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Planet of the Apes (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2001)

Mark Wahlberg , Helena Bonham Carter , Tim Burton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (822 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Pierre Boulle, William Broyles Jr.
  • Producers: Iain Smith, Katterli Frauenfelder, Ralph Winter
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (822 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXXV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planet of the Apes (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Enhanced viewing mode offers picture-in-picture vignettes on various filmmaking topics, plus access to additional materials such as visual effects analysis
  • Disc 2:
  • Exclusive Programs
  • 6 documentaries: Simian Academy, Face Like a Monkey, Ape Couture, Chimp Symphony Op. 37, On Location: Lake Powell, Swinging from the Trees, Screen Tests (4 quadrangle / 4-way audio split: makeup, group, costume, stunt, movement)
  • 5 extended scenes: Launch the Monkey, Dinner, Kill Them All, Ari in the Trees, She's a Chimpanzee
  • Interactive multi-angle sequences: Limbo's Quadrangle, Sandar's Hours, Escape from Ape City, In the Forest
  • HBO making-of special
  • Paul Oakenfold: "Rule the Planet Remix"
  • Trailers & TV spots
  • Posters & press kit
  • Still gallery of scenes and props
  • DVD-ROM features

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The DVD release of Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes is so loaded that the second disc needs six screens to list all of the features--or maybe it's just an excuse to show off the great-looking animated menus. The most interesting features are six substantial documentaries about aspects of the filming, including examinations of how the apes run and a spotlight on Lake Powell, where both this film and the 1968 original were shot. The "enhanced viewing mode" on disc 1 is fun: picture-in-picture video segments offer actor comments or shots of sets and miniatures, and Easter eggs provide access to even more background on the visual effects. There's also a commentary track by Burton (he had to be convinced to remake Apes) and another one with isolated score by composer Danny Elfman, discussing how he works with frequent collaborator Burton and the current state of film composing. But don't expect Burton to give an explanation of the film's much-discussed conclusion, and no alternate ending appears among the DVD's five rather routine extended scenes. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

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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54 of 66 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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51 of 64 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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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid Gimmick--Poor Commentary November 19, 2003
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Film Needs Redubbing September 10, 2001
Since the film LOOKS so good, not just in ads but on the screen, and thanks, not just to Tim Burton, but to the King Kong of ape makeup himself, Rick Baker, it should not be allowed to go to waste. All we need is some one to write a new script who has an ability to develop characters, to dramatize ideas rather than belaboringly state them, and some one who knows why Jar-Jar Binks is such a bad idea that insults the audience's intelligence and bores it. In other words, if they'd only hired a writer and fired the executives in charge of making "blockbuster" movies with insulting B-movie scripts, we might have had something here.
But instead what we have is hackneyed and tedious to listen to. Helena Bonham Carter is the only thing I liked watching and that was just because her beautiful eyes still communicate even through all the makeup. It was fun to WATCH the apes walk around and it was a stroke of insightful genius to see them express emotions like apes. It was delightful and thought-provoking to watch the enlightened, sophisticated, educated Helena Bonham-Carter ape break into terrified monkey yelps as she rode Marky Mark's back across the river in which she was afraid of drowning. This, the sniffing each other, the jumping around---all the behaving like real apes was great. It was like being able to see human emotion and its expressions from an exterior point of view. We would look funny when we laugh or shout or sweat or fidget, etc. if we could only see ourselves externally with the physicality and audibility of ourselves not understood from within, loaded up with cognitive content, but rather seen from without as the expressive quirks of animals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars movie
Good watch! This is a good movie that I wanted to watch with my family, and there was great quality on this picture.
Published 7 days ago by Jose
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful
If you are like me then you saw this film because you liked the original series. I had high hopes for sure.
Well, what a let down. Mark Wahlberg is awful in this film. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kevin L
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Planet of The Apes.
Planet of the Apes (2001) Rated PG-13". Running Time: One Hour, 59 mins.
Directed by Tim Burton. Read more
Published 19 days ago by James McDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars amazon blows goat
Because I said so... and I think it is disrespectful of you to question me! Just wait till your father gets home
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for 1990's!
This movie topic is interesting and the movie is entertaining however it is very contracted. So the movie just cut itself short in terms of topic
Published 1 month ago by Article
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright Film
I thought this film was fine, nothing great by any standards, I just love the series enough to justify watching it.
Published 1 month ago by Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn them all to Hell!!
The movie is a nice change on a classic. The elements of switching the classic line about getting your hand off me, and then Heston playing the role of the dying Ape general... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Merle Wayne Hutton
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
It was good and I could even find this movie nowhere not even Walmart ready for the new one this summer
Published 1 month ago by marlon boyles
4.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes
I loved the original and I love this remake. I won't give away the ending if you haven't seen it but they did bring a modern twist to the story and I actually appreciated how it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy Locher Minnesota Hypnosis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Underrated.
Most of the complaints I hear about this film is that it's not the original or people heard it's bad so it's call to jump on the hate bandwagon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Morris B
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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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