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Great package - shame about the lack of extended Battle...
on 16 November 2011
It's a grat package of a (mostly) classic series of films. The image quailty is great, the audio quality is reasonable for films of this vintage and the extras are pretty impressive.
The inclusion of the original cut of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is fabulous, as it turns what was a fairly downbeat and drab film into one that is brutal and uncompromising, complete with vicious ending - doing what sci-fi does best in taking contemporary issues (with Conquest, it was the race riots and civil rights movement) and showing them in an alternate setting, but resonating with an audience on multiple levels.
It's a real pity that due to whatever reason (it's supposedly copyright issues), the extended version of Battle for the Planet of the Apes has not been included in this set, despite being available in the US box-set. Many of the extra scenes are minor, but the absence of a couple of major scenes that tie in with Beneath the Planet of the Apes and bring the series full-circle really hurt the film; these inclusions make it slightly more adult in tone, raising it above the frothy kiddie film that it ultimately became.
The set is very good, but without the extended Battle... it fails to be great.