bride, beetlejuice, edward scissorhands, sleepy hollow, Nightmare before xmas, sweeney todd and more are all masterpieces.........he has to be one of the best directors around. He also seems to pull in some of the best actors like(Christopher lee, Johnny depp, Helen bonham carter, Tim Roth) which says alot about his films. Ths film has great special affects, theres no doubt about that but the plot and characters are bad even though there is some good performances in there (tim roth)......sorry tim burton fans.....stick to the other 12 or more classics he's done instead and please stick with the classic original "planet of the apes"!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly nothing new here. 13 Nov 2013
Whatever the makers say they have tried to create my own view is that this is a mere remake of the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes [DVD] [1968] starring Chuck Heston.

Yes the special effects are more advanced and more realistic(marginally),but not much new has been added to the plot apart from the obligatory battle scene at the end(an opportunity for yet more CGI's).

Enjoyable,but so was the original.If you havn't seen the then outstanding 1st film then this is a reasonable way of seeing and understanding what all the fuss was about back in the 60's,but there is nothing new here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There was such a hype about this film coming out but overall it's a stereotypical Tim Burton film; great looking but that's about it!

There are many great things about this film; the actors that play the apes are superb, most notably Tim Roth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti and Charlton Heston who all give superb and memorable performances, while the ape make-up is outstanding. Burton should be very proud of those little scenes showing ape life.

Unfortunately the film fails because of an average story and the utter miscasting of the human characters.

It starts well enough; a space station, a lost chimp in space and it's failed rescue by Mark Wahlberg leading to his capture on an ape planet. It all goes boringly wrong from there and ends purely with an escape, chase and battle with a couple of twists at the end which fail to save the film.

Much worse is the miscasting of the human characters. Mark Wahlberg is wholly unsuitable for such a lead role; he is now a selfish astronaut from da Chicago hood! You have no sympathy for him or the indigenous humans on the planet lead by Kris Kristofferson and Estella Warren who give no screen presence whatsoever.

The storyline should have had more turns, while Burton should have developed the human characters more and took more time to cast them!
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