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Planet of the Apes

Mark Wahlberg , Helena Bonham Carter , Tim Burton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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The DVD release of Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes is so loaded that the second disc needs six screens to list all of the features--or maybe it's just an excuse to show off the great-looking animated menus. The most interesting features are six substantial documentaries about aspects of the filming, including examinations of how the apes run and a spotlight on Lake Powell, where both this film and the 1968 original were shot. The "enhanced viewing mode" on disc 1 is fun: picture-in-picture video segments offer actor comments or shots of sets and miniatures, and Easter eggs provide access to even more background on the visual effects. There's also a commentary track by Burton (he had to be convinced to remake Apes) and another one with isolated score by composer Danny Elfman, discussing how he works with frequent collaborator Burton and the current state of film composing. But don't expect Burton to give an explanation of the film's much-discussed conclusion, and no alternate ending appears among the DVD's five rather routine extended scenes. --David Horiuchi

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4.0 out of 5 stars Style Without Substance Feb. 16 2013
Tim Burton is undeniably one of the great stylists of popular cinema. I don't just mean that on a purely visual level, either. When he's at his absolute best, somehow the style actually becomes the substance. If that doesn't seem to make sense, consider Ed Wood. It was Burton's decision to approach his chosen subject in the romanticized, even loving way that he did that made that film what it was. And it was glorious.

But... There are times when something more fundamental is called for, and this was one of them. And to be brutally honest, that more fundamental something just wasn't there in this particular movie.

If you're going to remake a film that's one of the standing icons of its genre, that's a pretty tough gig. Most especially so when the film you've chosen to remake is so well known for its moments: moments that come to define the film in our imaginations and to make it what it is. If you just copy those moments verbatim, then your film is in turn just a copy, and a pale one at that. Mere repetition is never going to have the same impact as the original. On the other hand, once you've taken those moments away, if you can't replace them with something equally staggering, or at least repackage and reinterpret the original material in a genuinely surprising way, then once again, there's really very little point in bothering with the remake at all.

Unfortunately, there really was very little point in bothering with this particular remake at all. That's about as much as I can say without letting loose with the spoilers.

There are positive things to say about this movie. Visually it was every bit the feast one would expect from a Tim Burton film - simultaneously cartoonish and intensely hyper-real. It also contains two truly exceptional performances.
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2.0 out of 5 stars New Apes version falls short... Feb. 22 2006
By R. Kirk
Having previously seen all 5 of the original Planet Of The Apes (4 B-movies), and also the television series dvd, I approached this latest 2001 Tim Burton version with an open-mind.
Having just rewatched this new version, my mind has again closed - on this film. If there is one impression I am left with following viewing this film, - it is the lack of space, and skylight, seen in the film. It all appears very dark and claustrophobic, and we never get to see enough expansive scenery - which one would expect when dealing with the Animal Kingdom (literally speaking!).
The story simply lacks the drama of the original 1967 Charlton Heston version. The only positive thing to say about this 2-dvd version, is the extra disc. It is simply loaded with hours of extra behind-the-scenes clips. One can truly appreciate the effort Tim Burton undertook to re-create this film. The film didn't fail from lack of effort, it failed from lack of vision. A better, more inventive screenplay, would have certainly helped. The Orangatang is the best character in this film. Everyone else is average - except the real chimp. Now this (real) animal should have been considered for best actor in this film. Two Stars**
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a very good version July 15 2004
By abe
Format:VHS Tape
this is tim burtons adaption of the original movie from 68.the story strays way off course from the original but is way funnier.marky mark stars in it.oh yeah!now will take it seriously.as if it wasnt bad enough we were watching a bad remake of an old classic,now it stars one of the worst bands in histories brothers.bbbboooooooooooooo!the kids will like it.tim burton directed it.besides the lack of keeping with the original and bad casting,this movie is good.it is a disapointment from a lot of his far better movies though.there are a lot of racial undertones in it.they are done in a funny way.is this even possible?its kind of a down but still manages a 3 star rating due to tim burtons masterful save.
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved it! July 3 2004
I'm an "Apes" kid who grew up on Planet Of The Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Return To The Planet Of the Apes animated series, The Planet Of The Apes comic book series, The Planet Of The Apes TV series, The Planet Of The Apes novel...I loved all of this Apes stuff. Why? Because it was FUN. Sadly it seems those days are gone for good and their ain't too many folks left who get the fun of these sort of things. It's clear that Tim Burton still gets it. He obviously loves the Apes movies and he grew up with all of those same movies and fun Ape toys that I did. His version is a loving tribute to that period of time in his childhood when the whole world seemed to have gone ape. He's even thrown in an ending that's not unlike the ending of the original novel. That novel inspired the movies, but none of them tried to stay true to that idea until Burton's version. Burton is obviously a fan of the Apes craze that made many a youngster want to battle talking apes or be talking apes. He captures that sense of wonder that many of us experienced in our Ape invaded youth, but he also doesn't take the whole thing too damn seriously. There are plenty of laughs here too. It's a big fun talking Apes movie that's just as much FUN as the ones that so many of us loved in the old days. I wondered, laughed, marveled, and had a great time being a kid again. I couldn't have asked for anything more. If Burton hadn't directed this thing I'm sure I would have got a hell of a lot less. Burton "gets" FUN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars planet of the apes
im glad i bought it its a very good movie its great for its making of time actors are great
Published 15 months ago by ronandrascal@sympatico.ca
3.0 out of 5 stars A planet where apes evolved from men?
This modern remaking of Planet of the Apes is ultimately a victim of its own hype. It is by no means a bad movie, but it is also not the blockbuster thrill ride of an adventure it... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2006 by Daniel Jolley
1.0 out of 5 stars (...)
am a big Tim Burton fan, I've practically seen
all his movies: "Batman" , "Sleepy Hollow", "Edward Scissorhands", "The Nightmare before Christmas" are the Directors best works... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by GreatWriterChrisJames
4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect, but still more fun than a barrel of humans
Burton's Apes movie isn't on par with the original, but it captures the fun of the Apes sequels, comics, and the TV show. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Susan K
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO MARS......
.... or 'somewhere out there' ...... RATHER AN EXCELLENT version of the APE tale - with Mark Wahlberg as the crashlanded human, and an excellent Helena Bonham-Carter as his simian... Read more
Published on June 7 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Planet of sour grapes
Planet of the Apes is the remake of the 1968 blockbuster and sci-fi classic. I read all the criticisms that this movie absorbed prior to seeing it, so I was pre-warned you could... Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Mr. Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Example of how a decent movie can be ruined by a bad ending!
The original "Planet of the Apes" was a brilliant, thought-provoking sci-fi classic, and no remake could ever hope to beset it. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by Jake
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Special Effects, Imagery. Story Severely Lacking ...
No matter what pre-cautionary steps a director takes remaking or
"re-imagining" a revered classic film such as Planet of the Apes
(1968), everyone is going to compare the... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Jack Burgess
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have spent more time apeing the original.
This has got to be the worst Tim Burton movie he's made so far. Alright, we can suspend disbelief thus far because it is a sci-fi movie, but geesh! Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by R Jess
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