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"Planet Of The Apes" on BLU RAY - UK Buyers And The '1968' Original...,
This review is from: Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
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...