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Planet of the Apes - The Ultimate DVD Collection

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Planet of the Apes
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
In the acclaimed sequel to Planet of the Apes, another astronaut (James Franciscus) crashes through the time barrier searching for the missing Taylor (Charlton Heston). The daring rescue leads to a subterranean city where mutant humans, who practice mind control, worship a weapon capable of destroying the entire planet. Both an action-oriented science-fiction adventure and a wry commentary on today's world, it's imaginative entertainment for fantasy buffs of all ages.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter reprise their roles from the original Planet of the Apes in this third chapter of the Apes saga. Two intelligent simians from the future, Cornelius (McDowall) and Zire (Hunter) travel to present-day Earth. They become instant sensations, wined and dined and treated like celebrities - until a high-level plot forces them to run for their lives!

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
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.

Battle for the Planet of the Apes
In this spectacular final chapter of the legendary Apes saga, an idyllic society of peaceful coexistence is threatened when militant gorillas and a tribe of mutant humans clash with the benevolent leader (Roddy McDowall), pitting man against ape in an explosive, apocalyptic climax!

Planet of the Apes (Live Action) TV Series:
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.

Return to the Planet of the Apes (Animated) TV Series:
From the Oscar®-winning creators of "The Pink Panther" comes this high-concept 70s cartoon that returns you to the heart of mankind's greatest adventure! Populated by familiar characters from the Planet of the Apes films and TV series Ä– including Cornelius, Zira and General Urko Ä– this classic animated series pits humans against a world of apes who are more advanced than ever!

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While provoking neither the decades of spin-offs of the Star Trek franchise or the cultural staying power of the Star Wars universe, Planet of the Apes nonetheless lives in the hearts of many a Sunday afternoon TV-watcher. A high water mark for prosthetic movie magic, this primate-vs-man epic--spanning four movies, a TV series, and an animated series--was as integral to the 1970s as Led Zeppelin or muscle cars. So how to properly pay tribute to a science fiction franchise about intelligent apes roaming a post-apocalyptic earth?

In a freaking ape head boxed set, man.

It's true. 20th Century Fox packaged the entire run--movies, TV series, animated series, and the 2001 Tim Burton remake--in Caesar's head. Actually, the 14 discs are efficiently packaged in a fold-out book that slides into the bust's back. The bust is smartly dressed in green canvas, with zippers that don't actually lead to pockets. The hair is a luxurious mane that could have been wasted on at least three toupes. Put this masterpiece of DVD packaging on a shelf and watch it catch the gaze of everyone who walks into the room. Unfortunately, the set does not come with any supplemental reading material; an essay or two on the impact of Planet of the Apes would have been nice. The set is limited to 10,000 copies and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For those who don't want to commit to the full ape head experience, most of the discs in this set--sans the animated series, TV show, and Tim Burton remake--can be had in the Planet of the Apes Legacy Boxset --Ryan Boudinot


Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Two-Disc version of Planet of the Apes Anniversary DVD
  • Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Surround 5.1 - THX Certified and DTS
  • Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith and Commentary by Actors Roddy Mc Dowell, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, Make-up Artist John Chambers & Text Commentary by Eric Greene, Author of "Planet of the Apes as American Myth"

  • Disc 2:
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary 126 minutes
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes Promo (1998)
  • Planet of the Apes Makeup Test with Edward G. Robinson (1966)
  • Roddy McDowall Home Movies approx. 20 minutes
  • Planet of the Apes Dailies and Outtakes (no audio)
  • Planet of the Apes (1967 N.A.T.O. Presentation)
  • Planet of the Apes Featurette (1968)
  • A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Don Taylor Directs Escape from the Planet of the Apes
  • J. Lee Thompson Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
  • Publicity: Original Theatrical Trailers, Planet of the Apes Teaser Trailer, 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
  • Film Reviews (1968) 34 stills
  • Theatrical Posters 7 static images with 28 seconds audio
  • Galleries: Original Sketches by Costume Designer Morton Haack 9 stills with 36 second audio & Photo Gallery 17 stills

  • Disc 3:
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes Single Disc
  • Remastered to include Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - THX certified and includes Dolby Surround
  • Special Features include: Cast Page, Trailers for: Planet of the Apes 1968 and 2001, Escape from the planet of the Apes,
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes Cross-Promo Trailers, Theatrical Trailer,
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery and Web link.

  • Disc 4:
  • *Escape from the Planet of the Apes Single Disc
  • *Remastered to include Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - THX certified
  • *Special Features include: Cast Page, Trailers for: Planet of the Apes 1968 and 2001, Beneath the planet of the Apes
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes Cross-Promo Trailers, Theatrical Trailer,
  • Don Taylor Directs Escape from Planet of the Apes and Web link.

  • Disc 5:
  • Conquest of The Planet of the Apes Single Disc
  • Remastered to include Anamorphic Widescreenand Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - THX certified, Dolby Surround
  • Special Features include: Cast Page, Trailers for: Planet of the Apes 1968 and 2001, Beneath the planet of the Apes, Escape
  • from the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes Cross-Promo Trailers, Theatrical Trailer,
  • J. Lee Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Web link.

  • Disc 6:
  • Battle for The Planet of the Apes (Extended Version) 
  • Remasters to include Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - THX certified, Dolby Surround
  • Planet of the Apes Cross-Promo Trailers, Theatrical Trailer
  • Fox Interactive Presents: Behind the Scenes of the Planet of the Apes Game & ROM Content - Self Contained Web Site.

  • Disc 7:
  • Disc 1 of TV Series has 4 Episodes: B-503 Escape from Tomorrow, B-502 The Gladiators, B-505 The Trap and B-501 The Good Seeds.
  • TV Spots
  • Still Photos

  • Disc 8:
  • Disc 2 of TV Series has 4 Episodes: B-504 The Legacy, B-508 Tomorrow's Tide, B-509 The Surgeon and B-510 The Dragoons.

  • Disc 9:
  • *Disc 3 of TV Series - 4 Episodes: B-511 The Horse Ride, B-512 The Interrogation, B-513 The Tyrant and B-506 The Cure.

  • Disc 10:
  • Disc 4 of TV Series - 2 Episodes B-507 The Liberator and B-514 Up Above the World So High.
  • **Note: This is the only DVD-5 in the set**

  • Disc 11:
  • Animated TV DVD: Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975) - Component number: 2233823 (Not for sale)
  • Disc 1 of Animated TV Series - 7 Episodes: DFE01 Flames of Doom, DFE02 Escape From Ape City, DFE05 Lagoon of Peril, DFE04 Tunnel of Fear, DFE03 The Unearthly Prophecy, DFE08, Screaming Wings and DFE09 Trail to the Unknown.

  • Disc 12:
  • Disc 2 of Animated TV Series - 6 Episodes: DFE10 Attack from the Clouds, DFE11 Mission of Mercy, DFE12 Invasion of the Underdwellers, DFE13 Battle of the Titans, DFE06 Terror on Ice Mountain and DFE07 River of Flames.

  • Disc 13:
  • *2-Disc version of Planet of the Apes (2001) DVD
  • *Disc 1: Enhanced Viewing Mode (interactive versions includes behind the scenes on make-up, special effects, cast/crew, shooting on location), commentary by Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Tom Rothman, Richard Zanuck, & cast/crew bios.

  • Disc 14 "BONUS DISC":
  • Disc 2 of Planet of the Apes '01: 23 featurettes, 6 documentaries - "Apes School", "Make-Up Testing", "Costume Testing", "Shooting on Location", "Scoring the Film" and " Ape Movement", 8 interactive multi-angle sequences that "Put you in the Director's Chair", 4 quadangle/4 way audio split vignettes of make-up testing, Apes reactive testing, costume testing, Apes movement/stunt testing, 5 extended scenes, HBO "The Making of" Special, TV spots, Trailers and a music video.

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, James Franciscus
    • Directors: David Comtois, Don Taylor, Franklin J. Schaffner, J. Lee Thompson, Kevin Burns
    • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 14
    • Rated: G (General Audience)
    • Studio: 20th Century Fox
    • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
    • Run Time: 1564 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000E6ESG2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes - The Ultimate DVD Collection" on IMDb

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    This should be the set that every "Apes" fan wants. It collects every bit of "Planet of the Apes" ever committed to film, including all the episodes of the never-before-released animated series "Return to the Planet of the Apes" and the hard-to-find live-action television series that starred Roddy McDowell. All five of the original movies, plus the 2001 version, are presented in digitally remastered, animorphic widescreen and are THX certified. And there are tons of commentaries and extras, including the feature-length documentary "Behind the Planet of the Apes." All in all, the set includes 14 discs and comes packaged in a specially-designed ape head.

    The breakout for each disc is as follows:

    Disc 1: The original "Planet of the Apes" in animorphic widescreen, THX certified, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. It includes commentaries by composer Jerry Goldsmith, actors Roddy McDowell, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, makeup artist John Chambers, and text commentary by Eric Greene, author of "Planet of the Apes as American Myth."

    Disc 2: "Planet of the Apes" bonus disc, including "Behind the Planet of the Apes" 126-minute documentary, a documentary promo, makeup tests with actor Edward G. Robinson, Roddy McDowell home movies, dailies and outtakes, several other featurettes, publicity materials, film reviews, posters, and galleries.

    Disc 3: "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" in animorphic widescreen, THX certified, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby surround. Other features include a cast page, trailers for all six films, behind-the-scenes photo gallery and web link.

    Disc 4: "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" in amimorphic widescreen, THX certified, Dolby Digital 5.1. Other features are similar to disc 3.
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    Any meditation on early 1970's child pop culture would be incomplete without Planet Of The Apes.

    It was among the mix with Star Trek, Space:1999, Six Million Dollar Man, Monster and Godzilla movies for those kids that had a taste for Sci-Fi.

    The toys, mainly the action figures and playsets by Mego were on Birthday and Christmas lists (and you could have the Star Trek figures hang out with them because they were made by Mego too). The movies were kid "events" when they came to TV.

    Of course, as you get older, you start to see the subtle (and not so subtle) socio-political comment in the Ape movies and you enjoy the movies (and shows) in ways beyond entertainment and nostalgia.

    The Planet Of The Apes Phenomena fizzled in the middle 70's to ultimately be buried by Star Wars. Still, they stand as solid examples of 1970's movie and TV Science Fiction, are loved by a loyal group of fans and have a rock solid place in pop culture.

    The history of Apes on Video goes right back to the beginning of it. Planet Of The Apes was among the first prerecorded videos released by Magnetic Video who contracted with 20'th Century Fox in 1978.

    Throughout the years, Apes movies have seen releases on video, laserdisc and finally DVD.

    When the first DVD's came out a few years ago, they were among the last to not be put on DVD in anamorphic widescreen. Instead, they were letterboxed widescreen which didn't allow good viewing on 16:9 TV's.

    At the time, that was just fine for me since I had a run of the mill 4:3 TV. Now I have a 4:3 TV with anamorphic squeeze and the non anamorphic Apes stuck out like sore thumbs with less line resolution then what I became used to.
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    With HD and Blu-Ray hitting the market, I was reluctant to get my stinking paws on this expensive set, but after breaking out my old non-anamorphic Evolution box set and watching it on my widescreen Cinema Display, it was immediately apparent that I was in dire need of an upgrade to hold me over. The standard 4:3 letterbox transfers played as small unscalable windows within the confines of my 16:9 widescreen display and the audio was only in Dolby stereo surround which prompted me to take the plunge. Now I could have just purchased the new anamorphic remastered Legacy box set for about a quarter of the cost but there was just no going part way.... if you're going to upgrade, you gotta go ALL THE WAY!

    First of all, what true Apes afficianado could resist the limited collectible packaging of a 2-foot tall ape bust of Caesar?!?! It is beautifully sculpted with soft ape-like hair and real cloth green shirt with zipper pockets and will instantly standout as the centerpiece of your collection. The DVD box is cleverly stowed behind a velcro flap on the back of the shirt. Limited to only 10,000 (mine is 2099) there surely won't be enough Ape Heads across the country to satisfy demand. I guess for the inevitable HD box set (and you KNOW it is coming) they will probably package them in the Lawgiver Statue, a Dr. Zaius bust, or maybe even the partially buried iconic remains of the Statue of Liberty (FOX, if you are reading this, I hope that you will seriously take this into consideration).

    The transfers are finally all preserved in anamorphic widescreen and will scale correctly when viewed on a 16:9 widescreen display while preserving the original 2:35:1 theatrical aspect ratio so they still have a letterbox matte but without any cropping of the original frame.
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