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Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray] (2001)

Mark Wahlberg , Tim Roth , Tim Burton  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (888 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VHHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Tim Burton
  • Easter Egg: Chimp Commentary (Video)
  • Theatrical Trailer

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After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation!

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61 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity October 4, 2001
Format:DVD
I believe the original 1968 version of "The Planet of the Apes" was the first time I realized that a film might actually be something more than an escapist entertainment. In fact, it might have something important and relevant to say to its audience. Indeed, that first film seemed to have something to say on a wide variety of topics: race relations, bigotry, vivisection, free thinking within an oppressive society as well as humanity's place in the universe. It made these points by using ironic twists, gentle humor and downright scathing satire; all wrapped within the context of an exciting sci-fi adventure story. The result was a classic piece of film making. An almost instant icon of 20th century pop culture that eventually spawned four sequels and even a short lived TV series.
So, when I heard that 20th Century Fox wanted to do a "re-imagining" of POTA my first thought was "Why?". Hadn't the first film gotten everything right the first time around? Why monkey (no pun intended) with something that was pretty much perfect already? Then I heard that Tim Burton had been assingned to direct and I thought that here was an ideal choice if you were going to re-imagine something as iconic as POTA. After all, he had done a marvelous job of revamping the image of Batman from that of the ridiculously campy to that of the more respectible avenging Dark Knight (only to have Joel Schumaker undermine all of that with "Batman and Robin"). While a re-imaging of POTA wasn't needed, I thought, it still might be interesting to see the results of such an undertaking from the capable hands of a director like Burton. Unfortunately the final product failed to meet my expectations.
The biggest dissapointment here is the script, no real plot and flat, one dimensional characters ...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Burton Goes Ape July 27, 2004
Format:DVD
A poor adaptation of Pierre Boule's original book and of the original film starring Charlton Heston: there's no comparison and I don't mean that as a compliment. Another typical Burton caricature production which seems more like something prepared as advertisement for a McDonald's Happy Meal promotional toy collection.

The story now takes place on some distant planet instead of Earth where Mark Wahlberg lands by accident while conducting a chimp-pilot experiment. Trapped on what becomes a hostile ape planet, he gets help from good apes to fight the bad ones. Predictable plot, no character depth, and no real story worth pondering over; only a poorly directed bubble-gum film prepared for mass-consumption and aimed at your pubescent audience. I give it two stars only because the special effects were very well done. All of the satirical elements present in Rod Serling's original script have been removed to leave nothing of worth except stupid anachnronisms, placid human faces, and a simply atrocious screenplay. Whereas the original movie had a profound message about social evolution and ignorance, this movie is but a noble experiment in computer animation and nothing more.

It's fun renting it to watch one time; the second time you see that Burton is just monkeying you around. If you're counting on seeing an improved rendition of the original film, you'll be sorely disappointed.
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53 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See it for the Apes July 24, 2001
I really enjoyed The Planet of The Apes, if for nothing more than the dark and brilliant world created by Tim Burton. Every frame is packed with so much detail and so much action you won't want to blink. What Burton paints with images, Danny Elfman matches with sound with yet another excellent score. But it's clear from the get-go that the real stars here are the apes who look and move so wonderfully realistically, you'll forget that they're not.
The makeup is so good in The Planet of The Apes it's hard to see the actor behind the mask. But this seems more an asset than a liability for the ape actors who all put in very strong performances. Unfortunately the 'human' actors are another story: Mark Wahlberg is clearly out of his league and depth here and really struggles to carry the lead. There's a scene where Wahlberg tries to rally the troops and he was so bad, it's funny. Estella Warren looks great but does very little in a role that is really not much more than window dressing.
As with many visually stunning films, more care and attention was paid to the look of The Planet of The Apes than the script, so we're asked to make some pretty big leaps of faith. The Planet of The Apes it's definitely NOT a movie to think a lot about when you leave the theater, as many plot points don't hold up well on re-examination. That said, I recommend The Planet of The Apes; it's a very enjoyable movie with a look you won't soon forget!...
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid Gimmick--Poor Commentary November 19, 2003
Format:DVD
I have enjoyed several of Tim Burton's previous films (especially his SLEEPY HOLLOW "detective" movie), and I have been a fan of the original PLANET OF THE APES film since it was first released. This "remake" (which does not follow either the original didactic book or the original movie) seems to have been made solely in order to display Burton's gimmicky idea of transposing the positions of apes and human beings at the end when the hero (Mark Wahlberg) returns to his own time. This seems to have been done merely to surprise and shock the hero (and the viewer), but it makes absolutely no sense, either logically or in terms of the story arc (such as it is), for the apes who are now controlling Wahlberg's earth are far more technologically and politically advanced than the apes who live in the future which he'd just left.
The film has very few interesting moments, a noteworthy exception being when an elderly chimp played by NRA gun lobbyist Charlton Heston (who also played "Taylor" in the original film) expresses terror of guns.
Finally, if you listen to Burton's commentary on the DVD, you may be dismayed by the difficulties he has when speaking his mind: "Just wanted a sort of a clean technology--something not too far in the future--something--uh--very clean, very--uh--but--uh. Circular was always important because I--. That was something I always felt was sort of important to the overall Planet-of-the-Apes mythology. There's a circular-in-nature to the goes-around-comes-around type feeling just in the overall structure, so [I] tried to keep that with the space stuff and--and--you know--keep it sort of clean and technological and--and--you know--that was all very important to set against the brutal--you know--ape world and [I] wanted to make that a real juxtaposition between the two." Get it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Great movie! I have always loved the original Planet Of The Apes movies, with all the great actors that were in them. But, when this one came along, I happen to see it on tv. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Dixie "45"
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it for what it is — A commentary on time-traveling,...
I enjoy the story, the action, and the play on humanity themes. However, I still cannot figure out how the hell the last scene came to be. Read more
Published 3 days ago by @SchwartzTX
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellant Addaptation of the original.
Published 7 days ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful picture quality.
Published 9 days ago by Joe Boogie
3.0 out of 5 stars While it cant really compare to the orignal its still a fun watch.
Much under appreciated reimaging of the classic. While it cant really compare to the orignal its still a fun watch.
Published 9 days ago by dolores plumlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product. Thank You so kindly. Great Service!!! Will buy again in the future.
Published 10 days ago by michael duarte
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it
Published 10 days ago by Robert Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I don't own this
Published 11 days ago by Blue Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars This Planet of the Apes DVD is a great movie to watch
This Planet of the Apes DVD is a great movie to watch, recommend for everyone to buy this DVD and great service from Amazon, thanks !!!
Published 14 days ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie of all time come on people bad scene ...
Worst movie of all time come on people bad scene plays waste of money this movie belongs in the garbage
Published 19 days ago by daffyduck3
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DTS only in english
ummm, I have no clue what you are talking about. The disc has Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as DTS, DTS is almost NEVER put on a disc without having DD. It's part of the specs to have Dolby Digital on no matter what. On a side note the only reason that DTS is a "secondary" audio format is... Read More
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