While provoking neither the decades of spin-offs of the Star Trek
franchise or the cultural staying power of the Star Wars
universe, Planet of the Apes
nonetheless lives in the hearts of many a Sunday afternoon TV-watcher. A high water mark for prosthetic movie magic, this primate-vs-man epic--spanning four movies, a TV series, and an animated series--was as integral to the 1970s as Led Zeppelin or muscle cars. So how to properly pay tribute to a science fiction franchise about intelligent apes roaming a post-apocalyptic earth?
In a freaking ape head boxed set, man.
It's true. 20th Century Fox packaged the entire run--movies, TV series, animated series, and the 2001 Tim Burton remake--in Caesar's head. Actually, the 14 discs are efficiently packaged in a fold-out book that slides into the bust's back. The bust is smartly dressed in green canvas, with zippers that don't actually lead to pockets. The hair is a luxurious mane that could have been wasted on at least three toupes. Put this masterpiece of DVD packaging on a shelf and watch it catch the gaze of everyone who walks into the room. Unfortunately, the set does not come with any supplemental reading material; an essay or two on the impact of Planet of the Apes would have been nice. The set is limited to 10,000 copies and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For those who don't want to commit to the full ape head experience, most of the discs in this set--sans the animated series, TV show, and Tim Burton remake--can be had in the Planet of the Apes Legacy Boxset --Ryan Boudinot
PLANET OF THE APES
: Science of the Apes BONUSVIEW,* Beyond the Forbidden Zone Adventure Game, Public Service Announcement from ANSA, Evolution of the Apes Featurette, Impact of the Apes Featurette, Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary with Interactive Mode, Audio Commentaries, Text Commentary, Original Makeup Test, Roddy McDowall’s On-Set Footage, Dailies & Outtakes, NATO Presentation, Vintage 1968 Featurette, Theatrical Trailers, Still Galleries & More! BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES
: Isolated Score Track, From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, Still Galleries & More! ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES
: Isolated Score Track, The Secret Behind Escape Featurette, Don Taylor Directs Escape From the Planet of the Apes Vintage Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, Still Galleries & More! CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
: Unrated and Theatrical Versions, Isolated Score Track, Riots & Revolutions: Confronting the Times Featurette, A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes Vintage Featurette, J. Lee Thompson Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Vintage Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, Still Galleries & More! BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
: Extended and Theatrical Versions, Isolated Score Track, End of an Epic: The Final Battle Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, Still Galleries & More!
Special Features Are Unrated, May Not Be High Definition, And Are Not Closed Captioned. *BONUSVIEW-enabled player required.