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Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)

Roddy McDowall , Mort Abrahams , David Comtois , Kevin Burns  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Mort Abrahams, Charlton Heston, Richard D. Zanuck, Edward G. Robinson
  • Directors: David Comtois, Kevin Burns
  • Writers: David Comtois, Kevin Burns, Brian Anthony
  • Producers: Kevin Burns, Brian Anthony, Shelley Lyons
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KH32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Behind the Planet of the Apes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2-disc set
  • The Planet of the Apes National Association of Theater Owners presentation (1967)
  • The Planet of the Apes featurette (1968)
  • "A Look Behind The Planet of the Apes" (1972)
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes promo (1998)
  • The Planet of the Apes makeup test with Edward G. Robinson (1966)
  • Dailies and outtakes (1967)
  • Extensive unedited Roddy McDowall interview

Editorial Reviews

Prepare for the ultimate adventure with this behind-the-scenes chronicle of the amazing Planet of the Apes phenomenon. Host Roddy McDowall takes you, film by film, from production meetings to make-up sessions, then right onto the movie set to see the actual filming of this science fiction masterpiece. Hear exclusive interviews with stars Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter, see rare archival photos, and view never-before-seen footage. Then see how the Apes saga reached beyond the original visionary films, creating a franchise that includes television and books. The most comprehensive history of Planet of the Apes ever created, this fascinating 127-minute documentary explores one of the most imaginative and influential series in movie history. This special two-disc set contains over two hours of extras! 319 minutes.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Goin' Ape With This DVD! September 2, 2001
About six months ago, I bought the "Planet Of The Apes" box-set with the herald "sixth" disc, "Behind The Planet Of The Apes". So why did I also buy the new 2 Disc "Behind" version recently? Because it doesn't monkey around like the original "Behind" did! This version has the two-hour retrospective like the original, but so much more too! "Apes" N.A.T.O. presentation, more behind the scenes footage, extensive photo galleries, three totally different 1960's featurettes, the full complete E.G.Robinson screen test, and last but not least, an intimate rough-cut interview by Roddy McDowell himself, and it's over AN HOUR AND A HALF LONG! Along with brand new menus, totally different from the original disc, this is a must have for any Apes fan! I'm just goin' Ape with this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More apes than before August 13, 2001
By i86time
As stated before, the main feature (Behind the Planet of the Apes) is the same as that in the 30th Anniversary VHS and DVD sets, so nothing new here. But included are great extras, such as featurettes and previews (one even containing deleted footage) and the entire screen test as seen in the 'Behind ...' feature. There are also outtakes and dailies from the first film, though they contain no soundtrack so the score is played instead. All in all, some pretty darn good extras. The real treat is the full unedited Roddy McDowall interview which is almost 2 hours. The only problem with the set is that the feature which is the basis for the set was included with both the out of print and upcoming re-release of the dvd sets and by mail order from the vhs set. Thus, all the new features could have been put out on a single dvd. If the dvd set had been done right, all the extras (except maybe the full interview) could easily have been included earlier and it would have been even better. As it stands there's a great interview and over an hours worth of extras avaible nowhere else. The only reason I gave it four stars was I had to pay twice for something I already had just to get some great new stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary on the series. Well done! July 4, 2005
By Alan
This documentary covers the original Planet Of The Apes films and TV series' (including, briefly, the cartoon). Extremely well done. Hosted by Cornelius/Caesar/Galen himself, Roddy McDowell. This documentary tells the complete story of the films, with loads of behind the scenes information, photos, and footage. You also get to see some of the original makeup test used to sell Fox on the film (but not the ENTIRE test, as the packaging implies), as well as some promotional material, and an interview with McDowell. The interview is a mixed-bag, as there is no microphone on the person CONDUCTING the interview, so you can bately hear the questions (if at all). That minor grievance aside, this is a fantastic, 2-disc set, and I recommend this to any Planet Of The Apes fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Ape Documentary April 3, 2002
A Kid's Review
This film was the documentary that revealed it all, even the make-up test with Hollywood legend Edward G. Robinson. Hosted by Roddy McDowall, this film goes behind the scenes at all five apes films, the two television series, the mass merchandising campaign, and beyond. Learn that this whole thing started with a novel that was rejected by its own author, and that Arthur Jacobs, the producer, had his wife in all but one Apes film.
Interveiws with Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, John Chambers, Natalie Trundy, and Ricardo Montalbahn are also included. The Ultimate Ape Event!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Behind the Scenes Stuff August 18, 2001
Behind the Planet of the Apes
Personally, I find behind the scenes documentaries about how films were made to be one of the more desirable extras found on DVD's. This two disc release from Image Entertainment consists of only such a documentary (none of the "Apes" series is included) but it is a good one. The disc looks to cash in on the interest in the classic "Apes" series created by the release of Tim Burton's remake of the film that started it all.
This release was first broadcast by American Movie Classics (AMC) and is hosted by the late Roddy McDowell who played "Cornelius". Included here is three plus hours of footage (in addition to the main documentary) that will be most welcome to fans of the series and a pleasant surprise to those like myself who are not that familiar with "Apes". All five films in the series are covered and trailers included for all. Also here is the 1967 North American Theatre Owners (NATO) presentation as well as a fascinating screen test featuring Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson, who was originally tapped to play Heston's ape nemesis, but later bowed out due to health concerns. However, only diehard fans will appreciate the uncut interview footage with MCDowell, especially since the questions he is asked are mostly inaudible.
All in all, this will appeal to two groups of DVD fans-those that love the "Apes" series and those who love behind the scenes and "the making of" type documentaries. You may want to wait awhile as the price could come down after the buzz about Burton's remake wears off.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you already have the box set version, skip it.... September 26, 2001
By A Customer
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This was a great disc but I dont feel that the extras included here warrant a repurchase. I was glad to have seen it but watched it once and resold. The menus are different. All you're really missing is an LONG interview with Mcdowell, alot of 'trailer variations' and a pretty lengthy section set to the theme music that shows all the outtakes and unused footage run together. I'm not sure it's worth 21.00 considering the repeated viewing value....For die-hards only if you already have the box set version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great doc for any ape fan
This was a fantastic find. It gives loads of information from the actors/actresses in the movie. I viewed it twice so far and plan another showing for my brother, He can't wait to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars it's good but...
i love the doc but a lot of the "extra" stuff was stuff they kept repeating. if you like the planet of the apes then you'll want to see this.
Published 6 months ago by gd
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Planet of the Apes
Loved it! great interview with Roddy McDowall (although you couldn't hear the person asking the questions). Would recommend if you are a fan.
Published 6 months ago by indyman911
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
Since I saw the original Planet of the Apes as a child, I always had a great fascination for this movie! It was very well made and I enjoyed it very much. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Panda Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bit Of History
If you enjoy documentaries then I can't see why you wouldn't like this. It was done in the late 90's and benefits greatly from the fact that many of the key players were still... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love behind the scenes stuff.
I was very interested to see how they pulled off such a great story with the tight budget available. And they really had a great time doing it! Love it!
Published 13 months ago by Leslie Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars great DVD
This was a great dvd i enjoyed all the behind the scenes information it was perfect for the price and the time it came in
Published 15 months ago by E. Jourdan
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Planet of the Apes
I have watched the "Ape" movies over and over, never tiring from them. Now, with the DVD giving such great background information completes the deal!!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peppermint Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars apes work
i like this dvd it like the ultimate bonus dvd set for the franchise and explains a lot about the filming of this great seires
Published 20 months ago by Anonimus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff.
I grew up on this movie, the first Sci-Fi movie I ever saw, this behind the scenes expose is informative for movie making before the dreaded 1-2 punch of CGI and Green Screen... Read more
Published 21 months ago by 7SFCW4
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