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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes [VHS] (1972)

Roddy McDowall , Don Murray , J. Lee Thompson  |  PG |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy, Hari Rhodes
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Frank Capra Jr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: August 18, 1998
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301661753
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban. The time is the near future. Apes have supplanted dogs and cats as household pets, and replaced servants as personal assistants - until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar (McDowall), to lead a spectacular revolt. It's thrilling science fiction that offers both a serious message and stirring entertainment.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Planet of the Apes sequel November 22, 2008
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is by no means "a very bad film" as the first reviewer here put it. It's actually a very well thought out film that does reflect some of the social upheaval in the United States during the late 60's and early 70's. Planet of the Apes films have always been a comment on the social climate during the period they were made.

Conquest is the darkest film of the Apes series, and the two different versions on the Blu-ray disc have varying levels of violence. The uncut version is very in your face and bloody and ends on a very violent note, which if you discount the fifth movie in the series Battle for the Planet of the Apes, makes a perfect transition to the first Apes film which is set after Conquest chronologically. In the first Apes film men are hunted for sport by apes, used for medical experiments and treated like animals. It was a pretty violent film for it's day as well.

The PG rated version of Conquest ends on a much more upbeat note that the timeline may have changed and that things might not end up so badly. There is still violence but not as much blood as the uncut version. It's really great to be able to see both versions of the film so that you can see where the film makers originally intended it to go and what the test audiences did not like about the movie before it was re-edited.

The film was directed by J. Lee Thompson who also directed The Guns of Navarone. And the look of the film is very deliberate. I suppose one could complain as the previous reviewer did that the artistic use of colors in the film is distracting, but I feel it shows that the creators of this film actually put some thought into how they wanted the audience to react to the characters and environments on the screen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN APE! August 2, 2007
This is the forth installment in the POTA's series and I'm aware that this film was severely cut before releasing it in theaters. Fortunately they have restored the edited scenes in an extended version available only on Blu Ray. This was done to "Battle for" on standard DVD a few years ago. The theatrical release of the film is pretty good, but a bigger budget would have helped it a great deal. The problem with most of the POTA sequels is that they were pushing for a G rating so kids could go see them. This is the studios idea, not the directors of the films. The sequels are too middle ground. Too violent for the kids, but too tame for adults! I don't mean to be harsh on these films as I am a big fan! I saw them all at the theaters growing up and have seen them many times now. This is a good film that could have been much better....hopefully the Blu Ray extended version retores the original vision of the story. The DVD transfer is very good and I will add more once I've watched the Blu Ray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underreated Entry In This Classic Series January 14, 2005
This fourth entry in the Planet of The Apes is by far the most straightforward and violent in the series. The scenes of revolt by the apes are tame by todays standards but are still effective. especially considering the small budget director J.Lee Thompson had to work with. He makes the film look much bigger in scope than it really was.

The story begins with Caesar,the son of Zira and Cornelius from The 3 earlier films and it was a great touch allowing Roddy McDowall to portray both father and son. He goes into a city with mentor Armando. The circus owner from the third film Escape From The Planet of The Apes and again portrayed by Ricardo Montalban and sees what has become of his fellow apes. They were at first being treated as pets to replace the dogs and cats that were wiped out by a plague only to become slave labor for humans. He cries out when a fellow ape is beaten and runs away. Armando goes to the police to explain and is interrogated. In the process he kills himself rather than betray Caesar to the authorities. Who were never sure that the baby of the talking apes was really killed as shown in the previous film and believe Armando was lying to protect Caesar.

Caesar hides among his fellow apes and ends up being sold to Governor Breck. Breck is the regional governor and not at all sympathetic to apes and is Ceasars nemesis in the film. Caesar after learning of Armandos death and also sickened by his fellow apes treatment gradually leads his fellow apes to a full blown revolt. The social commentary in this film deals with the treatment of others and gets the point across nicely without being too heavy handed. As I stated earlier it is the acting that really carries this installment and director Thompson delivers in that department.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for the unedited version April 10, 2013
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While nothing can top the original movie, this has always been my second favorite film of the series ... Bought the BluRay mainly to view the unedited version .. It's far bloodier than it needed to be, so I understand why those edits were ultimately made - but I appreciated the darker tone of the unedited ending. It's a shame that the Ape sequels never measured up in quality to the original production - but it's entertaining to see how the producers tried to create a futuristic society on a limited budget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars See The Whole Series in Order by Date Made May 16, 2012
Interesting that each film seems to have been written with the idea that it would be the last one, but this one is referred to as "an action-packed finale", although we know there is one more. Perhaps they mean climax.

At one point in the "Escape from" movie, an explanation for how things got so terribly turned around between humans and apes was offered. A plague killed off the dogs and cats, and humans needed pets. So they made pets of monkeys. But when they found how smart they were, and how easy to train, they soon turned them into servants and then slaves, bought and sold just like in the antebellum south. And just like in those days, abused due to their similarity to humans.

Remember Milo, the baby Zira and Cornelius left in the care of the circus owner played by Ricardo Montalban? Through an unfortunate set of circumstances, he was sold to the governor who allowed him to choose his own name out of a book in a tradition he says started with his wife. Milo put his finger on the name Caesar.

So this is the story of the revolution led by Caesar, still the only ape that can speak and read and write, but by no means the only one that can understand. In fact, Ape Control has disturbing reports of (1) higher intelligence tests in apes all the time, and (2) deliberate acts of disobedience. Once the apes have won, and vengeance seems inevitable, Caesar persuades the mob that they will rule by kindness and understanding, and show themselves to be better than their former masters.

Of course, it's not hard to be better than brutes who are so obviously over-drawn characters that they were SS-like black uniforms and jack-boots. I was expecting them to do a stiff-armed salute any minute.

It is an interesting link in the chain that circles round to the original movie, but I'm looking forward to the last one the most: that's the only one I have not seen before. Up next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
Watched this with a much younger friend and we both totally loved this old classic movie. Sparked some great conversation about cultural changes.
Published 3 days ago by Jeremy A. Bible
4.0 out of 5 stars The Apes conquer Irvine and Century City, California.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). Rated PG. Running Time: One Hour, 26 mins.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson.
Fourth movie in the series. Read more
Published 4 days ago by James McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the original it's a little disappointing but it was still...
You have to remember that it's an old movie but the acting was not as good as the original with Charleston Heston. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Fred
2.0 out of 5 stars Only good movie was the 1st
Boring and poorly written due to story line not making sense. Resembled a repetitive tv series. hurt to watch full series.
Published 22 days ago by Alan Duquette
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonder years
Although cheesie. It brings me back to the days of drive in movies and making out in the back seat.
Published 1 month ago by dantre3
3.0 out of 5 stars old movie
back in 1970 i would have gave this movie a 5 star, but after watching newer movies with there special effects, it is hard to watch older movies, but for it's time it was a great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Conquest
This installment 'Conquest Of The Planet of The Apes' is one of my favorites of all the installments. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Onnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the original planet of the Apes series
Of the original Planet of the Apes series of movies, this is the best. It has a heart tugging quality and compared to the other movies in this series is somewhat violent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Dunston
4.0 out of 5 stars The Revolt
While watching the original Apes film for the first time, one of the thoughts I remember having was "wouldn't it be cool to see exactly HOW the apes revolted against the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zachary Koenig
5.0 out of 5 stars conquest of the planet of the apes
Bought for my grandson who loves these movies he's only 6. Has watched them all over and over again. Best buy ever!
Published 2 months ago by Mary A Brown
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