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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Charlton Heston , Roddy McDowall , Franklin J. Schaffner  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Writers: Michael Wilson, Pierre Boulle, Rod Serling
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Mort Abrahams
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W21Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes" on IMDb

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Original film presentation from 1968.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Film Has Stood the Test of Time August 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I recently watched this original version of "The Planet of the Apes" for the first time since seeing it at a drive-in theater back in 1968. First I was amazed at how much of the film I had forgotten. Actually, most of what I remembered was the (then) shocking ending. What I was impressed with this time around was what an intelligent and well-scripted film this was (and still is). Like any good science fiction, this film provides an interesting commentary on the human condition. One the one hand you have the Minister of Science and Defender of the Faith debunking and destroying an archeological dig, because it is contrary to the faith of the Apes, but on the other hand in his reading from the sacred scrolls you hear the accurate description of the destructive (dare I say "sinful?") nature of humans. I've been pondering this segment of the film quite a bit over the past few days. Like others, I think Charlton Heston is in fine form here. It's easy to picture him as president of the National Rifle Association after seeing this film. I still prefer Heston in "Ben Hur" and "the Ten Commandments," but that probably reflects my personal interest in the stories that are told there. As one Academy Award film-maker recently said upon receiving his lifetime achievement Oscar (I think it was Norman Jewison), "Find a story that needs to be told and tell it." This version of "The Planet of the Apes" certainly tells a good story, and tells it well.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Planet of the Apes! March 18, 2004
By Cubist
20th Century Fox released the film previously on DVD by itself and in a box set with the rest of the Apes films plus a bonus DVD of extras. Now, for those who just want the first (and best) film of the series and all of the extras, Fox has released an excellent two-DVD special edition of Planet of the Apes to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
The DVD's extras get off to a shaky start with the two lackluster audio commentaries. The first is by legendary composer, Jerry Goldsmith, and the second by actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter and make-up artist John Chambers. Both commentaries could benefit from some extensive editing. There is way too much dead air that one has to sit through to get to the few interesting tidbits of information. The DVD producers should have edited down these commentaries to only the scenes in the movie that are actually commented on, like with the audio tracks on the Glengarry Glen Ross and The Right Stuff DVDs.
The text commentary by Eric Greene, author of Planet of the Apes as American Myth, redeems things by cramming a ton of interesting factoids on the screen in the form of subtitles. It's scary when the text commentary is better than both audio commentaries combined.
The second DVD contains the bulk of the extra material. The first section, "Exploring the Apes," contains a comprehensive, two-hour documentary entitled, "Behind the Planet of the Apes." Hosted by Roddy McDowall, it takes a look at the entire Apes saga from the films to the cartoon and TV series with an emphasis on the first (and best) film. Fans of the Apes films will be delighted to see all the major players from the films back for new interviews done exclusively for this documentary.
Also included in this section is the make-up test reel with Edward G.
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73 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray quality review November 12, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the quality of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray. The video looks good for a film as aged as this, but is not even close to stunning. The high def transfer in some cases actually serves to accentuate problems you might not have noticed otherwise. I saw more than a few soft scenes where they looked unfocused. Grain was never too obtrusive, but the colors were uneven through a good portion of the film. Some scenes were rich and vivid, and others washed out. My biggest problem is the sound. They present the sound here as a DTS 5.1 mix, and a mono mix. I chose DTS and was sorely dissapointed. My subwoofer never kicked on. That means that there was never an instance when there was a frequency lower than about 85hz. This made for a very shallow sounding mix. Adding to that, the surround speakers never seemed to register anything, and you've got what sounded to me like a mono mix anyway. All of the sound seemed to come from my center channel. To me, digitally remastering a film soundtrack at this level means accentuating the lower registries by adding lower frequencies, and placing atmospheric and musical elements in the surround channels. If you don't plan on doing that, what's the use of calling it a DTS 5.1 mix? Anyway, this is by far the best transfer I've ever seen of the film, but don't be looking for anything more than a slightly better than average transfer, and a glorified mono track.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-Top 1960s Sci-Fi Ages A Lot Better Than Expected. September 26, 2010
There weren't many memorable science fiction films in the 1960s, but the few that met with success found it unusually enduring. "Planet of the Apes" didn't achieve the canonical status of "2001: A Space Odyssey", released the same year. But it spawned a 5-film franchise, inspired a reconceived version in 2001, and it still makes an impression. Rod Serling, of "Twilight Zone" fame, and Michael Wilson wrote the screenplay based on Pierre Boulle's 1963 French novel at producer Arthur P. Jacobs' behest. Beyond its surprise ending, cult appeal, and socio-political undertones, the film's makeup and score are notable. This was the second of seven films on which the late composer Jerry Goldsmith worked with director Franklin Schaffner. And John Chambers ground-breaking prosthetic makeup won an Honorary Oscar for Outstanding Makeup Achievement.

George Taylor (Charlton Heston) is the leader of a 6-month deep space mission that left Earth in 1972. The four-person crew expects to return to Earth some 700 years after they left, owing to the speed at which their craft was traveling. They place themselves into a state of stasis for the journey home not knowing what they will find when they awake. The ship unexpectedly lands in water. The crew has to bail out, and they find themselves in a landscape devoid of vegetation. The ship's clock said 3978, implying that 2000 years have passed, and they suspect they've missed Earth by 300,000 light years. But a primitive human-like species inhabits this planet, along with a society of ape-like creatures who possess something akin to 19th-century technology. But the Apes are not friendly towards humans, and Taylor is taken captive.

Viewed more than 40 years after it was made, "Planet of the Apes" didn't seem nearly as campy or dated as I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film for it's time
Charleton Heston was definitely a special kind of actor and was great in this. Obviously, with current technology, this seems a little cheesy, but as a kid I remember the first... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Keith Reichenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
Great acting and makeup considering the time the film was made. Charleston Heston chews the scenery and Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter are spectacular. The music. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mark P. Fleming
2.0 out of 5 stars A classic film.
While set in the future, presumably on another planet, the story interweaves hot topics of the swinging 60's, which are still relevant even today, w/ a fantastic tale of evolution... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Randy Curti
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes
What can anyone say about this classic? It's even better in Blue Ray. It has great quality picture and sound.
Published 10 days ago by Joebob
4.0 out of 5 stars I love planet of the apes
I love planet of the Apes and classics so I really enjoyed this movie. I watched it with my teen daughter who didn't enjoy it as much as I did.
Published 14 days ago by Cyndi Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars In the future, it is talking Apes that rule the world.
Planet of the Apes (1968). Rated G. Running Time: One hour, 51 mins.
Directed by Frank J. Schaffner. Screenplay by Michael Wilson, Rod Serling. Novel by Pierre Boulle. Read more
Published 17 days ago by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars always a classic of my favorites
every time I watch it I enjoy it.
my son 8 yrs old likes too.
I like that not like modern movies they DO NOT show sex or profanities or jokes related to genitals.
Published 23 days ago by Jose P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss this Movie
This is one of the "must see" movies of all time...if you have somehow missed it til now, don't let anyone reveal the ending before you watch it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Plumeria
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Science Fiction Story to Watch
I am a long time Charlton Heston movie fan. I saw this movie in the theatre when it first came out (dating myself). I enjoyed the movie in 1968 and I enjoyed it new in HD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oldsoldier22
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
It was 1968 but it was very good! One of the best movies of its time. Very clear and crisp for 1968
Published 1 month ago by roosevelt
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Question about blu-ray version of this movie
I had no insert and I did have a security label on top that says Planet / Apes 40th AE
I know its a year later but guess in case anyone else wants to know.
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