stinking paws off me, you damm dirty Ape!"
Nearing the end of their deep space mission, Taylor (Heston)
records his final log entry before he returns to cryo-sleep with the rest
of his crew. What only seems like seconds after closing his pod, he is awaken
by the ship's computer to find that the ship has crashed in the middle of
a lake. With one of the crew dead, the three survivors blow the escape hatch
and make for land. After a long trek through a desert region they come across
a field of corn and what looks like a group of primitive humans. They decide
to investigate but then the sound of a horn cries out and Taylor can hear
horses galloping towards the field but when the horses arrive he sees something
that he can't believe. They are been ridden by Apes.
One of the defining movies in the annals of science fiction
but can the original Planet of the Apes still hold up against the modern,
technically superior pictures of the new millennium? The answer is a resounding
The 1968 version of the classic Sci-Fi adventure is the best
of the five original movies and is far better than Tim Burton's "re-imagination".
Imaginative and groundbreaking at the time, the film was on the crest of
the wave of intelligent science fiction that pulled the genre away from
the B-Movie status it was always associated with in the 50s and 60s. This
was a phenomenon like nothing before it and would pave the way for films
like Star Wars by been the example of how a movie is marketed and most importantly
What made the movie different was the pedigree of the stars
involved. Charlton Heston was a screen legend at the time and one of the
biggest and most powerful stars in Hollywood. Having his name attached to
the project gave the film the ability to attract noted character actors
to the key roles. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans breathed
life into Cornelius, Zira and Dr. Zaius, the key ape characters. Their performances
were all the more remarkable because of the fact that they acted under heavy
makeup, which was testament to the skills of makeup designer John Chambers.
These were believeable characters that drove the film.
Charlton Heston's Taylor is one of the great sci-fi heroes.
In an upside-down world he fights for his humanity, a conviction made all
the more poignant because he left Earth to get away from what the human
race was becoming. This is an action hero role, which the actor excelled
in but the intelligence of the story and his supporting cast made this more
than just an event movie.
The themes of the film are still relevant today. Issues about
race, tolerance, class structure and the blindness of faith as an excuse
for violence all still play out in the world today. This makes the film
still fresh today. Only the slightest details date the film. The fact that
Taylor and his crew were supposed to have set off from Earth on a deep space
mission in 1972, only three years after the Apollo 11 Moon landing is extremely
far fetched but the rest of the film stands up very well even by today's
Planet of the Apes is a classic of the science fiction genre.
With an intelligent story, memorable characters and one of the first real
big twist endings in cinema history, you can see why people went ape over
this film and how it still has a legion of fans.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a choice between Dolby
Digital 5.1 and dts surround soundtracks, this is an outstanding transfer,
especially when you recall that the movie was released in 1968. The picture
is crystal clear with no pixelation or any evidence of its 35-year age
in the slightest. The sound is equally as good, with the crown scenes
and Taylor's attempted escapes been the highlights. Jerry Goldsmith's
brilliant score also benefits from the excellent use of all the speakers
and the sub.
The main feature has the options of three different commentaries, but
these are not like your usual conversational pieces. There are long gaps
between insights sometimes there is such a gap that you might think that
actually didn't select it.
Audio Commentary from composer Jerry Goldsmith
The renowned composer talks about writing the score and the different
and unusual kinds of instruments he used to create the unique sound of
the film. He also talks about the lack of musicians he had to record the
score compared to the size of orchestra they use now.
Audio Commentary form stars Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter
and make-up artist John Chambers
The late, great Roddy McDowall and fellow stars Natalie Trundy and Kim
Hunter reveal secrets about the film and how they prepared for their roles
under all that makeup. They talk about the division between the different
kinds of Apes on set and how Kim Hunter can to really hate bananas. Makeup
artist John Chambers talks about how cutting edge the facial appliances
were at the time.
Text commentary from Eric Greene, author of 'Planet Of The Apes As
As you watch the movie, text facts reveal the secrets behind key scenes
and how the film came to be developed. There are some very interesting
insights into the mythos of the Planet of the Apes.
Exploring the Planet of
Behind the Planet of the Apes (2 hrs 06.45 mins)
Introduced by the man most associated with the series, the fantastic Roddy
McDowall, the documentary takes you from conception to premiere and beyond.
Made in 1998 (just before Roddy McDowall's untimely death) the film takes
you behind the scenes of the making of all five films in the franchise
and then on to the TV show and the cartoon "Return to the Planet of the
Apes". It includes interviews with all the surviving cast and crewmembers
including Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, Natalie Trundy,
James Naughton and Ricardo Montalban, as well as directors J. Lee Williams,
Don Taylor, Ted Post, composer Jerry Goldsmith and makeup artist John
Chambers. They all talk about how Planet of the Apes influences not only
them but also the entire motion picture industry. This is a fascinating
documentary and a must for any fan of the original series.
Behind the Planet of the Apes Promo (2.15 mins)
Your chance to watch a trailer for the documentary.
Planet of the Apes Makeup Test with Edward G. Robinson (1966) (9.28
This is the short featurette that producer Arthur P. Jacobs had made to
prove to Fox that the film could work. Starring Charlton Heston, Linda
Harrison, James Brolin and Edward G. Robinson as Dr Zaius the short introduced
the story and showed that the actors wouldn't look stupid in the makeup.
Roddy McDowall Home Movies (19.48 mins)
Behind the scenes footage shot by the man himself reveals details of the
shooting of the first movie in the franchise. Here we see Roddy have his
make applied, his helicopter ride to the Malibu beach set and footage
of shooting both there and on the Ape Village set.
Planet of the Apes Dailies and Outtakes (19.27 mins)
Raw footage that was shown to the studio executives during the filming
of the movie. You can watch the dailies and outtakes from the hunt, the
cages, Taylor's escape, the walk from the ship and the trail.
Planet of the Apes (1967 N.A.T.O. presentation) (10.27 mins)
Introduced by Charlton Heston and containing a lot of footage that outlines
the plot of the movie, this is a presentation that was shown the members
Planet of the Apes Featurette (1968) (4.36 mins)
This made for TV special takes you behind the scenes of the movie showing
you the sets and the makeup effects.
A look behind the Planet of the Apes (1972) (13.24 mins)
A summary of all five films in the franchise with behind the scenes footage
and cast and crew interviews.
Don Taylor directs Escape from the Planet of the Apes (13.24 mins)
Watch B-Roll footage of the climatic circus scene with Ricardo Montalban.
J. Lee Thompson directs
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1.06 mins)
Behind the scenes footage shows the use of masks and makeup to produce
the large amount of apes needed for the riot scenes.
Original Theatrical Trailers
Watch the teaser and full trailer for Planet of the Apes and it's for
Read text reviews taken from The Hollywood Reporter and Life magazine.
Theatrical Posters (0.47 mins)
A montage of posters for Planet of the Apes from all over the world.
Original sketches by costume designer Marlon Haack
View images of the original designs for the costumes for the chimpanzees,
gorillas and orang-utans as well as the human characters.
Here you can look at images of the Ape cast with and without their makeup
and some behind the scenes shots.
Planet of the Apes was one of the first movies to be extensively merchandised.
Here you can see images of the action figured produced to support the
movie and the wide-up toys made for the Japanese market.
Images of the Planet of the Apes collectables such as statues, masks and
Hidden Easter Egg
A TV advert for Planet of the Apes action figures.
Fox have done it again by treating the fans to an excellent 2-disc set.
While it only comes three years after its original outing on DVD and those
of you who bought the box set, have most of the extras anyway, this is
a must buy for anyone who didn't buy the classic Sci-Fi film the first
time around. The extras are very good, even though some of the lesser
footage is just longer, stand alone versions of the film used in the documentary,
the inclusion of Behind the Planet of the Apes only adds to the value
of the package. Those of you, who haven't already ready discovered this
film, prepare to go ape over this DVD release.
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