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NEW Planet Of The Apes Legacy (DVD)
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The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to inspire academic studies like Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture.
Loosely adapted from the novel by French author Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes was released at the height of racial and political unrest in America, adding resonance to its story of a NASA astronaut (Charlton Heston) stranded on a planet where superior apes dominate inferior human slaves. The film's final image--in which a horrified Heston realizes the fate of humankind--remains one of the most indelible in all of science fiction cinema.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) continues the original's distant future scenario, pitting militant apes against mutant humans dwelling in the subterranean ruins of New York City. Its phenomenal success spawned Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), in which simian scientists Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, reprising their roles from Planet) travel backward in time, setting the stage for the ape supremacy of the first two films. McDowall returned in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Caesar, the son of Cornelius, leading an ape revolution that bridges the historical gap of the previous films. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) ended the five-film cycle with McDowall again playing the chimpanzee leader Caesar, defeating gorillas and human mutants to establish the hierarchy introduced in the original film.
The Apes films present a classic what-if scenario that hasn't lost a bit of its potency. As if to prove its cultural endurance, the cycle returned to its origins with director Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes--one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2001. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The 1968 "Planet of the Apes" needs no introduction. What about it can be said that hasn't already been said? Though often unfairly mistaken for some sort of cheesy low-budget B-movie by people who've never actually seen it, it's not merely the best of the original Apes series, it's one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made and was even selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for its historical significance. Based on the original novel by Pierre Boulle and adapted by Rod Serling (of Twilight Zone fame) and Michael Wilson, the script is not only exciting and suspenseful, it is also witty and satirical. Through its role-reversal scenario, its world building and its famous ending, it is a scathing critique on religious fundamentalism, racial strife, war, and mankind's relationship with nature. Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans all give outstanding performances. Colonel Taylor and the ape scientists Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Zaius are unforgettable, multi-layered and fascinating characters. The prosthetic makeup effects were revolutionary for the time and while they may come off somewhat dated one still has to be in awe of the sheer painstaking effort and craftsmanship involved; hand-made practical special effects have a physical presence that is impossible for CGI to replicate and this style of filmmaking has become a dying art.Read more ›
They used to have "Planet of the Apes" week on channel 7 out of Detroit and like any other kid I ran home from school everyday to watch them. I absolutely love the "Planet of the Apes" Evolution boxed set. You get all five "Planet of the Apes" movies plus a sixth bonus disc containing all the wonderful special features. It's all here except the superior picture and 5.1 digitally remastered sound found in the new Legacy box set.
The picture and sound are a definite improvement over any of the television broadcasts but they still don't compare to the Legacy set. I don't understand why 20th Century Fox Studios didn't take the time to remaster all the movies at the same time when they had the chance.
20th Century Fox have always had the ability to remaster these films, because the Legacy set is proof of what can be done. How many times can a studio release the same titles over and over and not make any improvements in picture & sound quality? If the ultimate picture and 5.1 sound are what you're after then I suggest holding out and purchasing the legacy set. I hope this review was helpful.
- Planet of the Apes (1968) - NASA astronaut (Charlton Heston) is stranded on a planet where apes dominate humans.Read more ›
Great set, of course, and a wonderful collectible case. For the fan and collector of POTA, there is little extra here. It is finally a treat to have an official release of the animated series "Return to the POTA" from 1975. Fans have been exchanging poor copies of this for years. The quality of the print was not cleaned up, so although the colour is clear, there are many artefacts visible on the screen. For a cleaner editions of Return to the POTA, see the indivually released 2-disc DVD set of 2006.
The only other advertised bonus here that was not present on previous releases on dvd were the TV spots for the live-action series. Unfortunately, there are NO TV SPOTS on these discs!! Inaccurate product description was misleading. So, the only new thing here is the animated series, nothing else.
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Awesome version. Great way to get all these movies in a sleak package. I love these movies so was excited to watch them on bluray. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by C-Love
The first few movies are great at the beginning mediocre in the middle and so so in the last films.
Although I truly like the series and can't shake of the fact that it could... Read more
The video quality is better than I expected. Obviously the enhancement done to transfer these old movies into Blueray has to be recognized. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Tung