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Planet of the Apes (Special Edition) [DVD] [1968]

Charlton Heston , Roddy McDowall , Lou Wagner    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore
  • Directors: Lou Wagner
  • Producers: Leon Shamroy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001E5T6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,900 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A genuine genre classic whose impact remains undimmed either by time, increasingly dire sequels, or Tim Burton's lacklustre 2001 "reimagining", the original Planet of the Apes richly deserves this 35th Anniversary special edition. Here you'll find a glorious anamorphic presentation of Franklin J Schaffner's painterly CinemaScope framing, accompanied by a new DTS 5.1 soundtrack that makes the movie seem even more vibrant and immediate than ever before. On disc one the film is accompanied by two audio commentaries: one from composer Jerry Goldsmith, and another with Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Natalie Trundy and make-up artist John Chambers. These are reasonably interesting, though with a few too many gaps. Better is Eric Greene's exhaustive text commentary. Better still are the features on the second disc.

Disc two contains the exhaustive two-hour Behind the Planet of the Apes documentary (also to be found in the six-disc box set) as well as a host of other behind-the-scenes nuggets for die-hard fans: dailies and outtakes, make-up tests and Roddy McDowall's home movies. There's some overlap between a 1967 NATO presentation of the movie hosted by Charlton Heston and other featurettes from 1968 and 1972. Sequel directors Don Taylor and J Lee Thompson are seen in action, and there are trailers, film reviews from 1968 and picture galleries. --Mark Walker

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DVD 20th Century Fox, Region 2, 1968 112 mins 2 DISC

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal work of science fiction 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes (1968) 26 July 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a madhouse!!! A madhouse!!! 30 Nov 2001
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Don't be put off by Burton's dire 're-imagining' - this is a top quality film. It's worth buying for the crash sequence and the shots of the stranded ship in the lake alone - stunning.
Charlton Heston hams it all up superbly, and the film as a whole just succeeds on so many levels. The melodramatic scripting adds to the experience if you don't take it too seriously, and the whole thing adds up to a fantastic film, which is superior to any of the sequels and remakes, although it is rather overshadowed by the glorious Simpsons musical version, 'Stop the Planet of the Apes, I want to get off!'.
Unfortunately the DVD has virtually no extras, but the beautiful widescreen print is so worth your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Discussing what an absolute classic "Planet Of The Apes" is will do no one any favours - but a word about this 1968 milestone on the BLU RAY format - especially with regard to UK buyers.

First up the print is fully restored and it looks amazing - clean and sharp throughout - and as a proper Sci-Fi watch - the whole movie still stands up to this day.

But if you're looking to actually buy the BLU RAY of it from your Blighty home - there are some weird options:

(a) The stand-alone 'US' disc on 20th Century Fox is unfortunately REGION A LOCKED so it will not play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

(b) There appears to be no UK standalone title available anymore. But there are pricey 'EURO' versions with varying artwork...

(c) It is available to UK buyers however in two multiple box sets - cheapest is the standard `5-Movie Collection' from 2008 that gathers together the original film with its 4 lesser sequels...

(d) Or you can go for the more expensive 7-disc 'Evolution' box set from 2011 that includes the 2001 remake "Planet Of The Apes" and the stunning 2011 reboot of the franchise "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes".

In 2014 I'd say (d) is the best option - but with the second of the new movies "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" hitting cinemas this summer - there will probably be yet another bundled BLU RAY release come the end of the year - or early in 2015.

Watch this space...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best
Hadn't seen this for a number of years so decided to give it a spin on amazon prime.

After all this time it still holds up as a quality slice of science fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes (1968)
Really enjoyed it and the best of all the series. They just don't make dramatic sci-fi like this anymore and the filming is masterly executed. Definitely recommend to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. S. G. Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Ya Stinking Paws On This Extra Laden Dvd

1)Charlton Hestons superb performance as Astronaut George Taylor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by timelord007
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Kids' Film
I had fond memories of this of when I watched it on TV as a child. It's still pretty good, but it's a bit drawn out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably better than you think
Yes, Planet of the Apes does look more than a little dated - special effects-wise - when compared to the likes of Avatar and so on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST PLANE3T OF THE APES
This film really makes one feel that we have gone forward into the future , and that the apes and monkeys have taken over , just like the world of today the difference between... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jimmy budgie
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost unbelievable
This movie has, without doubt, some of the best animal actors EVER! I mean, those monkeys are almost better actors than some of the fairly experienced actors you see in today's... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jeppe
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate Piece of Propaganda
This film is a blatant piece of anti-Christian propaganda made to push the theory of evolution over and against "religion". It creates an unfair dichotomy between the two. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dave Kinsella
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest sci fi of all
this film is amazing,and looks better the older it gets.great cast,amazing costumes,that look far better than the rubbish cgi of some of todays films,brilliant story,they dont make... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. J. Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars Apes and humans. I wonder who's gonna throw s**t first...
Since the book "La Planète des singes" (i.e. The Planet of Apes) by Pierre Boulle was released in 1963 a lot of adaptations have sprung up, such as movies, TV shows or... Read more
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