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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Roddy McDowall , Claude Akins , J. Lee Thompson  |  G |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Frank Capra Jr.
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • *Cast Page
  • *Planet of the Apes (68) Trailer
  • *Planet of the Apes (01) Trailer
  • *Beneath the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Escape from the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Battle for the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Planet of the Apes Cross Promotional Trailer
  • *Fox Interactive Presents: Behind the Scenes of the Planet of the Apes Game
  • ROM Content - Self Contained Planet of the Apes Web Site

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Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins star in the fifth and last chapter of the legendary Apes saga. Set in 2670 A.D., an idyllic society of man and ape is threatened by both a militant gorilla (Akins) and a tribe of still-intelligent mutant humans. Finally, simmering tensions dividing the primates erupt in an apocalyptic climax. When the smoke clears, the carnage is everywhere, but there is hope for a new beginning for man and ape. Co-starring John Huston, Paul Williams, and Lew Ayres.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Apes Redux May 23, 2006
Rarely does the restoration of deleted scenes added back into a film work to its benefit. The Extended Edition of Battle for the Planet of the Apes (available previously only as a Japanese laserdisc) is one of those rare exceptions. The fifth and final chapter in the Apes theatrical series is generally regarded as its weakest link. It had the lowest budget of all of the films in the series and it painfully shows and looks more like it's a made-for-TV movie. In fact, it feels almost like a pilot for the Planet of the Apes Television Series.

The film begins in the year 2670 and is bookended with John Houston as the revered ape Lawgiver reading from the sacred scrolls like a bedtime storyteller, "In the beginning, God created beast and man so that they could live in harmony and share dominion over this world..." From here the story is told in flashback and the viewer is left scratching their heads by the befuddling logic. Events not clearly explained are left to the viewer to make assumptions or draw conclusions about the contradictory order of events. It must be assumed that a nuclear war had devasted the Earth immediately after the ape uprising in Conquest and somehow only a decade afterward the ape society had unbelievably evolved their verbal powers of speech and intelligence. These facts are inconsistent with Cornelius' explanation of the apes' evolution in Escape in which he explains that the plague that destroyed all cats and dogs occurred some 200 years later than it did in Conquest and that Aldo was the first ape to utter human speech when he said the word "No" which was spoken by Lisa in Conquest, and that Aldo led the revolt against the humans which was led by Caesar.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Uncut Version of Battle is on DVD! April 4, 2006
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This version of Battle for the Planet of the Apes is the uncut version that contains the scenes of the Alpha Omega bomb. These scenes make a clear connection between the mutants in Beneath and the ones in this film. Of course, Mendez is still there in the chopped version, but many might not connect him with the Mendez dynasty alluded to in the second film. These scenes make a huge difference in this film. I'd say they elevate the film from 3 to 4 stars.

The most obvious way to differentiate the two versions is the cover. The cut version has Virgil, an orangutan on it. This version has a picture of a very angry chimp or gorilla. In the cut version, you see Virgil from the chest up, the latter only has a face above the logo and a few film clips below it. While I'd really only recommend this to apes fans, I'd say anyone who's truly devoted to this series must own it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the un-edited, complete version December 31, 2008
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After not seeing this version of the film for so long, the restored scenes really stand out and are a plus to the movie as a whole.

The following previously missing scenes have been restored:

1. After Virgil explains to Caeser the classroom situation in which Abe (the teacher) told Aldo "No!" at class, McDonald elaborates further that Abe should have known better.

2. After Caeser, Virgil, and McDonald enter the forbidden city, a mutant is seen sitting near Kolp and messing with some wires, presumably the alpha omega missile wiring.

3. Prior to the viewing of the archives, and while traveling down the city corridor, McDonald fusses at Caeser and Virgil for being so slow. Caeser and Virgil claim that they can smell the radioactive humans and mention that they are not like the other normal humans.

4. After Virgil shoots the moving camara he apoligizes to Caeser and claims that everyone now knows they are there.

5. After Kolp tells the captain that they are going after the apes "now" he then tells Alma that, no matter what, surrender is not an option. Kolp: "Alma, either we must cage the beast, or destroy the whole zoo." They then gather around the alpha omega missile. Kolp opens the missile silo hatch while Mendez looks on.

6. Extended scene of the convoy of mutants going towards ape city with some of the mutants walking out of rank and falling on the ground, presumably dying.

7. After Kolp and the captain view the ape barricade, Virgil sneeks down from his house - then the movie cuts back to Kolp who reminds someone via radio about his message to Alma in case things go wrong.

8. Extra war footage of the apes fighting the mutants with the barracade on fire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars See The Whole Series in Order by Date Made May 16, 2012
Finally, we have come round full circle. Oh, there's undoubtedly room for one more between this one and the original, but it was never made. As mentioned before, they all seem to have been made with no implied promise of another episode.

This is just a few years after the revolution from "Conquest." Or rather, it is a flash-back to that time, because the opening scene is the Lawgiver reading to a group of children, both ape and human, about the early days, and Caesar the hero.

Caesar's son was still a child, but since we can't say how quickly these kids grow, it's hard to say exactly how long it's been since the revolution. Caesar and McDonald, the black man who helped in fomenting the revolution (with several comparisons to the days when his people were slaves, too), together with a peaceful group of apes and men (and women) have created a rather primitive communal village where they all work hard and live in peace. But the proud General Aldo (he insists on the title) thinks learning English is far less important than learning riding and weapons and so on.

Because Aldo is so temperamental, he stirs up problems within the community. He clearly resents Caesar's rule, even though everyone except the gorillas seems to have accepted his leadership without question. That's champanzees, orangutans and humans. But Caesar himself stirs up far more trouble without intending to when McDonald suggests that they could go to the Forbidden City and see the tapes of Caesar's mother and father that were presented to the presidential commission. McDonald's brother was head of the archives, and he knew where the tapes were.

The city is radioactive, but they take a Geiger counter and count on getting out as quickly as possible.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I just could not look at this!
Published 2 days ago by Carl T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
First was the best by far, this was not the worst.
Published 6 days ago by Thomas J. Higgins
2.0 out of 5 stars 'All knowledge is for good. Only the use to which you put it can be...
The last of the original Apes movies and the poorest in quality. It does look like a television movie. Logic problems also exist. Read more
Published 7 days ago by William D. Jempty Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic's are always better then remake's
Can't beat the classic's.
Published 7 days ago by william d sadler
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad film, but definitely the weakest of the Apes sequels
This is my least favorite Planet of the Apes film, excluding the 2001 disaster remake. It's not a bad film, but not much happens. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Eskas
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you like POTA movies, you won't be dissappointed. It's not the best, but it's still fun.
Published 12 days ago by Michael V.
3.0 out of 5 stars then and now
I remember watching all these movies when I was a young child and now watching and thinking wow, we have come so far! The movie was still pretty cool.
Published 12 days ago by sherrie maynes
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
The series went down quickly. This is a low budget movie with only the costumes making it interesting. The plot is poor, the locations are poor, it is just bad. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Russell A. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by Terrell
2.0 out of 5 stars Battle for Planet of the Apes
A so so addition to the movie franchise. I wasn't as thrilled with the last two movies in the "Apes" saga as I was with the first three, and saying that is a bit of a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cindyszy
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Is this the dame DVD as In the aphead set?
As far as I know, having read's take on it, Fox is releasing the same prints as a set and seperately. Confirmed on 3/28. Yes it is the same.
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