Planet of the Apes
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
His remake of Planet of the Apes comes with a few Burton elements, but the overall universe feels like a cheat. And it probably is where Burton got a bit of a downfall.
Although, special features are quite sufficient and cover a great length of the production. It's nice to have all the features when the Blu-ray didn't port any of that. And seeing Michael Clarke Duncan getting the make-up is quite a nice touch too.
Apes completists might want to check this one, while it would be better for the rest to rent or borrow it (or buy it at a very low cost).
That said, the question in your mind is probably, "Is it still worth seeing?" and the answer to that is a rousing Yes! I'm in the minority, but I think there's a whole lot to like here, even though the ending is lacking. It's worth a rental at the very least.
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About the media support (BD):
OK. Just plays fine.
About the movie:
BAD, BAD, BAD. Can't get lower than this. Read more
This movie came when it was suppose to and it works. The problem is that I didn't realize that the case only has one DVD until I got it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher A. Rozario