Many early science fiction films are now, quite inadvertently (and in most cases undeservedly), objects of camp attention: we laugh at the silly makeup, tin-can special effects, and the naive "high-tech" dialogue. Planet of the Apes is no such film. Its intelligent script, frightening costuming, and savagely effective conclusion (which needs no big-budget special effects to augment its impact) remain both potent and relevant. When Colonel George Taylor (the fabulous Charlton Heston) crash lands his spacecraft on what seems to be an unfamiliar planet, he is captured and held prisoner by a dominant race of hyperrational, articulate apes. However, the ape community is riven with internal dissention, centered in no small part on its policy toward humans, who, on this planet, are treated as mindless animals. Befriended and ultimately assisted by the more liberal simians, Taylor escapes--only to find a more terrifying obstacle confronting his return home. Heavy-handed object lessons abound--the ubiquity of generational warfare, the inflexibility of dogma, the cruelty of prejudice--and the didactic fingerprints of Rod Serling are very much in evidence here. But director Franklin Schaffner has a dark, pop-apocalyptic sci-fi vision all his own, and time has not dulled the monumental emotional impact of the film's climactic payoff shot. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, you owe it to yourself to check out this stone classic, and even if you do, see it with fresh eyes; and don't be surprised if you get the chills all over again... and again... and again. --Miles Bethany --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The one and only.... A true classic for the fans and uninitiated!Published 6 months ago by M. Langlet
Absolutely great film. You must see the early film series. Excellent!Published 6 months ago by Luv2Shop
So, given this classics age, some 44 years now, I was pleasantly surprised how it still holds up. I bought this BlueRay version hoping the picture quality would be much better... Read morePublished on June 1 2012 by *lord Allan
I wanted this edition for a long time now. I am very happy. It is a nice collection. I rarely use the internet to buy stuff, but I must say that Amazon is the way to go!Published on Sept. 21 2011 by MishMash
I loved the saga and with this set we can see the evolution of the technology one movie after the other.Published on Sept. 17 2011 by couc138
meh i liked it even though it was a little slow. It makes you think and ask a lot of questions because it is actually a pretty deep movie. Read morePublished on March 29 2011 by Sorpse
For some reason this set was discounted to C$30 (on Dec 29 2010) at the same time as the same UK version was pretty cheap too. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2011 by D-G