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Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series (Bilingual) [Import]
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After their spacecraft travels through a time warp, two astronauts (Ron Harper, James Naughton) from 1981 crash-land back on Earth in the year 3085 - a time when intelligent apes rule and humans have been reduced to servants or pets. Captured by the apes and sentenced to death, they are saved by a curious chimpanzee name Galen (Roddy McDowall). But now all three are on the run, trying to keep one step ahead of the gorilla army led by General Urko (Mark Lenard), who is determined to kill the renegades.
Those immersed in the Planet of the Apes universe will go bananas for this DVD-only box set containing all 14 episodes of this obscure 1974 TV series based on the 1968 sci-fi classic. Ron Harper and James Naughton star as two astronauts who crash-land on the simian-ruled planet. Roddy McDowall (Cornelius in the Apes films) is Emmy-worthy as "renegade ape" Galen, who befriends them and helps them elude capture by the relentless General Urko. At its best, this series presented thoughtful stories in which the fugitives bridged the human-ape gap ("The Deception"). Of special interest is the episode "The Liberators," which was never broadcast during the series' fleeting run. Notable guest stars include Marc "Beastmaster" Singer ("The Gladiators"), Roscoe Lee Browne ("Tomorrow's Tide"), Sondra Locke ("The Cure"), and a pre-Bad News Bears Jackie Earle Haley ("The Legacy"). --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I purchased the VHS set(with all 14 episodes just like the DVD set) in PAL format when FOX released it in Australia only(not sure why) almost a year ago. This PAL VHS set is now Out Of Print according to FOX.
I, like many Planet of the Apes fans, am glad that FOX has finally decided to release this to the US audiences in DVD format so fans can stop being forced to buy bootleg versions taped from the Sci Fi channel a few years ago or transfer copied from the only official VHS release(up to now) of the series which was in PAL format and not playable on American VCRs.
FYI, the SCI FI channel airings of the Planet Of The Apes TV Series were about 5 minutes shorter than the original aired length of the show. This was for additional commercial space, so those of you who have only seen the series there missed OVER 1 HOUR of the show during the course of the 14 episodes.
Bottom line is BUY THIS DVD SET!!!! In addition to the original 13 shows aired in the USA, you get the 14th episode "The Liberator" which never got aired here in the United States because the show got axed. It was aired in the UK, however.
It was very satisfying to see an original "never before aired in the US" episode of one of my favorite series 27 years after it went off the air.
Over the years I've watched all of the Ape theatrical movies, but it just wasn't the same as my memories of the Apes TV movies. Roddy sticks out in my memory as being especially good as Galen the chimp. Burke and Virdon were decent characters played by decent actors. Virdon's desire to see his wife and kid again made him rather different from Heston's astronaut in the original film. Urko and Dr Zaus were both excellent. Urko and Galen were the funnest characters of any Planet of the Apes show or movie. I never thought I'd see those TV movies again, but it turns out those episodes and more are on DVD. I love it! The Law Giver has answered my prayers!
I remember very well back in 1974 a unique TV series aired entitled `Planet of the Apes', previously I enjoyed the movie `Escape from the Planet of the Apes', back in 1971, (I didn't see the other films-for whatever reason), so I was somewhat surprised that a TV series was to follow, after the last apes' film `Battle for the Planet of the Apes'.
Due to `Escape', Roddy McDowall (sadly no longer with us), became one of my favourite actors and still is; thus when he was in the `Planet of the Apes' TV series, I had to watch...boy was I in for a surprise, I enjoyed every episode of the series, I didn't know the other two actors at the time-Ron Harper (appearing later in the TV series Land of the Lost) and James Naughton (appearing later in the TV series Trauma Center), but that was okay, they were great too-real likable fellows.
I was really sad that the show ended after 13 episodes, later...very much later I found out there was a 14th episode that was never aired called `The Liberator', and a few years ago I got the video release of the series that contained that missing un-aired episode, finding it was like gold to me and I watched it thinking this is great-it was 1974 all over again, why it was never aired originally is beyond me.
Set in 3085, the series starred Roddy McDowall as Galen, Ron Harper as Alan Virdon, James Naughton as Pete Burke, Mark Lenard as General Urko and Booth Colman as Councilor Zaius (not Dr. Zaius as many would believe). It was based on the 1968 Planet of the Apes film and its sequels in which McDowall also starred in except `Beneath'.
The series ran from the 13th of September to the 6th of December, 1974.Read more ›
This show features some great episodes and memorable characters and it ended much too soon. 20th Century Fox Studios has done a pretty good job with this set. The picture and sound are nice, but nowhere near the quality of the evolution or legacy sets. The video transfer is pretty clear and the mono sound is good but should have been in digital 5.1. Fox studios could have remastered the picture and sound but didn't for some reason. Let's face it; television just isn't what it used to be anymore. Reality TV has taken over and there isn't anything for the whole family to watch. Who knows, if you buy this set your kids may go ape over it.
In the year 3085 two astronauts Alan Virdon and Pete Burke traveling from 1981 crash land back on Earth after entering a warp in time. The two men don't now it yet, but the Earth isn't anything like they remember. This new Earth is ruled by intelligent Apes and Humans are the lowest form of life. The astronauts are soon captured by the Apes and sentenced to death until they are rescued by a chimpanzee named (Galen) played by Roddy McDowall. General Urko played by (Mark Lenard) is bound and determined to kill the astronauts and their accomplice.Read more ›
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I loved this series when I was a kid!! I enjoyed watching it again. It is too bad it got cancelled before it was finished.Published 24 days ago by B. D
great series!!! too bad it did not last more then the one season!Published 17 months ago by dan da man!
best actor and actress in show we wish. it will be 10 stars. because all make up I never has onePublished on Oct. 10 2013 by darrell feit
This collection is a must have for all Planet of the Apes fans. It is an amazing follow up to the movies.Published on Aug. 26 2013 by John Battye
I am happy to have this series in my collection. I only wish that it had gone on longer then what it did.Published on Sept. 29 2011 by Watcher
Good show for its time... Some of the stories are weak, the disc from the ship in the first couple of episodes are never mentioned again in the later shows. Read morePublished on April 25 2011 by Joe
I will never understand why so many so called experts hate this tv show.
Even the actors didnt like it. Read more
All the episodes of the POTA series are here and on DVD. This series is a real joy to watch. It brings back so many fond memories from my childhood. Read morePublished on June 10 2004
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