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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Pierre Boulle, William Broyles Jr.
  • Producers: Iain Smith, Katterli Frauenfelder, Ralph Winter
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 20 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CXXU
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Special Features

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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By Theo TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2013
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
Burton's worse movie, on par with Dark Shadows.

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).
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Having seen the original movies in the 1970's, I can tell you that this one is just a shadow in comparison. Nowadays, special effects are awesome, of course, but the overall quality is poor. I probably won't be watching it again in the near future. The movie goes too fast, there is no depth in the topics, the characters are shallow and the playing of the actors is, let's say, so so. The ending is better, and the final scene lets you expect a sequel, that will hopefully be of better quality. My 12 year old boy liked the movie, though. But he has never seen the original series...
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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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The original "Planet of the Apes" was a brilliant, thought-provoking sci-fi classic, and no remake could ever hope to beset it. Instead, Tim Burton has given us a fresh, entirely new interpertation of the Apes saga, and I for one think it really works very well for its pumped up discussion of the slavery and polotical issues, and it certianly was entertaining enough. While it was never going to be anything to rival the 1968 Apes, and wisely didn't try to be, the hotly debated, misguided ending (which I will not reveal here) went and brought the entire movie down a couple notches. Had the last 5 minutes or so been cut, this all would have been a very nice "reimagining," and it does have its good points, but it's clear that the director and his editor didn't know when to finish it. Shame.
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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