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Planet of the Apes - The Complete TV Series (1974)

Charlton Heston , Roddy Mcdowall  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Roddy Mcdowall
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 644 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005PJ8W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes - The Complete TV Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Collectible 4-disc set includes all 14 episodes

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Product Description

After their spacecraft travels through a time warp, two astronauts (Ron Harper, James Naughton) from 1981 crash-land back on Earth in the year 3085 - a time when intelligent apes rule and humans have been reduced to servants or pets. Captured by the apes and sentenced to death, they are saved by a curious chimpanzee name Galen (Roddy McDowall). But now all three are on the run, trying to keep one step ahead of the gorilla army led by General Urko (Mark Lenard), who is determined to kill the renegades.

Those immersed in the Planet of the Apes universe will go bananas for this DVD-only boxed set containing all 14 episodes of this obscure 1974 TV series based on the 1968 sci-fi classic. Ron Harper and James Naughton star as two astronauts who crash-land on the simian-ruled planet. Roddy McDowall (Cornelius in the Apes films) is Emmy-worthy as "renegade ape" Galen, who befriends them and helps them elude capture by the relentless General Urko. At its best, this series presented thoughtful stories in which the fugitives bridged the human-ape gap ("The Deception"). Of special interest is the episode "The Liberators," which was never broadcast during the series' fleeting run. Notable guest stars include Marc "Beastmaster" Singer ("The Gladiators"), Roscoe Lee Browne ("Tomorrow's Tide"), Sondra Locke ("The Cure"), and a pre-Bad News Bears Jackie Earle Haley ("The Legacy"). --Donald Liebenson

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series That Was Cancelled Much Too Early! November 23, 2001
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After the success of five Planet of The Apes motion pictures, it was decided to try Television next, casting Roddy McDowall in the lead role as the sympathetic chimpanzee, Galen (the ape role to which McDowall professed as his favorite in later interviews). Ron Harper & James Naughton were cast as astronaut's Alan Virdon and Peter J. Burke who's spaceship gets caught in a time warp, transporting them 2000 years into the future...a world ruled by apes.

Unlike the film series, humans in this time period were able to speak. The TV series had a very unique way of discussing very important topics such as racism, loyalty, honor, as well as the value of ape/human friendship, and many more. Unfortunately the series was cancelled after only 13 broadcasts (having something to do with the fact that CBS put the show up against "Sanford and Son" & "Cheecho and The Man", two of the most popular shows on television at that time..very unwise indeed).

It was only many years later that the show found new life when many episodes were cut and spliced together to form a sort of "Movie Length" that began airing along with TV broadcasts of the theatrical films. Many people began to realize just how good a show Planet of The Apes truly was.

Now, for the very first time (with the exception of Australia), the complete series is available for home viewing..on DVD no less, with the added bonus of an additional episode that never aired originally ("The Liberator"). I have viewed all 14 episodes in this DVD box set and all I can say is "BRAVO! Fox has done it again!" Now don't expect the picture and sound quality to be tremendous, although the picture is very decent and the sound, though presented in Mono, isn't bad either.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY THE TV SERIES HAS ARRIVED!! BUY IT!! September 9, 2001
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I saw the series when I was in 7th grade and never forgot it. Like many Sci Fi series, it never went past the first season, which was unfortunate since I felt the series was excellent.
I purchased the VHS set(with all 14 episodes just like the DVD set) in PAL format when FOX released it in Australia only(not sure why) almost a year ago. This PAL VHS set is now Out Of Print according to FOX.
I, like many Planet of the Apes fans, am glad that FOX has finally decided to release this to the US audiences in DVD format so fans can stop being forced to buy bootleg versions taped from the Sci Fi channel a few years ago or transfer copied from the only official VHS release(up to now) of the series which was in PAL format and not playable on American VCRs.
FYI, the SCI FI channel airings of the Planet Of The Apes TV Series were about 5 minutes shorter than the original aired length of the show. This was for additional commercial space, so those of you who have only seen the series there missed OVER 1 HOUR of the show during the course of the 14 episodes.
Bottom line is BUY THIS DVD SET!!!! In addition to the original 13 shows aired in the USA, you get the 14th episode "The Liberator" which never got aired here in the United States because the show got axed. It was aired in the UK, however.
It was very satisfying to see an original "never before aired in the US" episode of one of my favorite series 27 years after it went off the air.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent value November 21, 2001
By Demoley
I purchased this mainly out of a sense of nostalgia, but stand quite surprised. The quality Fox put into it is praise worthy. I was expecting some quick, cheap knock off to cash in on the DVD release of Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes, but the audio and visual quality are awesome. The whole set is handsomely packaged (though I have a sneaking suspicion the case may be susceptible to wear quite quickly if you're not careful). If I had any other criticism it would be they didn't take the time to put it into 5:1 surround, but the rest of it is so great and the price so reasonable I'm quite willing to let that go.
If you are an "Apes" fan, this is a must purchase. Prior to this there were only occasional bouts of it from the SciFi channel and reminiscing from certain web sites.
"Planet of the Apes - The Complete TV Series" is an excellent value. When I compare this to many other DVD box sets I have I am astonished at receiving so much for so (comparitively) so little.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly under rated series gets a new life September 11, 2001
I was shocked to see this title announced, especially from Fox. I have nothing against Fox, but their focus has been the release of their high profile television programs on DVD. Of course, the unanticipated success of the EVOLUTION set and the release of a theatrical "reimagining" may have helped some smart executive take a shot at this series.
The plot of the series is basically the same as the first APES film. A ship crashes and two astronauts have to survive on a planet dominated by talking apes. Roddy McDowall stars a Galen, a sympathetic chimpanze who helps them. Mark Leonard (from STAR TREK) plays a gorilla who is out to stop the humans.
The Fox Movie Channel has played some cut up episodes of this show as movies. The picture quality was terrible. However, I'm sure Fox has cleaned these episodes for the DVD release (and the BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES documentary would indicate that there are some excellent film sources out there.).
While the show was a bit repetitive (a problem with most adventure series), it was a fairly serious science fiction television series with a focus on the characters. The humans could talk on the show, so it bears a small similarity to the 2001 film. Sadly, the show was cancelled after 13 episodes. Even the original Star Trek really didn't get rolling until the second half of the first season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cliff hanger !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun on a cold day.
I remember watching this short lived television series as a youngster, and always found it entertaining. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sean Kushins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV series ever created
I remember this well in the '70s. I like this better than any of the films that were made of this because it wasn't glossy and it really delved into the human condition, using the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by amazonowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes
A great little science fiction tv series from days gone by.
Everyone tuned in.
Published on March 8, 2009 by Marlene E. Knott
In the year 3085 two astronauts Alan Virdon and Pete Burke traveling from 1981 crash land back on Earth after entering a warp in time. Read more
Published on December 16, 2006 by The Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking... It's extremely good!
One can only imagine how executive TV guys think... Of course the ratings are their God.. Thanks to that, fantastic series like this one are cancelled so soon... Read more
Published on September 5, 2006 by Carmarthen
4.0 out of 5 stars Better even than I expected
This set wasn't high on my priority list, but I finally picked it up on sale from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on June 30, 2006 by Richard D. Krauss
1.0 out of 5 stars a huge fan of the movies , the show was just wrong headed and not very...
i'm a huge fan of the planet of the apes movies, but like tim burton's remake the t.v. show changed the orignal story so much that it really isn't part of the series. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by John D. Page
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2001 vs 2006 Release
The discs and their contents are the same as in the previous set. The major difference is that the discs are contained in two dual-disc "thinpak" cases, packaged in a cardboard sleeve. It takes up less shelf-space than the previous release which held the discs in a bigger, bulkier...
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