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Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection (Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / Escape From / Conquest of / Battle for) [Blu-ray] (1968)

Charlton Heston  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 493 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G7PX80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection (Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / Escape From / Conquest of / Battle for) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Forced Trailers
Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowall, Natlaie Trundy, Kim Hunter, Makeup Artist John Chambers
Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of "Planet of the Apes as American Myth"
Pierre Boulle: The Man Behind the Apes
Science of The Apes Trivia Challenge
Behind The Planet of The Apes Documentary
Behind The Planet of The Apes Promo 1988
Planet of The Apes Makeup Test with Edward G Robinson 1966
Roddy McDowall Home Movies
Planet of The Apes Dailies and Outtakes (no audio)
Planet of The Apes 1967 NATO Presentation
Planet of The Apes Featurette 1968
A Look Behind the Planet of The Apes 1972
Don Taylor Directs Escape from The Planet of The Apes
J Lee Thompson Directs Conquest to The Planet of The Apes
6 Original Theatrical Trailers
Galleries: Original Sketches by Costume Designer Morton Haack
Photo Gallery

Ape Phenomenon:
Ape Merchandise
Mego Toy Commercial
Ape Collections
Planet of the Apes Timeline

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Disc 1: Planet of The Apes, The 40th Anniversary WS
**Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Natalie Trundy, and Makeup Artist John Chambers
**Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
**Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of "Planet of the Apes as American Myth"
**BD- J Beyond the Forbidden Zone Adventure Game
**HD- Beyond the Forbidden Zone Game Pay-offs by the Ape Guide
**HD- A Public Service Announcement from ANSA
**HD- The Evolutin of the Apes
**HD- The Impact of the Apes
**Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary

*Original Makeup Test with Edward G. Robinson (1966)
*Roddy McDowall’s On-Set Footage
*Dailies and Outtakes (no audio)
*N.A.T.O Presentation (1967)
*Vintage Planer of the Apes Featurette (1968)
*Teaser Trailer
*Original Theatrical Trailer

*The Ape Newspaper
*Interactive Pressbook
*Lobby Cards
*Costume Design Sketches

Disc 2: Beneath the Planet of the Apes WS
**HD- From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel
**SD- Original Theatrical Trailer
**"The Ape News" Gallery
**Interactive Pressbook
**Advertising Gallery
**Lobby Card Gallery
**Behind the Scenes Gallery
**Skippable Trailers
**Disc Introduction by the Ape Guide
**"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
**D-Box Logo
**BD- Live Portal

Disc 3: Escape From the Planet of the Apes WS
**HD- The Secret Behind Escape
**SD- Original Theatrical Trailer
**Advertising Gallery
**Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
**"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
**D-Box Logo
**TBD- Live Portal

Disc 4: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes WS
**HD- Riots and Revolutions: Confronting the Times
**SD- A Look Behind THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972)
**SD- Original Theatrical Trailer
**Interactive Pressbook
**Advertising Gallery
**Lobby Card Gallery
**Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
**Skippable Trailers
**"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
**D-Box Logo
**BD- Live Portal

Disc 5: Battle for the Planet of the Apes WS
**HD- End of an Epic: The Final Battle
**SD- Original Theatrical Trailer
**Interactive Pressbook
**Advertising Gallery
**Behind-the-Scene Gallery
**Farm Trailers
**Splash Page
**"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
**D-Box Logo
**BD- Live Portal

Planet of the Apes
Billed as a "reimagining" of the original 1968 film, Tim Burton's extraordinary Planet of the Apes constantly borders on greatness, adhering to the spirit of Pierre Boulle's original novel while exploring fresh and inventive ideas and paying honorable tribute to the '68 sci-fi classic. Burton's gifts for eccentric inspiration and visual ingenuity make this a movie that's as entertaining as it is provocative, beginning with Rick Baker's best-ever ape makeup (hand that man an Oscar®!), and continuing through the surprisingly nuanced performances and breathtaking production design. Add to all this an intelligent screenplay that turns Boulle's speculative reversal--the dominance of apes over humans--into a provocative study of civil rights and civil war. The film finally goes too far with a woefully misguided ending that pays weak homage to the original, but everything preceding that misfire is astonishingly right.

While attempting the space-pod retrieval of a chimpanzee test pilot, Major Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) enters a magnetic storm that propels him into the distant future, where he crash-lands on the ape-ruled planet. Among the primitively civilized apes, treatment of enslaved humans is a divisive issue: senator's daughter Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) advocates equality while the ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) promotes extermination. While Davidson ignites a human rebellion, this conflict is explored with admirable depth and emotion, and sharp dialogue allows Burton's exceptional cast to bring remarkable expressiveness to their embattled ape characters, most notably in the comic relief of orangutan slave trader Limbo (played to perfection by Paul Giamatti). Classic lines from the original film are cleverly reversed (including an unbilled cameo for Charlton Heston, in ape regalia as Thade's dying father), and while this tale of interspecies warfare leads to an ironic conclusion that's not altogether satisfying, it still bears the ripe fruit of a timeless what-if idea. --Jeff Shannon

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
The second--and most horrifying--of the five Planet of the Apes movies, this film goes where few end-of-the-world movies ever dare tread. It's the far future. The mass of humanity has descended into speechless savagery, kept as captive animals by the talking apes who have inherited the world. Two astronauts from our time have landed here, retracing the path of their lost comrade, Captain Taylor (Charlton Heston). Unfortunately, they've landed in the middle of a grim situation. Warlike gorillas are preparing to eliminate the last shards of shattered human civilization, a degenerate, subterranean cult worshipping the greatest of all human achievements--the cobalt bomb. As well as rescuing Taylor, the two men have to stop the gorillas from wiping out humanity ... and stop humanity from fulfilling their self-appointed, self-destructive destiny. This is both thrill-a-minute science fiction and a surprisingly deep reflection on the human condition. Plus, it's got lots of guys in really keen ape suits. --Grant Balfour

Customer Reviews

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162 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab The Planet Of The Apes Evolution Soon! August 18, 2000
This set is wonderful! All 5 films plus a bonus documentary hosted by the late great Roddy McDowall, Behind The Planet Of The Apes is a 126 minute making of which shows the origins and the ideas that lead to the filming of the saga which began in 1967, thru the rest of the films 'til 1973 as well as the two television series (live action and animated) and the rereleasing of the films and marketing. But you have to buy this set soon because after the first 100,000 are sold, the next sets will not, I repeat, will not include the Behind The Planet Of The Apes documentary, which, to me, is the best special feature you get with these movies. The lowdown on the films is this: Planet Of The Apes is a classic. Trust me, if you don't like this one you won't like the rest. The ending is historic. Beneath The Planet Of The Apes is a good second effort. I just wish Charlton Heston would've starred in the entire picture instead of the beginning and ending. (note: the trailer for this film is different from the one given on the VHS version (you can still see parts of that one on the documentary)). Escape From The Planet Of The Apes is a very original installment which takes place in the past circa 1973. This one is lighter and more fun up until the end. Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is the most underated of all the Apes films. This is the only ape film that recieved a PG rating for violence and deservedly so, but what makes this one unique is Roddy McDowell's understated performance as Ceaser, the ape who would lead his brothers and sisters to victory over the humans who have enslaved them. This is the darkest of the set and, to me, deserves better recognition. Battle For The Planet Of The Apes is a decent 5th installment. Read more ›
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259 of 277 people found the following review helpful
I have loved this series ever since I was a young boy who saw the original movie on TV. When the TV series came out, I was glued to the set for every episode, and then the cartoon series became a part of my regular Saturday morning viewing. This is one of the few movie franchises that I loved growing up that has not lost any of its charm with me now as an adult. I first bought the Limited Edition Evolution collection on DVD a few years ago, and followed up with my purchase of the Ultimate Collection that came enclosed in a bust of Caesar. When I first heard of the arrival of this series on Blu-ray, I thought they would simply transport the DVD versions I already owned onto a Blu-ray platter. BOY was I wrong!!!!!

I will not go into the details of the story line for this series, since so many have already done a great job at that. What I will focus on is the Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Collection.

I had seen pictures of the collection, and was very excited to get my own copy, but I had never actually seen a copy of it in the stores. Because of that, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with regarding the quality of the set. I had just recently been MAJORLY disappointed with Fox's horrible Blu-ray box set of the Omen series (another favorite of mine). The packaging for that set was one of the worst I have ever seen on any format. But I digress....this is not a review of the Omen set. Let's start with the outer box. It is of very sturdy construction with the spaceship on the cover in textured relief. The box serves what appears to be a hard bound book. You slide that out of the cover, and it opens to reveal a detailed timeline of the entire Ape film series.
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148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THX Goes Ape! April 9, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This upgrade of the August 21, 2000, Fox "Evolution" APES boxed set is a significant improvement over that release. All of the films are now available in 16x9 anamorphic transfers, but more importantly each film has been remastered with improved picture and sound quality.

The first, and best, film PLANET OF THE APES (1968) is here actually a reissue of Disc 1 of the 2-Disc "35th Anniversary Edition" Fox released on February 3, 2004 (the extras-loaded 2nd disc has not been included in this set), with the same menu screens and sparse commentary tracks (thankfully one from the late, great Jerry Goldsmith), but it's a fine picture transfer of this important film, with the original 4-channel stereo soundtrack elements remixed in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS, and sound is very good for recordings that are over thirty-five years old. (The DVD picture upgrade from Fox's original non-anamorphic one isn't perfect though, with some flicker and scratches visible. Hopefully Fox will do another improvement from archival restored elements before this title comes to High Definition DVD.)

The picture quality of the four sequels to the original SF classic have been vastly improved with these THX-mastered anamorphic transfers. The images on all are much brighter and sharper, with truer color fidelity, and just as importantly, their new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks feature much better stereo separation and directionality than the previous DVD release. (All the sequels were originally released theatrically in mono sound only.)

Still disappointing is the lack of extras for the sequels. No commentary tracks, little if any still and poster galleries.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love old cinematography
Bit of nostalgia with a bit of the future
Published 8 hours ago by JMAC
5.0 out of 5 stars This was possibly the best series of movies to ever appear on regular...
This was possibly the best series of movies to ever appear on regular television. The fact that you can purchase them on DVD for a nominal price is reassuring. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Scott Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son had not seen the old ones so I got him the whole set.
Published 4 days ago by Elaine Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I satisfacción no the orden arival fast and i love the movie no problem with the delivery
Published 5 days ago by wilfredo pagan
2.0 out of 5 stars An unfortunate collection
The first two movies were sort of OK , but the rest were not well done. The language and scenes were not appropriate for family viewing in my opinion. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Van Rensburg Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars ape series
really enjoy these
Published 7 days ago by ronnie007
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
still one of my fav's. my wife isn't quite so appreciative
Published 10 days ago by Patrick DuBos
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the apes in HD
I grew up watching this with my parents. I looks great in HD and the job they did to include the added introductions and extras is phenomenal. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features Alone Are Worth the Price
This set is among the best franchise packages ever. Each film comes with more special features than some other entire sets! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Murl J. Sprout Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The case in the picture was different than the one I received. Not a big deal, just curious.
Published 15 days ago by Z. Coffman
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Why this movie......
Because you touch yourself at night.
Feb 25, 2010 by KevinH1982 |  See all 3 posts
what is the region code for planet of the apes blu ray box set??
My info is that it's region A. To check if discs are region free visit this website:
May 30, 2009 by Bungle |  See all 2 posts
POTA Question
There are two theories on this. One is that the TV series (like the animated series and the 2001 remake) inhabits a completely different universe than the films. The other is that while 99.9% of all dogs & cats died, a few did survive.
Apr 21, 2010 by James Aquila |  See all 5 posts
Planet of the Apes Blu-ray DVD package, why so expensive.
i can get them on amazon uk for $19 i got mine there
Oct 29, 2011 by Patrick D. Henley |  See all 11 posts
original only please
35mm film has a much higher quality than SD TV so even old films will look good on BD.
May 30, 2009 by Bungle |  See all 7 posts
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