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Planet of the Apes - The Legacy Collection (Five Discs) (1973)

Charlton Heston , Roddy McDowall , David Comtois , Don Taylor  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Don Murray
  • Directors: David Comtois, Don Taylor, Franklin J. Schaffner, J. Lee Thompson, Kevin Burns
  • Writers: David Comtois, Brian Anthony
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 605 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes - The Legacy Collection (Five Discs)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on Planet of the Apes
  • Still gallery
  • Trailers to all 5 features
  • Bonus disc with the 1999 documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes

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Planet of the Apes
Billed as a "reimagining" of the original 1968 film, Tim Burton's extraordinary Planet of the Apes constantly borders on greatness, adhering to the spirit of Pierre Boulle's original novel while exploring fresh and inventive ideas and paying honorable tribute to the '68 sci-fi classic. Burton's gifts for eccentric inspiration and visual ingenuity make this a movie that's as entertaining as it is provocative, beginning with Rick Baker's best-ever ape makeup (hand that man an Oscar®!), and continuing through the surprisingly nuanced performances and breathtaking production design. Add to all this an intelligent screenplay that turns Boulle's speculative reversal--the dominance of apes over humans--into a provocative study of civil rights and civil war. The film finally goes too far with a woefully misguided ending that pays weak homage to the original, but everything preceding that misfire is astonishingly right.

While attempting the space-pod retrieval of a chimpanzee test pilot, Major Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) enters a magnetic storm that propels him into the distant future, where he crash-lands on the ape-ruled planet. Among the primitively civilized apes, treatment of enslaved humans is a divisive issue: senator's daughter Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) advocates equality while the ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) promotes extermination. While Davidson ignites a human rebellion, this conflict is explored with admirable depth and emotion, and sharp dialogue allows Burton's exceptional cast to bring remarkable expressiveness to their embattled ape characters, most notably in the comic relief of orangutan slave trader Limbo (played to perfection by Paul Giamatti). Classic lines from the original film are cleverly reversed (including an unbilled cameo for Charlton Heston, in ape regalia as Thade's dying father), and while this tale of interspecies warfare leads to an ironic conclusion that's not altogether satisfying, it still bears the ripe fruit of a timeless what-if idea. --Jeff Shannon

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
The second--and most horrifying--of the five Planet of the Apes movies, this film goes where few end-of-the-world movies ever dare tread. It's the far future. The mass of humanity has descended into speechless savagery, kept as captive animals by the talking apes who have inherited the world. Two astronauts from our time have landed here, retracing the path of their lost comrade, Captain Taylor (Charlton Heston). Unfortunately, they've landed in the middle of a grim situation. Warlike gorillas are preparing to eliminate the last shards of shattered human civilization, a degenerate, subterranean cult worshipping the greatest of all human achievements--the cobalt bomb. As well as rescuing Taylor, the two men have to stop the gorillas from wiping out humanity ... and stop humanity from fulfilling their self-appointed, self-destructive destiny. This is both thrill-a-minute science fiction and a surprisingly deep reflection on the human condition. Plus, it's got lots of guys in really keen ape suits. --Grant Balfour

Product Description

Disk 1: *Planet of the Apes ('68)

Disk 2: *Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Disk 3: *Conquest for the Planet of the Apes

Disk 4: *Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Disk 5: *Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Disk 6: *Behind the Planet of the Apes (bonus disc) *Documentary Â"Behind the Planet of the ApesÂ" *Planet of the Apes 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 Promotion trailer *TV Spot for Behind the Planet of the Apes *Fox Interactive Presents: Behind the Scenes of the Planet of the Apes game


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157 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab The Planet Of The Apes Evolution Soon! August 18, 2000
Format:DVD
This set is wonderful! All 5 films plus a bonus documentary hosted by the late great Roddy McDowall, Behind The Planet Of The Apes is a 126 minute making of which shows the origins and the ideas that lead to the filming of the saga which began in 1967, thru the rest of the films 'til 1973 as well as the two television series (live action and animated) and the rereleasing of the films and marketing. But you have to buy this set soon because after the first 100,000 are sold, the next sets will not, I repeat, will not include the Behind The Planet Of The Apes documentary, which, to me, is the best special feature you get with these movies. The lowdown on the films is this: Planet Of The Apes is a classic. Trust me, if you don't like this one you won't like the rest. The ending is historic. Beneath The Planet Of The Apes is a good second effort. I just wish Charlton Heston would've starred in the entire picture instead of the beginning and ending. (note: the trailer for this film is different from the one given on the VHS version (you can still see parts of that one on the documentary)). Escape From The Planet Of The Apes is a very original installment which takes place in the past circa 1973. This one is lighter and more fun up until the end. Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is the most underated of all the Apes films. This is the only ape film that recieved a PG rating for violence and deservedly so, but what makes this one unique is Roddy McDowell's understated performance as Ceaser, the ape who would lead his brothers and sisters to victory over the humans who have enslaved them. This is the darkest of the set and, to me, deserves better recognition. Battle For The Planet Of The Apes is a decent 5th installment. Read more ›
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253 of 271 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I have loved this series ever since I was a young boy who saw the original movie on TV. When the TV series came out, I was glued to the set for every episode, and then the cartoon series became a part of my regular Saturday morning viewing. This is one of the few movie franchises that I loved growing up that has not lost any of its charm with me now as an adult. I first bought the Limited Edition Evolution collection on DVD a few years ago, and followed up with my purchase of the Ultimate Collection that came enclosed in a bust of Caesar. When I first heard of the arrival of this series on Blu-ray, I thought they would simply transport the DVD versions I already owned onto a Blu-ray platter. BOY was I wrong!!!!!

I will not go into the details of the story line for this series, since so many have already done a great job at that. What I will focus on is the Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Collection.

I had seen pictures of the collection, and was very excited to get my own copy, but I had never actually seen a copy of it in the stores. Because of that, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with regarding the quality of the set. I had just recently been MAJORLY disappointed with Fox's horrible Blu-ray box set of the Omen series (another favorite of mine). The packaging for that set was one of the worst I have ever seen on any format. But I digress....this is not a review of the Omen set. Let's start with the outer box. It is of very sturdy construction with the spaceship on the cover in textured relief. The box serves what appears to be a hard bound book. You slide that out of the cover, and it opens to reveal a detailed timeline of the entire Ape film series.
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144 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THX Goes Ape! April 9, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This upgrade of the August 21, 2000, Fox "Evolution" APES boxed set is a significant improvement over that release. All of the films are now available in 16x9 anamorphic transfers, but more importantly each film has been remastered with improved picture and sound quality.

The first, and best, film PLANET OF THE APES (1968) is here actually a reissue of Disc 1 of the 2-Disc "35th Anniversary Edition" Fox released on February 3, 2004 (the extras-loaded 2nd disc has not been included in this set), with the same menu screens and sparse commentary tracks (thankfully one from the late, great Jerry Goldsmith), but it's a fine picture transfer of this important film, with the original 4-channel stereo soundtrack elements remixed in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS, and sound is very good for recordings that are over thirty-five years old. (The DVD picture upgrade from Fox's original non-anamorphic one isn't perfect though, with some flicker and scratches visible. Hopefully Fox will do another improvement from archival restored elements before this title comes to High Definition DVD.)

The picture quality of the four sequels to the original SF classic have been vastly improved with these THX-mastered anamorphic transfers. The images on all are much brighter and sharper, with truer color fidelity, and just as importantly, their new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks feature much better stereo separation and directionality than the previous DVD release. (All the sequels were originally released theatrically in mono sound only.)

Still disappointing is the lack of extras for the sequels. No commentary tracks, little if any still and poster galleries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories!
Watching these movies brought back a lot of good memories when I was young. I love the first one the best. Still have a major crush on Nova! Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Like the Picture
Not rating the movies in themselves but the falsehood of Amazon, I paid 25 dollars for the item in the image, the 5 Film Blu-Ray Collection in the big boxset, instead I received... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
What can I say!! The original and sequels defined my childhood movie experience. Many a time I wished to see the series
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Received the movies ok. however we have NOT watched them at this time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've Been Waiting for This for Years
I remember seeing the "extended" version of "Battle" on TV when I was young, and I'd always been anxious to get a copy, so finding this version as an option in this... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my collection
Found this last night at Sams club for 15 dollars. The one star doesn't reflect the product just hope someone reads this and saves some money. Great addition to my collection.
Published 4 days ago by Brad Cavender
3.0 out of 5 stars not as it was described
This was not the box set that I had intended to order. The item I received did not match the description of what I originally wanted. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jane Chaphe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was as expected
Published 7 days ago by Alice Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars First collection I've ever bought, but it is
Exactly what we had hoped for -- with the new movie coming out we wanted to re-watch all the old ones. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Billye
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A breakdown:

1. All five films in the series are now fully in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, newly digitally restored, with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mixes, although the first movie was already re-done in the 35th Anniversary set from 2004. This marks the first time the other four films are being... Read More
Mar 27, 2006 by The Bandsaw Vigilante |  See all 5 posts
WTF is with Amazon's aspect ratio descriptions?
No need to cuss. The people who run Amazon have a contagious disease. It is called "being human" which means they make mistakes. Fortunately, things like aspect ratios, etc. can be fixed by us the buyer. Just go into the updater and do it, without griping about it.
Jun 19, 2010 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 4 posts
spanish language version???
I don't want to buy this set if it isn't in spanish language, please give that informatiion.
Aug 30, 2009 by Paul Alejandro |  See all 2 posts
Subtitles in spanish?
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Product Details

Region: 1 (USA, Canada and US territories)

ASIN: B000E6ESEY

UPC: 024543228363

Label: 20th Century Fox

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: 2006-03-28

DVD Format: Box Set, Widescreen Anamorphic, 2.35:1, Closed Captioned, Color

DVD Features: Subtitles:...
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