Planet of the Apes (Bilingual) [Import]
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Planet of the Apes (Bilingual) [Import]
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.
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I won't go too much into the story, except to say that very loose interpretations of physics are used to catapult 3 astronauts forward in time. These astronauts, commanded by Charlton Heston's Taylor, find themselves on a planet dominated by apes, where humans are the animals. This flip allowed the first film to use allegory in much the same way that Star Trek was doing at the same time. Take a social commentary and place it in a science-fiction environment and suddenly it doesn't seem so much like social commentary. The first film taken on its own is still one of the most intelligent science fiction films of all time.
Taylor, of course, finds that the Planet of the Apes was not at all what he thought it was. A search party, headed by Brent (James Fransiscus) somehow manages the exact same time travel as Taylor and arrives shortly after him. Brent discovers the planet has another race of intelligent inhabitants -- mutants.
Meanwhile, offscreen, the apes Cornelius (Roddy McDowell), Zira (Kim Hunter) and Milo (Sam Mineo) have repaired Taylor's ship and left the planet. Using the same loose interpretation of physics again, the apes are transported back in time to 1970's Earth where they shock the entire population with their ability to speak and reason. While they find that they have become celebrities in human circles, some are plotting to ensure that their race never becomes dominant.Read more ›
An intelligent screenplay skillfully directed by Frank Schaffner, imaginative sets and a plot which builds to an astonishing climax, contribute to make this a landmark of science-fiction film-making. Taylor (Charlton Heston) is the cynical space explorer searching for "something better than man" who finds himself in a world populated by advanced apes. From that point on he struggles to defend mankind against brutality and prejudice in one of the film's several neat ironies.
Heston is admirably supported by Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, who play the sympathetic chimpanzee scientists Cornelius and Zira, along with Maurice Evans as the formidable Doctor Zaius. The final iconic scene on the coast is among the great moments of cinema. This film generally holds up extremely well despite its age. The bluray version is top quality and packed with special features.
(minor issue - getting the discs in and out may be annoying as the center holders are made of an odd rubber texture mold, and not always easy to work)
The cinematography by Leon Shamroy is also fantastic, and I love the aerial descent that starts the film.
Charlton Heston as the astronaut who lands in an "upside down world", and Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall as free thinking scientists are superb, and in smaller roles, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore and James Daly terrific as authority figures in the ape colony.
This film had four sequels, a TV series and a cartoon series, as well as a multitude of merchandise from plastic figurines to bubble gum cards, but the original stays pristine and untarnished by its often silly spin-offs, and is a one-of-a-kind classic.
What this film has, that one can appreciate even when one knows what it is, is that rare thing...a great ending. Very few films leave one with a satisfied feeling at their close, but this one is unique, brilliantly filmed, and like a perfect dessert after a good meal.
Total running time is 112 minutes.
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The one and only.... A true classic for the fans and uninitiated!Published 11 months ago by M. Langlet
Absolutely great film. You must see the early film series. Excellent!Published 12 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
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