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Planet of the Apes [UMD Mini for PSP] [2001] [US Import]

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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: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ES7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,822 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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3.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mu4awf on 13 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
I've read a lot of the reviews for this film and I'm surprised at the lack of positive comments. This is a fun film, and in my opinion much better than the more recent takes on the film. Yes it's true that this is nothing like the originals, but that is no bad thing. The story is actually quite engaging, the scenery, effects and makeup are totally abzorbing. It has an interesting plot twist. The mor erecent versions have focussed on how apes developed intelligence on earth, but this one is far more interesting in that it puts the humans at the mercy of the apes in a world governed by apes, so you get some amazing scenery, props and costumes. True it doesn't particularly develop the human characters or the emotive aspects, but the ape characters are developed well. The plot, as with a lot of modern films, is a bit limited but is at least engaging enough to keep you on your toes. I personally love the mixture of sci-fi / space elements and the ape world. The actors so a great job of acting 'ape-like', although the human characters do suffer a little, but let's face it the focus of the film isn't particularly on the humans. Tons of DVD extras! Not a masterpiece, but certainly not a flop
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
Planet of the Apes [DVD - 2001].

DVD Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital
Number of discs: 2
Classification: 12
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time: 115 minutes

Box Office.
Budget: $100 million
Box office: $362,211,740

Mark Wahlberg as Capt. Leo Davidson
Tim Roth as General Thade
Helena Bonham Carter as Ari
Michael Clarke Duncan as Colonel Attar
Paul Giamatti as Limbo
Estella Warren as Daena
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Gen. Krull
Kris Kristofferson as Karubi

Charlton Heston (uncredited) as Zaius
Linda Harrison - Woman in the cart.

1)In order to star in the film, Tim Roth declined the role of Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (2001).
2)Mark Wahlberg joined the film after meeting with Tim Burton for only five minutes. He was so anxious to work with the director that he agreed to play any part. He refused to wear a loincloth like Charlton Heston did in Planet of the Apes (1968) because he did not want to remind audiences of his underwear modeling.
3)Charlton Heston & Linda Harrison are the only actors to appear in both this film & Planet of the Apes (1968).
4)Michael Clarke Duncan had sprained his ankle during filming & was forced to go to the hospital in his full gorilla makeup.
5)Johnny Depp did make-up tests for an unspecified role.
6)Gary Oldman was considered for the role of General Thade, which went to Tim Roth, Oldman would later play Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Oliver on 4 Jan 2004
Format: VHS Tape
The 're-make' of the excellent original was never going to be a good idea with die hard fans - but having seen both, I have to say its not really that bad.
An astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) crash lands on a strange planet and is surprised to find that it is the humans who are the endangered species, whilst the primates are the dominant ones. After being captured and imprisoned, he escapes with the help of some other humans and a sympathetic ape named Ari (Helena Bonham Carter). Together they try and find his friends - unfortunately they find something else instead.....
All the basic elements from the original are there, but taken a little more to the extreme by Tim Burton (Batman fame). Tim Roth gives an excellent perfomance as the deranged General Thade, whose family is believed to be descended from the first apes of this strange planet.
If you can put the original out of your mind for a few hours, and overlook Mark Wahlberg's wooden performance, then you will probably enjoy this slice of fantasy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By luvstuff on 5 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
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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